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11. A More Desirable Submission (Hebrews 7:1-19)

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The enigmatic character of Melchizedek bursts onto the biblical scene in Genesis almost as quickly as he vanishes. Yet the author of Hebrews seizes upon his brief interaction with Abraham, and finds in his story a great deal of significance regarding how believers should respond to Jesus. Melchizedek serves as a “type” of Christ, and Abraham’s response to him models how we should submit to Jesus. By definition, submission is voluntary. Abraham’s submission was not coerced or commanded; it was willful. We often don’t like to submit, but when we encounter one greater than ourselves, submission becomes more natural. What areas of your life have you yet to submit to Jesus?

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