DAILY WORD 7/3/20
4. Consider then how great this Melchizedek was. Even Abraham, the great patriarch of Israel, recognized this by giving him a tenth of what he had taken in battle.
5. Now the law of Moses required that the priests, who are descendants of Levi, must collect a tithe from the rest of the people of Israel, who are also descendants of Abraham.
6. But Melchizedek, who was not a descendant of Levi, collected a tenth from Abraham. And Melchizedek placed a blessing upon Abraham, the one who had already received the promises of God. 7. And without question, the person who has the power to give a blessing is greater than the one who is blessed.
Hebrews 7:4–7 NLT
Today’s passage is a continuation of the thought that the author was expressing in yesterday’s post as well as a continuation of the recounting of Abraham’s encounter with the Priest,Melchizedek, King of Salem.
The author of this Book has equated Melchizedek’s character and pattern as one resembling Jesus Christ. He makes the point in this passage that Abraham was the Man of Promise who was the Great Patriarch of Israel, and still, he gave Melchizedek a tenth of the spoils he brought back from the battle he fought to bring home his nephew Lot.
His next point is about the Levitical requirements of tithing. It was Moesic Law for the Levites or individuals of the Priest’s lineage to collect tithes from the people who were all descendants of Abraham, therefore of the same familial line.
However, not only was Melchizedek not part of Abraham’s family, but he also was a great enough figure as to Bless a man who already had the Promise of God’s Covenant.
The final Verse of this passage presents the author’s point plainly; “without question, the person who has the power to give a blessing is greater than the one who is blessed.”
Melchizedek was clearly a “greater” man than Abraham, despite God’s Promise to him that he would be the “Father of many nations”. The one who can bless such a man is clearly the superior individual.
Why is any of this important? The author is setting up his point brilliantly. He is ensuring that his readers know unequivocally that Jesus, The Great High Priest, is greater than both the priests they revered and even than the entire line of Abraham but we’ll get to that another day.
This entire Chapter falls in the category of “Strong meat” and is admittedly a lot to chew on. It is advanced Bible Study material for sure, meant to be mulled over by mature Saints of God who have been through the “preliminary courses” already.
In our next post, we’ll continue to explore this thought, until then, consider just Who and What it is that Jesus is. He is King, Priest, and Lord but is He even more than that? What is He to you and do you really have a firm grip on all He Encompasses?
Have a Fantastic Friday and Stay Safe out there!