Thursday, October 25, 2012Begin 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, Genesis 14:1-20, and Hebrews 7:1-10
Today’s readings deal with Melchizedek, king of Salem. He suddenly appears in Genesis, with no prior warning, with bread and wine. Abram gives him a tithe of the spoils of war, and Melchizedek is not mentioned again until the book of Hebrews.
Melchizedek was a real person. At the same time, his name (“king of righteousness”), his actions (bringing bread and wine), and his home (Salem, which means “peace”) point toward Jesus. In that regard, he is a type and shadow of Jesus. The writer of Hebrews recognizes this, saying that he “remains a priest continually” (Heb 7:3).
It is also significant that Abram gave a tithe to the man. The writer of Hebrews said that in so doing, even Levi, Abram’s great-grandson, paid tithes through Abram.
Abram was a giving man, and God had promised to bless him so that he could, in turn, be a blessing to others. How have you been blessed? How can you use those blessings to bless others? Write your own prayer.