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Our Great High Priest

Scripture reading for October 17th:  Hebrews 4, Psalm 58, Proverbs 23

Key Scriptures: Hebrews 4:14-16  “Since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.  For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.  Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.  

The writer of Hebrews saw Jesus Christ as our great High Priest.  He was able to come to our aid, because He had been tempted in all ways like other human beings.  Unlike other humans, Jesus Christ was without sin.  Because of this, death and the grave could not hold Him and He was resurrected to the right hand of God.  We can have confidence to draw near to Him on the throne of grace and find help and mercy anytime we need it.

Faith confession:  I have a great High Priest, Jesus Christ, who understands my weakness and is able to come to my aid.  I can go to Him anytime and have confidence in His wisdom, instruction,  mercy and help.

Proverbs 23:22-23 “Listen to your father who gave you life, and do not despise your mother when she is old.  Buy truth, and do not sell it; by wisdom, instruction, and understanding.”  

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The Perfect Mediator!

Scripture reading for October 22nd: Jeremiah 2-5, Hebrews 7

Key Scriptures: Hebrews 7:23-25  “The former priests were many in number, because they were prevented by death from continuing in office, but He holds His priesthood permanently, because He continues forever.  Consequently, He is able to save to the uttermost those who draw to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.” 

The writer of Hebrews shows that Jesus is the perfect High Priest, after the order of Melchizedek.  His priesthood is eternal and He always lives to make intercession for those who come to God through Him.  In fact, He is the only Mediator between God and man!  We are thankful, because all of us humans need a Mediator because we have all sinned!  Our Mediator, Jesus, will keep us safe when the end comes!

Jeremiah 5:30-31  “An appalling and horrible thing has happened in the land:  the prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests rule at their direction; My people love to have it so, but what will you do when the end comes?”

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, thank You for Your eternal intercession for me.  Help me to share Your love with those opposed to You so they won’t be condemned in the coming judgment.  Amen.

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Thankful for Atonement!

Scripture reading for February 10th:  Numbers 15-19

Key Scriptures:  Numbers 16:46-48  “Then Moses said to Aaron, “Take your censer and put incense in it, along with fire from the altar, and hurry to the assembly to make atonement for them.  Wrath has come out from the Lord; the plague has started.”  So Aaron did as Moses said, and ran into the midst of the assembly.  The plague had already started among the people, but Aaron offered incense and made atonement for them.  He stood between the living and the dead, and the plague stopped.”  

Once again the Israelites were in danger of death because of rebellion and speaking against God’s leadership.  Moses and Aaron sought God’s mercy by falling on their faces.  Then Moses instructed Aaron to intercede with incense and coals from the altar.  When he obeyed, the plague of death was stopped! He literally stood between the living and the dead.

Thanksgiving:  We are thankful for a High Priest who offered Himself for our sins and was nailed to a cross to stop the plague of sin that was sweeping us away!  “Who is he that condemns?  Christ Jesus who died–more than that, who was raised to life–is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.”  (Romans 8:34)

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Our Great High Priest!

Scripture reading for October 21st:  Hebrews 7

Key Scriptures for over-comers:  Hebrews 7: 23-26  “Now there have been many of those priests, since death prevented them from continuing in office; but because Jesus lives forever, He has a permanent priesthood.  Therefore He is able to save completely those who come to God through Him, because He always lives to intercede for them.  Such a High Priest meets our need–one who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, exalted above the heavens.”

Levitical priests were appointed by men and served until their deaths.  When they went before God, they needed a sacrifice for their own sins as well as the sins of the people they represented.  But Jesus Christ became a priest after the order of Melchizedek based on several amazing truths.  He was appointed a Priest forever by God’s oath, not by men.  He could serve as a permanent Priest because of His endless life, being raised from the dead.  He offered Himself, His body and blood, as the atonement sufficient to pay the penalty of the sins of all mankind and He sat down, His work of salvation finished once for all!

Observations for over-comers:  Jesus Christ, our High Priest, meets every need we have or will ever have.  He alone can save us completely!  “The Lord has sworn and will not change His mind:  “You are a Priest forever, in the Order of Melchizedek.””  (Psalm 110:4, Hebrews 7:17)

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God’s ‘Right Hand’!

Scripture reading for June 25th: Psalms 107-110

Psalm 110 is one of David’s psalms that was used by Jesus Christ to instruct his adversaries.  When Jesus was being tested by the teachers of the law, Jesus quoted Psalm 110:1 and attributed it to King David speaking under the power of the Holy Spirit.  “The Lord said to my lord: “Sit at my right hand until I put your enemies under your feet.” (Psalm 110:1)  “David himself calls him ‘Lord.’  How then can he be his son?” (Mark 12:36-37a)  Jesus’ question was designed to help these teachers of the law connect with the plain teaching of God’s Word that the Messiah would be a son of David as well as his Lord! (2nd Samuel 7:12, 13, 16)

The Messiah would come from the line of David.  He would sit at God’s right hand and rule until He put all His enemies under His feet.  The Messiah would be declared a priest as well as a king!   These offices were not combined in the Old Testament history of God’s people.  But Melchizedek was one person in history who was both a priest and a king.  (Genesis 14:18-20) (Hebrews 5:5-10, 6:19-7:28)  Melchizedek was the King of Salem (Peace) and a priest of the Most High God.  The descendant of David who was to come would be like Melchizedek!

Priests normally did not sit down while at work.  But Messiah would sit down, because His work of sacrifice on behalf of the people was completed!  (Acts 5:31)  (Ephesians 1:20)  Jesus now is interceding for us as a Priest before God, seated at His right hand! (Romans 8:34)

Jesus is now ruling in the midst of His enemies, waiting for them to bow their knees!  (Psalm 11o:2-3)  He is marshaling His troops for a day of battle!  There is a coming day of wrath where all enemies who have not become one of his troops by bowing their knees will suffer a crushing defeat! (Psalm 110:5-6)  This King will judge nations and crush rulers of the earth!  He will be refreshed after the battle and exalted as the King of Glory!  (Psalm 110:7)  Truly, this King is the Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, Son of David, David’s Lord!

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Dressed to meet God!

Scripture reading for January 30th: Exodus 28-31

A priest’s job is to mediate between men and God.  Men who are dealing with God must be holy and proper.  If those assigned and prepared for this job were not obedient, death would result and did on occasion!  (Leviticus 10:1-6)  God gave great detail about the dress of men who would serve in His house!

The High priest was to wear a breastpiece with two stones, the urim and thummin, over his heart.  (Exodus 28:30) These stones were to enable Aaron to make godly decisions.  These stones’ names mean “lights” and “perfections”.  They have to do with the treasures of wisdom and knowledge hidden only in God.

The turban for Aaron’s head was made of fine linen.  It had a special gold plate with “Holy to the Lord” engraved on it.  Aaron was to wear that plate on the front of his turban whenever he ministered. (Exodus 28:36-39)

So it is that Jesus Christ is our High Priest forever living to make intercession for us!  (Hebrews 7:23-25)  He carries our names on his breastpiece like precious stones and we are over His heart!  In Him are all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge! (Colossians 2:2-3) He stands as the only mediator between God and man, a mixture of earthly (He is a man) and heavenly (He is God). (1st Timothy 2:5-6) Jesus is dressed to meet with God on our behalf and He is better than Aaron or his line because he lives forever.  He is now seated because his work is finished for our redemption.  What a Savior!

Are you dressed to meet with God?  It is not so much a matter of clothes as it is of our heart.  Do we go in faith in His sacrifice?  Are we going humbly?  Are we seeking the proper attire of holiness?  Examine yourself today and get dressed to meet with God!

“Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess.  For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are–yet without sin.  Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence so that we may receive mercy and find help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:14-16

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The Source of Eternal Salvation

Scripture reading for November 3rd: Hebrews 5:1-14

Nothing in this life lasts forever.  The law of entropy is at work.  Brand new automobiles soon wear out or break down.  Technology that is cutting edge today is obsolete tomorrow.  Our bodies that are young and vibrant are soon old and weak!  But God has given us something that will last forever:  eternal salvation!

“And He says of Him, “You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.”  “During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, He offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the One who could save Him from death, and He was heard because of His reverent submission.  Although He was a Son, He learned obedience from what He suffered and, once made perfect, He became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey Him and was designated by God to be High Priest in the order of Melchizedek.” (Hebrews 5:6-10)

In order to become the source of eternal salvation, Jesus Christ humbled Himself in complete obedience to the will of the Father and became a man.  God loved the world and man whom He had made in His image and likeness.  (john 3:16) He wanted all men to be saved so He designated His Son, Jesus Christ as a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.

Melchizedek was a priest who met Abraham after he defeated the king of Sodom.  He was a king of Salem and a priest of the Most High God.  As a priest, He had no recorded genealogy.  There was no record of his birth or of his death.  This priest stands out in history because of this as a type of priest without beginning or ending.  His was an eternal priesthood.  Abraham honored Him by giving a tenth (tithe) of the spoils.  (Genesis 14:18-20)

Jesus Christ was designated by God to be a priest forever after this eternal order of Melchizedek.  He earned this right through total submission and obedience to His Father.  He offered up prayers and petitions with crying and tears while offering His body and then His life-blood for lost sinners.  He was raised up after three days to become our High Priest and the source of eternal salvation!  He ever lives to intercede for those He saved!  He is King of Kings and will rule in Salem (Jerusalem)!  He blesses the children of Abraham through faith!

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