“The Angel of the Lord” found Hagar by the spring of water”… Here, in Genesis 16, we have the first mention in the Old Testament of ‘The Angel of the Lord.’ We will find this title appearing many times in the Old Testament, and many Bible scholars believe that ‘The Angel of the Lord’ as seen in the Old Testament, is a Theophany, or Christophany, that is, a visible manifestation of God. Actually, I believe this ‘Angel of the Lord’ is Jesus Christ appearing in a form to mankind”. Pastor Chuck Smith 1927-2013 – – – –
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God told Abram “I Am your shield, and your exceedingly great reward.” In other words: “Abram; you’ve got Me you don’t need anything or anyone else” (Genesis 15). How true that is: The Lord is the Christian’s inheritance as well as their strength and shield. The person who has Jesus has all the resources and power they could ever need. And the resources and power of God can never fade away. How sad is the person who relies upon their own strength. Even if they are the strongest and wisest man in the world, his strength and wisdom is still limited. How blessed is the person who has learned to trust in Jesus and the strength of God.
“We first see Melchizedek in Genesis 14, then in Ps. 110. In the New Testament we meet Him in Hebrews 6, which was written to Jews who found it hard to simply believe in Jesus for their righteousness. They felt they needed a priest. So the author of Hebrews declared to them that they had a Great High Priest who was superior to the Levitical order, because He was a priest in the order of Melchizedek. So Jesus is our Great High Priest, not from the tribe of Levi, from which the priests came, but from Judah, from which the Kings came. Jesus is our Great High Priest & King. Notice the Order; He is the King of Righteousness and the King of Peace, and He is our Great High Priest. Melchizedek gave Abram bread & wine, and Abram gave tithes to Melchizedek. Jesus gave His disciples bread & wine at the Last Supper as He instituted the New Testament.