The four chapters chosen for today are significant and thought provoking.
January 7: John 6, Genesis 12, Genesis 13, Genesis 14, (click on the chapter to begin reading)
In John 6 Jesus performed miracles 4 and 5, feeding 5000 (plus women and children) and walking on water. In spite of these miracles people demanded a sign. Jesus responds in kind saying he is the bread of life, and if people want to have eternal life they must come to him and eat of his flesh and drink of his blood. When hearing this, many abandoned Jesus, but Peter said: To whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.
Then in Genesis 12 Abram is called to leave his home in Ur. He goes to a land he does not know, promised by God, and he obeys, but when a famine came he went to Egypt and resorted to deceit rather than trusting God.
In Genesis 13, Abram and his sidekick Lot went back from Egypt and separated path. Lot chose the fertile plain of Jordan, and Abram went to the hills of Mamre.
And in Genesis 14 Lot gets in trouble and is taken captive by a local Mafia. Abram rescues Lot, and on the way back gives a tithe to Melchizedek, king of Salem – (later to become Jerusalem), after God gave him success in battle.
Question: Who was Melchizedek, and why is that important?
In between First and Second Timothy we read three Psalms and one chapter of Jeremiah.
September 24: Psalm 108, Psalm 109, Psalm 110, Jeremiah 20 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
Psalm 108, a Psalm, a song of David. Here David repeats parts from Psalm 57 and Psalm 60 and uses it to ask for God’s help in his further conquests as he subdues nations around him.
Psalm 109, of David. Leaving vengeance to God, David prays for the full measure of God’s vengeance to be poured out on his wicked enemies. He is “poor and needy” and vengeance is God’s business.
Psalm 110, of David. Two quotes stand out from this Psalm: “The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool.“, and “The Lord hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.” Who is David talking about? Hint: The book of Hebrews gives the answer.
Jeremiah 20. The chief priest Pashhur hears Jeremiah prophesy bad outcomes, so he punishes Jeremiah, which leads to the word of God to Pashhur. Jeremias gives yer another complaint to God, this time even to the point of complaining he was born.
Psalm 2:7 I will declare the decree: the Lord hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.
Psalm 110:4 The Lord hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.
That was a lot of information about a very minor tribal warfare! But Lot was captured.
This was a long pursuit, all the way to north of Damascus!
Back to Salem, which means “peace”. It is now called Jerusalem.
Melchizedek came out of nowhere! He is mentioned in the Psalms:
But the best description of him is found in Hebrews 7:
Now back to Genesis 14: