Lenten Reflection for March 12

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Scripture: Hebrews 5:5-10

Melchizedek was both a king and a priest who served Abraham, ultimately becoming more priest than king.  He was an outsider, and some believe that Melchizedek was an early incarnation of Christ. Melchizedek was known as the Prince of Righteousness or the Prince of Peace.

Most priests were descended from Aaron, made regular animal sacrifices to observe the rituals of the Hebrew people and experienced bodily death.  Melchizedek apparently had eternal life and made only one sacrifice, that of the everlasting servant.  Some believe him to be the embodiment of Archangel Michael, representing forbearance and mercy, teaching peace and justice.

The power of this passage is not just the comparison of Jesus to a certain historical priest.  This is about the foolishness of naming special powers for oneself, rather than attributing power to God.  Christ did not claim to be a great priest and did not come to start a new religion.  He came in humility to tell people about God.  He expected that his followers would teach and heal as he did.  He attributed his teaching and healing to his deep faith in God, wanting his listeners to experience God differently.

Jesus was obedient to God.  Our human pride tells us we can figure things out ourselves.  We turn to logic and smart thinking to solve problems.  When do we turn to God?  Do we turn to God to express our gratitude?  Do we live in peace and justice because of logic or because of how we love God?  Jesus was a priest with a son-ship relationship with God.  He was humble, obedient and taught about God.  He claimed glory only for God.  He was righteous, loving and lived eternal life.  Could we learn to live like Melchizedek, or even like Jesus?

By Sharon Montgomery


O God, Jesus loved you and fashioned a ministry of teaching and healing dedicated to you.  Help us to follow in the footsteps of Jesus, bringing transformation to the world, even as he did.    AMEN

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