My love for coffee began around the age of eight or nine. My visits and stays with my grandparents always included a cup of coffee my grandmother, Meme, would make for me when she made a cup for herself and my grandfather. My cup was full of cream/milk with a splash of coffee and sugar. Ohhhh what peace I felt sitting in the formal dining room with them looking out the picture window sipping coffee, reading the newspaper and planning the days. When I first tasted black coffee and espresso during college I was disgusted and couldn’t believe folk actually had coffee that way. It was too hard and harsh. I wanted that milk or cream. It makes the coffee easy, sweet and smooth never mind the extra calories and sugar. This is still my preference. But with the right flavor and freshest bean, I can appreciate and even enjoy the ‘hard stuff’.
This study has often mentioned the Biblical reference of milk as substance for the immature, weak, tender, and slow. Once we are regenerated (accept/confess Jesus), we are given substance beyond milk when we receive the Word (through preaching, teaching and reading). Do you recognize when you have been on milk for too long or when you actually prefer to not take it in? Fear, pride and logic rule in certain or all parts of our life instead of the Word. We look for the miracle or the choices removed for us before we walk in faith and freedom. We are not immediately punished or individually corrected or called out so we don’t make efforts to mature.
Just as I perceived the perfect cup of coffee as an opportunity for a peaceful sitting, receiving and being the Word of God is true and actual peace. There is nothing that the Word does not address. Even when we think our current reality is all well and together, milk cannot satisfy a growing, maturing Christian. Be careful of reading or hearing the Word believing there is no need for you to consider or apply.
What or who is prolonging your weaning from milk? I cannot stay on (or go back to) milk thinking it is enough for my maturity and faith growth. We must allow our palates to take and chew on the truth – not just the easy bits.
4 No one takes this honor for themselves but takes it only when they are called by God, just like Aaron.
5 In the same way Christ also didn’t promote himself to become high priest. Instead, it was the one who said to him, You are my Son. Today I have become your Father, 6 as he also says in another place, You are a priest forever, according to the order of Melchizedek.[a] 7 During his days on earth, Christ offered prayers and requests with loud cries and tears as his sacrifices to the one who was able to save him from death. He was heard because of his godly devotion. 8 Although he was a Son, he learned obedience from what he suffered. 9 After he had been made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for everyone who obeys him. 10 He was appointed by God to be a high priest according to the order of Melchizedek.
14 While Amraphel was king of Shinar, Ellasar’s King Arioch, Elam’s King Chedorlaomer, and Goiim’s King Tidal 2 declared war on Sodom’s King Bera, Gomorrah’s King Birsha, Admah’s King Shinab, Zeboiim’s King Shemeber, and the king of Bela, that is, Zoar. 3 These latter kings formed an alliance in the Siddim Valley (that is, the Dead Sea[a]). 4 For twelve years they had served Chedorlaomer, and in the thirteenth year they revolted. 5 In the fourteenth year, Chedorlaomer and the kings of his alliance came and attacked the Rephaim in Ashteroth-karnaim, the Zuzim in Ham, the Emim in Shaveh-kiriathaim, 6 and the Horites in the mountains of Seir as far as El-paran near the desert. 7 Then they turned back, came to En-mishpat (that is, Kadesh), and attacked the territory of the Amalekites, as well as the Amorites who lived in Hazazon-tamar.
8 Then the kings of Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah, Zeboiim, and Bera (that is, Zoar) took up battle positions in the Siddim Valley 9 against King Chedorlaomer of Elam, King Tidal of Goiim, King Amraphel of Shinar, and King Arioch of Ellasar, four kings against five. 10 Now the Siddim Valley was filled with tar pits. When the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah retreated, they fell into them; and the rest fled to the mountains. 11 They took everything from Sodom and Gomorrah, including its food supplies, and left. 12 They also took Lot, Abram’s nephew who lived in Sodom, and everything he owned, and took off. 13 When a survivor arrived, he told Abram the Hebrew, who lived near the oaks of the Amorite Mamre, who was the brother of Eshcol and Aner, Abram’s treaty partners. 14 When Abram heard that his relative had been captured, he took all of the loyal men born in his household, three hundred eighteen, and went after them as far as Dan. 15 During the night, he and his servants divided themselves up against them, attacked, and chased them to Hobah, north of Damascus. 16 He brought back all of the looted property, together with his relative Lot and Lot’s property, wives, and people. 17 After Abram returned from his attack on Chedorlaomer and the kings who were with him, the king of Sodom came out to the Shaveh Valley (that is, the King’s Valley) to meet him. 18 Now Melchizedek the king of Salem and the priest of El Elyon[b] had brought bread and wine, 19 and he blessed him, “Bless Abram by El Elyon, creator of heaven and earth; 20 bless El Elyon, who gave you the victory over your enemies.” Abram gave Melchizedek one-tenth of everything. 21 Then the king of Sodom said to Abram, “Give me the people and take the property for yourself.” 22 But Abram said to the king of Sodom, “I promised the LORD, El Elyon, creator of heaven and earth, 23 that I wouldn’t take even a thread or a sandal strap from anything that was yours so that you couldn’t say, ‘I’m the one who made Abram rich.’ 24 The only exception is that the young men may keep whatever they have taken to eat, and the men who went with me—Aner, Eshcol, and Mamre—may keep their share.”
1 This Melchizedek, who was king of Salem and priest of the Most High God, met Abraham as he returned from the defeat of the kings, and Melchizedek blessed him. 2 Abraham gave a tenth of everything to him. His name means first “king of righteousness,” and then “king of Salem,” that is, “king of peace.” 3 He is without father or mother or any family. He has no beginning or end of life, but he’s like God’s Son and remains a priest for all time. 4 See how great Melchizedek was! Abraham, the father of the people, gave him a tenth of everything he captured. 5 The descendants of Levi who receive the office of priest have a commandment under the Law to collect a tenth of everything from the people who are their brothers and sisters, though they also are descended from Abraham. 6 But Melchizedek, who isn’t related to them, received a tenth of everything from Abraham and blessed the one who had received the promises. 7 Without question, the less important person is blessed by the more important person. 8 In addition, in one case a tenth is received by people who die, and in the other case, the tenth is received by someone who continues to live, according to the record. 9 It could be said that Levi, who received a tenth, paid a tenth through Abraham 10 because he was still in his ancestor’s body when Abraham paid the tenth to Melchizedek.
11 So if perfection came through the levitical office of priest (for the people received the Law under the priests), why was there still a need to speak about raising up another priest according to the order of Melchizedek rather than one according to the order of Aaron? 12 When the order of the priest changes, there has to be a change in the Law as well. 13 The person we are talking about belongs to another tribe, and no one ever served at the altar from that tribe. 14 It’s clear that our Lord came from the tribe of Judah, but Moses never said anything about priests from that tribe. 15 And it’s even clearer if another priest appears who is like Melchizedek. 16 He has become a priest by the power of a life that can’t be destroyed, rather than a legal requirement about physical descent. 17 This is confirmed: You are a priest forever, according to the order of Melchizedek.[a] 18 On the one hand, an earlier command is set aside because it was weak and useless 19 (because the Law made nothing perfect). On the other hand, a better hope is introduced, through which we draw near to God. 20 And this was not done without a solemn pledge! The others have become priests without a solemn pledge, 21 but this priest was affirmed with a solemn pledge by the one who said, The Lord has made a solemn pledge
and will not change his mind: You are a priest forever.[b] 22 As a result, Jesus has become the guarantee of a better covenant. 23 The others who became priests are numerous because death prevented them from continuing to serve. 24 In contrast, he holds the office of priest permanently because he continues to serve forever. 25 This is why he can completely save those who are approaching God through him, because he always lives to speak with God for them.
26 It’s appropriate for us to have this kind of high priest: holy, innocent, incorrupt, separate from sinners, and raised high above the heavens. 27 He doesn’t need to offer sacrifices every day like the other high priests, first for their own sins and then for the sins of the people. He did this once for all when he offered himself. 28 The Law appoints people who are prone to weakness as high priests, but the content of the solemn pledge, which came after the Law, appointed a Son who has been made perfect forever.
• Melchizedek was a picture of things yet to come; he was a type of Christ
• This is spiritual ‘meat’; if you cannot understand this then you are still on ‘milk’ and thus a babe in Christ
• We waste our time on milk issues; we are addicted to stay young and immature spiritually
• What are meat issues?
• Submission to authority
• Holding thoughts captive
• The Be Attitudes
21all who incriminate others wrongly, who entrap the judge in the gate, and pointlessly postpone justice for the innocent. 22 Therefore, proclaims the LORD, the God of[a] the house of Jacob, who redeemed Abraham: Jacob won’t be ashamed now, and his face won’t grow pale now. 23 When he sees his children among them, the work of my hands, proclaiming my name holy, they will make holy the holy one of Jacob, and stand in awe of Israel’s God. 24 Those who wander in spirit will have understanding, and those who grumble will gain insight.
• Good works are designed so that as you are blessed, others can see what God provides
• We should not acquiesce to the powers of this world
• You shouldn’t do good so others can give you praise/glory, but so that God may get the glory
• When your ego gets in the way, you ‘smell’ badly
29 We know this because God knew them in advance, and he decided in advance that they would be conformed to the image of his Son. That way his Son would be the first of many brothers and sisters.
11 So remember that once you were Gentiles by physical descent, who were called “uncircumcised” by Jews who are physically circumcised. 12 At that time you were without Christ. You were aliens rather than citizens of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of God’s promise. In this world you had no hope and no God. 13 But now, thanks to Christ Jesus, you who once were so far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
• Do not try to fool others that you were holy all of your life
4 Therefore, as a prisoner for the Lord, I encourage you to live as people worthy of the call you received from God. 2 Conduct yourselves with all humility, gentleness, and patience. Accept each other with love, 3 and make an effort to preserve the unity of the Spirit with the peace that ties you together.
• Be who you say you are
• A mature Christian will always exhibit an attitude of thanksgiving (Ephesians 5:10) and an attitude of peace despite the circumstances; your God, the Father has the ship in control