Service - 11:00 AM
Melchizedekian Priesthood (1)
Psalms: 36:5-11; 45:1-6; 76:1-9; 110:1-6
Service - 6:00 PM
I. Its Characteristics
87:1-7; 45:7-12; 74:1-6; 102:13-18
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Quotes to Consider:
O. Palmer Robinson: "Israel was unique among
people of the world in that God himself appointed a priesthood for the
nation—with accompanying laws of sacrifice and ritual—which carefully
defined the right way to approach God. The laws of the Levitical
priesthood, along with its festival days and sacrifices, contained
touches of glamour and glory. Colorful robes, impressive ceremonies,
feasts, washings, the waving of recently harvested grain, and the
chanting of divine benedictions all contributed to the allurement of
the priestly order of the old covenant. So it should not be surprising
that throughout the centuries the Jewish people have had difficulty
relinquishing these treasured ceremonies. They all contributed to
making them feel right and good in the presence of God. Furthermore,
when the new covenant came along with its minimal ritual, it seemed as
though something significant had been lost" (The Israel of God,
John Calvin on Hebrews 7:3: "... Melchisedec
is not to be considered here, as they say, in his private capacity,
but as a sacred type of Christ; nor ought we to think that it was
accidentally or inadvertently omitted that no kindred is ascribed to
him, and that nothing is said of his death; but on the contrary, that
this was done designedly by the Spirit, in order to give us an idea of
one above the common order of men. There seems therefore to be no
probability in the conjecture of those who say that Melchisedec was
Shem the son of Noah; for if we make him to be some known individual,
we destroy this third likeness between Melchisedec and Christ ... It
seems not to be worth one’s while to refute the delirious notions of
those who dream that Christ himself, or the Holy Spirit, or an angel,
appeared at that time ..."
Announcements (subject to God’s will):
The Standard Bearers are available on the
Bob Wendrich finished radiotherapy this past
week and tests show that there is no cancerous tissue remaining in his
Membership Class meets this Tuesday at 6:30 PM
at the Murrays.
Bible Study is finished for the season and will
resume in September.
Ballymena Agricultural Show, is this week
Saturday, 27 May. William Armstrong will set up and run the stall for
us. Please remember this witness in your prayers.
The Reformed Witness Hour next Lord’s Day,
28 May (8:30-9:00 AM, on Gospel 846MW) is entitled "When I Heard, I
Wept & Prayed" (Nehemiah 1).
Upcoming Lectures: "Miracles & the End of the
World," Omagh, 7:30 PM, Fri., 2 June. "The 2 Witnesses of Revelation
11," S. Wales, Fri., 23 June.
Last Week’s Offerings: General Fund - £421.37.
Donations: £140 (tapes).
PRC News: Rev. R. Kleyn declined the call from
Covenant PRC in New Jersey.