“He is without father or mother or genealogy; he has neither beginning of days nor end of life .. . he continues a priest forever.” Hebrews 7:3
“Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.” Hebrews 13:2
Melchizedek, the king of Salem meets Abraham. Like Jesus Christ, He is the same yesterday, today and forever. Abraham receives Melchizedek as if he is deity, because as Hebrews indicates, He was God.
Unlike the Pharisees, Abraham recognized God regardless of what form He appeared in. Today’s readings, offer us a how to guide in recognizing God:
- God rewards your good deeds in love “God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love you have demonstrated for his name
by having served and continuing to serve the holy ones” (Hebrews 6:10) . The more we serve the holy ones (angels), the more our eyes our turned upward and outward. Remember, God’s memory is located in much more than your own good deeds but because of His oath, purpose and covenant (cf. Psalm 111).
- Ask God to open your eyes. “May the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ enlighten the eyes of our hearts, that we may know what is the hope that belongs to our call.” (Ephesians 1:17-18) Ask your guardian angel to be apart of this open heaven invitation.
- We have an anchor of our soul. Paul writes, “This we have as an anchor of the soul, sure and firm, which reaches into the interior behind the veil, where Jesus has entered on our behalf as forerunner, becoming high priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.” (Hebrew 6:19) Where is this anchor? It’s beyond the veil. Jesus knocks on the door of our heart and if we open the door (cf. Revelation 4:1ff) we are invited to the interior behind the veil.
What was the main difference between the Pharisees and Abraham?
The Pharisees knew the stuff of the law backwards and forwards. Abraham knew the God of the Old Testament and when he appeared to him as King Salem, Abraham recognized Him as God.