Again, as seen in the messages to Tyre and to
Egypt, God was not just speaking to one king or about one kingdom,
but was also speaking against the kingdom/city of Man or the world
system under the rulership of Satan.
yesterday’s reading we again heard of the righteous Branch, a shoot
growing from David’s root. And we heard these famous words which I
give here from the NLT:
2 And the Spirit of the LORD
will rest on him—
Spirit of wisdom and understanding,
the Spirit of counsel and
the Spirit of
knowledge and the fear of the LORD.
3 He will delight in obeying the
He will not judge
nor make a
decision based on hearsay.
4 He will give justice to the
and make fair
decisions for the exploited.
The earth will shake at the force of his
and one breath from
his mouth will destroy the wicked.
5 He will wear righteousness like a
and truth like an
yesterday’s reading, the writer of Hebrews showed many similarities
between Melchizedek and Christ, including that they 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
skillfully the writer wove in that controversial topic— which he
brings to a conclusion in today’s chapter.