5 In the same way, Christ did not take on himself the glory of becoming a high priest. But God said to him,
“You are my Son;
today I have become your Father.”
6 And he says in another place,
“You are a priest forever,
in the order of Melchizedek.”
7 During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. 8 Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered
Who is Melchizedek? The writer of Hebrews is quoting a Psalm when he writes, “You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek” (Psalm 110:4) Melchizedek was the king of Salem and also a priest of the “Most High God”, one whom God had appointed. Outside of the reference in Hebrews and Psalm 104, he is introduced in Genesis 14:18-20 where we read that Abraham, the father of the Jewish nation, was blessed by him and where he received Abraham’s offering. The point is that the Messiah was to be a prophet, priest and king. Jesus was a prophet there was no doubt; he also was in the kingly lineage of David but what about being a priest. Like Melchizedek, Jesus was a priest appointed by God; there are other ways to become a priest but “in the order of Melchizedek” was also a way. Do you think there is no way? This is not a problem for God. Who can make a way where there seems to be no way? (Ps. Dale).
Thoughts for the day
- What does this passage tell us about God, Jesus and people?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- What is one way you can apply this truth to your life today?
- Who can you encourage with this story/message?
Ask the Lord for the gift of faith to see, pray and act for the redemption of the situation you’re concerned about.