Morning devotion: Read Psalm 110

Psalms 110:1  ¶<<A Psalm of David.>> The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool. 2  The LORD shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion: rule thou in the midst of thine enemies. 3  Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power, in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning: thou hast the dew of thy youth. 4  The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.

In light of the previous verses, we find the Lord as our great high priest. A priest was the one who offered sacrifices and prayers to the Lord on the behalf of people. In Hebrews, the priest went into the Holy of Holies once a year to offer that sacrifice.

Hebrews 9:7  But into the second went the high priest alone once every year, not without blood, which he offered for himself, and for the errors of the people:

Jesus is our mediator, a mediator between God and man. 1 Timothy 2:5  For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;

Here we have a prophecy of Jesus being the great high priest after the order of one called Melchizedek. Who was Melchizedek?

Genesis 14:18  And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God. 19  And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth: 20  And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he gave him tithes of all.

Hebrews 7:1  ¶For this Melchisedec, 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 by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of peace; 3  Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually.

Jesus is that high priest. Hebrews 7:15  And it is yet far more evident: for that after the similitude of Melchisedec there ariseth another priest,

Hebrews 5:10  ¶Called of God an high priest after the order of Melchisedec.

Hebrews 6:20  Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.

Now, here is the beauty of the position of our great high priest, Jesus.

When one committed an offense or a murder, he or she could run to a city of refuge taking refuge there until they had court and were judged. They were to remain there until the death of the high priest or until they were tried.

Numbers 35:25  And the congregation shall deliver the slayer out of the hand of the revenger of blood, and the congregation shall restore him to the city of his refuge, whither he was fled: and he shall abide in it unto the death of the high priest, which was anointed with the holy oil.

We all have committed and offense against the Lord, in that we have all sinned and come short of the glory of God. We all have at one time or another and committed murder in our hearts. 1 John 3:15  Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.

So, by virtue of the fact that we are sinners and in need of a saviour, we run to the Lord and he saves us. We are then secure in the Lord and safe in His refuge until the high priest dies. Since our high priest never dies, we are safe forever.

Hebrews 7:24  But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood. 25  Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.

My friend, if you will run to Jesus and let Him save you, you will have a city of refuge forever, that place is called heaven, the new Jerusalem, the new city of Zion.

Will you be a part of that city?

The choice is still yours,

Pastor Cook