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February 14, 2022 6:00 am
Pastor Rick teaches from the letter to the Hebrews
If you love the Scripture.
This will if Scripture doesn't move you, you're probably deep into a dream about this guy believe you're missing this, but I love the word of God. Even in my worst days. I know God's word is true, and I know the time will come that whatever love I have for Scripture in this life will be sold to wafted by the presence of Jesus Christ in eternity that you can even write about that as much as you love Jesus.
Now you have seen anything yet to how you gonna love them later. This is cross reference radio with our pastor and teacher Rick Gaston. Rick is the pastor of Calvary Chapel Mechanicsville. Pastor Rick is currently teaching through the book of Hebrews. Please stay with us after today's message to hear more information about cross reference radio, specifically how you can get a free copy of this teaching, and now here's Pastor Rick with part two of his study called mystery of Melchizedek in Hebrews chapter 7. If you are a backslider. We will intercede and we will pray for you if you are an unbeliever, we will intercede and we will pray for you that's what please do they go to God on behalf of sinners and so when he says he is a priest. This Melchizedek. He was the man of all the priests in that pagan world.
They were passed by because they want to follow false gods full of false religions have false praise. True faith God has his true and faithful witnesses. So when we see David. David got men to touch God men who otherwise would never have done so. They had distanced themselves for whatever reason from God, and he drew the man he wrote their songs. He lived his life. He preached to them, he rubbed off on them. We going to work on Chronicles and that's one of those many lessons it's coming out a first Chronicles is whirling before the ark of the covenant while wearing the priestly. He fought that was a shadow of a reality to come. Christ seeing a king where the E part C a king has power with men. A priest's power with God. Jesus Christ is the one that fulfills that he has the power over men and he has the power of God.
He fulfills the picture that David was illustrating with his behavior. David did not usurp the priesthood when he donned the fought he joined it as King's and I am the king of Israel. I am totally about the God of Israel. This is not so much a monarchy.
It is a theocracy.
God rules the nation. Total rule is the best rule. If the king is holy and righteous.
Only Christ is in the millennial kingdom is all about that and the prophets write about how wonderful it's going to be in the millennial age when Christ rules from Jerusalem on earth. We talk about it as though it's already happened to God. It has we're so sure of it is just a matter of fact with us but the unbelievers they struggle with this a lot about what will answer your questions of your honest questions, but of the dishonest questions of you just want to provoke a fight we won't answer your questions would just let you fight yourself you won't strive with you will will preach the truth and in addition, we might just be praying for you. You can't stop us from that.
He says of the most high God.
I better get rolling here. This made it clear that Melchizedek a Gentile.
Nonetheless, was distinct in his worship from all the other man-made gods in their priests that accompanied them. This is a great honor to give such a character as Melchizedek priest of the most high God. You don't get higher than that is a priest of LL Jan God most high, the Jews good back the good enough they could not challenge that they could not say well that's not true is not in the Bible.
We don't accept that authority. They could not escape it. Didn't see this coming.
When he first mentioned Melchizedek. They don't see where he is going until he gets to the seventh chapter and he lays it out on them. They can get away from it. Have you ever been cornered by true if your born-again believer.
Of course you RSA become born-again cornered your sinner you guilty of going to hell unless you repent receive the invitation. Jesus Christ says who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him. Abraham's conquest was brought about mainly by irritable nephew family lot.
A man named lot lot lived in Sodom. Sodom was not as bad as it was going to be, but was already starting and well that they actually yet, the time that Abraham is going to rescue him.
It's already percolating Abraham wanted nothing to do with them. Will the kings from the East came and they conquered Sodom and Gomorrah and a captured lot in the king of Sodom and all the people they were taking them away in this spoils as slaves.
Abraham gets word of this. He rises up with his army. He attacks the kings from the East. He defeats them and he captures or rescues all the people and retakes all the spoils and that is what this event is is talking about. It was a day of stark distinction between righteousness and unrighteousness between the low level of Sodom's King and the high level of Salem's King Sema kids addict he was a priest and he was a king's name to the deck means the king of righteousness when he was the king of a place call Salem king of righteousness, king of peace. We know selling today as Jerusalem and we pick it up in Genesis 14.
This is the part where the king of Sodom and Gomorrah still says to Abraham, okay, I'll take the people you keep all the goodies Abraham wants no connection with him whatsoever. I will take nothing from a thread to a sandal strap and I will not take anything that is yours list you say I have made Abraham great fame have a sharp pain. No crook when he saw one and he wasn't about to have any association with him it wouldn't receive nothing from Sodom's King as we are not supposed to receive anything from Sodom's King but when Melchizedek comes out Abraham not only receives what he eats and he drinks and he ties verse two, to whom also Abraham gave 1/10 of all first being translated king of righteousness and then also King of Salem, meaning king of peace. You thought I was just really smart I am.
What it said it right there really and I just got ahead while the Jews again had to admit that Melchizedek's ministry was legitimate.
It's in this Scripture to the could not dismiss this argument.
Some of them were going. He got us what is his right. And with that would come the freedom and glory. Others might've hardened up with Abraham acknowledged that Melchizedek was a priest over himself just like that. Instantly he knew that's what her righteous spirit does when it is in touch with another righteous spirit without hesitation is a kindred spirit, we would we would say so. If Abraham recognized no kids, a deck, then his descendents should do the same thing. That is how they thought and that is how they lived Melchizedek.
As I mentioned, impressed Abraham. This kind of impression comes from love. There was that about Melchizedek that Abraham was drawn to with the love we saw this happen with David and Jonathan. There's Jonathan with his father in Israel's army on one side of the valley of the law. There the Philistines with bighead Goliath. On the other side and nobody wants to make a move because they don't want to give up the advantage that no one at the attack uphill for the giant comes out. He challenges them for the champion to fight it out. No one wants to deal with life except this little shepherd boy shows up with raising cakes from dad to give to his brothers and he says who is this Philistine.
How dare he talk about God like this one is dealing with. I'll deal with them and they're all laughing at him go finish with your playset. So David word gets to Saul. Saul didn't care who he sent to the slaughter long as he got credit for any victory that could be had. He hadn't really little problems sending David Albert Dave is not a little boy. He's a he's a growing team is large enough for them to consider putting Saul's armor on. Of course, that won't work for David.
David goes with the shepherd's guard sling stone in a pouch that will hold for other stones.
A loaded magazine and so David of course we know the story. He slays the giant Jonathan and all Israel wants this. Jonathan was instantly taken by this victory because it was shrouded in faith. David made it clear that he was fighting God's fight that he was all about Yahweh. He never, for one moment gave any indication that he was going to take down this giant just because he could and then we pick it up in Samuel 18 now when he had finished speaking to Saul this is Abby came back with that head in his hand chopped off. The giant said when he had finished speaking to Saul, the soul of Jonathan was meant to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.
That's what was going on with Abraham.
He comes back from this great victory, but he sees Melchizedek, the high priest come out with bread and wine the emblems to us of our communion table and he smitten. He loves him right away. Has that ever happened to you.
Have you ever met a Christian away from your hometown, your church and you just love them, their brother, their sister is instantly that us portion of what was going on. Melchizedek demanded nothing. But he brought to Abraham didn't say here I am, would read one of the five dollars if you want to receive you and all the communion I have to offer you going to have to make a seed offering was none of that stuff. Genesis 1480 Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine.
He was a priest of LL Jan God most high, and he blessed him and said, Blessed be Abram of God most high possessor of heaven and earth, that is God's hip possessor of heaven and earth is get this right Abraham, we got the same God, and he continues and blessed be God most high. There it is again LL Jan, who has delivered your enemies into your hand and then Abraham gave him 1/10 of everything he had powerful moment Abraham is being blessed and is receiving the blessing and he is moved emotionally, spiritually, willfully moved.
God wants his people moved volitional without pressure of you know tricks the pressure of love. The pressure of truth of those not pressures more like forces and is a subtle difference, as I'm using it here, there's a force behind love is a force behind truth, health, forceful are right words said Job is continues here in verse two, first being translated king of righteousness that is occurring is now addressing the name I've gone off in the Genesis and coming back now to Hebrews the telling the Jews once more. No use pretending these titles are fulfilled in Christ, and no one else. Isaiah chapter 9, you can still use this preaching to a Jewish person is still taken to Melchizedek to listen before Moses was even thought of. There was a law of the ties of the blessings and and menu go to Isaiah 6 for unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given, and the government will be upon his shoulder and his name will be called wonderful Counselor, mighty God, everlasting Father, Prince of peace. All of that capturing this moment. Then there's Jeremiah in his days Judah will be saved is talking about Messiah, who is Christ. Israel will dwell's out safely. That is not yet happened not long term. Now this is his name by which he will be called the Lord our righteousness all over the said canoe and Christ is fulfilling the role of the righteous king and the king of peace. That is the point is there in their Scripture, and it is in the New Testament. Therefore, having been justified by faith. Romans 51, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, and no one else is magnificent how the Scripture all these different men riding on different days, different times, different cultures, saying these profound things that all balance in the end balance like a balance sheet you get to the bottom number.
Saul correct and it is done.
The power of God. I don't undecided understand knowing when people so I don't believe the Bible was written by men will should have been written by dear what you mean what do you want to see the hand of God, come out the sky and write it for you. For every single person overall.
Why can God just move people of these God why the other problem with that they would. God is a problem with you. God's got a problem when you your doubt your faithlessness. It's okay to say that to them well. He continues at the bottom of verse two and then also king of SELA meaning king of peace. And I have covered that Ephesians 214 for he himself is our peace.
Ephesians 214, verse three. They remade it without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end-of-life made like the son of God remains a priest continually all the scholars and if you study Scripture your scholar may not be a scholar like some of the others that you are a student of the word, but all of the bigwigs and many of the great men of God. I don't want to get anything from them. They fuss over well was Melchizedek and appearance of Jesus Christ, God the son in the Old Testament before his birth. Mary a Kristof and he and some say no and some say yes it is a mystery but you cannot just dismiss it. One side of the other. I don't think I one moment I'm leaning towards their that was Chrysler's one where I think it was just a figure that the writer picks up his it's a mystery. We'll leave it at that. But this picture this verse three pictures Christ self existent and eternal. Those are credentials of deity, not a man that you could say the word, which many do. The writer is just using the kids a deck as an example type a parallel to the life of Christ that will fulfill it all literally.
Well that is true, but he still could have been Christ before Abraham there are good arguments on both sides, but when I going to take the time go through it because you joy got to do is listen to me and them you'll be happy especially when you fact check me and find I made a mistake but this description of Melchizedek. Of course, prefigures the eternal priesthood of Christ is always saying to his audience is saying to them. We already have a model of this in our Scripture and you're looking at Christ. You know he's the fulfillment of it why you're playing games.
Why are you thinking you Google our first sheep again because it was so much fun going with dad when you were little boy when usually you turn 12 you went with your dad and you you think you want to preserve these things better priesthood and it is one of Christ is one of faith and grace and truth and law just not mosaic ceremonial law and so like the kids a deck crisis both priest and king belonging to a priesthood independent and superior to Aaron and that's what they gotta get errors. Priesthood was fine for the dispensation. That period of Old Testament law, but is now past made obsolete because of the fulfillment like an acorn and acorn is made obsolete once it sprouts into a tree and you can see it, you can pluck up a little sprout of any of the oak and you can still see the acorn attached to it in route going down in the.
The not itself holding the not going to the side in the tree coming up that acorn will be obsolete once it's refilled. Its mission is gone, you'll never see it again with the tree. The tree remains and so the law of fulfillment. The priest Melchizedek is given in Scripture as one without human origin. That's his point without mother, without father, without genealogy, the Jews were big on lineage when it came to the priesthood.
I mean they were fierce if you could not prove you were a child of, or of the line of Aaron there would be no priesthood for you and God put this proving of priestly pedigree into Scripture so that we could reference it and see this fact. Ezra chapter 2.
This is when the Jews are coming back to the promised land had been captive in Babylon for 70 years or so and now they're coming back with Zerubbabel and their establishing their worship again and they were fine. I will pour out priest and we pick it up there. There was a group that came in this it will whip aware of the line of Aaron, this is the response record of it. These sought their listing. Among those who were registered by genealogy, but they were not found. Therefore, they were excluded from the priesthood as defiled, defiled from the priesthood not defiling you just a rotten liar. Not bad, was a leader not a priest and so you would be defiled if you entered into that office because you cannot prove you're from Erin so Nehemiah now Nehemiah is about 70 over 70 years after that event. Nehemiah 746. These sought their listing. Among those who were registered by genealogy, but it was not found. Therefore, they were excluded from the priesthood as defiled. Please see the Jews wouldn't play with this. You're either barren or you're not. It goes back to his anticipation of the question. If Jesus was a priest. Why is he not of the line of Levi because that's very important to us and so then he trumps their you know who he trumps them. He says of them, he is gone beyond Levi goes back to Melchizedek which is in high a higher priesthood. You say you're repeating yourself will resist repeating itself. You can't get away from his piledriving again another wrestling move but the piledriver that is right on the construction site to find that bedrock to put the foundation on it keeps hitting it and hitting it until it won't move anymore, so fact Jesus Christ is not of the tribe of Levi, but of Judah. That's a fact. Fact there is a different priesthood greater than that of Levi, and it is explained in Melchizedek fact it is to be received as superior to errands priesthood Jesus belongs to that line fact Scripture is the final authority the final say so you either submit to it or you fight against it.
And so the mysterious record of Melchizedek placed here just for this. That word says he has no father or no mother is without beginning, Jesus Christ. Revelation 2319 Jesus speaking I am Alpha and Omega.
I am beginning in the end, the first and the last.
Another words I'm self existent is exclusive to deity. You have to be God to do that and he is Micah 52. But you, Bethlehem, for the go.
You are little among thousands of Judah, yet out of you shall come forth to me. The one to be ruler in Israel is that Prince of peace. That is the king of righteousness that king of peace ruler to be in Israel, whose goings forth are from old, from everlasting.
How far back as everlasting.
It's it's eternal past. There's just no beginning to it.
It's just there and so one more Isaiah 43. If you love the Scripture.
This won't bore you if Scripture doesn't move you. You're probably deep into a dream about this time not even hear me saying this but I love the word of God. Even in my worst days and know God's word is true, and I know the time will come that whatever love I have for Scripture in this life will be sold often by the presence of Jesus Christ in eternity that you can even write about that as much as you love Jesus. Now you have seen anything yet to how you gonna love you later that the love of God is without measurement this life clouds and fogs up, and Mars everything.
It is rotten but it is necessary.
Sweet will it be when you see the Lord Jesus Christ. So Isaiah 43 verse one speaking about Christ indeed, before the days was, I am he, and there is no one who can deliver out of my hand. I work, and who will reverse it before the days were I am he. Before there was any such thing.
This time I was there.
So when we look again at verse three and we listen to these words without father, without mother, mother, genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end-of-life wood made like the son of God, a priest continually without interruption.
He does not die does not stop from being one who puts us in touch with God. That is the role of the priest made like the son of God, he says here in verse three that could lock in for someone that Melchizedek was a type of Christ at the very least, at the very least, you read that made like the son of God, so he is a type of Christ. He represents something greater that will be fulfilled is a prophetic moment move you've been listening to cross reference radio the daily radio ministry of Pastor Rick asked Calvary Chapel in Mechanicsville, Virginia. As we mentioned at the beginning of today's broadcast. Today's teaching is available free of charge at our website. Simply log on to cross reference radio.com that's cross reference radio.com would also like to encourage you to subscribe to the cross reference radio podcast subscribing ensures that you stay current with all the latest teachings from Pastor Rick, you can subscribe cross reference radio.com or simply search for cross reference radio your favorite podcast to the next time as Pastor Rick continues teaching through the book of Hebrews right here on cross reference radio