Saturday January 22, 2022

Saturday – January 22nd – Hebrews 5:5-6     -----      
5:5) So also Christ did not glorify Himself to become High Priest, but it was He who said to Him: "You are My Son, Today I have begotten You." 
6) As He also says in another place: "You are a priest forever According to the order of Melchizedek"; 
The Daily Walk Bible inspirational thought for today:
     Good Saturday to you! The weekend has arrived and among all the other activities you may have on your calendar I pray that worship is near, or at, the top of your “to do” list. This weekend at SunRise we begin a new teaching series “In This Together” where we will explore the importance of working together to build the Kingdom of Heaven. Over the 31 years SunRise has been in existence we have impacted countless individuals and touched several communities, both near and far, with the Good News of Jesus Christ. We have only been able to accomplish what we have because God has called and gifted thousands of people to work together within this church family. In one of our readings from the Daily Walk Bible we were reminded how necessary it is for a church family to all be focused and going in the same direction - The church has been likened to a football game in which thousands of spectators in need of exercise are watching a handful of players in need of rest. Are you a spectator or a player? 
In our pick verses today, we shift gears by no turning our attention to Jesus as the eternal and obedient High Priest. The call of Jesus to the priesthood surpasses the call of Aaron, who was the first high priest, in that God made Jesus a priest forever. As the eternal son, He is the eternal and forever High Priest reigning and serving in Heaven. In verse six, we are introduced - actually re-introduced - to the historic priest Melchizedek. While we will have an opportunity in chapter seven to go into more detail here is a quick synopsis. First introduced in Genesis 14 through an encounter with Abraham, Melchizedek is considered a pre-incarnate Christ-figure. Melchizedek is eternal, having no “father or mother” and “resembling the Son of God he continues as a priest forever” (Heb. 7:3). Abraham’s tithe to Melchizedek also confirms his greatness (Heb. 7:4).  Following Melchizedek, Jesus is the true king of righteousness who lived the perfect life no human being could. Jesus is also the true king of peace who came to earth to bring peace through his sacrificial death and resurrection. Jesus is also “a priest forever, after the order of Melchizedek” (Heb. 7:17) and not through Levitical lineage (Heb. 7:14), making his priesthood superior (Heb. 7:11). As you can see this thumbnail introduction sets up a much deeper dive in chapter seven into the correlation between Jesus and Melchizedek. And yes, another intentional connection by God between the Old and New Testaments.

  Pastor Jim
Sunday – January 23rd – Hebrews 5:7-8
*Tyndale. The Daily Walk Bible NLT (Daily Walk: Full Size) (Kindle Location 4029, 3560-3561). Tyndale House Publishers. Kindle Edition.
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