Thursday, July 10, 2014

Following the perfect Priest, the perfect Father, and Perfect leader in my life

S Hebrews 7:2 NLT
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.”

Hebrews 7:16-19 NLT
Jesus became a priest, not by meeting the physical requirement of belonging to the tribe of Levi, but by the power of a life that cannot be destroyed. And the psalmist pointed this out when he prophesied, “You are a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek.” Yes, the old requirement about the priesthood was set aside because it was weak and useless. For the law never made anything perfect. But now we have confidence in a better hope, through which we draw near to God.

O - Paul is teaching this very foundational principles to the Jews.  The argument is very likely necessary because they are in a culture dominated by the old testament covenant of priesthood, sacrifice, and intercession by man to God through the high priest and Levites.  But God had through the new covenant that  we now have a permanent priest,  and prince of peace, and justice who forever interceded on our behalf.  He is unstained by sin, and no longer needs to reconcile himself with God before interceding on our behalf.  He is therefore unmistakable, dependable, and fully trustworthy to follow.    In the past rulers of Israel and Priests alike had, even though repentant,  fallen away from God and lead and ruled the people astray from God's ways. 

A - The application for me is to have confidence in following Jesus, the one righteous, and unmistakeably perfect leader who I can depend on.   "Though my flesh and faith may fail" he will never fail.  So as I walk through this life looking to example myself after great leaders,  great fathers, and great husbands around,  I need to recognize that I have a relationship with The greatest leader, The greatest Father, and The greatest Groom that ever Is.   

P - Dear heavenly Father, thank you Lord for your daily drawing me back to you and your ways.  May today's lesson be sealed to my heart.  I pray all this in Jesus name, Amen.  

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