Relavent
Life Changing
Transforming
Truth

TPC - CD 08(N019) - Melchizedek and Jesus

Back to overview

5.00 Excl. tax

  • SKU: 03182020
  • EAN: 210000038485

Direct checkout

  • Backorder

Product description

08 – Melchizedek and Jesus By Pastor Jeff Wickwire

Hebrews 6-28, John 1:1, 2 Corinthians

March 18, 2020

 

 

Notes

Last time we ended with the writer once again bringing up the person called Melchizedek and comparing him in some ways to Jesus:

 

Bible Verse

Hebrews 6:19-20 (NIV)

19We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain,

20where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.

New International Version (NIV)

 

Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

 

Notes

Now Chapter 7 deals exclusively with this mysterious man. He’s sort of like Elijah in the way he suddenly appears from nowhere onto the pages of Scripture. He’s intriguing to say the least. So let’s see what the writer has to say about him:

 

Bible Verse

Hebrews 7:1 (NIV)

1This Melchizedek was king of Salem and priest of God Most High. He met Abraham returning from the defeat of the kings and blessed him,

New International Version (NIV)

 

Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

 

Notes

 

Notes

It was after Abraham saved Lot and his family from captivity from foreign kings following a war the king of Sodom was involved in that Melchizedek appears. And look what happened next:

 

Bible Verse

Hebrews 7:2 (NIV)

2and Abraham gave him a tenth of everything. First, the name Melchizedek means “king of righteousness”; then also, “king of Salem” means “king of peace.”

New International Version (NIV)

 

Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

 

Notes

7:2a We’ll talk about the significance of this more in a moment. The writer goes on tell us more about him:

7:2b Again, there are similarities between this man and Jesus. Our Lord is all about justice and He is also called the “Prince of peace,” just as Melchizedek was.

 

Notes

In verse 3 the writer shares more similarities:

 

Bible Verse

Hebrews 7:3 (NIV)

3Without father or mother, without genealogy, without beginning of days or end of life, resembling the Son of God, he remains a priest forever.

New International Version (NIV)

 

Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

 

Notes

Now, this is not to be taken literally. He’s not saying that Melchizedek was not human like us; that he had no parents and was an eternal being like an angel.He’s saying that since we have no record of his birth, and know nothing about his ancestors or genealogy or where he came from, he resembles an eternal being. This is how he can compare to Jesus, because Jesus WAS in fact an eternal being.

 

Notes

John writes in his gospel, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God”

 

Bible Verse

John 1:1 (NIV)

1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

New International Version (NIV)

 

Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

 

Notes

The LB says, “Before anything else existed, there was Christ, with God. He has always been alive and is himself God.” The NLT puts it, “In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

The reason this is important is because huge theological disputes have raged at certain times in church history about who Jesus really was. Some claimed and still do that He was created, that His birth was the beginning of Him. For instance, the Jehovah’s Witnesses claim that Jesus Christ was God’s first creation, and this is one of the claims that makes them a cult, not a genuine Biblical church.

The doctrine of the eternality of Christ is one of the key features of genuine biblical Christianity. So the writer of Hebrews is showing how Melchizedek’s birth and origins being unknown cause him to resemble an eternal man, like Jesus who was never created. But Melchizedek in fact was just a man.

He continues:

 

Bible Verse

Hebrews 7:4-6 (NIV)

4Just think how great he was: Even the patriarch Abraham gave him a tenth of the plunder!

5Now the law requires the descendants of Levi who become priests to collect a tenth from the people—that is, from their fellow Israelites—even though they also are descended from Abraham.

6This man, however, did not trace his descent from Levi, yet he collected a tenth from Abraham and blessed him who had the promises.

New International Version (NIV)

 

Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

 

Notes

The Greek word rendered here “spoils”—ακροθίνιον akrothinion—means literally, “the top of the heap.” Abraham tithed to Melchizedek the top of the heap, the best of the spoils. Why? Because he recognized a superior grace and position on Melchizedek. He was an anointed king and priest before God. So the writer here is once again drawing a parallel between Melchizedek and Jesus. Remember, he is writing to Jewish people and telling them that, as Melchizedek held a superior position in Abraham’s day, Jesus holds a superior position in every way to the religious system they grew up in under Moses.

The writer continues:

 

Notes

The Greek word rendered here “spoils”—ακροθίνιον akrothinion—means literally, “the top of the heap.” Abraham

tithed to Melchizedek the top of the heap, the best of the spoils. Why? Because he recognized a superior grace and position on Melchizedek. He was an anointed king and priest before God.

So the writer here is once again drawing a parallel between Melchizedek and Jesus. Remember, he is writing to Jewish people and telling them that, as Melchizedek held a superior position in Abraham’s day, Jesus holds a superior position in every way to the religious system they grew up in under Moses.

The writer continues:

 

Notes

7:6b-7 “Melchizedek placed a blessing upon mighty Abraham, 7 and as everyone knows, a person who has the power to bless is always greater than the person he blesses.”

It is a rule that someone of superior rank or office blesses someone of lesser rank. For instance, when a father lays his hand on his children and blesses them, it is understood to be the act of one superior in age, honor, and authority.

When a prophet pronounced a blessing on the people, the same thing was understood, and the same is true also when a minister pronounces a blessing on a congregation. This was understood of Jesus Himself when parents brought their children to him to lay his hands on them and bless them.

He continues:

 

Bible Verse

Hebrews 7:8-10 (NIV)

8In the one case, the tenth is collected by people who die; but in the other case, by him who is declared to be living.

9One might even say that Levi, who collects the tenth, paid the tenth through Abraham,

10because when Melchizedek met Abraham, Levi was still in the body of his ancestor.

New International Version (NIV)

 

Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

 

Notes

He continues:

7:8-10 “The Jewish priests, though mortal, received tithes; but we are told that Melchizedek lives on (metaphorically speaking). 9 One might even say that Levi himself (the ancestor of all Jewish priests, of all who receive tithes), paid tithes to Melchizedek through Abraham. 10 For although Levi wasn’t born yet, the seed from which he came was in Abraham when Abraham paid the tithes to Melchizedek.” It was from Abraham that the 12 tribes descended. So when he paid a tithe to Melchizedek, it could be said that by proxy, Levi paid a tithe to a greater one than himself.

Next, the writer reasons with the Jews about the failure of Moses and the law to save their soul:

 

Bible Verse

Hebrews 7:11 (NIV)

11If perfection could have been attained through the Levitical priesthood—and indeed the law given to the people established that priesthood—why was there still need for another priest to come, one in the order of Melchizedek, not in the order of Aaron?

New International Version (NIV)

 

Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

 

Notes

Answer: Because the law couldn’t save them from their sins! Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians, “The old way, trying to be saved by keeping the Ten Commandments, ends in death; in the new way, the Holy Spirit gives them life”

 

Bible Verse

2 Corinthians 3:6 (NIV)

6He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant—not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.

New International Version (NIV)

 

Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

 

Notes

The writer continues:

 

Bible Verse

Hebrews 7:12-14 (NIV)

12For when the priesthood is changed, the law must be changed also.

13He of whom these things are said belonged to a different tribe, and no one from that tribe has ever served at the altar.

14For it is clear that our Lord descended from Judah, and in regard to that tribe Moses said nothing about priests.

New International Version (NIV)

 

Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

 

Notes

God changed things up when ushering in the New Covenant. Instead of His Great High Priest coming from the tribe of Levi, He chose Jesus to come from the tribe of Judah.

 

Bible Verse

Hebrews 7:15-17 (NIV)

15And what we have said is even more clear if another priest like Melchizedek appears,

16one who has become a priest not on the basis of a regulation as to his ancestry but on the basis of the power of an indestructible life.

17For it is declared: “You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.”

New International Version (NIV)

 

Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

 

Bible Verse

Hebrews 7:18-19 (NIV)

18The former regulation is set aside because it was weak and useless

19(for the law made nothing perfect), and a better hope is introduced, by which we draw near to God.

New International Version (NIV)

 

Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

 

Notes

The Ten Commandments were glorious and true and our best laws are rotted in them, but they were weak because of our flesh. Our fallen nature could not fulfill their requirements. So no one was ever saved by keeping them perfectly!

The writer goes on to show the superiority of Jesus’ Priesthood over the Old Covenant priests:

 

Bible Verse

Hebrews 7:20-22 (NIV)

20And it was not without an oath! Others became priests without any oath,

21but he became a priest with an oath when God said to him: “The Lord has sworn and will not change his mind: ‘You are a priest forever.’ ”

22Because of this oath, Jesus has become the guarantor of a better covenant.

New International Version (NIV)

 

Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

 

Notes

As the chapter winds down, the writer continues to show how much “better” the Priesthood of Jesus Christ really is:

 

Bible Verse

Hebrews 7:23-28 (NIV)

23Now there have been many of those priests, since death prevented them from continuing in office;

24but because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood.

25Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.

26Such a high priest truly meets our need—one who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, exalted above the heavens.

27Unlike the other high priests, he does not need to offer sacrifices day after day, first for his own sins, and then for the sins of the people. He sacrificed for their sins once for all when he offered himself.

28For the law appoints as high priests men in all their weakness; but the oath, which came after the law, appointed the Son, who has been made perfect forever.

New International Version (NIV)

 

Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

 

Notes

Thank God for our better, superior, greater, and all sufficient Great High Priest, Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God!

 

Product tags