Hebrews 7:17 A Priest Forever

“For it is declared: You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizadek.” Hebrews 7:17

Melchizadek is a person that the Bible does not give a whole lot of information on. He appeared long before the Levitical priesthood came to be. The priests were to collect a tithe from every person. Melchizadek collected that tithe from Abraham before it was a rule.

Just a few verses before this one, the author of Hebrews points out that Melchizadek does not have any genealogy, no recorded beginning or end and no record of parents. He was unique in his position as a priest.

In this verse someone is declared by God to be a priest in the same way Melchizadek was. This person was Jesus. He is to be a priest of a different type.

The priests of the Old Testament were men who had sin in their lives. They had to offer sacrifices for their own sins before they could offer sacrifices for the people. With this type of set up, perfection could never be attained. This is why Jesus was sent.

Jesus did not have to offer any sacrifices for Himself. He never sinned. He offered Himself as the sacrifice for every person.

People like to go to a priest or pastor for help, or for confession. They seek their guidance to get right with God. Although they can point a person in the right direction, they cannot make things right with God for the person. Only Jesus can do that.

How does this help you today?

Priests and pastors are not always available and they cannot do everything. Jesus is available at all times everywhere. He is there for you. Jesus will never leave and die off like every priest or pastor. You can rely on Him and trust Him. Jesus is there forever for you.

Take time today to seek Jesus. Go to Jesus for all of your needs. Bring to Him all of your gifts for God. He is now your High Priest forever. Just like Melchizadek, He is set apart as different, He is God’s Son.

I pray today that you will find comfort in knowing Jesus is there for you; that you will know that Jesus will always be available; that you will seek the guidance of Jesus in your life; and that you will grow more like Jesus everyday.

John 6:9 Anyone Can Be Used

“Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will that go among so many?” John 6:9

Jesus had been teaching for an extended amount of time in a remote location. There were about 5,000 men there, not to include any women or children. As it came to evening time Jesus asked about how the disciples were going to feed the people. They did not have any clue as to how to do it. Andrew then brings up a boy with a few loaves of bread and some fish. Jesus blesses the food and feeds everyone with leftovers at the end.

Often people come up against a situation in life that needs a solution and quickly. They look around and do not see any easy solution, while in God’s eyes, the solution is right in front of them.

God can take a very little and make it a lot. Read the rest of the story, they end up with twelve baskets full of left over bread crumbs. That is more than they started with.

In my family of just ten people, we can go through a whole loaf of bread in one meal easily. How can five loaves feed 5,000? It is by the work of God. He multiplied the loaves to meet the need.

Along with taking just a little food to feed the many, Jesus also used a boy. Most people do not even look at a child as a solution to a major food issue.

Many people also look at themselves like a child. They feel they are too small to really do anything big for God. They do not see how God can possibly use them in a real way.

Compared to God, you and I are nothing. You really have nothing of value, except giving your own self. Give God your life and you have given Him the most valuable thing available. God can then use you and what little you have to do great things.

Are you a willing little child? Are you available to God? Are you willing to give God what you have to use for His glory? Seek God today on how you can be used by Him. You may be surprised at what can happen.

I pray today that God will reveal to you how He can use you; that you will be willing to be used by God; that you will trust God with what you have; that God will work miracles through you; and that God will build His kingdom through you.