a priest like Melchizedek

And in another Scripture God says,“You are a priest forever, a priest like Melchizedek.” [Hebrews 5:6]

A few thoughts about Melchizedek: 1) he was a king and a priest; 2) Abraham was his contemporary and recognized him with a tithe; 3) as such his title preceded Jewish priests and Levites.

Some have speculated that he was, based on verses like this, a preincarnate appearance of Christ. Not sure if that is true but I do believe that the verse teaches us a few things about the Messiah. It tells us that Jesus' priesthood is eternal and supersedes all earthly religious titles.

The verse also teaches us that Christ is more than a priest. Like Melchizedek, the Messiah is a king. Unlike Melchizedek his reign is not limited by time or space. As John tells us, he is King of kings and Lord of lords. John also tells us that his kingdom is filled with priests.

Lord help us to live lives that point others to the One who is called a priest forever.

... this devotion is part of a series about the book of Hebrews.

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