Again, another bible class. It was written and given as a public talk but posted here in case anyone else would care to read it. This subject was a delight to study, especially in such exciting times where prophecy is speedily becoming a reality as we know with all certainty that it will.
Melchizedek is explicitly mentioned in three sections of scripture. The historical record of Melchizedek is found in Genesis 14, Then the sweet psalmist of Israel picks up the theme and links it to Christ in the millenium – Psalm 110. And finally, Paul in Hebrews 5 to 7, ties the theme together expounding many parts of these two earlier passages, showing that indeed Jesus was the Christ – the anointed king – foretold by the prophets.
Paul tells us that Melchizedek was:
Heb 7:3 Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually.
Melchizedek was a man and therefore undoubtedly had parents, probably even children. Paul’s point is that Melchizedek has been made to look like Christ… he is a type of Christ! Hence all the details, or in this case, lack of them, are recorded for that purpose… nothing is left to chance in scripture. I’d like to look at both the prophecy and the exhortation. Continue reading →
This has been adapted from a bible-class talk and posted here that all may benefit from the study. Please contact me with any thoughts…
Our subject is Bet-Lechem בת-לחם – the house of bread – which in summary symbolises the Ecclesial household of faith throughout every age. Together, we will trace this symbol throughout scripture: from it’s roots to the prophetic climax yet to be fully realised. From the calling of a people for his name, to the exalting of David, the beloved over his brethren and sisters to stand before Yahweh. His multitudinous loaf body, broken and spread abroad, that all nations may cause themselves to be blessed in the eating of it, and the Glory of Yahweh fills the earth in those who manifest his character. This is an overwhelmingly beautiful subject, far more extensive than we could possibly do justice in this short study. Continue reading →
Exo 12:1 And Yahweh spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying,
2 This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you.
3 Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house.
We may read through this quickly and miss the important detail in verse 3. In the Hebrew it is more literally:
… and the men shall take to them a seh שה (small livestock, sheep or goat) for their fathers house, a seh שה for a house
So who which men are these, well they can’t be the fathers, and there is only one man per house fetching the seh שה. The answer appears to be the first born, which were sanctified to Yahweh (Exo 13:2). Later the Levites were sanctified in place of the first born (Num 3:12). It is reasonable then to assume that the role of the first born was the priestly role that the Levites took over.
The anti-type Christ, the first born of the family Yahweh Elohim, our passover lamb, who “by himself purged us from our sins” (Heb 1). As the first born he provided the lamb, himself, he is eaten by the whole family who by him are saved from the destroying angel (Exo 12:4). The covering of his blood protects the entrance to the household and those within – the Ecclesia. And just as the passover of old his bones were not to be broken (Exo 12:46).