10/26/11

Back to the future, forever!!!


No, Michael J. Fox is not just around the corner and its not 1985, but this is a Delorean. I haven't seen a Delorean in awhile!  But this one is DIFFERENT; its all electric.  Whatever its power source, its styling is distinctive and oh, so beautiful.  My first thought when I saw this vehicle was "Back to the future".  I loved the movie and the idea of traveling in time is intriguing.  Even though I know we can't do this now, there is always hope.  For us, time just keeps going forward, but, maybe, just maybe... someday.  How long before we can do this (if we ever can) I have no idea, but maybe my great-grandchildren might, who knows?  Which of course brings us to eternality and to Jesus.  The book of Hebrews says...

Hebrews 7:1-17 (WEB)
1) For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of God Most High, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him,
2) to whom also Abraham divided a tenth part of all (being first, by interpretation, king of righteousness, and then also king of Salem, which is king of peace;
3) 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.
4) Now consider how great this man was, to whom even Abraham, the patriarch, gave a tenth out of the best spoils.
5) They indeed of the sons of Levi who receive the priest’s office have a commandment to take tithes of the people according to the law, that is, of their brothers, though these have come out of the body of Abraham,
6) but he whose genealogy is not counted from them has accepted tithes from Abraham, and has blessed him who has the promises.
7) But without any dispute the lesser is blessed by the greater.
8) Here people who die receive tithes, but there one receives tithes of whom it is testified that he lives.
9) We can say that through Abraham even Levi, who receives tithes, has paid tithes,
10) for he was yet in the body of his father when Melchizedek met him.
11) Now if there were perfection through the Levitical priesthood (for under it the people have received the law), what further need was there for another priest to arise after the order of Melchizedek, and not be called after the order of Aaron?
12) For the priesthood being changed, there is of necessity a change made also in the law.
13) For he of whom these things are said belongs to another tribe, from which no one has officiated at the altar.
14) For it is evident that our Lord has sprung out of Judah, about which tribe Moses spoke nothing concerning priesthood.
15) This is yet more abundantly evident, if after the likeness of Melchizedek there arises another priest,
16) who has been made, not after the law of a fleshly commandment, but after the power of an endless life:
17) for it is testified, “You are a priest forever, according to the order of Melchizedek.”

Paul (yes, I do believe he was the writer of Hebrews) compares the temporary priesthood of the old covenant with that of Melchizedek and equates Jesus with the latter.  "a priest forever" is a long, long time.  Permanence equals perfection and perfection is what we all need, forever.  Nice to know that some things will never change, no matter what time it is.  Still, if there is anyone out there with an extra few hundred thousand dollars, I wouldn't mind accepting a Delorean as a gift...

OT Bible Reading 10/26

Oct. 26
Song of Solomon 7, 8

Son 7:1 How beautiful are your feet in sandals, prince's daughter! Your rounded thighs are like jewels, the work of the hands of a skillful workman.
Son 7:2 Your body is like a round goblet, no mixed wine is wanting. Your waist is like a heap of wheat, set about with lilies.
Son 7:3 Your two breasts are like two fawns, that are twins of a roe.
Son 7:4 Your neck is like an ivory tower. Your eyes are like the pools in Heshbon by the gate of Bathrabbim. Your nose is like the tower of Lebanon which looks toward Damascus.
Son 7:5 Your head on you is like Carmel. The hair of your head like purple. The king is held captive in its tresses.
Son 7:6 How beautiful and how pleasant you are, love, for delights!
Son 7:7 This, your stature, is like a palm tree, your breasts like its fruit.
Son 7:8 I said, "I will climb up into the palm tree. I will take hold of its fruit." Let your breasts be like clusters of the vine, the smell of your breath like apples, Beloved
Son 7:9 Your mouth like the best wine, that goes down smoothly for my beloved, gliding through the lips of those who are asleep.
Son 7:10 I am my beloved's. His desire is toward me.
Son 7:11 Come, my beloved, let us go forth into the field. Let us lodge in the villages.
Son 7:12 Let's go early up to the vineyards. Let's see whether the vine has budded, its blossom is open, and the pomegranates are in flower. There I will give you my love.
Son 7:13 The mandrakes give forth fragrance. At our doors are all kinds of precious fruits, new and old, which I have stored up for you, my beloved.
Son 8:1 Oh that you were like my brother, who sucked the breasts of my mother! If I found you outside, I would kiss you; yes, and no one would despise me.
Son 8:2 I would lead you, bringing you into my mother's house, who would instruct me. I would have you drink spiced wine, of the juice of my pomegranate.
Son 8:3 His left hand would be under my head. His right hand would embrace me.
Son 8:4 I adjure you, daughters of Jerusalem, that you not stir up, nor awaken love, until it so desires. Friends
Son 8:5 Who is this who comes up from the wilderness, leaning on her beloved? Under the apple tree I aroused you. There your mother conceived you. There she was in labor and bore you.
Son 8:6 Set me as a seal on your heart, as a seal on your arm; for love is strong as death. Jealousy is as cruel as Sheol. Its flashes are flashes of fire, a very flame of Yahweh.
Son 8:7 Many waters can't quench love, neither can floods drown it. If a man would give all the wealth of his house for love, he would be utterly scorned. Friends
Son 8:8 We have a little sister. She has no breasts. What shall we do for our sister in the day when she is to be spoken for?
Son 8:9 If she is a wall, we will build on her a turret of silver. if she is a door, we will enclose her with boards of cedar. Beloved
Son 8:10 I am a wall, and my breasts like towers, then I was in his eyes like one who found peace.
Son 8:11 Solomon had a vineyard at Baal Hamon. He leased out the vineyard to keepers. Each was to bring a thousand shekels of silver for its fruit.
Son 8:12 My own vineyard is before me. The thousand are for you, Solomon; two hundred for those who tend its fruit. Lover
Son 8:13 You who dwell in the gardens, with friends in attendance, let me hear your voice! Beloved
Son 8:14 Come away, my beloved! Be like a gazelle or a young stag on the mountains of spices!

NT Bible Reading 10/26

Oct. 26
1 Thessalonians 3

1Th 3:1 Therefore, when we couldn't stand it any longer, we thought it good to be left behind at Athens alone,
1Th 3:2 and sent Timothy, our brother and God's servant in the Good News of Christ, to establish you, and to comfort you concerning your faith;
1Th 3:3 that no one be moved by these afflictions. For you know that we are appointed to this task.
1Th 3:4 For most certainly, when we were with you, we told you beforehand that we are to suffer affliction, even as it happened, and you know.
1Th 3:5 For this cause I also, when I couldn't stand it any longer, sent that I might know your faith, for fear that by any means the tempter had tempted you, and our labor would have been in vain.
1Th 3:6 But when Timothy came just now to us from you, and brought us glad news of your faith and love, and that you have good memories of us always, longing to see us, even as we also long to see you;
1Th 3:7 for this cause, brothers, we were comforted over you in all our distress and affliction through your faith.
1Th 3:8 For now we live, if you stand fast in the Lord.
1Th 3:9 For what thanksgiving can we render again to God for you, for all the joy with which we rejoice for your sakes before our God;
1Th 3:10 night and day praying exceedingly that we may see your face, and may perfect that which is lacking in your faith?
1Th 3:11 Now may our God and Father himself, and our Lord Jesus Christ, direct our way to you;
1Th 3:12 and the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we also do toward you,
1Th 3:13 to the end he may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints.