Wednesday Morning: 12 Jun 2019 – Hebrews 7:1-10 ~ Jesus has the power to bless us.

Wednesday Morning

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Opening (A Collect for Grace – Wednesday)

O Lord, our heavenly Father, almighty and everlasting God, you have brought us safely to the beginning of this day: Defend us by your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin nor run into any danger; and that guided by your Spirit, we may do what is righteous in your sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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Morning Reading – Hebrews 7:1-10 (NLT)

Melchizedek Is Greater Than Abraham

This Melchizedek was king of the city of Salem and also a priest of God Most High. When Abraham was returning home after winning a great battle against the kings, Melchizedek met him and blessed him. Then Abraham took a tenth of all he had captured in battle and gave it to Melchizedek. The name Melchizedek means “king of justice,” and king of Salem means “king of peace.” There is no record of his father or mother or any of his ancestors—no beginning or end to his life. He remains a priest forever, resembling the Son of God.

Consider then how great this Melchizedek was. Even Abraham, the great patriarch of Israel, recognized this by giving him a tenth of what he had taken in battle. Now the law of Moses required that the priests, who are descendants of Levi, must collect a tithe from the rest of the people of Israel, who are also descendants of Abraham. But Melchizedek, who was not a descendant of Levi, collected a tenth from Abraham. And Melchizedek placed a blessing upon Abraham, the one who had already received the promises of God. And without question, the person who has the power to give a blessing is greater than the one who is blessed.

The priests who collect tithes are men who die, so Melchizedek is greater than they are, because we are told that he lives on. In addition, we might even say that these Levites—the ones who collect the tithe—paid a tithe to Melchizedek when their ancestor Abraham paid a tithe to him. For although Levi wasn’t born yet, the seed from which he came was in Abraham’s body when Melchizedek collected the tithe from him.
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Morning Reflection:

Jesus has the power to bless us.

Without question, the person who has the power to give a blessing
is greater than the one who is blessed.

– Hebrews 7:7

Today’s reading continues to make the case for the superiority of Jesus Christ, our Great High Priest – superior to Abraham, superior to the Levitical priests, and superior even to the priesthood of Melchizedek ( vs 1-10). Why is Melchizedek important? Because Melchizedek was a prototype of Christ – both priest and king, characterized by righteousness and peace. And Melchizedek was superior to Abraham whom he blessed, and from whom he received tithes.

The point being made in vs 7 is that Melchizedek was greater than Abraham (the father of all nations) because the greater one blesses the lesser one. And by extension of that reasoning, Jesus Christ is greater than Melchizedek and, therefore, has the power to bless us.

The greatness of Jesus as our High Priest will be developed in later readings, but let’s stop and consider the blessings we receive from Jesus now –

+ a new covenant – which offers us the blessing of a rich, satisfying life now and forever.
+ a new refuge –  which offers us the blessing of sanctuary in the presence of God now and forever.
+ a new sacrifice – which offers us the blessing of sins forgiven once and for all, and peace with God.
+ a new mediator – which offers us the blessing of an ongoing intercessor and advocate before God.
+ a new spirit – which offers us the blessing of the indwelling Holy Spirit, his guidance and power.
+ a new heart – which offers us the blessing of loving as God loves, with the heart of Jesus.

In the midst of all the pressures we face in life, we have a High Priest who blesses us – our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Questions for consideration:

  • When you think of priests and the priesthood, what comes to mind? Please explain.
  • How do you understand the priesthood of all believers? What does that mean to you? Please explain.
  • What makes the priesthood of Jesus superior to all others? Please explain.
  • Where specifically do you need Jesus to bless you right now? Have you asked him? Please explain.

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Morning Prayer: 

Life Support Prayer:

Our Father: Thank you for our earthly fathers – may they be indwelt by Christ Jesus, rooted and grounded in his love, and strengthened with his strength. Raise up believing fathers everywhere to take responsibility for the spiritual welfare of their children – may they protect them from the wiles and deceit of the evil one, may they teach them that your ways lead to a full, satisfying life, and may their children never know a day apart from you. I ask this in Jesus’ name, and for the good of believing families everywhere. Amen.

Prayer of Praise and For The Lord’s BlessingsBy Natadia Lezama

Heavenly Father, we come to You this morning to give You all the praise and honor that is due You alone. Thank You Lord, for Your goodness towards us all.

Father, let Your presence be felt in our lives today. We give You all our cares and burdens and we trust that You will take care of us.

Help us, Lord, to keep our minds and hearts focused on You today, so we will be able to receive Your peace that surpasses all understanding.

Today, we choose joy despite what may be going on in our lives. Lord, strengthen us in Your power and might so that we may be a blessing to others who are hurting.

I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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“I Need Thee Every Hour” – the Mennonite Hour Singers

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Closing:

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you, wherever He may send you. May He guide you through the wilderness, and protect you through the storm. May He bring you home rejoicing at the wonders He has shown you. May He bring you home rejoicing once again into our doors.

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen



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