Ginrich's Devotional Blog

December 12, 2017

Melchizedek

Psalms 110:4 4 The Lord has sworn an oath and will not take it back: “Forever, You are a priest
like Melchizedek.”  (NIV)

 Hebrews 5:5-6 5 In the same way, the Messiah did not exalt Himself to become a high priest, but the One who said to Him, You are My Son; today I have become Your Father, 6 also said in another passage, You are a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek. (NIV)

 Melchizedek was a king and priest appearing in the Genesis. The name means “King of Righteousness” – a name echoing kingly and priestly functions.[2] He was the first individual to be given the title.  He preceded Moses and Aaron.  From Moses onward, all priests were to be descendants of Aaron.  Jesus is not only the High Priest forever, He is also the King.  Since the time of Melchizedek, no priest was ever also a king.  Only Jesus.   Jesus didn’t put Himself in the priestly, king role.  This was done by the Father as stated in the Hebrews verse.  A king’s role was to rule his subjects.  A priest was to stand between the people and God.  Jesus is the King and He does rule.  He is the link, the only link, between mankind and God, the Father.  The only way we can approach God is through His Son, our Priest, Jesus.  Jesus won’t be our Priest unless He is also our King.  As our King, we are to honor, respect and obey Him.  Let us reflect on how well we are doing these things.

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