Thursday’s Thought

The Lord hath sworn and will not repent, Thou art a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek (Psalm 110:5).
The Hebrews writer repeats this message, five times. Jesus Christ, was to be a priest, a priest in the similitude of Melchizedek. Melchizedek was introduced to us as Abraham returned from retrieving Lot out of captivity. Abraham and his men defeated the kings then returned home with their people and their goods. Melchizedek, king of Salem and priest, met Abraham to honor him because of his victory. This is all that is known of Melchizedek and his priesthood. We do not know of his forefathers and we do not know of any who followed after him. We do know that he was not of the Aaronic priesthood, because he lived before Aaron was born.

Melchizedek served as priest and king.Jesus Christ was prophet, priest and king. Zechariah wrote that Jesus would rule as king and priest while seated on the throne (Zec. 6:13). But, as Melchizedek was not of the tribe of Levi, neither was Jesus. The Hebrews writer reminds us that Jesus was of the tribe of Judah, of which Moses spake nothing concerning the priesthood (Heb. 7:14). Because Jesus was not of the tribe of Levi, He could not serve on earth as a priest under the Law of Moses. As Zechariah points out, Jesus would serve simultaneously as king and priest, of which He is now serving in Heaven.

With Jesus, there is a new law and a new priesthood; there is a new king and a new priest. In the similitude of Melchizedek, Jesus had no predecessors as priest nor any who would replace Him. Jesus is the one and only High Priest who will serve for the Kingdom of Heaven, just as Jesus is the one and only King who will rule over the Kingdom of Heaven. 

God, who became man, now rules as King of kings and High Priest who will serve as long as the world stands. Today, give thanks for our High Priest.