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Mystery of Melchizedek (Part C)

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February 15, 2022 6:00 am

Mystery of Melchizedek (Part C)

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February 15, 2022 6:00 am

Pastor Rick teaches from the letter to the Hebrews

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Therefore, he is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.

He's gotta be defined to do that. This will praying to Peter as blasphemy. We don't talk to the dead that we don't pray to human beings ever. We pray to Jesus Christ, who is more than he is of course the eternal son. Therefore, he is the one that lives forever making intercession. 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 today.

Pastor Rick will conclude his study called mystery of Melchizedek in Hebrews chapter 7. Now this is his name by which he will be called the Lord our righteousness. You hold 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 so correct and it is done. The power of God. I don't undress. I understand knowing when people so I don't believe the Bible was written by memo 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 abuse God was the problem with that I say 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 we made 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 it. That was Christ.

This one well I think it was just a figure that the writer picks up his it's a mystery will 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've been Christ before Abraham there are good arguments on both sides, but when I going to take the time go through it because joy got to do is listen to me and then you'll be happy especially when you `me if 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 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 so like the kids a deck crisis both priest and king belonging to priesthood independent and superior to Aaron and that's what they gotta get Aris priesthood was fine for the dispensation that. 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 of all 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 and 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 the line of Aaron there would be no priesthood for you and God. He 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 in 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 only another 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 of Aaron 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. He goes back to Melchizedek which is in high a higher priesthood so 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 driving 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 fat 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 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. In other 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 F. Roth, the girl 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. 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 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 but 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 is okay. He is a type of Christ. He represents something greater that will be fulfilled is a prophetic moment and then it was fulfilled in Christ. But at most you could say Mackenzie deck was actually an appearance of Jesus Christ. As I covered before we see this in Daniel chapter 3. This is when those you know, Shadrach me shack Abednego were in the fire attended very Brooklyn like in the fire. I know how to spell it. McKee answered Nebuchadnezzar, I see four men loose walking in the midst of the fire and they are not hurt in the form of the fourth is like the son of God. This this define what anything the fourth is like a human being to what is the superlative get put onto that God was moving in his heart, and it was so important that God preserve it in the record. We have it to this day there so many other things in Scripture that demand you not ignore it. The prophecies, the logic love the wind moves you like no other book you can read a service espionage book or something and you get moved in a certain way, but you don't get moved by Scripture that Wade moves a whole another level.

Psalm 110 verse four again David writing. This is where he remains a priest continually says at the bottom of verse three.

Psalm 110 Yahweh has sworn and will not relent. In other words, this is divine law.

You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek, who could he be talking to was no Jew that could fit that except Jesus saw his ministry is validated in verse four. Now now consider how great this man was, to whom even the patriarch Abraham gave 1/10 of the spoils you read that in you say it it just read it with pros now consider how great this man was, to whom even the patriarch Abraham. Source is nothing there that when use when you read it this way. Think about it. Abraham gave attempt to him. That's what he is saying that is the impact it would have because Abraham was that important to them you if you could if it's a profound truth, you can whisper it and it is poetic if it is not much of anything than it is boring and so he says now can now think about how this great man to whom even the patriarch Abraham gave 1/10 of the spoils. Have you ever heard such a thing did Abraham do this to anybody else. Well, Abraham's famous incident. Once he conquered those kings and it was not by mistake.

The God couples that story with Melchizedek when Abraham conquered the kings of the east is fame went out everywhere. As someone to be very careful about. He was a hero. He was a Savior of the people, not a Savior of the soul, the Savior of their lives from the these circumstances that were taking place and it was no small matter that this hero would treat Melchizedek as a hero so you understand the logic there for Abraham to say Melchizedek is the man not me and then to say to the Jews. This priesthood is the one God has chosen over Moses priesthood because Abraham would never have tied to Moses. Moses being the lesser. As far as scriptural rank goals in the record.

Moses is 400 years away from that event and Levi is almost 100 years away from the events of Abraham. As I mentioned the offering was entirely voluntary.

That is critical. Your free will is is who you are who we are, what decides whether to go to heaven or hell you choose life you choose to reject God and take the consequences. There, there was no request for music Melchizedek.

No appeal, no browbeating, just a simple voluntary act of Abraham that is big.

Verse five run out of words. You know you run out of verbs and adjectives to describe all of these things when I get there I go to next verse, and indeed those who are the sons of Levi, who receive the priesthood, have a commandment to receive ties from the people according to the law that is from their brethren, though they have come from the loins of Abraham, and so the ease giving this incidentally is a timestamp that the Jewish temple was still in existence that the Romans had not yet destroyed it because he speaking of the sacrifices in the temple in the present sent tents and as we move through through chapter, not even to chapter 9 will be getting Jewish law concerning their their sacrifices and the offerings and end of filing it down to fit the truth of the new covenant will we will be filing it down God, God will be bringing it into focus that way.

Verse six what he was genealogy is not derived from them received tithes from Abraham and blessed him who had the promise now are not going to be rushing through this, but there's really not a lot more here and I got out everything I have to say there's a sum there are some details here began verse six he whose genealogy is not derived from them received tithes from a premise talk about Melchizedek is not part of Moses and he blessed him who had the promises will more Abraham had the promises God touched Abraham this is my man and yet that man who had that promise on him is submitting to him to Melchizedek. So he's keeping the rank in front of them using the kids addicts up here Abraham is down here Jesus is up here. Judaism is down here he's keeping them locked into his truth and verse seven not be all beyond all contradiction the lesser is blessed by the better. Now this again. The spiritual rank of the high priest Melchizedek superior to the rank of Abraham is pointed out already. Verse eight here mortal men received tithes, but there he receives them, of whom it is witnessed that he lives. Sometimes writers of the New Testament, they they need a course in writing is not always clear you do a lot of work sometimes a what is he talking about well here in verse eight where he begins here mortal men received tithes. The present tense of the temple he's talking about the Levitical order that was still in existence in Jerusalem when he wrote this letter when he says there he goes back to Melchizedek here Judaism today. There Melchizedek and it Abraham. So that is the here and there. Verse eight he also says in verse eight, whom it is witnessed that he lives in other words, with no record of Melchizedek ever knowing we have a record of Arun Diane is made very clear in Scripture. Aaron went up on the mountain with Moses and his son, and they stripped him. The Bible says of his priestly garments, and they gave it to his son and so that death of Arun's is matter of scriptural record, but there's no record of Melchizedek because his ministry is perpetual is eternal is locked in through Messiah through Christ, and so we read Hebrews 725 students who said we wouldn't get the verse 25 will just touching on it. Therefore, he is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them. He's gotta be defined to do that. This will praying to Peter as best blasphemy. We don't talk to the dead that we don't pray to human beings ever. We pray to Jesus Christ, who is more than is a course, the eternal son and therefore he is the one that lives forever making intercession. He stands at the bottom and how does he do that just by the cross.

It's it's it's sort of like a standing order. You know if you have a company and you put in a standing order of the first in a month or whatever that you pick this order ships.

I don't have to call in and say can you send me five more sermons from Rick Gaston you just automatically ship them. That's a standing order and that's automatic and so is the grace the recurrent grace that we receive a screw this and if the grace we have is so fragile that you can mess it up by stumbling because you're a sinner, then you don't have grace you're done. But if you've got something that is so powerful, so powerful is the stain of the blood of Christ that Satan can't wash it out. That is how powerful our salvation is and to walk around fretting over it is a waste of time. If you love Christ, and you do well if you love them this way with all your heart, all your soul, with all your mind and all your strength. You say well I tried heaven to we butter I want to love them that way. One of the profound lessons of David to King David. I'm a God I'm going to build you a temple, God said no but God said because it was in your heart. I'll take that as though you built the temple.

Another was to do it but you get credits for that language, we can understand the blood of Jesus Christ. It does not cleanse from some sins, some of the time it cleanse us from all sins all the time. For those who are in Christ Jesus. There is therefore now no condemnation that is grace. Law is if you follow this rule. If you don't live you don't have an impure thought. If you can't control. Although some of those things that will be things of a pop into your head. You see somebody with a better donut than yours. The thought crosses your all right were going to be done in one minute. Verse seven.

Even Levi received tithes, paid tithes through Abraham, so to speak for he was still in the loins of his father when the kids a deck met him.

Abraham was Levi's great-grandfather Isaac was Louise's great great grandfather Isaac was his grandfather Jacob was the father. Well Isaac. He wasn't even a twinkle in Abraham's life at this point.

In other words, Abraham wasn't even you know ready to have it we was ready to but that the moment had not come for him to conceive. Isaac and yet these these this map was already drawn out here. Levi is when he says, so to speak is saying he did not literally pay tithes spiritually speaking. Levi's DNA was trapped in Abraham's long before he was conceived and therefore if you look at it that way. Levi was subject to Abraham who was subject to Melchizedek which elevates Melchizedek and not allow Levi's ministry to be better than the ministry of Jesus Christ supporting order of Melchizedek.

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