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Melchi-Zedek: the Mysterious Model for Messiah

Sunday Sermon by: Dr. Paul de Vries

The Lord has sworn and will not change his mind: "You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchi-Zedek"

= Psalm 110:4

Sermon Extract: 

Melchi-Zedek is an intensely curious character briefly mentioned early in the first book of the Old Testament.  All we know about him is found in just four verses, Genesis 14:18-21.  In addition, Psalm 110:4 includes a pithy prophetic reference to the promised Messiah being a priest forever according to Melchi-Zedek's unique priestly "order."  However, much later the author of the "Letter to the Hebrews" in the New Testament devotes 30 verses (Hebrews 5:6 and 6:20 - 7:28) to Melchi-Zedek, clearly labeling him as the primary model for Jesus' awesome ministry as our ultimate priest. 

Why is Melchi-Zedek so important?  Who is he and what did he do?  What qualified him for this amazing exemplary role?  Also, why is Melchi-Zedek so mysterious to many people?  And now how can each of our own lives, service, and leadership be further empowered by examining the extraordinary model of ancient Melchi-Zedek? 

In this advent season, may King David's Psalm 110 prophesy of Messiah coming as priest forever according to Melchi-Zedek's order both strengthen our faith and open us further to God's awesome, abundant grace.




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