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Live the Blessed Paradox Life!

Live the Blessed Paradox Life!

Hebrews 7:1 For this Melchizedek was king of Salem, kohen of God Most High. He met Abraham returning from the defeat of the kings and blessed him,

Hebrews 7:7 Now it is beyond dispute that the lesser is blessed by the greater.

Our life, the life of faith, is pervaded by paradox. Life faces us with apparently irreconcilable conditions and realities that we struggle to understand and integrate, sometimes throughout an entire lifetime. The Lord himself exemplifies this reality in his dual identity as the expressed image of God and a fully human male who suffered the worst consequences of sin…without deserving them. We live daily within the paradox of God’s perfect holiness and our fundamental human imperfection, constantly needing to accept His grace as we strive toward His perfection.

Much of the life of faith is learning to abide in love and peace within our paradoxical existence, and Yeshua gave us His Holy Spirit to make it possible. He also offered us a pile of “paradoxical” advice exhorting us to behave or respond opposite to human nature. Do you want to be great in the Kingdom? Become a servant to all. An enemy strikes your left cheek? Turn to him the right one. Overcome evil with good. There are many of these if you look for them, and they begin to describe a lifestyle that distinguishes a true believer in ever-increasing uniqueness.

This passage in Hebrews reveals that Melchizedek blessed Abraham according to this principle: the lesser is blessed by the greater. Given the greatness of Abraham, we might be surprised to discover the dimension of Melchizedek’s status. His name means “My King is Righteousness,” suggesting that he is a type of Messiah and quite (paradoxically) qualified to bless the father of faith.

This paradoxical life, perplexing, frustrating, tempting, tormenting as it is, incites most of us to react badly in one way or another, producing endless cycles of revenge, hatred, retribution, and remorse. But God, who is the greatest of all, blesses us who are “lesser.” And He also invites us to the greatness of blessing…our neighbors, our children, even our enemies. The temptation of paradox is overcome by the opportunity to bless. It’s a way of God whose life and heart are full of blessing. If we desire to be like Him, increasing in stature and overcoming evil, we’ll seek the Spirit’s power to bless others.

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