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Hebrews 7:17 ” For it is declared: You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.”

There are many similarities that have been written about Melchizedek and Jesus Christ.  From Psalm 110:4 it says, “The Lord has sworn and will not change His mind: You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.”   This King Melchizedek of Salem (early Jerusalem) was also a High Priest…combining both the kingly and priestly duties and later gaining Jewish respect as an ideal Ruler.  In Hebrews 5:6 it tells us that Jesus is the Great High Priest called of God…but He is also the King of kings and the Lord of lords…and Ruler over all.  Jesus is the supreme King and Priest…ruling with justice and compassion.

Hebrews 11:6 ” And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.”

When we’ve been betrayed by someone we love and trust…it takes a long time to let down our guard and trust again.  We want to trust, but we draw back in apprehension that we’ll just get hurt again.  It’s kind of like two porcupines dancing…desiring the companionship but afraid of the quills!  But when we put our faith in Jesus…when we draw near to Him, He draws near to us.  And in that coming near God, by prayer and cherished fellowship with Him, we are assured that God will never leave us or forsake us…for we learn He loves us with a never-ending love.

Hebrews 12:14 ” Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.”

Holiness or sanctification is the process of making something holy.  After all, holiness is necessary for salvation.  We hear the Gospel,  and through the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit and our belief in the truth of God’s Word, we are saved and reconciled to the Lord.  The very personal journey to holiness is an ever upward spiral of becoming more like Jesus and less like you.

I Corinthians 1:9 ” God, Who has called you into fellowship with His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful.”

God is faithful…keeping His covenant of love to a thousand generations. (Deuteronomy 7:9)  He is trustworthy, just, and true, unlike anyone else on this planet. For others will betray you…even those professing their love for you.  But God will never go back on His Word.  He can be trusted…so in turn, we can believe in Him.  And in that confidence,  springs hope. (Hebrews 10:23)

Hebrews 10: 37-38 ” For in just a very little while, ‘He who is coming will come and will not delay. But my righteous one will live by faith. And if he shrinks back, I will not be pleased with him.’ “

The writer of Hebrews is paraphrasing  Habakkuk 2:3-4 in this passage.  He’s stressing that our spiritual walk is made up of  constant, focused, decisions to trust and obey the Lord…even when we can’t see change.  He warns us against retreating or drawing back from trials simply out of  fear.  If you’re in the middle of a storm today,  don’t allow fear to rule your life…don’t hesitate when apprehension rises in your throat…rather make a conscious decision to listen to that still small voice of the Holy Spirit and walk by faith.

Hebrews 2:9 ” But we see Jesus, Who was made a little lower than the angels, now crowned with glory and honor because He suffered death, so that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone.”

Jesus died for you.  He experienced the stark reality of dying… for you.  In II Corinthians 5:15 it says that Jesus died for all…and that includes you.  Have you ever given thought to the profound notion that the Savior of the world died for you…just you?  No matter where you are in life…no matter where your walk is right now…remember,  Jesus loves you enough to have suffered unspeakable horror  and death… just for you.

Hebrews 12:14 ” Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.”

We are to live in harmony with all.  Not with just those we like…not with those who only believe as we do.  No,  we are to live in peaceful co-existence with everyone.  Jesus came preaching the Gospel of Peace, not that of  elitism, isolation, or hatred.  It’s a tough road though to love your neighbor as yourself…for many around us are unlovable.  That’s why the second part of this verse is so important.  We may not be able to change the unlovable around us, but we can change ourselves and how we interact with them.  Sanctification or holiness is the ongoing process of becoming more like Christ Jesus everyday…of looking at all people  – even the unlovable-  through His eyes.