It's mid-week already-how time does fly when you are having so much fun! Next week OFA will begin Wednesday evening services-I look forward to this, and believe that God will move mightily. Today, let's begin to look at the next series I will be doing on Sunday mornings (beginning in the 2nd week of September). We will be examining how we can find Jesus throughout the book of Psalms. Jesus is often portrayed at King, Priest, and as the Son of Man.
The Lord says to my lord: “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.” 2 The Lord will extend your mighty scepter from Zion, saying, “Rule in the midst of your enemies!” 3 Your troops will be willing on your day of battle. Arrayed in holy splendor, your young men will come to youlike dew from the morning’s womb.4 The Lord has sworn and will not change his mind: “You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.” 5 The Lord is at your right hand; he will crush kings on the day of his wrath. 6 He will judge the nations, heaping up the dead and crushing the rulers of the whole earth. 7 He will drink from a brook along the way, and so he will lift his head high.
This is an example of a "Messianic" Psalm. Melchizedek is what is referred to as a "type of Christ." This particular Psalm is discussed in Hebrews Ch. 7; The author does a "running commentary" on what Psalm 110 is talking about. I would encourage you to look at both, Psalm 110 and Hebrews Ch. 7-to get a better understanding of what David was talking about when he wrote the Psalm. This is what we will be discussing at length on Sept. 11th. For now though, who is this guy, Melchizedek?
Melchizedek was the king and priest of an ancient city named Salem. His name means "king of righteousness." In Israel, the king and priest duties were separate, they were never held by the same person. The writer of Hebrews points to Melchizedek as being the forerunner of Christ-who occupies the king/priest role in our lives. We even see this man offer up "communion" to Abraham, to celebrate a military victory. Psalm 110 points to an eventual King that will be just like Melchizedek-we know now, David was talking about Christ.
More on this in the next week.