Genesis 14, Psalms 110:4, & Hebrews 6:19 ff
Today’s sermon came from Genesis 14, which reviews the outcome of war between a group of smaller kingdoms and a larger one that results in Abraham’s nephew, Lot, getting captured. Steve said Abraham declared, “I’m not going to let this happen” and takes his men to get Lot back.
“How does Abraham take 318 men to go fight against (several) kings?” Pastor Steve asked. “The answer is in Genesis 12:2: God’s promise to bless Abraham. God had already said, ‘This is what I’m going to do with you. If somebody blesses you, I will bless them. God had already decreed it.”
He pointed out that after Abraham’s victory the king of Salem, Melchizedek—whose name means “my king is righteousness”—shows up with bread and wine. This is unusual because the priestly role isn’t mentioned in the New Testament. The next place Melchizedek is mentioned is Psalm 110:4, where God swears He (meaning His Son) will be a king after the order of Melchizedek. Steve said Psalm 110 is called a messianic Psalm, pointing to our job to, with humility, tell Jews their Messiah has already come: “Point them to their own Scriptures.”
The Levitical priesthood meant the priests in Israel had to come from the tribe of Levi, originally established under Moses’ brother, Aaron. But Jesus, the Messiah, didn’t come from the tribe of Levi; He came through the order of Melchizedek. This is established in a long passage in Hebrews, starting with 6:19 and going through all of chapter 7.
“A lot of people say Melchizedek is Jesus,” Steve said. “I say he represents Jesus. God brought (Melchizedek) onto the scene to do what he did. He pops up out of nowhere and we never see him again until Psalm 110. He’s establishing there is a priest who lives forever. The writer of Hebrews is saying, ‘I know who it is. The priest who lives forever is Jesus.’”
There were thousands of Levitical priests offering sacrifices over the years, Steve said, but the writer of Hebrews is saying that never made anyone perfect because they couldn’t live up to the Law. God used this as an example that it’s only by grace you can make it to heaven. The roots of our salvation is Christ. Steve said this is neat; we should read go home and read Hebrews with excitement.
“If you are struggling with anything and not drawing close to Jesus, you are not looking at this stuff,” Steve said. “Here’s how to be a better husband, worker or whatever. You zero in on what Jesus has done and worship and praise Him. What is your hope in? Your name is written in the Book of Life.”