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who the heck is Melchizedek anyway?

Posted: August 6, 2011 in Random

Psalm 110:1,4
The Lord (Yĕhovah) says to my Lord:
“Sit at my right hand,
until I make your enemies your footstool.”…
The Lord (Yĕhovah) has sworn
and will not change his mind,
“You are a priest forever
after the order of Melchizedek.”

In David’s Psalm the two Lord’s are different Hebrew words.

The Lord
Hebrew Word: Yĕhovah
Meaning: Jehovah = “the existing One”
the proper name of the one true God

Says to my Lord
Hebrew Word:’adown
Meaning: Lord of Lords, priest, king ext.

This Psalm reads something like this
God the Father said to Jesus the Son:
“Sit at my right hand,
until I make your enemies your footstool.”…
God the Father has sworn
and will not change his mind,
“You are a priest forever
after the order of Melchizedek.”

There is more evidence in Matthew 22 when Jesus refers to Himself as the second Lord of the psalm of David.

Matt 22: 41-46
Now while the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them a question, saying, “What do you think about the Christ? Whose son is he?” They said to him, “The son of David.” He said to them, “How is it then that David, in the Spirit, calls him Lord, saying, “‘The Lord said to my Lord, Sit at my right hand, until I put your enemies under your feet’? If then David calls him Lord, how is he his son?” And no one was able to answer him a word, nor from that day did anyone dare to ask him any more questions.

Getting back to Psalm 110 Jesus is in the priestly order of Melchizedek.
The Hebrew translation for Melchizedek:
king of Salem and priest of the Most High God to whom Abram paid tithe after the battle he fought to free Lot; ‘the order of Melchizedek’ the order of the priesthood to which Christ belongs

Why is this important at all? Well you see under the Levitical Law a person could not be both priest and king. This is why Saul of the Old Testament was not suppose to offer up the sacrifice he did, and Samuel told him his kingdom would not last (1 Sam 13:8-14). But, before the Law was given, there was a priest and king named Melchizedek. This priest appears and then disappears in the scripture.

Gen 14:18-20
And Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. (He was priest of God Most High.) And he blessed him and said, “Blessed be Abram by God Most High, Possessor of heaven and earth; and blessed be God Most High, who has delivered your enemies into your hand!” And Abram gave him a tenth of everything.

If Jesus were a priest in the order of Aaron, He would not be able to also be king. In the Old Testament, the people asked for a king, and God wanted to be their king. They wanted to be like the other nations, so God gave them a king, but all along God wanted to keep for Himself a people who he was the king over. If Jesus were falling under the order of Aaron and the law, then He could not intercede for us as a priest and be king at the same time. If Jesus was only a king, who would intercede for us? Jesus had to be a priest and king in the order of Melchizedek.

Hebrews 7:11-17
Now if perfection had been attainable through the Levitical priesthood (for under it the people received the law), what further need would there have been for another priest to arise after the order of Melchizedek, rather than one named after the order of Aaron? For when there is a change in the priesthood, there is necessarily a change in the law as well. For the one of whom these things are spoken belonged to another tribe, from which no one has ever served at the altar. For it is evident that our Lord was descended from Judah, and in connection with that tribe Moses said nothing about priests. This becomes even more evident when another priest arises in the likeness of Melchizedek, who has become a priest, not on the basis of a legal requirement concerning bodily descent, but by the power of an indestructible life. For it is witnessed of him, “You are a priest forever, after the order of Melchizedek.”

The book of Hebrews was wrote to the Jews who valued the law, and Paul (or whoever wrote Hebrews, maybe Luke or Barnabus) wanted the Jews to know that they were not under the law anymore.

We have a priest and king who loves us in Jesus Christ. He both rules over all and intercedes for us.

This is the importance of Melchizedek and Psalm 110.

Christ be glorified.

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yikes… I do not usually post political things, but the U.S. credit rating went from AAA to AA for the first time ever since credit grades were assigned in 1941… In case you are wondering, this is horrible for the nation!

Let us remember that the ultimate authority is God, and He decides who rules and who does not.

Romans 13:1 Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.

With our credit rating falling and our debt ceiling rising, everyone Christian needs to be praying for our country and its leaders. Not only is it the right thing to do, but God said in His Word He would intervene for us if we seek Him.

2 Chronicles 7:14 if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

God also said what would happen if we ignore Him, and turn from the living God.

2 Chronicles 7:19-22 “But if you turn aside and forsake my (Gods) statutes and my commandments that I have set before you, and go and serve other gods and worship them, then I will pluck you up from my land that I have given you… I will cast out of my sight… everyone passing by will be astonished and say, ‘Why has the Lord done thus to this land…?’ Then they will say, ‘Because they abandoned the Lord, the God of their fathers… Therefore he has brought all this disaster on them.'”

With the United States toying with the Ideas of taking ‘in God we trust’ of the money, and ‘under God’ out of the pledge of allegiance, it is no wonder that the country is in bad shape. Collectively we have abandoned God as a country. In Dearborn Michigan you are allowed to give out a Quran, but not a Bible. The call for prayer for the Muslim nation is heard in Dearborn and in Hamtramck Michigan 5 times a day. It seems that any religion besides Christianity is fully accepted and Christians are laughed at. 2 Chron 7 makes it clear what has happened; we have left the living God and went to serve other gods. Even our president quoted the Quran in a speech.

Will you pray for the president and his advisors with me? God knows I did not vote for him and probably will not in the future, but he is in charge and we need to lift him up in prayer. We need to pray for the nation to turn back to God, so that He can revive our land… we cannot revive our land without Him.

Christ be glorified.

Misconceptions of Christians

Posted: June 17, 2011 in Random

Here are some common misconceptions of Christians in the world.
Christians are so judgmental…
Christians are such weirdoes…
Christians are so close-minded…
Christians have no fun…
Christians are hypocrites…
Christians are such wimps…

The media often adds fuel to the fire, and the average Christian is forced to dance around a stereotype he has nothing to do with.

When you announce to a room or a friend that you are a Christian, they seem to change their tone and actions, afraid that we will somehow judge them. Has someone who said a cuss word in front of you ever apologized for it? Or had someone apologize for saying the Lord’s name in vain in front of you? Its like their moral standards just went up because a Christian walked in the room.

Have you ever been asked what exactly do you do for fun? Like we sit around and play scrabble all the time or something?

What about the, “you wouldn’t understand,” statement? I hear this one all the time, as if I do not live in the same world that the non-Christians live in.

What about when a prominent pastor is accused of sexual immorality… people love that. They jump at the chance to say that all Christians are hypocritical.

I love it when this happens. You say something, usually a joke, and somebody says, “you’re going to hell for that.” One time I asked a person who said this, “so what are you going to hell for if I can’t tell a joke?” I was not given an answer.

One day, going head to head with an atheist, I was glad to be heard by about 20 people with listening ears. I feel that at least a handful of them lost most of their stereotypes that day, but what if we had fair playing ground.

Did you know that only 47% of people believe in evolution, even with its exclusive teaching in schools? Imagine if Christians were given the same chance to talk about creationism, we would be doing much better than that. It is the same with these stereotypes. If Christians were more in the lime life in the media I am sure we could knock many of these stereotypes off, but that may never happen, so we have to live unlike the stereotype.

Romans 12:1-2
I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

You Must Go -God

Posted: April 26, 2011 in Norfolk Adventures, Random, Truth

Jer 1:6-7,17
“O Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I can’t speak for you! I’m too young!” The Lord replied, “Don’t say, ‘I’m too young,’ for you must go wherever I send you and say whatever I tell you. “…”Get up and prepare for action. Go out and tell them everything I tell you to say. Do not be afraid of them, or I will make you look foolish in front of them.”

You MUST go wherever I send you.
When God calls us to do something we have to go! If we do not, we will be miserable. A wise man once told me that God rewards people who take risks for God. I could not agree more. Crystal and I took a huge risk moving here to Norfolk. We had no friends, family or contacts, but we knew we had to go. When God tells you to do something, you will be miserable if you disobey Him. We were alone for about a month and were getting a little depressed, but we knew we HAD to go, so we kept believing for something big. We knew we would do something with the military, but we had no idea we would do something this big this soon! We had to go… so we did… and we are so happy we did!

Say WHATEVER I tell you
I do not like easy preaching nonsense, I like the truth because that is what God sent me to say. I watch my twitter closely. One day I posted something about a popular book and about its false teaching, and 3 people un-friended me almost immediately. Sometimes the truth is not popular, but if I started preaching something God did not want me to, watch out. We have to speak the truth.

Do NOT be afraid or I will make you look foolish
I have been in a church where a man knew the right things to say and knew the Lord, but he stumbled over his words so much that it was hard to get what he was saying. He was probably afraid of teaching openly, and God says that He will make us look foolish if we are afraid. We have to be bold, we cannot be afraid to say what God wants or Go where He wants.

Live the truth.

He is risen,

Dan Fogarty.

for those hard to reach places

In my condo there is a giant opening between the stairs and the wall. The entry opens up pretty wide, and it is almost impossible to reach without a very large ladder. I just stained my steps, so I did not want to risk putting a ladder on them… then I though I would just tape my brush to something longer! It worked, but I am sure there is a better tool for this project, I just did not have one.

Its the same with churches and ministry. Some people are just not using the right tools. They have the same message to the same people forever and ever until Jesus comes. While they do not grow at all or maybe even shrink, they talk about how they are an uncompromising church.

Since when do you have to compromise to reach the lost? Paul quoted secular poets in the Bible to make his point to the masses of that town (Titus.1.12). He also told some new converts only to abstain from sexual sins and blood (Acts.15). He could have stood on a soapbox and told everyone they were going to Hell, but he didn’t, he reached the masses for Jesus by talking to them about things they would understand. Paul said he was all things to all men (1 Cor 9:19-23).

Its time to reach the lost on their grounds with a message they will understand. If we use the right tools, we will get better results! I know I wanna reach more souls for Jesus, don’t you?

Lets get the right tools for the job.

God bless you,

Dan Fogarty.