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Thursday, September 29 2016
Hebrews 5: Melchizedek Of Salem
"And being made perfect, He became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey Him; Called of God an High Priest after the order of Melchisedec"
When Abraham and his nephew Lot parted company (see The Parting of Abram and Lot) because their flocks and herds had grown too numerous for them to remain together, Lot chose the beautiful, well-watered land around Sodom. As in the present day, evil can exist in beautiful places (keeping in mind that it was Satan's beauty that corrupted him i.e. "28:17 Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness" (Ezekiel 27:18 KJV).
When Sodom was attacked, the Sodomites (see Sodomites) were unable to defend themselves. Their city was looted and hostages were taken. Among them was foolish Lot.
Abraham was a righteous man of peace (see the 8-study biographic series for Abraham from A Biography Of Abraham: From Ur To Canaan), but he knew that peace is made, not freely given by those of ill will, so he mustered his servants and pursued the raiders far north, almost to Damascus. There, Abraham, with a relatively few men, rescued Lot and the others that the perverts of Sodom were unable to defend for themselves.
14:11 And they took all the goods of Sodom and Gomorrah, and all their victuals, and went their way. 14:12 And they took Lot, Abram's brother's son, who dwelt in Sodom, and his goods, and departed." (Genesis 14:11-12 KJV)
It was on Abraham's journey home from that battle, while passing Salem (the earlier name for Jerusalem; see the Fact Finder question below), that Abraham was blessed by Melchizedek, the King of Salem and the High Priest of God (terminology that is fulfilled only in Jesus Christ; see The Apostle And High Priest Of Our Profession).
"14:17 And the king of Sodom went out to meet him after his return from the slaughter of Chedorlaomer, and of the kings that were with him, at the valley of Shaveh, which is the king's dale. 14:18 And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God. 14:19 And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth: 14:20 And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he gave him tithes of all." (Genesis 14:17-20 KJV)
Those events in the life of Abraham were historic, but moreover are yet prophetic. King David wrote of it in the Psalms (Psalm 2:7 and Psalm 110:4), as quote in verses 5 and 6 below. Notice the direct prophetic symbolism of Melchizedek / Melchisedec to Jesus Christ: "And being made perfect, He became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey Him [see Christ Died For Repentant Sinners]; Called of God an High Priest after the order of Melchisedec."
"5:1 For every high priest taken from among men is ordained for men in things pertaining to God, that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins: 5:2 Who can have compassion on the ignorant, and on them that are out of the way; for that he himself also is compassed with infirmity. 5:3 And by reason hereof he ought, as for the people, so also for himself, to offer for sins.
The apostle Paul (see Paul, The Apostle To The World) taught new converts as much as he taught the long-converted. But notice that the followers of the Word of God are expected to grow, not in knowledge alone, but in the application of that knowledge in their journey to eternal life (see Strait And Straight and Which Way Is Right And Left?; also Who And What Is The Way To Salvation? and Enter While The Way Is Open). Salvation is about living a life of turning to God's Way.
"5:11 Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing ye are dull of hearing. 5:12 For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. 5:13 For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. 5:14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil." (Hebrews 5:11-14 KJV)
Fact Finder: What does the "Salem" part of Jerusalem mean?
This Day In History, September 29
522 BC: Darius I of Persia (see The Decree Of Darius) killed the Magi known as Gaumata, thereby establishing his hold as king of the Persian Empire. Ancient Persia, known today as Iran, was well-familiar with Jesus Christ (see The Prophecies Of Cyrus of Persia and Why Did The Magi Come?).
480 BC: The Battle of Salamis was fought between the Greek fleet under Themistocles (see also A History Of Jerusalem: Greeks, Ptolemies, Seleucids) and the Persian fleet under Xerxes I (see also The Prophet Daniel: The Hand Writing On The Wall and Israel In History and Prophecy: Babylon and Persia).
61 BC: Pompey the Great declared victory at the end of the Mithridatic Wars (see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars).
1197: German Emperor Heinrich (in English, Henry) VI of the "Holy Roman Empire" died (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1227: Pope Gregory IX excommunicated Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II for his refusal to participate in Rome's "Crusades" (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
1364: At the end of the Breton War of Succession, English forces defeated the French in Brittany at the Battle of Auray.
1399: Richard II of England abdicated. He is the subject of William Shakespeare's play, Richard II.
1493: Christopher Columbus left Cadiz, Spain, on his second voyage to the "new world." All four voyages of Columbus were actually to the islands of the Caribbean (see the map at Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy).
1513: Spanish explorer Vasco Nunez de Balboa "discovered" the Pacific Ocean.
1758: Horatio Nelson was born. After a long and gallant career (during which he lost an arm due to a battle wound), the English naval hero was killed in battle (shot by a French sniper) at age 47 off Cape Trafalgar, Spain. where he defeated the combined French and Spanish fleets, capturing 20 enemy ships without a single loss of his own.
1829: London's Metropolitan Police, the "Bobbies," went into service. Their first headquarters was Scotland Yard, which later became the force's official name.
1859: A spectacular auroral display ("northern lights") was seen over a vast area in the northern hemisphere.
1875: The people of Cuba staged a rebellion against the imperialistic forces of Spain and the U.S. that were struggling to decide which of them would control Cuba.
1923: The British mandate in "Palestine" began (see Where Is Palestine? and Israel In History and Prophecy: Balfour Declaration).
1939: Germany and the Soviet Union reached an agreement on the division of Poland.
1943: Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf (in German, My Struggle) was published in the U.S. Written while Hitler was in prison in 1924, the book gave early warning of what the demonic loser would do if he ever came to power (see also Why Does Satan Love Liars? and Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).
1954: CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research) was established.
1962: Alouette 1, the first Canadian satellite, was launched.
1979: Pope John Paul II addressed a crowd of more than 1 million in Dublin, Ireland.
1988: United Nations peacekeeping forces won the Nobel Peace Prize.
1993: A series of earthquakes struck southwest India. 10,000 bodies were recovered, but an estimated 22,000 people were killed.
2004: The asteroid 4179 Toutatis passed within four lunar distances of Earth.