MERRY MONDAY-“For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the Most High God, met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him, and to him Abraham apportioned a tenth part of everything. He is first, by translation of his name, king of righteousness, and then he is also king of Salem, that is, king of peace. He is without father or mother or genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but resembling the Son of God he continues a priest forever.” (Hebrews 7:1-3 ESV)
The April before Katrina my father passed away. Looking back I can say that I am so thankful that he didn’t see Katrina or have to endure his illness in the months following. This past Sunday all four of our children called or visited with Frank to tell him they loved him for Father’s Day, in the middle of either sadness over missing our fathers or gladness of having one we can celebrate most of all— our HEAVENLY FATHER.
We see Abraham got His Father’s blessing. The Apostle declares that he was without father, without mother, without descent. He must mean by this that He is mysterious and unknown; that He stands across time without introduction, a vivid and transient figure expressing in one brief glance the aspects which God would reveal to us concerning His Son. His name in Hebrew signifies King of Righteousness; His political position was that of King of Salem, which signified peace, His official character was that of a priest. Christ becomes our priest and king, and He brings us His righteousness and peace.
A.B. Simpson goes onto to say: As our priest He settles for us the question of sin, and secures our spiritual standing and privileges with God; as our king He protects us, subdues us, governs us and guides us, and conquers our enemies and His. He brings to us his justifying and sanctifying righteousness, and becomes to us the Lord, our righteousness. And He will bless his people with peace. His sprinkled blood pacifies the guilty conscience. His pardoning love brings us into peace with God. His gentle Spirit breathes upon our hearts his rest. His bosom offers us repose for every care and fear, and in the inner chamber of His presence we find the peace that passeth all understanding.”
I find that the more I relinquish to Him I too can yield the fruit of peace love and joy. It comes when I yield to Him in my worship and submission. I love to take my walks outside raising my hands in worship for my Melchizedek visits me on a daily basis! He is a great High Priest, my supreme and glorious King. There is nothing more pleasant to me to know that He covered me with His righteousness, and become my sanctification. When I hear of the nation being over taken by others, I can have peace for the government rests upon His shoulders and his kingdom is without end. Today I will sit at the footstool of His throne and receive Him as the Prince of Peace! This is my Father’s Day blessing indeed.