Always Making Intercession

The Lone Ranger would mysteriously appear on the scene when someone needed help. The mask served to obscure his origin; the only focus was the immediate mission he was called to fulfill.

By relating the priesthood of Jesus to that of Melchizedek, the author of the letter to the Hebrews does two things similar to the sagas of “The Masked Man.” First, Jesus’priesthood is linked to the king and priest of Salem whose origins are mysterious and unconnected to the house of Levi, the expected source for the Aaronic priesthood. Secondly, Jesus “suddenly meets us,” the literal meaning of the Greek, entunchano, which has come to mean “to make intercession.”

Unlike The Lone Ranger, however, Jesus meets up with you at every moment and will never leave you. Dwell on this awesome fact of union.

Hebrews 7

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Thursdays are dedicated to the letters of Paul, other letters,
the Book of Acts, and the Book of Revelation.
In the season of Pentecost this year we read 1 Timothy and Hebrews.

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A Favorite Psalm

Tap here for a video meditation on Psalm 118.

The psalm stretches to God beyond the grasp of enemies. This made it the favorite of Martin Luther. As a lover of sacred music, Luther must have found solace recalling our Israelite ancestors and the festival marches to Zion, the hill where Jerusalem rests. Jesus sung this and the other Hallel psalms (113–118) while going from the Last Supper to the Garden of Gethsemane. As did Jesus, Luther knew how many and great were the adversaries against him as the vision of a more pure church gripped his entire being. He writes, “This is the psalm that I love … for it has often served me well and has helped me out of great troubles, when neither emperors, kings, wise men, clever men, nor saints could have helped me” (Quoted by Kittel, Die Psalmen, p. 371).

Psalm 118 is the traditional psalm for Easter. The sun on that day the Lord made has never set!

Psalm 118

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We continue to read the Psalms in numerical order.

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Victory When God Is Center

(See 2 Samuel 8; 11–12)
Declaring the triumph of David over God’s enemies is the motive that the writer of 1 Chronicles finds to encourage God’s people having just returned from exile. Continuity with sacred history brings inner strength to the people. With God at the center of life, victory comes in great measure. “The LORD preserved David wherever he went” (18:6).

Military images might not appear fitting for successes that have come your way. Still, there is spiritual warfare taking place as evil giants seek to come against you. Do what David does and victory will be assured—prayer, recourse to God, confidence in the Lord, worship, and that joy that comes from knowing that you are very special to the Lord. Remember Paul’s words in Romans 8:31: If God is for us, who is against us?

1 Chronicles 18—20

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Example: God for us: who against us? Rom 8:31

Tuesdays are dedicated to the Old Testament books of history
and the Hebrew “Writings.”
In the season of Pentecost this year we read Proverbs 27—29 and 1 Chronicles.

 

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