My posts come from my personal daily scripture readings and a part of my personal accountability. If we are going to grow as followers of Christ, we must be in the Word! If you miss these a few days, something has kept me from it; but if they're gone for too many days, call me on the carpet. We need to hold one another accountable. I follow the readings and journaling from lifejournal.me. Join me on this journey as our lives are to Reflect the Image-and Jesus IS the image. Peace, Carla Sunberg
Thursday, January 5, 2012
The appearance of Melchizedek
Then after his return from the defeat of Chedorlaomer and the kings
who were with him, the king of Sodom went out to meet him at the valley
of Shaveh (that is, the King’s Valley).
(Genesis 14:17 NASB)
And Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine; now he was a priest of God Most High.
(Genesis 14:18 NASB)
He blessed him and said, “Blessed be Abram of God Most High, Possessor of heaven and earth;
(Genesis 14:19 NASB)
And blessed be God Most High, Who has delivered your enemies into your hand.” He gave him a tenth of all.
(Genesis 14:20 NASB)
The arrival of Melchizedek is a foreshadowing of the coming
Messiah. Really, the story has barely begun but the appearance of this
king already begins a trajectory which will culminate in the life of
Christ here on earth. Melchizedek is not a part of Abram's family. He
is a priest and later all of the priests would come from the line of
Levi. The line of Levi hasn't even begun and so this priest appears
from outside the structure. He is the King of Salem...Salem meaning
peace...could it be that he is laying the groundwork for the "Prince of
Peace?" In his worship of God, he broke the bread and shared the wine.
Here Abram was already partaking of a meal which would become, for all
of time, the Lord's supper. Abram and his men had been blessed by
victory and he wanted to give God thanks. He gave Melchizedek a tenth, a
tithe of the plunder. Melchizedek was an earthly ambassador of God on
high and Abram, honoring him, gave him the tithe of the victory.
When Jesus came he was remembered as being "a priest forever in the
order of Melchizedek."Jesus came to establish a new system, a new
covenant that went beyond the bounds of the traditional religious
practices of the day. It was a frustration to the religious leader of
the day, but this had been God's plan for centuries. He knew that this
is what would need to happen to be able to set people free.
There are moments in our lives today where we have experiences that
foreshadow what lies ahead. God continues to step into history and
nudge humanity in the right direction. Somehow Abram understood that
Melchizedek was special and unique, and he responded to the ministry of
this King. He respected this King and brought his tithe.
What are we responding to and respecting these days? Melchizedek was
authentic in his walk with God. The world is hungry for Christians
whom they can truly respect. Our lives are also to be a foreshadowing
of Christ, for his image is stamped on us. This is a humbling message
today, because it was not often that there were faithful individuals,
like Melchizedek, who broke into time and space for the world to see the
coming Messiah. The challenge is to live each and every day in the
grace of God, allowing his image to be brought into clearer focus so
that our lives touch the world and give a momentary glimpse of what is