Read through the Bible in 2 Years: Proverbs 3:11-12; Psalm 17; Genesis 13-14
"And Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. (He was priest of God Most High.) And he blessed him and said, “Blessed be Abram by God Most High, Possessor of heaven and earth; and blessed be God Most High, who has delivered your enemies into your hand!” And Abram gave him a tenth of everything. And the king of Sodom said to Abram, “Give me the persons, but take the goods for yourself.” But Abram said to the king of Sodom, “I have lifted my hand to the LORD, God Most High, Possessor of heaven and earth, that I would not take a thread or a sandal strap or anything that is yours, lest you should say, ‘I have made Abram rich.’" - Genesis 14:18-23 ESV
“I call upon you, for you will answer me, O God; incline your ear to me; hear my words. Wondrously show your steadfast love, O Savior of those who seek refuge from their adversaries at your right hand.” – Psalm 17:6-7 ESV
Melchizedek, the King of Righteousness, the King of Salem (Peace) (Jerusalem), a priest of God Most High, blessed Abram, acknowledging God’s blessing and protection of Abram.
Abram himself also acknowledges God’s power and authority to give Abram success and stuff. He, too, calls the Lord “El Elyon” – God Most High.
What does it mean that God is the God Most High?
As we read today in Genesis 13, God Most High is who gives offspring, who gives land, and who brings victory or defeat. But it is so much more than that.
God is the supreme sovereign authority over all things in heaven and on earth. Every knee bows before Him. He is the creator, sustainer, and owner of everything. He is the ruler over all things. He gives and takes away according to His will.
And Jesus Christ, God’s only Begotten Son, fully God and fully man, God in flesh, God with us, is our Great High Priest and King, higher than any earthly priest or king. Read more about this in Hebrews 7. Here’s a taste of it:
"For it was indeed fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, innocent, unstained, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens. He has no need, like those high priests, to offer sacrifices daily, first for his own sins and then for those of the people, since he did this once for all when he offered up himself." - Hebrews 7:26-27 ESV
Will you pray with me? Remember we have the highest high priest, Jesus Christ, interceding for us and we pray to the Lord God Most High.
Heavenly Father, Most High, Creator of heaven and earth, Ruler of all creation,
What a privilege it is to come before you and to lay our needs at Your feet. We know that You hear us. We know that You see us. Even though You are almighty and transcendent over all creation, You love us, Your creation and children.
We ask You, Lord, to provide our daily bread to us, to forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us, and to protect us from the temptations of the evil one. Give us eyes to see You, and ears to hear Your voice. Strengthen our weak knees to follow You and go where You send us, trusting that You are indeed God Most High.
We pray for our husbands and children, that they will recognize Your Almighty power and mercy and holiness. Give them the strength to be humble and honest, to walk with integrity and honor. Give them hearts like yours.
In the Most High Name of Jesus Christ, our Savior, Redeemer, Lord, and Priest, Amen.