Hebrews Chapter 5 was the text in bible study today. the text compares Jesus Christ priesthood, to Melchisedec. He is found in the text of Genesis 14. The author also draws on Psalms 2:7, and Psalms 110:4, as they relate to Jesus Christ.
In the text regarding Melchisedec we can find no beginning, or end, of his priesthood or kingship. Jesus Christ scripture tells us, is in the same order, and priest 'forever' after the order of Melchisedec. There seems to be mystery in the appearance of this Melchisedec. It appears that he comes to greet Abraham about the same time that the king of Sodom went out to greet him.
Abraham it appears paid tithes to Melchizedek from what he had taken that would be returned to the king of Sodom. The king of Sodom appears to have came mostly to claim what persons had been taken, and would leave the goods with Abraham (Abram). Lot of course, had been taken hostage, and Abraham had rescued him and his family. And would also yet once more in the future, when Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed.
We are left to ponder this Melchizedek. His name has the meaning 'king of right', and his place of rule 'Salem', means 'peaceful'. Scholars give this as the early name of Jerusalem, but the name can also be more of a spiritual nature, as in a spiritual place, also, as this is how the text is seen in the Psalms and Hebrews as well. Personally, I believe that the spiritual meaning has much more depth and meaning, than anything physical here.
Jesus Christ is of course, the prince of peace, and king of righteousness. He is the means to peace with God. He is our Great High Priest, and He ever lives to make intercession for us. Scripture says that He is priest 'forever', after the order of Melchizedek. The author of Hebrews says in 5:11, that of this there are many things to say, and they are hard to be uttered, seeing that to those written, they were 'dull of hearing'.
The greek used for 'dull' here, is different than that used in Matt. 13:15, and Acts 28:27, which means thick or calloused, they had hardened themselves, scripture says in those texts. By both disbelieving and disobeying God.
The greek used for 'dull' in Heb. 5:11, means 'sluggish, lazy, stupid'. The reason these people spoken of here, are dull of hearing, about what is being written, is due to just plain laziness and sluggishness on their part.
Do we see this today? How many people, really, and truly, are interested in real Bible study, wherein they want to dig and get all of the treasure found in His word? Not many, really. Most bible studies are shallow, and nobody wants to get very deep into what scripture says, because many times it will make them uncomfortable with the doctrines they treasure, rather than the whole truth of Gods word.
Just like these Hebrews addressed. Not really understanding all that we have, and have access to, in the Lord Jesus Christ. More loyal to the name on the sign outside, and the doctrines of said church of said name. All of God, is found and accessed, through the Lord Jesus Christ. Not through the doctrines found of men.
The Holy Spirit, will lift up and honor Jesus Christ. He will teach and show us all that we are and have in Him. Too many only desire to teach and show what their particular church lifts up and honors, and that is not always Jesus Christ. Ouch. Still true, regardless. We will give an account of all that we build, upon the foundation of Jesus Christ. When we start discussing lifting up, and honoring, then brothers and sisters there should be only ONE, that one is JESUS CHRIST.
I hope that no one is offended in that. If one is, well, you should be. God Bless. Honor and lift up Jesus Christ our Saviour and our Lord, throughout the week.