Papyrus 46 Hebrews 7 within two or three generations of the life of Jesus
1880s Mount of Olives overlooking the Temple in Jerusalem
This Melchizedek was king of Salem and priest of God Most High. He met Abraham returning from the defeat of the kings and blessed him, 2 and Abraham gave him a tenth of everything. First, the name Melchizedek means “king of righteousness”; then also, “king of Salem” means “king of peace.” 3 Without father or mother, without genealogy, without beginning of days or end of life, resembling the Son of God, he remains a priest forever.
4 Just think how great he was: Even the patriarch Abraham gave him a tenth of the plunder! 5 Now the law requires the descendants of Levi who become priests to collect a tenth from the people—that is, from their fellow Israelites—even though they also are descended from Abraham. 6 This man, however, did not trace his descent from Levi, yet he collected a tenth from Abraham and blessed him who had the promises.
7 And without doubt the lesser is blessed by the greater. 8 In the one case, the tenth is collected by people who die; but in the other case, by him who is declared to be living.
9 One might even say that Levi, who collects the tenth, paid the tenth through Abraham, 10 because when Melchizedek met Abraham, Levi was still in the body of his ancestor.
11 If perfection could have been attained through the Levitical priesthood—and indeed the law given to the people established that priesthood—why was there still need for another priest to come, one in the order of Melchizedek, not in the order of Aaron?
12 For when the priesthood is changed, the law must be changed also. 13 He of whom these things are said belonged to a different tribe, and no one from that tribe has ever served at the altar. 14 For it is clear that our Lord descended from Judah, and in regard to that tribe Moses said nothing about priests. 15 And what we have said is even more clear if another priest like Melchizedek appears, 16 one who has become a priest not on the basis of a regulation as to his ancestry but on the basis of the power of an indestructible life. 17 For it is declared:
“You are a priest forever,
in the order of Melchizedek.”
18 The former regulation is set aside because it was weak and useless 19 (for the law made nothing perfect), and a better hope is introduced, by which we draw near to God.
20 And it was not without an oath! Others became priests without any oath, 21 but he became a priest with an oath when God said to him:
“The Lord has sworn
and will not change his mind:
‘You are a priest forever.’”
22 Because of this oath, Jesus has become the guarantor of a better covenant.
23 Now there have been many of those priests, since death prevented them from continuing in office; 24 but because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood. 25 Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.
26 Such a high priest truly meets our need—one who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, exalted above the heavens. 27 Unlike the other high priests, he does not need to offer sacrifices day after day, first for his own sins, and then for the sins of the people. He sacrificed for their sins once for all when he offered himself. 28 For the law appoints as high priests men in all their weakness; but the oath, which came after the law, appointed the Son, who has been made perfect forever.
A mystery - for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
“What no eye has seen,
what no ear has heard,
and what no human mind has conceived”—
the things God has prepared for those who love him—
These are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit.
The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God.
Like Hebrews 7, this cannot be understood unless discerned through the Spirit.
The person with the Spirit makes judgments about all things.
Jesus was asked specifically, as The Lord sat opposite of the Temple on the Mount of Olives, when Victory would be obtained. In Mark 13, Jesus didn't explain all of the question - He said endure until the end. Father God works that way in our lives, changes happen, events unforeseen. We just know we want to be in His Plan. God has not brought us so far, to drop us on our heads.
1 Corinthians 8:6
Yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist.
One God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
1 Peter 1:3
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.
Father God, Zechariah was greeted by Gabriel and told amazing events of God. Instead of believing, Zechariah wanted the details. Help us to hold on to the Altar of Mercy when we want to bolster our faith. Help us to be like the Centurion,being where Jesus chose to dwell, as an adult in Capernaum, knowing God's Word is sufficient.
You are Good, Father, and merciful. Zechariah was welcomed again as he stood in awe to see the Word of God fulfilled. Father God, you forgave and used Zechariah as a messenger of Your Word.
Praise be to the Lord, He has come to his people and redeemed them.
God has shown mercy to our ancestors
and remembers His Holy Covenant,
Father God, in my life, earnestly and truthfully guide me to stay in Your Way,
Thank You for being in these generations of salvation
Through the forgiveness of my sins,
Because of the tender mercy of our God,
guide our feet into the path of peace.
♔ Lord Jesus Saves †