Friday, October 26, 2012
Begin by praying the Collect for Grace and Collect for Purity.
Collect for Grace:
Lord God, almighty and everlasting Father, you have brought us safely to this new day: Preserve us with your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity; and in all we do, direct us to the fulfilling of your purpose; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Collect for Purity:
Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hidden: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we might perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Read: Psalm 126, Jeremiah 26:12-24, and Hebrews 7:11-22
The writer of Hebrews is trying to show that just because Jesus was not a Levite does not mean he cannot be our high priest. Melchizedek was not a Levite, and yet he was a priest of the Most High God, and Abram recognized his ministry.
This was important to the audience, who were Jewish Christians in the Disporia – those Jewish believers who lived outside of Israel, mainly those who lived in Asia Minor and Greece. They were interested in Jesus’ Jewishness and how his life and ministry fit with the prophecies and ancient writings. They were also interested in how he, a Judean of the lineage of King David, could be a priest – something carefully reserved to the Levites.
We’re not so worried about that as they were, but we can still learn from it. The main point for us is that Jesus is our High Priest, representing us to the Father. And not only that, but he suffered and was tempted in the same ways we are – so he knows what we’re facing.
Thank Jesus for helping you withstand temptation. Write your own prayer.