Thursday, 13th January 2022
Rev Daniel Xi An Poon
Section One V1-10 The Origin of the Priest
V1-3 ‘For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the Most High God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him, to whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all, first being translated “king of righteousness,” and then also king of Salem, meaning “king of peace,” without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but made like the Son of God, remains a priest continually.’ Melchizedek was the king of Salem his name means righteousness. He was a king he had the authority, there were people following him. He was not only a king but also the priest of God. He had the authority from God.
Melchizedek blessed Abraham after he had won from the war. We usually ask for blessings before our success, but Melchizedek blessed after Abraham’s victory. What is this blessing? This blessing will let Abraham to be more humble. When he received victory, what was in his heart? He might have been quite proud of himself. God is love, He is not here to judge us but to call us. God has love and trust for people, when Adam and Eve sinned, God called them out, continued to trust them and waited for them to return to Him. God told Adam clearly that when he ate the fruits of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, he would die. But after they sinned, Adam and Eve did not repent and ask for forgiveness.
So God told them that they would die, they must die, because if they didn’t die they won’t be able to receive salvation. In the same way, Melchizedek came as the priest of God, to bless Abraham and let him give all glory to God. When David returned from victory, people praised him and said ‘Saul kills thoughts, David kills tens of thousands.’ That’s when Saul became jealous of David. If there was a priest coming out at the time to bless them, the situation may be different.
We must set ourselves apart, to always give thanks, to glorify God, to see every victory is from God, not from us. When Melchizedek blessed Abraham, Abraham gave his tithes. Even though Melchizedek was wealthy and had everything but Abraham humbled himself and offered with a thankful heart. It’s easy for us to give to those in lack but we don’t usually give to those who are wealthy.
Melchizedek helped Abraham to see the truth. Can we see the love of our parents and our authority? We always remember how they hurt us but we never think about how they love us. We always seek for healing but never the problems of our lives. V4 ‘Now consider how great this man was, to whom even the patriarch Abraham gave a tenth of the spoils.’ Are we the priests of the earth or the priests of the heaven? Are we examining ourselves?
V5 ‘And indeed those who are of the sons of Levi, who receive the priesthood, have a commandment to receive tithes from the people according to the law, that is, from their brethren, though they have come from the loins of Abraham.’ Why did Moses ask the people to take their tithes? Because people cannot be like Abraham, to offer willingly. Our hearts have hardened, so God is helping us to recognize this truth. We are selfish in nature, if God didn’t remind the people to give tithing then they would not see the needs of the Levites. Are our hearts still cold and harden? Do we have a thankful heart?
V6-7 ‘But he whose genealogy is not derived from them received tithes from Abraham and blessed him who had the promises. Now beyond all contradiction the lesser is blessed by the better.’ Abraham was willing to give the offering of thanksgiving, therefore there were the Levites as priests coming out from his descendants. God will be responsible to the end, the priests will not be in lack! Abraham had Isaac, Isaac had Jacob, Jacob had 12 sons, but what Abraham did not see was that these 12 sons became 12 big tribes, and one of the tribes became a tribe of priests.
Section Two V11-19 The Change of the Priest
The hearts of the people are harden, they were confused and conformed to the world. The tribe of Levites had fallen and therefore God had to raise another priest, who does not belong to this world, to offer sacrifice for all. Levites were not able to carry out the work of God for people, they not only did not lead people to God, but allowed them to sin further.
Only when we come before God then we can receive this blessing and salvation. We must enter this completion, so come before God, to be close to Him, then we can hear His heartbeat. That’s why the priest needs to be changed.
Section Three V20-28 Makes Us Whole
God established Jesus, His Son, as our High Priest, this is our of His love and trust for us. Jesus also had the love and trust for the Father, therefore when He was on the cross, He was facing pain and darkness, yet He could still say, ‘it is done’. Do we still see ourselves as the victims? May God help us to learn from Jesus, to be made whole and receive the heavenly blessings.
希伯来书 7 – 祭司中的大祭司