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Emanna for 12/20/2019

Being a Priest of God

Bible Verses

Gen 14:18 And Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. Now he was priest of God the Most High. (19) And he blessed him and said, Blessed be Abram of God the Most High, Possessor of heaven and earth. Heb 5:6 Even as also in another place He says, "You are a Priest forever according to the order of Melchisedec."

Words of Ministry

The first case of blessing in the Bible is Melchisedec's blessing of Abraham (14:18-20). Melchisedec was a type of Christ. Therefore, Melchisedec's coming to Abraham was Christ's coming to him. Melchisedec came to Abraham with bread and wine, just as the Lord also comes to us with bread and wine. Furthermore, Melchisedec came as the eternal priest, and Christ became a priest according to the eternal order of Melchisedec (Heb. 5:6). A priest brings people to God. If you would bless others, you must be God's priest....The first blessing was bestowed by a priest. We all need to be priests, those who bring people to God. If we would bless others, we must be close to God ourselves....People need God's blessing because they are far away from Him. A priest eliminates the distance between God and the people; he brings those who are far off into the presence of God....We all realize that a priest serves God, but we may never have seen that he also eliminates the distance between the people and God. Before you are blessed by a priest, there may be a distance between you and God. But after he blesses you, this distance is taken away, and you are brought into the presence of God to share in the enjoyment of God. When Melchisedec blessed Abraham, that blessing brought him into the presence of God.

Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry from Witness Lee, Life-study of Genesis, 1987, pp. 1217-1218. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA. (Repeat 8/15/98) Please visit us at www.emanna.com Comments to: comment@emanna.com.