Genesis 14, Matthew 13, Nehemiah 3, Acts 13

Genesis 14:18-20

Genesis 14:18 introduces one of the most intriguing individuals in the Bible.  He is only mentioned twice in the Old Testament (Genesis 14:18, Psalm 110:4).  Psalm 110 is a short Messianic psalm which describes the Messiah as both king and priest after the order of Melchizedek.  We do not hear of Melchizedek again until the book of Hebrews in which the relationship between Jesus, the Messiah, and Melchizedek is explained in more detail.  Hebrews 5:9-10 sums up this relationship very nicely, "And being made perfect, He (Jesus) became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him, being designated by God a high priest after the order of Melchizedek". 

God Most High, Possessor of heaven and earth, just as Melchizedek blessed You for delivering Abram's enemies into his hands, I bless You for delivering me from the hands of my enemy.  I bless You for Jesus, the source of my salvation.

Check God's Names as Revealed in Genesis for this new revelation of God as El Elyon.   

Matthew 13:44-46

"The kingdom of heaven" is a key concept, if not the key concept, of Jesus' teaching in Matthew.  The kingdom is described as "of heaven" over 30 times, "of God" five times and "of their Father" once.  His first public statement is "repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand" (Matthew 4:17).  In Matthew 5, Jesus describes who will enter and be blessed in the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 5:3, 10, 19-20).  In Matthew 7:21, Jesus says just calling Him "Lord, Lord" is not sufficient for entrance into the kingdom: only those who do His Father's will have entrance.  In Matthew 8:11, Jesus says not just Jews will enter the kingdom.  In Matthew 10:7, Jesus tells His followers to proclaim "the kingdom of heaven is at hand".  In Matthew 11:11-12, Jesus compares the greatest of this world to the least of the kingdom and adds that since John the Baptist, the kingdom of heaven is advancing by violent men laying hold on it.  In Matthew 13:11, Jesus tells His followers the knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to them.  In the rest of Matthew 13, He uses the repetitive descriptive phrase "the kingdom of heaven is like" eight times (Matthew 13:24, 31, 33, 43, 44, 45, 47, 52).  In today's passage, Jesus makes it clear the kingdom is a treasure of great value, worth more than everything I have.  How do I see the kingdom of heaven?  Is it as important to me as it is my King?  Is it worth more than everything I have?

My God and my Father, I am increasingly aware of my unworthiness to be included as a citizen of Your Kingdom.  When I consider the finished work of Your beloved Son and realize Your acceptance of me is not just as a citizen but as a child, I am overwhelmed. When Jesus tells me You love me as You love Him, I am blown away!  Thank You does not seem a sufficient response.  May You be glorified in me.  May my devotion to You be evident to others and bring You much glory.