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 study was written for a bible class that I was asked to do recently. Reproduced here for the benefit of anyone interested.
Thought the words of Psalm 104, we see the bringing up of the ark back to Israel with jubilant song and dance. We see the setting up of the priestly order. And we see the unbounded wisdom of the almighty, as he shapes and guides world events bringing about his spiritual creation–the heavens and Earth of the future age. We will try and go through chapter this verse by verse and allow spirit word to guide our study.
The psalms seem to be divided into thematic sections by headings. In which case Psalm 104 is part of a series of psalms starting with psalm 103 and ending with psalm 107. The title to this section heads up psalm 103, “To David”, in the AV. However in the Hebrew the phrase can be equally translated, “of David”. So the subject of the Psalm IS David, “the beloved”, the greater David which is Christ.
Unfortunately we will not finish the whole Chapter tonight there is just too much to cover. I hope that I encourage you all to follow up the study yourselves.
Verse 1 addresses the saint body, showing the wonders of their blessing.
Verse 2 shows the expanding of the kingdom of Yahweh till it fills the whole earth
Verses 3-4 introduce the Cheruvim, the guardians to the tree of the Lives
Verses 5-9 the anti-typical Noahic flood which is turned back by the rainbowed angel
Verses 10-18 shows the blessings of the kingdom
Verses 19-30 shows the current order of things through nature
In the last post we looked at the throne and the exalting of the saint body to the political rule of the future age. This time we finish our study with a more detailed look at the High priest of our calling who occupies that throne, and the prophetic reason for this vision!
The train or Skirt
The train or skirt filled the temple. This word is used exclusively in two contexts in scripture.
The skirt of Israel lifted up as the skirt of a harlot (Lam 1:9, Jer 13:22,26 and Nah 3:5)
The rim of the robe of the ephod of the High Priest (Exo 28:33-34, 39:24-26)
This draws our minds to the great contrast between the leaders of the nation at the time and our lord. He is the faithful one the Amen, holy and true are his words. The false leaders of the time spoke smooth things, and committed fornication with the false doctrines and “gods” of the nations around.
Exo 28:33 And beneath upon the hem of it thou shalt make pomegranates of blue, and of purple, and of scarlet, round about the hem thereof; and bells of gold between them round about: 34 A golden bell and a pomegranate, a golden bell and a pomegranate, upon the hem of the robe round about. 35 And it shall be upon Aaron to minister: and his sound shall be heard when he goeth in unto the holy place before Yahweh, and when he cometh out, that he die not.
The word for pomegranate is the word rimon רמון, the same as the place Rimon, in Zechariah 14, “Gevah to Rimon”. This word again comes from the word high, ram רמ, of av’ram אברם. Hence drawing attention to the high or exhaled nature of the pomegranate. It’s used along with other plants that represent the Israelite people in Numbers 13:25: Continue reading →