Thursday, July 26, 2012

Beauty of Holiness

 3Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power, in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning: thou hast the dew of thy youth.
 4The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek. 

Beauty of Holiness

Once upon a time, on a planet, not so far away, called Earth, there ruled a wise and eternal King. His people so loved their King that they rushed to His bidding, with not a thought of hesitation. No dissension existed among the people as they all were of one mind, loving their King and therefore loving one another.

Why did I begin the above narrative with the words, "Once upon a time?" Living in a world so infested with sin and decay, we cannot even imagine our world in any other way. One has to travel far and wide to find even one person who exists, who has righteous and Godly characteristics. In this world, we do not even expect our leaders to actually mean what they say. In this US presidential election year, the barbs fly from one candidate to another, while promises are made which no one expects the candidates to keep if elected.

It has always been this way, has it not? No! God created this world in beauty and perfection. No contention existed between humans or beasts. What happened? Sin entered the corridors of this world, resulting in a world infested with sin and decay. Man fought man, and the beasts fought one another.

Now, let us return to that first paragraph above and change the, "Once upon a time," to "A day is surely coming." What David is describing in verses 3 and 4 of Psalm 110, is a time in the future when all sin will be erased and the earth re-created with only those who truly, in their heart of hearts, love the Lord. They will all, of one accord, worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness. Millions upon millions, who have been saved by the blood of the Lamb, will live and work on this new Earth. Plants will be disease-free, and all animals will co-exist in peace.

Who will rule this mighty earth? Christ, the King of Kings, and Lord of Lords will rule this Earth, as the divinely appointed King and Priest of a land that will exist for all eternity. David, himself, when he penned these words by the inspiration of the Spirit must have longed for such a time as this.

What is the significance of Christ being a priest after the order of Melchizedek?

 18And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God.
 19And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth.
(Genesis 14:18-19, King James Version)

Unlike the kings of Israel and Judah, Melchizedek is presented as a divinely appointed king who also served as a priest. No word is given as to descendants, for he is presented as one who has no end. In Melchizedek, we have a picture or type of Israel's divinely appointed King who will rule as both King and Priest in a kingdom which will last forever!

I long to be a part of that kingdom, serving the Lord in the beauty of holiness, don't you? That, dear Christian, is our future!

Even so, come quickly Lord Jesus!

God Bless You,

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