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Episode Info: Hebrews 7:1-10 Pastor Chris Tweitmann Last week, we finished up Hebrews chapter 6 and focused on the theme of hope. We were encouraged to put our hope in God, the God who not only repeats His promises and swears by Himself to Abraham, but who also gives us His word, who has even become that word of assurance for us in the flesh. God not only gives us hope. In Jesus Christ, God IS our hope. Today we move from a strong word of assurance back to something the writer of this letter/sermon has been wanting to talk about since the middle of chapter 5, (SLIDE #5) Jesus’ work for us, Jesus’ relationship to us as our great high priest. Something that is best understood, the writer insists, by appreciating Jesus’ connection to a certain person, a figure found in the pages of the OT. We may not have noticed but the author of Hebrews has brought up (SLIDE #6) this person’s name three times already. The third time was at end of chapter 6: Melchizedek. Melchiz-a-who? If we were asked to name the most important people in the Old Testament, it is not likely that Melchizedek’s name would be top on our list. And this is for good reason for this. Truth be told, if it were not for the book of Hebrews, Melchizedek would be little more than an interesting footnote in Bible commentaries. So, why should WE care about him? Who is this Melchizedek guy to us? Well, as we’re about to learn Melchizedek is something of a mystery. And in attempting to resolve the mystery behind that man, the writer of Hebrews intends to teach us further about the distinctiveness and superiority of Jesus. (SLIDES #7 – 11) (SLIDE #12) Let’s talk about the mystery man named Melchizedek. Besides what we read here, (SLIDE #13) everything we know about Melchizedek comes from only two sources: Genesis 14, a historical reference and Psalm 110, a prophetic reference. Melchizedek first shows up in the middle of the story of Abraham. As we were reminded last week, Abraham is one whom God appointed and called to be the father or patriarch of a new people, Israel, through whom the Lord promised to bless all the nations of the world. (SLIDE #14) Abraham’s story goes from Genesis 12 to Genesis 25. Chapter 12 is the start of Abraham’s journey of faith in answering this call from God as Abraham leaves behind the home, the country, and the life he has known and travels to place called Canaan. As Abraham goes, following where the Lord is leading him, we are told Abraham took his nephew Lot with him. (SLIDE #15) After some time in Egypt, in chapter 13, Abraham and Lot split up. They go their separate ways because they had both grown so wealthy that the land couldn’t support their combined livestock. So, Lot chooses to go to a place called Sodom, while Abraham heads in the opposite direction. Well, Sodom and the surrounding cities were under the rule of a coalition of foreign kings led by the King of Elam, Chedorlaomer. (CHAN-DOR-LAY-OMER). Chedorlaomer and his allies raid Sodom an...
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