11/5/15

Hebrews 7:1-6
Melchisidec

Hebrews is written to those Hebrews who were tempted to ignore the only mediation of Christ between God and man. They wanted to either stay with or return to the mediation through the blood of lambs and goats that still existing in the Temple. Though they had trusted Christ as their Savior, they were having trouble with Christ as their only mediator who replaced the line of Aaron in the Temple.

Having been trained all their lives of the necessity of the blood sacrifice in the Temple through the Aaronic priesthood, it was difficult for them to replace that priesthood with the priesthood of Christ.

So the authors now set out to prove from their Scriptures that Christ replaced what had been in effect for 1400 years.

I am reminded of the many people over the past several years who have claimed to be something they are not, so they are placed in high positions without any documentation of who they are. Then the truth comes out to the shame of those who made the false claim as well as those who accepted the false claim.

The office of High Priest was the most powerful among the Hebrews. Obviously, unqualified men might try to claim that office, so it was jealously guarded by those who had the proper claim.

When Jesus declared himself to be the legitimate High Priest, it took the Apostles to confirm his claim.

First, v. 1. The Hebrews are reminded that Melchisidec was a high priest, and the king of Salem, later known as Jerusalem. (Genesis 14:18-20) Abraham accepted him as the High Priest of God without anyone knowing anything about him.

Second, Abraham gave to Melchisidec a 10th of all, and accepted a blessing from him. Thus father Abraham, whom the Hebrews honoured, showed that Melchisidec was a greater man before God than he.

Third, King of Salem, which is “King of righteousness,” and also “King of peace.” Without righteousness and justice, peace is impossible.

Psalms 19:9 “The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.”

Romans chapter 3:17 “And the way of peace have they not known: 18 There is no fear of God before their eyes.”

James chapter 3 (“18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.”)

“Pew Poll: Young Adults Losing Their Religion, Politics Coincides
You can guess which political group is keeping the faith.

… Not surprisingly in the least, the Pew survey also reveals political divides among the religious and irreligious, with more Democrats considering themselvesР"not religiously affiliated" compared to Republicans.
About 38 percent of Republicans identify as evangelical Protestants - the largest religious group in the party, the survey found. Catholics make up 21 percent of each major political party.

And this is key. Young adults, beholden to causes likeРclimate change, abortion, and gay-marriage, view Republicans as "anti-science"Рand bigoted. Young adults in turn relate Republicans’ political views with their faith, and thus, run from both.”

http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/pew-poll-young-adults-losing-their-religion-politics-coincides.

Two personal comments:

First: We worked the polls in Hillsboro Ohio, November 3, 2015. They tried a new system in Hillsboro and combine the five precincts of the city into one voting center. The law in Ohio requires four poll workers per precinct, which required 20 poll workers at this location. Of course it was mass confusion, particularly when there were four thousand registered voters in Hillsboro. The legalization of marijuana was on the ballot, so there were a lot of younger people voting. (It was defeated.) There were two retired men who had been working the polls for several years. They seem to know about everyone who came in. The one man was a Democrat, and he had no good words to say about “religion” and attending church. His God was a golf course. The other man was a Republican. He is active in a church which has been absent of a pastor for a year now. He even asked if I would be willing to fill in.

The government education system and the Christians who have supported it have removed peace from the earth, as they have supported the anti-God training of their own children by the antichrist State.

 

Second: Visiting around, about the most impressive church we have visited is where our youngest daughter goes in Ft. Thomas, Kentucky. It is an hour from us on Sunday morning. It is very informal, with the preachers wearing blue jeans. They have music I would not necessarily support. However, it is a church made up of young couples. It is a satellite church of a larger group, and the main pastor is often "piped in" on a screen. They are in a former shopping mall, and have pretty well taken it over. The Ft Thomas campus probably runs about 300-400, and both times we have been there, the room was full.

(They do not take baptism lightly. Those desiring baptism must attend a “class”. Obviously, we did not go, so we do not know what they discussed there. They do communion as would be done in a smaller group.)

Between the two campuses. the church runs about 1500. (The two offerings listed in the “bulletin” were $40,000 and $69,000.)

The elders also preach. We have heard both the main pastor piped in and the local elder preach. The main pastor started the ministry a good number years ago. We met him (probably in his 50s, head shaved and wearing new jeans and nice shirt; all the men we saw had well groomed hair), at the satellite church. He said that he faced the reality that he would not always be there, and he needed good men to take over, so the ministry would not die with him.

They are very strong on the reformed doctrine, and the local elder preached on Romans 11. He was right down the line with the Reformed Doctrine. He dealt very well with the passage, particularly with “all Israel shall be saved". The church also has a ministry to the Muslims on a college campus.

All of that to say this: We hear how young people are fleeing from the church, but here we see a hunger among the 20-40 year olds for sound, Reformed Doctrine. (There are many young children with the parents. Though the children are welcome in the service, there is good childcare available. It is not a “baby sitting service,” but men take turns teaching those old enough to listen. Young men sitting with their wives make up about half of the congregation. And young, single men are not uncommon.)

It is encouraging to see God working in the younger generation as leaven in a loaf of bread. It is hidden, but it is there working to leaven the whole loaf.

Hebrews 7:2, “King of righteousness”, “King of peace”. There can be no peace without righteous judgment, and righteous judgment can only be accomplished through the application of the law-word of God. Thus, there can be no peace without Christians insisting on training their children in the ways of righteousness and judgment according to the law of God.

Those who are waiting for “King Jesus” to visibly return and enforce his righteous judgment are leading the “Christian West” into annihilation at the hands of the wicked. “King Jesus” must rule and rein in the hearts of his people now, and they are the ones who must institute righteous judgments in the all areas of life, especially in the education of the upcoming generation.

King Jesus must rule in the New Jerusalem, the gospel church, through his people. (Psalms 87:3, Galatians 4:26, 27, Hebrews 12:22, “but ye are come…”

As king of Salam, Melchisidec was identified not only as the King of peace, but also as the king of Salem, or Jerusalem. As a type of Christ, Melchisidec is identified as the King of righteousness, justice and peace. Only the righteous rule of Christ in and through his people can bring about peace.

Notice also, that righteous rule must involve wrath against the wicked according to the King’s law. (Romans 13) Christians need to be “up in arms” over what is taking place in their churches, as their leaders deny the legitimacy of the everlasting law of God.

Fourth, “Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually.”

The Jews were very careful to be able to trace their heritage, particularly the heritage of the High Priest. He had to be able to trace his linage back to Aaron. We see in Ezra and Nehemiah that those who could not trace their linage to Jacob could not be considered a Jew. (2:63, 10:16. Neh 7:65) Thus, those who claim to be Jews today are deceived and deceivers. But Melchisidec had no genealogy, and, thus, no inherited right to the office of High Priest. Though he had “No beginning nor end,” he was forever a priest.

The point in v. 3 is not that Melchisidec supernaturally appeared in history with no natural birth. Rather, the point is being made to the Hebrews that his priesthood was from God, and it had no beginning nor end. His priesthood was confirmed by Abraham tithing to him, and Melchisidec blessing Abraham. Like Melchisidec, Christ is from God, and has a never-ending priesthood with no end. No one could dispute Melchisidec, for the evidence was there in their Scriptures.

The Hebrew reader was thus left with a difficult situation. For a man to have no inherited right to the office made him ineligible for that office. Christ did not have the Aaronic linage, but Genesis 14:18-20 and Psalms 110:4 are used to prove that Christ is both the High Priest after the order of Melchisidec; he is the only Mediator, and he is the King of all creation.

Those who did not want Christ as the true High Priest, Mediator and King taught that Melchisidec was actually Shem under another name, and came to see his great grandson, Abraham when Abraham showed up in his community. And thus Abraham did reverence to his grandfather.

Linking Christ to Melchisidec meant that father Abraham, who was the ancestor of Moses and Aaron, recognized Melchisidec as superior to all of his posterity to come. Linking Melchisidec with Christ looked forward to the proper High Priest, Jesus Christ, the King and possessor of heaven and earth. (Did Abraham see Christ’s day in Melchisidec?)

No one could dispute the fact that Abraham paid tithe not to the priestly line of Aaron. Rather, the line of Aaron paid tithe to the “priest of the most high God”, and was blessed by this priest.

V. 7, “And without all contradiction the less is blessed of the better.”

And thus Hebrews, using the Old Testament, deals with the old Jewish view of the High Priest.

The Old Testament, which many Christians dismiss as being for us today, is the foundation of the true Christian faith.

2 Peter 3:16 “As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, [does not mean cannot be understood] which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.” (i.e., both the words of the saint of old, and the Apostles.)

Wrest; pervert the Scripture, [the Word of God] and offer violence to it, [Him] and, as it were, rack and torture it [Him] to make it [Him] confess what it [He] never meant. (Matthew Poole)

(Have you seen the movie “Princes Bride”? Those who wrest Scripture are the same as the evil man who placed hero on the rack.)

Wrest the word of God, distort it from its true sense and meaning, and make it speak that which it never designed; dealing with it as innocent persons are sometimes used, put upon a rack, and tortured, and so forced to speak what is contrary to their knowledge and consciences; and so were the words of the Apostle Paul wrested by ill designing men, as about the doctrines of grace and works, so concerning the coming of Christ; see #Ro 3:8 2Th 2:1,2; (Gill)

All of the New Testament authors, including Christ, appeal to the Old Testament Scripture because it establishes all the Christian doctrines of God, including the Trinity, redemption, election, the victory of Christ in time, &c. All prophecies are found in the Old Testament, and are fulfilled in Christ. Every Christian doctrine is established in the then present Scripture, known today as the Old Testament. So religious leaders of all ages since Christ have had to either dismiss the Old Testament, or torture Christ, the Word of God, in order to make Him say something He does not say.

Men of persuasive personalities change the meaning of passages, making them contrary to the meaning of a text.

By changing the meaning of Scripture, they destroy themselves while making a good living, and destroy their unstable and unlearned followers who are easily led astray. They create fear with their corrupt doctrine:

I went to the bank recently. The elderly lady who was at the teller next to us was fearful of her credit card because she learned that it contained a computer chip, as do all new credit cards. Of course "they" are promoting the advantage of the new credit card with the chip. Evidently, she was deep into prophecy, and had probably gone to many prophecy conferences that are held to draw people in and raise vast amounts of money. She kept telling the teller that she had learned from reading her Bible through two and a half times that that chip was the mark of the beast. She kept referring to Revelation 13, and urged the teller to read it. She was in great fear, and would not leave until the teller assured her that her credit card would be destroyed.

She was controlled by fear, and nothing could conquer that fear.

Ro 8:15 “For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.”

2Ti 1:7 “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”

The spirit of fear of what man can do to us is not a godly fear. The fear, not being from the spirit of Christ, is from the spirit of antichrist.

Ecclesiastes 12:13 “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.”

Godly fear causes the hearer to obey God, and keep his commandments. On the other hand,

Proverbs 29:25 “The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe.”

Ungodly fear causes the hearer to fear what man can do to him. All men who oppose the truth of the Word are identified by John as the spirit of antichrist. The antichrist has been active since Christ. Teaching that causes one to fear the actions of a man (identified by false teachers as the beast, false prophet, antichrist) are not of God.

Sadly, those who torture the Word of God to make Him say what He did mean may be as serious as a heart attack in their message, gaining followers and money by creating fear, are not of God.

Clearly, Melchisidec was a priest/king of Salem, and totally outside the Hebrew heritage. Rather than being a relative to Abraham, he was a foreigner, and a Canaanite. The Hebrews are told that God can and will work through whomsoever he will, and in the manner that pleases him to fulfill his purpose.

Amos 9:7 “Are ye not as children of the Ethiopians unto me, O children of Israel? saith the LORD. Have not I brought up Israel out of the land of Egypt? and the Philistines from Caphtor, and the Syrians from Kir?”

The context is the sinfulness of the people, and his promise to destroy the nation except for a remnant through whom he will “raise up the tabernacle of David”, the New Israel of God.

Men are concerned with humanistic forms of accreditation, but man’s accreditation is not necessarily God’s. The old priesthood was dead. With the crucifixion, any atonement through the blood of any animal was and is an abomination. The old line of Aaron could never offer true justice nor peace between men, nor peace between God and man. (Hebrews 9:14, &c.)

Nor could it offer a “King of righteousness”. It could not offer free access to the throne of God’s grace where the Mediator sits at the right hand of all power and authority, nor to heaven itself.

It is Christ, who as God incarnate in the flesh, and is the king of all creation. It is Christ who directs all things to the fulfillment of his purpose. He is the true Prophet, Priest and King.

V. 2, without justice there can be no peace.

The West with its ungodly humanistic law is at war against Christianity. The ungodly see Christian law, the Commandments, as laws of treason, for God’s law is at war with humanistic law which is being used to bring about the “New World Order”. Therefore, the West must finance and support anything that will undermine and even remove any reflection of godly law and social order.

The Muslim “Extremists” are trained, equipped and financed primarily by the US. The purpose is to drive Muslims out of their homeland, (infiltrated with the “Extremists”) and into the Western Nations, which is changing the social structure from Christian to pagan. Note that very few Christians are allowed to immigrate into the West.

The wicked must completely destroy any Christian fabric of every nation if they will see their “New World Order” come to pass. Meanwhile, the Lord sits in the heavens and laughs at their foolish efforts. We need to join with Him with rejoicing that their end will come in God’s good timing.

Europe: 'Islam is coming to take over'
Exclusive: Pamela Geller warns Western nations of 'full-blown invasion'

America, take heed.
A Muslim in Germany was caught on videoРlast week saying this to a German man:
Islam is coming to take over Germany whether you want it or not … not through war but by the fact that Germans don’t reproduce and Muslims have seven to eight children each … but not only that, your daughters will marry bearded Muslims and wear the hijab; their sons will wear a beard! The Muslims will have four wives and 27 children, and what does the German man have? One child and maybe a little pet dog! The German has taken advantage of the Muslim for too long, just so he can drive his Mercedes. … Now Islam is coming and your daughters will wear the hijab! Ha! I can see the look of hate in your eyes! …
http://www.wnd.com/2015/11/europe-islam-is-coming-to-take-over/

 

We cannot get this close without saying a word about license. Clearly licensing is primarily about power, control and money, rather than about skill and ability. Certainly, there are areas where one should document that he is qualified, but those are exceptions.

Example: Though "cars" kill many, many people, just about any fool can get a drivers license with very limited or no background checks. People can purchase hammers with which to kill others, can purchase alcohol which leads to many deaths, get knives and “learn how to kill a Jew”, all with no background check. On the other hand, "guns" kill very few people, but there are all kinds of hoops one must pass through to purchase a gun and be able to “carry” it. Guns are seen as treasonous because they are a means of resisting an unlawful state.

How many "occupations" can we name that should just simply involved good common sense? Yet those who desire to control every aspect of the lives of others have so many restrictions through licensing that common sense counts very little today. If they have a license from the "powers that be", they are qualified!

Between 1965 when I got out of the service in 1970 when I entered into the Lord's service, I worked for a short time out of the "steamfitters." A welder I worked with had his license and certification, yet he had no common sense. He could not even read a blueprint. All he could do was weld.

How many homeschoolers have been harassed because they did not have the proper accreditation or credentials? Yet far too many who do have proper licensure or credentials from the state are anything but qualified. World Net Daily keeps track of female teachers who have "abused" male students who are in their classes. It is not been too long ago that a female teacher had a child by 15-year-old student. If it had been a male teacher with a female student, it would have dominated the news for months. But when it is a female teacher and a male student it, is totally ignored. Licensure or accreditation is used power, control and money.

Accredited Schools:

Detroit Public Schools: 93% Not Proficient in Reading; 96% Not Proficient in Math
According to data published by the Detroit Public Schools, the school district’s operating expenses in the fiscal year that ended on June 30, 2014 amounted to approximately $14,743 per student. …

http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/terence-p-jeffrey/detroit-public-schools-93-not-proficient-reading-96-not-proficient
(Don’t even think that Detroit is an exception.)

It is the accredited schools that are producing the new underclass who are only qualified for low-paying service jobs.

The author of Hebrews proves that Christ was indeed approved by God to be the only High Priest, Mediator, and through his office as Mediator, the only King who will have all men subdued under his footstool.

Submitted by Bro Need, 10/5/15