Tuesday 5 May, 2015

Psalm 110

1 The Lord says to my lord: “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.” 2 The Lord will extend your mighty scepter from Zion, saying, “Rule in the midst of your enemies!” 3 Your troops will be willing on your day of battle. Arrayed in holy splendor, your young men will come to you like dew from the morning’s womb. 4 The Lord has sworn and will not change his mind: “You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.” 5 The Lord is at your right hand; he will crush kings on the day of his wrath. 6 He will judge the nations, heaping up the dead and crushing the rulers of the whole earth. 7 He will drink from a brook along the way,[d] and so he will lift his head high.

This is an incredible song about Jesus, probably written over 1000 years before Jesus was even born.

“You will be a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek”

This reference to Melchizedek is a cryptic one as Melchizedek was a character that appears in the book of Genesis briefly. We don’t know much about him from the story but he seems to share a lot of similar attributes to Jesus. The order of Melchizedek is probably in reference to the notion of him being a king and a priest at the same time, which would have been outside the understanding of many of the members of the original Jewish audience.

Lord, thank You that you are not only the priest but that you were also the sacrifice that took care of all sins for all time. Thank You that you are not only a king of the Jewish people but Lord of the universe, above all other kings and rulers.

Written by Ps. Justin Ware

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  1. David Newton says:

    Melchizedek – “Ancient man of mystery”
    The only other reference other than the original Genesis 14 reference is in Hebrews 5-7.
    My favorite is Hebrews 5:7-10
    7 During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. 8 Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered 9 and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him 10 and was designated by God to be high priest in the order of Melchizedek.

    Thanks Justin

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