TITLE: A priest In The Order of Melchizedek
By Jim Oates
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In the early days before Moses and even before Abraham, before Godís chosen people the Israelites, came into being, there was a priesthood.
Man recognized that there was a higher power above and that power is holier than man below. Man felt he could not approach the true God or even false gods of which there were many. He needed someone who was holier than himself to approach God.
Our early ancestors craved for the intervention of someone they thought was more likely to be acceptable than them selves. A priest was appointed to speak to God on behalf of the people, and to the people on behalf of God.
Moses was to consecrate the people and the Lord was going to come down on Mount Sinai in the sight of the people.The People were fearful and wanted Moses to be their priest or representative before God Exodus.20:18 -19.)
But long before Moses, there was just such a priest. In Exodus.14:18-20, and Hebrews, ch. 7, we read of a priest by the name of Melchizedek.
Although there is not much said about Melchizedek, we know he was a great priest and man of God. Abraham recognized him as being Godís representative and paid him honour and gave him a tithe, 10% of what he had gained.
Melchizedek is called a high priest forever.
Exodus19:5, tells us that God intended the Israelite people to be a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.
Jesus is called our high priest forever in the order of Melchizedek. We are no longer under the old covenant of laws ruled over by priests as go betweens.
We are now under the new covenant, one of grace. Not ruled over by a system of priests.
We have only one High Priest, He is called Jesus. Jesus is the only one between us and God the Father.
1 Pet. 2:4-5 &9, tells us, we are that royal priesthood and a royal nation.Israel had an opportunity to be the kingdom of priests and a holy nation and they refused.
This is possible because Jesus the Christ, is our Priest forever in the order of Melchizedek. Jesus in turn gave us the right to become that kingdom which Israel gave up.
That means that each one of us, who call on the name of Jesus as our Lord and Saviour, is a priest. We have the right to bring our petitions directly in the name of Jesus to God our Father.
In the name of Jesus you and I are a holy priesthood, we are a royal nation.
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