Summary: To show that together with Abraham we have been blessed by GOD.
Where did our blessing came from?
II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:
To show that together with Abraham we have been blessed by GOD.
Hebrews 7:6 (Amplified Bible)
7:6 But this person who has not their Levitical ancestry received tithes from Abraham [himself] and blessed him who possessed the promises [of God].
I am a person of faith, blessed, made happy and favored by GOD with the believing and trusting Abraham.
Melchizedek blessed Abraham who possessed promises of GOD
A. Date of writing: Before AD. 70
B. Style of writing: Best Greek style
C. Authorship: Not specific, but generally attributed to Apostle Paul. Can be also ascribed to Barnabas, Luke, Apollos
D. Audience: Hebrew Christians
E. Theme: Christ is superior to the prophets; Christ is superior to angels—J. Vernon McGee's Thru The Bible
F. Purpose: The chief doctrinal purpose of the writer was to show the transcendent glory of the Christian dispensation, as compared with that of the Old Testament.—Thompson Chain - Bible Book Outlines
G. Keyword: better
VIII. MAIN BODY:
A. Melchizedek, not belonging to Levites, received tithes from Abraham
"But this person who has not their Levitical ancestry received tithes from Abraham [himself]"
Hebrews 7:4 (Amplified Bible)
7:4 Now observe and consider how great [a personage] this was to whom even Abraham the patriarch gave a tenth [the topmost or the pick of the heap] of the spoils.
Genesis 14:19-20 (Amplified Bible)
14:19 And he blessed him and said, Blessed (favored with blessings, made blissful, joyful) be Abram by God Most High, Possessor and Maker of heaven and earth,
14:20 And blessed, praised, and glorified be God Most High, Who has given your foes into your hand! And [Abram] gave him a tenth of all [he had taken].
Melchizedek, no ancestral line, no tribe recorded, yet received tithes from Abraham. Abraham chooses to pay his tithes to Melchizedek, recognizing His Greatness and authority.
Hebrews 7:3 (Amplified Bible)
7:3 Without [record of] father or mother or ancestral line, neither with beginning of days nor ending of life, but, resembling the Son of God, he continues to be a priest without interruption and without successor.
B. Melchizedek blessed Abraham who possessed GOD's promises
"and blessed him who possessed the promises [of God]."
Hebrews 6:13-15 (Amplified Bible)
6:13 For when God made [His] promise to Abraham, He swore by Himself, since He had no one greater by whom to swear,
6:14 Saying, Blessing I certainly will bless you and multiplying I will multiply you.
6:15 And so it was that he [Abraham], having waited long and endured patiently, realized and obtained [in the birth of Isaac as a pledge of what was to come] what God had promised him.
Genesis 12:2 (Amplified Bible)
12:2 And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you [with abundant increase of favors] and make your name famous and distinguished, and you will be a blessing [dispensing good to others].
Romans 4:13 (Amplified Bible)