From Daniel's Desk on 1/24/20
My Title: He is ABLE to SAVE
My Verse: 22
"22 This makes Jesus the guarantor of a BETTER covenant."
The confusion of the purpose of the law comes from looking at God's story without Jesus. Without knowledge of Jesus it becomes the only way to draw near to God. With knowledge of Jesus, His teachings and His accomplishments we recognize the full purpose of the law was only to teach us that drawing near to God is IMPOSSIBLE because none of us can keep it! - Which is WHY we needed God's promised Messiah to come and fulfill it for us and be our Savior by taking OUR full payment and punishment on His shoulders for failing it.
Nobody could claim to be the Messiah on birthright! He had to become God's chosen high priest FROM MELCHIZEDEK's Godly priesthood. A line that was never recorded but was GREATLY honored by the father of their faith (Abraham).
Jesus, being the Messiah, delivers us a MUCH BETTER covenant. (vs. 26-17) He is a high priest that offered what is HOLY, INNOCENT, UNSTAINED, SEPARATED FROM SINNERS, AND EXALTED ABOVE THE HEAVENS... HIMSELF. He has no need to offer sacrifices for Himself and THEN offer sacrifices for the sins of those that would draw near to God. He HIMSELF is the offering WHO DOES NOT DIE, who stands with the father offering intercession for those who draw near to God! <-- Oh man, this is SO good. THAT'S WHY WE ARE TO APPROACH THE THRONE CONFIDENTLY BECAUSE THAT'S WHERE WE FIND JESUS!
Jesus was MADE perfect through His suffering and now stands with the Father offering atonement for our sins. HE IS ABLE TO SAVE BECAUSE HE IS GOD'S MESSIAH. LORD, YOU ARE WORTHY OF OUR FOREVER PRAISE. - Give us peace as we follow you into the craftsmanship of the Father TO BE MADE WORTHY for service.
Melchizedek the name means "king of righteousness."
Melchizedek was king of Salem. King of peace.
Melchizedek had no recorded genealogy... so he resembles the Son of God... He continues as priest forever. No beginning or end of life recorded! <-- Das coo.
This man was given a 10th of the spoils by Abraham. This was all God's doing because he had the promises of God.
One might even say that Levi (The father of the tribe that God picks to be His royal priesthood to His people) himself, who receives tithes, paid tithes through Abraham... BECAUSE Levi was yet to be born from Abraham when Abraham met Melchizedek. - God is NOT slave to time as we are. His story stands true, even when we don't comprehend it because we ARE slave to time!
Which is WHERE the confusion of the purpose of the law comes from. Without knowledge of Jesus it becomes the only way to draw near to God. With knowledge of Jesus, His teachings and His accomplishments we recognize the full purpose of the law was only to teach us that drawing near to God is IMPOSSIBLE because none of us can keep it! - Which is WHY we needed God's promised Messiah to come and fulfill it for us and be our Savior by taking OUR full payment and punishment on His shoulders for failing it.
One of the criteria for the Messiah was that He had to be a Jew but also NOT of the Levitical tribe... He had to be from the Melchizedek tribe... NO LINEAGE TO TRACE! He had to be GOD'S PRIEST! (You can't make this stuff up. It HAS to be written by God's CREATIVE HAND!)
A BETTER hope is introduced, through which we draw near to God. (The Messiah)
"The Lord has sworn and will not change His mind, You are a priest forever."
THIS MAKES JESUS THE GUARANTOR OF A BETTER COVENANT.
Death limited the Levitical priests from continuing office. Jesus holds the priesthood permanently, because He continues forever!
HE IS ABLE TO SAVE those who draw near to God through Him because He is ALWAYS making intercession for them! <-- Don't miss this!
Jesus has no need to offer sacrifice for His sins before offering sacrifice for the sins of God's people. He ONCE FOR ALL TIME offered up HIMSELF to do this. He offered up what is HOLY, INNOCENT, UNSTAINED, SEPARATED FROM SINNERS, AND EXALTED ABOVE THE HEAVENS... HIMSELF.