Jesus: A True and Better Melchizedek

June 26, 2016
Rev. Mark Koschmann
Scripture Readings: Genesis 14:17-24; Hebrews 4:14-5:10; Matthew 11:27-30


Daily Devotional/Group Discussion Questions

The story of Melchizedek has historically been a mystery in the Bible. As you go through these accounts, see why God sent Jesus, and how Jesus is the Great High Priest.

 Daily Prayer: Father, let us see how the Law frees us from nothing. Reveal to us the freedom found in your Son, Jesus.

Monday, June 20
Read Genesis 14:17-20 & Hebrews 7:1-2. Who was this Melchizedek (we’ll call him Mel for short)?

Tuesday, June 21
Read Hebrews 5:1-4 & 9:1-10. The Latin word for “priest” means “bridge-builder.” An Old Testament priest would be like our modern day counselors, self-help gurus, consultants, plus pastor. Who were these special people?

Wednesday, June 22
Read Hebrews 7:1-10. Mel is a mystery in the Bible. The law, as you’ve seen in previous readings (and can see in Exodus 28:1-4 & 32:26-29), states that priests would come from the line of Levi, Abraham’s grandson (“still in his loins”). This shows that the order of Mel was much greater than that of Abraham. What are some oddities that the author of Hebrews points out?

Thursday, June 23
Read Hebrews 7:11. Why did God send Jesus?

Friday, June 24
Read Hebrews 7:12-28 & 9:11-28.  The author now shows how Jesus is now the High Priest. What does that mean? What stands out to you? How is Jesus the True and Better Mel?

Saturday, June 25
Read Hebrews 5:5-10 & Hebrews 6:9-20. Consider all of the puzzle pieces we’ve laid out this week. If Jesus is the True and Better Mel, what does that mean for our faith today?

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