October 20

Today's Bible Reading
     II Kings 1
     II Thessalonians 1
     Daniel 5
     Psalms 110-111
 
MEMORIZE TODAY
“The Lord has sworn and will not relent; you are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.” (Psalms 110:4)
 
THE MESSIAH IS YOUR HIGH PRIEST
            In this wonderful Messianic Psalm, David is affirming that the Messiah will come, and that He will be God. He is affirming the deity of the Messiah. David prophesied that after the death, burial, and resurrection of the Messiah, He would sit at the right hand of the Father. Psalm 110:1 is one of the strongest declarations of Christ's deity in the Bible.
            After His Resurrection, our High Priest sat down with Jehovah on His throne where He will remain until Jehovah makes His enemies His footstool. He will sit upon the throne of David, His father, by natural descent, and Jehovah God will say to Him, “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever.” A scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your Kingdom (Hebrews 1:8).
            Then David speaks of the role of the Messiah as High Priest. We see this as He sits at the right hand of the Heavenly Father and intercedes as a mediator for His Church. Christ is the Messiah Priest, ordained not by man, but by the oath of Jehovah God who consecrated Him, saying, “You are a Priest forever, according to the order of Melchizedek.”  Then the Scripture tells us that Jehovah is not a man that He should repent or change His mind. He is immutable; that is, He does not change. The Messiah Priest of this Messianic Psalm has no successor; His Priesthood is eternally unique. Melchizedek is mentioned only twice in the Old Testament - here and in Genesis 14. He is a mysterious priest and king who went out to meet Abraham when the latter returned from battle after rescuing Lot.
            As a King Priest, Melchizedek is a type of Christ who is our eternal king and priest. As Priest, he brought bread and wine to Abraham, and then received tithes from him. In the New Testament, our High Priest, who is a Priest forever, according to the order of Melchizedek, served bread and wine to His Disciples, instituting the Lord's Supper. As incredible as it may seem the position and ministry of our Lord is set forth in an ancient King/Priest from the Book of Genesis. Melchizedek had no recorded parents. In this way, He was a type of Christ whose lineage was heavenly, not earthly.
 
PRAY FOR THE WORLD
            As you continue to pray for those who are in bondage to cultic teaching, pray specifically for those who have been led astray into these quasi-Christian movements. Pray also for the removal of bias in the western media toward New Age concepts and against biblical Christianity. Pray for truth to fill the spiritual vacuum in former atheistic states. Pray also for the preparation of suitable literature and videos that are done with quality and communicate the simple truth in all the major languages.