Where have we traveled on this journey so far?
- King and High Priest Melchizedek.
- God’s presence on earth.Captivity, slavery.
- God is silent 400 years.
- Moses appears on scene. A new covenant of the law is given. A tabernacle is constructed.
- Priesthood is established.
- People see God’s miracles and provision. They worship God and offer sacrifice. God dwells among his people in and through Moses and the Priesthood.
Man, I hope you read some of the comment in this series. A facinating comment was left on Monday about Jesus and His call into the Priesthood. Hope you caught that because it boggles my mind.
On Monday we visited Moses and the people on their way to the Promised Land. The limited priesthood was established along with the covenant of the law. God’s desire to dwell on earth came through blood sacrifice and through a temple. Simply fascinating.
Please hear me now. I don’t even pretend to be any kind of Bible scholar so if I’m not doing a great job telling the story, forgive me. There is so much in our “family” history that I can’t include here nor do I pretend to be scholar enough to explain it competently. However, where we are going with this I do understand and have experienced, so stay with me because we are almost there.
You know what I love about this study? Do you see the underlying story line? The most amazing, relentless and eternal desire of the creator of the Universe is: to live with us mere humans. It completely freaks me out.
Now get ready because here we go.
Dineen gave me these words and they resonate deeply within me. She said, “To fathom that God, the Holy Creator of all, ruler of time and space, humbled himself and chose to become a mere human. He allowed Himself to be taken captive by evil men, tortured, humiliated, naked, and to be nailed to a tree. All this to save us. For anyone who still needs more proof than that, I can only shake my head. What more could God do to prove His love and mercy?”
He died for us.
Jesus Christ the perfect son of God, sinless and perfect blood sacrifice died once and for all mankind (women kind too *grin*.) But my friends HE ROSE FROM THE DEAD.
Now get this. The curtain to the Holy of Holies was torn in half supernaturally. I often ponder this event and can almost envision God taking this curtain in his two hands and saying “Enough” and splitting it right down the middle with tremendous power and emotion. No wonder there was an earthquake.
Okay, walk this with me now.
Hebrew 7:11-17 If 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? For when the priesthood is changed, the law must be changed also. He of whom these things are said belonged to a different tribe, and no one from that tribe has ever served at the altar. For it is clear that our Lord descended from Judah, and in regard to that tribe Moses said nothing about priests.
And what we have said is even more clear if another priest like Melchizedek appears, one 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. For it is declared:
“You are a priest forever,
in the order of Melchizedek.”
It comes full circle.
King Melchizedek was the heavenly priest, then disappeared, the earthly priesthood was established and sins were forgiven through the High Priest. But, my friends,
Jesus is the GREAT HIGH PRIEST.
Christ Jesus, who died —more than that, who was raised to life —is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Romans 8:34.
Blows my mind. Christ brings the Kingdom of Heaven to earth. He interceeds for us. Can you imagine Jesus meeting you at the foot of the throne? I have and you can read that story here.
Now listen to this exchange between Jesus and one of his disciples:
Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.”
Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority, but the Father who dwells in me does his works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else believe on account of the works themselves.
“Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it. (ESV)
Jesus ministry was all about teaching his disciples how to bring God’s love and power and provision to earth.
My question today: Do you truly believe what Jesus says in the above passage? If you do, are you seeing the miracles? Do you want to know more about how this passage is our passage today in the 21st century?
Get ready because we are going to see it. Our journey to LIVE this passage begins on Monday. Don’t miss this opportunity to be part of what God is doing in His people. Can’t wait.
Okay, what are your answers to the questions? We are going to have some fascinating and empowering conversations today. See you in the comments. Hugs, Lynn