Where Did It Go?
I have to say this has been one of the most empowering and purposeful series I have ever participated in. In the comments last week was this:
After much contemplation in these passages, I and my sister have formed an opinion of sorts about King Melchizedek.
Okay, this is her first sentence and her comment was excellent but you know what I loved most about this comment? Jennifer is reading God’s Word. She is contemplating God’s. Holy. Word…. And she is having conversations with others. Man, what I wouldn’t give to sit with them at the kitchen table and talk about King Melchizedek.
Thanks Jen…. It thrills the Lord to the core that you desire to know Him more.
And everyone who has been part of the comments, thank you. I’m humbled over your love for Jesus and for this community and your great insights into a difficult study.
Okay so on with our story. Here we go…….
Those Israelites reject God’s favor for the things of this world and languish in poverty, slavery and misery 400 years.
I wonder if you are like me. Have you ever read some of the stories in God’s Word and just want to throttle these people? There are times I wish I could have kicked Eve’s butt in the garden. How about you? But I tell you what? Would we have chosen differently? Would we have remained faithful if we had experienced God first hand?
Just think about times in your life where you absolutely knew God intervened and yet months later you doubt it was really Him. I think I’m exactly like every other human being and have failed like those of ancient times. However, I also have learned that when I truly trust and believe what God says, I’m always, ALWAYS better off. I can be a little slow at times on the learning curve but thankfully not 400 years slow. Sheesh.
So let’s pick up our story.
- A fascinating disappearance of King Melchizedek.
- Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.
- Abraham’s family leave the area of Bethel.
- His descendants are enslaved 400 years.
Now let’s behold our Lord God's continuing story. Let us continue with...
Now get this: Moses was born in slavery but raised in royalty.
I’m not going to recap the entire story of this man but only point out that God chose him to deliver His people to the Promised Land. God chose him to teach the people how to love God and worship Him again.
Moses reestablishes God’s covenant. God says to Moses:
“Then have them (Hebrews) make a sanctuary for me, and I will dwell among them. Make this tabernacle and all its furnishings exactly like the pattern I will show you. Exodus 25:8-9
God again dwells on earth. Can you imagine what Moses saw? Do you think it was the Heavenly Temple of God. Gives me goose bumps.
So, the Priesthood is established through Aaron and his sons. After 40 years God’s people settle in the Promised Land. We could spend months in a study as to why it took 40 years to travel a distance that should have taken eleven days. I wonder if we can relate that to our own lives.
Perhaps: The lessons I need to live in God’s perfect will would likely take eleven days. However, because of my arrogant pride, reality is, it will actually require the majority of my adult life and the challenges of a spiritually mismatched marriage to bring me to the Promised Land.
Okay, so the Arronic Priesthood is established. Let’s have some discussion in the comments. What was its function? Who were the Levites and why are they different than the Priesthood of Aaron. How did this bring God’s presence to earth?
Also, what was the Priesthood like at the time of Christ? How were they chosen? Did you know they were the only people to retire? What age? Were they powerful or of influence. Were the feared by the people? By Rome?
Ahhhh, now we’re getting somewhere and on Friday it’s going to come together. I wonder if you can read between the lines and see the big picture????
Who is up for a little searching and can find some of these answers? I will meet you in the comments. Hugs, Lynn