So, I've gotten a lot of writing in today, including several days Scripture Tweets, and several blog drafts. And I've listened to my Pastor's sermon podcast. I'm planning to get in bed early tonight, and get some rest for church tomorrow. It is a blessing to hear the word of God.
And without all contradiction the less is blessed of the better. Hebrews 7:7
Pastors bless the congregation with the Word of God each Sunday. This verse comes from the passage in Hebrews that explains that Jesus was a better priest, higher than those of the tribe of Levi, because Levi paid tithes to Melchizedek. Of course, Abraham was the one who actually paid tithes to this little known Melchizedek figure, who appears once in the Genesis narrative. But, the writer of Hebrews (probably Paul) makes the point that since Levi was descended from Abraham, his family was tithe payers to Melchizedek. This is seen as a strange fact to the Hebrew readers of Paul's day, because the entire tribe of Levi had been the tribe who were the Priests of Israel, and they received tithes from the rest of the tribes of Israel. It was a known fact that Jesus was born from the tribe of Judah, not Levi. Paul is explaining that Jesus became our "High Priest" by providing himself as a sacrifice for His people, just like the Israelite Levitical Priests made sacrifices for their people. Jesus paid the price once and for all. And, unless the people thought it impossible for anyone from the tribe of Judah to be a priest for the people, Paul reminds them of Melchizedek, who David in the Psalms tells us was a figure of Jesus. Psalms 110:4
I explained this bit, merely to give the fact that the Pastor of a church is seen as an office of blessing for Christians today, for are not the less blessed of the better? October is Pastor Appreciation month, as I've pointed out previously. And, I would be remiss not to tell you how much I appreciate my Pastors for the Word that I receive each week from them. I am sure we all realize that most of us would have little in the way of blessings to give others if we had not received ourselves from a Pastor. Ecclesiastes 11:1 tells us that the blessing we give to others will come back to us. The Word of God is a blessing that keeps coming back. If you are not being blessed with the word tomorrow, for whatever reason, stop by the Living on Purpose Podcast and select a sermon to be blessed with yourself.