The Man Of Mystery

Wednesday, April 27, 2022
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How often have I been captivated by the masked man, the man of mystery, in stories and film? The Man in the Iron Mask was reputed to be the wrongly imprisoned heir to the throne of France, and was restored to his reign by the Three Musketeers. The masked Lone Ranger, a good-hearted Spanish landowner, who rode on a white horse named Silver, bravely helped the underprivileged. The Phantom of the Opera was a disfigured and disgruntled musical genius, masked to hide his ruined face, who took over the Paris Opera to kidnap his beloved Christine. There are many masked Marvel heroes who battle evil and defend the good. Each man of mystery plays a pivotal role in the story, or influences it from the background. Did you know that the Bible features a man of mystery, too? His name was Melchizedek.

Hebrews 7:1-3 – For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the Most High God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him, to whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all, first being translated "king of righteousness," and then also king of Salem, meaning "king of peace," without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but made like the Son of God, remains a priest continually. (NKJV)

Melchizedek was a mysterious priest who appeared briefly in Genesis 14 in the story of Abraham, caught up in a war between tribal leaders, and intent on rescuing his nephew Lot, captured by one of them. Upon his victory, Abraham was offered tremendous war booty, but he did not want to be compromised by a cozy deal with the defeated enemy, instead choosing to give ten percent of the spoils as tithe to the man of mystery, the king of Salem and high priest of God, Melchizedek. Because of this faith-filled decision, Abraham was blessed.

Why does Melchizedek matter to us now? He matters because he was preview of the Messiah to come, two thousand years later. God shows us through Melchizedek what the Messiah would be. Like the mysterious priest, Jesus is a King and High Priest Who rules forever, without start or finish. Melchizedek was not a Levite, born into the priesthood, and neither was Jesus. We think of priests as those who speak to God for us, offer sacrifices for us, and receive God's forgiveness for us. Melchizedek doesn't fit that role in the story. Our Lord often doesn't do what we expect Him to do, and Melchizedek helps us to understand that. The mystery man reminds us of the importance of the person of Jesus over religious practice.

Do you find yourself wondering what the Lord is up to, when it seems that all that surrounds us is unrest and anxiety? Does the Lord Himself seem like a man of mystery, doing good, but unknowable? The ancient priest has much to show us about the character of our Lord, always present with us, always only a breath of prayer away. Today, lift your soul from the chaos that surrounds us, in prayer to Him, our High Priest forever.

Prayer: We thank You, God our Father, for the gift of Your Son, Who offered up prayers and supplications for us to You Who was able to save Him. But He accepted death for our sins so that we who believe may enjoy His blessing and the eternal salvation that He won for us. Hallelujah! Amen.

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Shirley Moulton <shirley_moulton@yahoo.ca>
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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thank you.


    Thanks for the encouraging words, Shirley.


    Thanks, Shirley for a fascinating explanation today.


    Thank you, Shirley, for helping us better understand Melchizedek. God bless!


    Thank you, Shirley. This is an interesting perspective on Melchizedek and its application to our lives.


    Thank you for sharing this encouraging devotional with us today.
    Blessings.


    Thanks for today’s devotional Shirley. Yes, we are so fortunate that our Lord is always near and ready to serve us. Blessings for writing.


    Thanks for your contribution to the PresbyCan devotions. Today I believe you ‘melded’ pieces of Zorro [Spanish landowner] with the Lone Ranger [ex-Texas Ranger ambushed and left for dead].


    Dear Shirley,
    Thank you for the illustration of the masked men in our lives and its spiritual application. I do wonder what the Lord is up to, but I always fall back on His promises not to leave or forsake us, and that He always has our good in mind. Continued blessings to and from your writing.


    Good Morning Shirley
    Thank you so much for today’s Devotional.
    Making us aware of this part of The Story… in Such Detail.
    Ottawa must be a Centre of Spiritual Blessing as You have provided so many more insights over the years I have been on PresbyCan.
    Thank You Again.
    Blessings.


    Good morning, Shirley,
    I learned about Melchizedek when I was involved in a Bible study looking for Jesus in the Old Testament. It was eye opening to me and this is a great reminder of that study.
    Your questions near the end of your devotional are in many minds at this time with both a pandemic and war causing great anxiety.
    Thank you for your knowledge and sharing as we pray with you. Praise the Lord.

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