You are a priest forever

The Lord sends forth from Zion your mighty scepter. Rule in the midst of your enemies! Your people will offer themselves freely on the day of your power, in holy garments; from the womb of the morning, the dew of your youth will be yours. The Lord has sworn and will not change his mind, “You are a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.” Psalm 110:2-4

When we read today’s verses from Psalms 110 while some of it might pertain to David when we get to verse 4 we have to look elsewhere for who this Psalm pertains to. David was a king but he was not a priest and especially not a high priest. If we look in the book of Hebrews we see that it is Jesus who is called a priest after the order of Melchizedek. So who was Melchizedek?

We have to go back to Genesis 14:18-20 where we read that Melchizedek was the king of Salem and was also the priest of the Most High God. Melchizedek brought bread and wine to Abram and blessed Abram. All this happened as Abram, soon to be Abraham, was rescuing Lot and had just battled the kings of Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah, Zeboiim and Admah.  After the battle Abram meets Melchizedek and receives a blessing. We see this mention of Melchizedek in Psalms and then no mention until Hebrews.

Melchizedek was a priest before the Aaronic priesthood was established in Exodus and Jesus is our new High Priest after the resurrection. No longer do we need a priestly class to carry our sins and make atonements to God for us. We can now go straight to God to ask forgiveness for our sins knowing that Jesus has already paid the price for us. Our High priest sits at the right hand of the Father and He is all the priest we will ever need.

Have a blessed day,

David

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About dwwork

The name of this blog is taken from 1 Peter 3:13 - “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience. This verse became special to me over ten years ago when I was asked to teach an adult Sunday school class on Christian apologetics. This interest grew over the years to the point that I took some graduate level classes in apologetics. I think the best way to be prepared to give and answer to everyone who asks is to know scripture. It is my hope that through these short devotionals the reader will become more familiar with each verse. I have tried when possible to make them personal hoping in some small way to show that God’s word written over two thousand years ago is still relevant today. In the writing of these short devotionals I have been able to better understand how God’s word impacts my life. It is my hope that you too will come closer to our Lord Jesus and develop a closer relationship with Him. Finally, if the reader finds anything in conflict with scripture please let me know. God’s word is the final authority always overrules anything I might write. David
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