#898 January 5, 1992 A. M.
(Transcribed from actual tape)
Our text this morning is Hebrews Chapter Number 7. We'll look at verse 1 through
verse 19. Let's go to the Lord in prayer together.
"Father, we're here this morning to say our word of hallelujah as we
give praise to the Lamb even our Savior and our Lord Jesus Christ.
Lord, I pray in this service that you will speak and let me get out of the
way so that Thy Word and Thy Truth might not only be heard, but may
it be received and understood and may we put it into practice - right in
the middle of our lifestyles as we leave this place. For this is our prayer
made through the strong holy name of Jesus Christ. Amen."
Many years ago a friend introduced me to Sherlock Holmes and since that time I
have been advocate and a reader of good detective fiction. And I discovered that
you have to read every detail and notice every event and particularly, observe every
character if you're going to figure out who-dunit before the last page of the last
chapter and that's always a challenge in reading detective stories to try to figure out
who is the prime mover; who is the heavy involved. And many times you know it's
a very, very insignificant person.
I wonder today if I asked all of us to get out a piece of paper and to make a list of
the importance, significant people in the Old Testament; just make a list of all the
VIP's, all the people you think are really important personages in the Old Testament,
I don't believe a single one of us would list Melchizedek. This is a mysterious kind
of guy; a strange kind of guy, but yet in our scripture the Holy Spirit reaches way,
way back in the Old Testament and brings him to the forefront and for several
chapters deals with Melchizedek.
And we have to ask the question, why? Now in the Old Testament Melchizedek is
only mentioned twice. He's mentioned in Genesis Chapter 14 in a little historical
view; he's mentioned in Psalms 110 ...
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