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Oct 30, 2015

Again, as seen in the messages to Tyre and to Egypt, God not just speaking to one king or about one kingdom, but is also speaking against the kingdom/city of Man or the world system under the rulership of Satan.

In yesterday’s reading we again heard of the righteous Branch, a shoot growing from David’s root. And we heard these famous words:

2And the Spirit of the LORD will rest on him—

the Spirit of wisdom and understanding,

the Spirit of counsel and might,

the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD.

3He will delight in obeying the LORD.

He will not judge by appearance

nor make a decision based on hearsay.

4He will give justice to the poor

and make fair decisions for the exploited.

The earth will shake at the force of his word,

and one breath from his mouth will destroy the wicked.

5He will wear righteousness like a belt

and truth like an undergarment.

In yesterday’s reading, the writer of Hebrews showed the similarity between Melchizedek and Christ, including that are kings of righteousness and peace, they live forever, and are higher in position and better than Abraham and Moses. Christ is also better than the Levitical priests because he received his priesthood by an oath from God and because he holds his office as priest forever. These things are amazingly confirmed by that prophetic verse in Psalm 110. And very significantly, Jesus thus being our High Priest signifies a change in the Law— something that the original Jewish audience would have found surprising and controversial. Note how carefully the writer weaves in that subject which he brings to a conclusion in today’s chapter.