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Priesthood of Melchizedek

Priesthood of Melchizedek Excerpt The priesthood of Melchizedek is the main theme of Hebrews 7–10, so we need not enter into the details now. You will want to read Gen. 14:17–20 for the background. The whole argument of Heb. 7–10 is that Christ is a greater high priest because His priesthood is of a greater order—it belongs to Melchizedek, not Aaron. The name “Melchizedek” means “king of righteousness”; he was also priest of Salem, which means “peace.” Aaron was never a priest-king; but Jesus is both Priest and King. He is a Priest seated on a throne! And His ministry is of peace, the “rest” that was discussed in chapters 3–4. Christ came from Judah, the kingly tribe, and not from Levi, the priestly tribe. Melchizedek suddenly appears in Gen. 14 and then drops out of the story; there is no listing of his beginning or ending. Thus, he is compared to Christ’s eternal Sonship, for He too is “without beginning and ending.” Aaron died and had to be replaced; Christ will never die—His prie…

Laodiceans Were Neither Hot Nor Cold

Laodiceans Were Neither Hot Nor Cold Excerpt The city was in the southwest of Phrygia, on the river Lycus, not far from Colosse, and lying between it and Philadelphia. It was destroyed by an earthquake, a.d. 62, and rebuilt by its wealthy citizens without the help of the state [Tacitus, Annals, 14.27]. This wealth (arising from the excellence of its wools) led to a self-satisfied, lukewarm state in spiritual things, asRev 3:17 describes. See on Col 4:16, on the Epistle which is thought to have been written to the Laodicean Church by Paul. The Church in latter times was apparently flourishing; for one of the councils at which the canon of Scripture was determined was held in Laodicea in a.d. 361. Hardly a Christian is now to be found on or near its site. More Jamieson, Robert, A. R. Fausset, and David Brown.Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible. Vol. 2. Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 1997. Print


RighteousnessRomans 5:21 Excerpt Righteousness is best understood in the sense of “God’s putting men right with himself,” which is understood as the beginning point and eternal life as the final point of the salvation experience. The meaning, then, is that God’s grace rules us by putting us into a right relation with him and by leading us to eternal life (see verse 6.22) through Jesus Christ our Lord. The phrase through Jesus Christ our Lord must be connected in meaning both with the matter of putting men right with God and of leading them to eternal life. More Newman, Barclay Moon, and Eugene Albert Nida. A Handbook on Paul’s Letter to the Romans. New York: United Bible Societies, 1973. Print. UBS Handbook Series.

Hemlock and wormwood

Hemlock and wormwood ‎The plant mentioned in Deut 29:19, normally translated as “poisonous and bitter growth, is difficult to identify. Many exegetes assume that it has to do here with the hemlock (Conium maculatum). The plant grows to 1 m high and contains a toxic substance. Wormwood (Atemisia alba) is a fern-like desert shrub that can reach a height of about 40 cm. In autumn, this shrub bears little white blossoms. The herb taste quite bitter and is used as tea or as elixir against worms. ‎Deut 29:18; Prov 5:4; Jer 9:15; 23:15; Lam 3:15, 3:19; Amos 5:7; 6:12

The High Priestly Prayer of Jesus

The High Priestly Prayer of JesusJohn 17:1-27 Excerpt This prayer is not free-standing; it is intimately connected by themes and link-words with the discourse that precedes it (chs. 14–16), as even the first words of 17:1 (‘After Jesus said this …’) intimate. Indeed, there is ample evidence that prayers of one sort or another were frequently connected with ‘farewell discourses’ in the ancient world, both in Jewish and in hellenistic literature (e.g.Gn. 49;Dt. 32–33Jubilees22:7–23).1 What is unique about this prayer rests neither on form nor on literary associations but on him who offers it, and when. He is the incarnate Son of God, and he is returning to his Father by the route of a desperately shameful and painful death. He prays that the course on which he is embarked will bring glory to his Father, and that his followers, in consequence of his own death and exaltation, will be preserved from evil andfor the priceless privilege of seeing Jesus’ glory, all the while imitating in th…

The Wise and the Foolish

The Wise and the Foolish Excerpt These statements contrast the wise and the fool. While the discerning person is characterized by his wise statements, one lacking judgment (cf. v. 216:327:79:416;11:1212:1115:2117:1824:3028:16) experiences trouble. He may be punished by a rod on the back (cf. 14:326:3). A wise person stores up knowledge; he holds it in for the right occasion without spouting off his knowledge. What a fool says, however, causes him trouble and eventually ruin because he foolishly speaks the wrong things and gets himself in trouble (cf. 10:19). More Buzzell, Sid S. “Proverbs.” The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures. Ed. J. F. Walvoord and R. B. Zuck. Vol. 1. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985. 926. Print.

Mundy's Quote for the Day

Mundy's Quote for the Day By: Reverend Lynwood F. Mundy
The Lord The Shepherd of His People A Psalm of David. 1    The Lordisamy shepherd; bI shall not 1want. 2cHe makes me to lie down in 2green pastures; dHe leads me beside the 3still waters. 3    He restores my soul; eHe leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake.[1] (Psalm 23:1-3, NKJV) a Ps. 78:52; 80:1; [Is. 40:11]; Ezek. 34:11, 12; [John 10:11; 1 Pet. 2:25; Rev. 7:16, 17] b [Ps. 34:9, 10; Phil. 4:19] 1 lack c Ps. 65:11–13; Ezek. 34:14 2 Lit. pastures of tender grass d [Rev. 7:17] 3 Lit. waters of rest e Ps. 5:8; 31:3; Prov. 8:20

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

March 17

  They rest not day and night
Rev. 4:8
O blessed rest! When we rest not day and night, saying, “Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty!” When we shall rest from sin, but not from worship; from suffering and sorrow, but not from joy! O blessed day, when I shall rest with God; when I shall rest in knowing, loving, rejoicing, and praising; when my perfect soul and body shall together perfectly enjoy the most perfect God; when God, who is love itself, shall perfectly love me, and rest in His love to me, and I shall rest in my love to Him; when He shall rejoice over me with joy, and joy over me with singing, and I shall rejoice in Him!


Hardman, Samuel G., and Dwight Lyman Moody. Thoughts for the Quiet Hour. Willow Grove, PA: Woodlawn Electronic Publishing, 1997. Print.

Amazing Grace: 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions

March 17

John H. Sammis, 1846–1919

  But Samuel replied, “Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the voice of the Lord? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams.” (1 Samuel 15:22)
Life can often be a restless, disrupted existence until we give ourselves wholeheartedly to something beyond ourselves and follow and obey it supremely. Such implicit trust in God’s great love and wisdom with a sincere desire to follow His leading should be every Christian’s goal. Our willingness to trust and obey is always the first step toward God’s blessing in our lives.
In 1886 Daniel B. Towner, director of the music department at Moody Bible Institute, was leading the music for evangelist D. L. Moody’s series of meetings in Brockton, Massachusetts. A young man rose to give a testimony, saying, “I am not quite sure—but I am going to trust, and I am going to obey.” Mr. Towner jotted down this statement and sent it to…

My Utmost for His Highest

March 17th

The worker’s ruling passion

Wherefore we labour, that, … we may be accepted of Him. 2 Cor. 5:9.

“Wherefore we labour …” It is arduous work to keep the master ambition in front. It means holding one’s self to the high ideal year in and year out, not being ambitious to win souls or to establish churches or to have revivals, but being ambitious only to be “accepted of Him.” It is not lack of spiritual experience that leads to failure, but lack of labouring to keep the ideal right. Once a week at least take stock before God, and see whether you are keeping your life up to the standard He wishes. Paul is like a musician who does not heed the approval of the audience if he can catch the look of approval from his Master.
Any ambition which is in the tiniest degree away from this central one of being “approved unto God” may end in our being castaways. Learn to discern where the ambition leads, and you will see why it is so necessary to live facing the Lord Jesus Christ. Paul says—…

Spurgeon, Charles H. Morning and Evening

Morning, March 17                                               Go To Evening Reading

         “Remember the poor.”
— Galatians 2:10
Why does God allow so many of his children to be poor? He could make them all rich if he pleased; he could lay bags of gold at their doors; he could send them a large annual income; or he could scatter round their houses abundance of provisions, as once he made the quails lie in heaps round the camp of Israel, and rained bread out of heaven to feed them. There is no necessity that they should be poor, except that he sees it to be best. “The cattle upon a thousand hills are his”—he could supply them; he could make the richest, the greatest, and the mightiest bring all their power and riches to the feet of his children, for the hearts of all men are in his control. But he does not choose to do so; he allows them to suffer want, he allows them to pine in penury and obscurity. Why is this? There are many reasons: one is, to give us, who are favoured with eno…

Connect the Testaments

March 17: Letting Evil Burn
Numbers 19:1–20:13; 1 Corinthians 2:1–16; Psalm 18:13–30

“And Yahweh spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying … ‘let them take to you a red heifer without a physical defect …. And you will give it to Eleazar the priest, and it will … be slaughtered in his presence. Then Eleazar the priest will take some of its blood on his finger and spatter it toward the mouth of the tent of assembly seven times. The heifer will be burned in his sight; its skin, its meat, and its blood, in addition to its offal, will burn’ ” (Num 19:1–4).
This passage is so strange and gruesome, it is clearly symbolic. The heifer represents the perfect, unblemished sacrifice—which takes care of some (not all) of the purification associated with things Yahweh deemed unclean for the purpose of teaching His people obedience, and some of the results of sin (Num 19:9).
Also, the heifer is burned because it has to be made into ashes. This beautiful creature becomes ashes. That’s the cost of an impure l…