5. Gifts and Sacrifices

Peace Run Like A River

© 2001 Mekizedek's Treasure

Artist:  Harp and vocal  Jane Snyder

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A Comparison of Melchizedek and Jesus

Christ as to Gifts and Sacrifices

 

 

GIFTS & SACRIFICES – Melchizedek

 

Hebrews 8:3 tells us that every high priest is ordained to offer gifts and sacrifices. We know that Jesus' blood was His sacrifice and His ascension brought the gift of the Holy Spirit. But what was Melchizedek's sacrifice and gift?

Melchizedek brought out bread and wine. (Genesis 14:18) 

This is in type, a foreshadowing of the Last Supper when Jesus celebrated the Passover with his disciples. It was at this meal that Jesus instituted the new covenant and did so it with breaking bread and drinking wine. This outward act represented the internal reality of the new covenant.

 

(Hebrews 8:6-13 NKJV)  But now He (Christ) has obtained a more excellent ministry, inasmuch as He is also Mediator of a better covenant, which was established on better promises. {7} For if that first covenant had been faultless, then no place would have been sought for a second. {8} Because finding fault with them, He says: "Behold, the days are coming, says the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah; {9} "not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they did not continue in My covenant, and I disregarded them, says the LORD. {10} "For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD: I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. {11} "None of them shall teach his neighbor, and none his brother, saying, 'Know the LORD,' for all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them. {12} "For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more." {13} In that He says, "A new covenant," He has made the first obsolete. Now what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away.

 

The reality of this new covenant was that it required the blood sacrifice of the mediator himself.  Jesus' blood was different from everyone else. He was the product of a union of the Holy Spirit with Mary, known in certain religious circles as the immaculate conception. So when His pure and holy blood was shed in seven different ways, it made the atonement, for all that Adam had lost. See ‘Sardius’ for the 7 ways Jesus blood was shed.

 

(Hebrews 9:24-28 NKJV) For Christ has not entered the holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us; {25} not that He should offer Himself often, as the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood of another; {26} He then would have had to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now, once at the end of the ages, He has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself. {27} And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment, {28} so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.

 

 

Melchizedek brought out bread and wine. 

Jesus said: "I am the bread that came down from heaven." Jn 6:33.

 

(John 6:33-40 NKJV) "For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world." {34} Then they said to Him, "Lord, give us this bread always. " {35} And Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst. {36} "But I said to you that you have seen Me and yet do not believe. {37} "All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out. {38} "For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. {39} "This is the will of the Father who sent Me, that of all He has given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day. {40} "And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day."

 

(1 Corinthians 10:16,17) The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ? For we, though many, are one bread and one body; for we all partake of that one bread.

 

(1 Corinthians 11:24,25) and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, "Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me." In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in My blood.

This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me."

 

Melchizedek's  sacrifice?   There was none, because he represented the priesthood of believers who were given atonement as a free gift.

Melchizedek's gift? His blessing given from heaven.

 

Everything that man has or is, was provided by Christ.

When you visit the Street of Gold link and look at the outline of the "Order of the Melchizedek Priesthood" you will see: sacrifices, works, and blessings; yet all of these can only be accomplished through Christ living in YOU (the hope of Glory)!

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