I’m Kind of a Big Deal!
Know anyone with this attitude?
We have been told for several years now that we determine our own destiny, that we can be anything we want to be. We have been systematically conditioned to not need the help, guidance, or leadership of Almighty God.
We have been fed a line of self-determinism, which negates the need for God at all. However, God created us with limited ability, which is in stark contrast to the unlimited power, knowledge, and presence of God Almighty. The only big deal is God and the sacrifice of Christ that led to our great salvation!
WE ARE RECIPIENTS OF THE GREATEST GIFT EVER GIVEN. This salvation is the most powerful, transformative, redemptive work ever completed.
Jesus divested Himself of His glory
He walked among men, although He was God
Jesus suffered humiliation, false accusation, imprisonment, beating, mocking, crucifixion, death!
He knew the pain He would suffer as a man. The prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane showed His human reluctance to suffer that pain. However, He submitted to the cost in order to win salvation for us!
Hebrews 2:10 (NKJV)
Bringing Many Sons to Glory
10 For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.
The Priesthood of Melchizedek
But when he met Melchizedek, he recognized that personage’s greatness and paid him a “tenth part of everything”—literally, “the top of the heap”—the choicest spoils of war. It was a reasoned recognition by Abram that he was in the presence of one greater than himself. Our writer expresses proper astonishment: “See how great this man was to whom Abraham the patriarch gave a tenth of the spoils!” (v. 4). Melchizedek was a person of arching superiority.
The author has made a powerful point, but he realizes that some may diminish it in their minds by saying, “What’s the big deal? Levitical priests collect tithes too!” So in anticipation he further argues, “And those descendants of Levi who receive the priestly office have a commandment in the law to take tithes from the people, that is, from their brothers, though these also are descended from Abraham. But this man who does not have his descent from them received tithes from Abraham” (vv. 5, 6a). His point is that the Levites’ ability to collect tithes came from the provision made by the Law and not from any natural superiority. But Melchizedek was different. He did “not have his descent from them,” and yet as a figure of immense superiority he collected tithes not from his people, but from Abram!
Hughes, R. Kent. Genesis: Beginning and Blessing. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 2004. Print. Preaching the Word.
Hebrews 6:19–20 (NKJV)
19 This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil, 20 where the forerunner has entered for us, even Jesus, having become High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.
Hebrews 7:1–3 (NKJV)
The King of Righteousness
7 For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the Most High God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him, 2 to whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all, first being translated “king of righteousness,” and then also king of Salem, meaning “king of peace,” 3 without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but made like the Son of God, remains a priest continually.
Hebrews 7:4–6 (NKJV)
4 Now consider how great this man was, to whom even the patriarch Abraham gave a tenth of the spoils. 5 And indeed those who are of the sons of Levi, who receive the priesthood, have a commandment to receive tithes from the people according to the law, that is, from their brethren, though they have come from the loins of Abraham; 6 but he whose genealogy is not derived from them received tithes from Abraham and blessed him who had the promises.
Hebrews 7:7–10 (NKJV)
7 Now beyond all contradiction the lesser is blessed by the better. 8 Here mortal men receive tithes, but there he receives them, of whom it is witnessed that he lives. 9 Even Levi, who receives tithes, paid tithes through Abraham, so to speak, 10 for he was still in the loins of his father when Melchizedek met him.
Hebrews 7:15–17 (NKJV)
15 And it is yet far more evident if, in the likeness of Melchizedek, there arises another priest 16 who has come, not according to the law of a fleshly commandment, but according to the power of an endless life. 17 For He testifies:
“You are a priest forever According to the order of Melchizedek.”