the Righteous King (Hebrews 7:1-3)

The righteous king, the prince of peace,
Melchizedek, the priest of priests.
Before the Levite he held claim,
To intercede in Yahweh’s name.
A priest who was not circumcised,
Yet Abraham paid him the tithe.
No father, mother, progeny,
His birth and death a mystery,
But he appears in the record,
As though eternal, like our Lord.
A priest forever – as the Christ,
Though neither of them were Levites,
By right not of his father earned,
But by the call of God confirmed.
He demonstrates the greater plan,
That God prepared when time began:
Not through the Levites to redeem,
But by a greater righteous king.
Melchizedek then was a type,
Of what would be revealed in Christ.
A priest to reign continually,
A king who will bring peace to be,
A prophet who will teach God’s word,
Which word predates the Law’s record.
One – Spirit, Son, and Father – three,
The prophet, priest, and righteous king.

Obedience

Both king and culture make commands,
That citizens obey their rules.
To disobey: the king will damn,
And culture will call you a fool.

And were not both ordained of God?
Then live in king and culture both.
So live at peace with in their laws,
And never needless rock the boat.

Remembering through all of this,
You have another King to serve,
And you’ve a culture that is His,
And always this you must preserve.

You are no slave of worldly ways.
When they negate the gospel’s truth,
Then you must stand, strong and unfazed,
And trust that God will work through you.

For customs curtsey to great kings,
And we are citizens through Him.
So He may call us not to sing,
When culture plays its market-hymn.

Yet never lightly does He call,
And never lightly should we act,
Though kings will boil you in gall,
And by the culture you are sacked.

We have no promise of our ease,
But we will suffer for His sake.
Though never marked in history,
As heroes, or as martyrs great.

But when He calls you to subvert,
Remember this through suffering:
That He has suffered for you first.
Obedience will praise the King.

The History of Rest (Hebrews 4:3-11)

The seventh day the Lord did rest,
Yet rest was made for man.
Perhaps of all God’s gifts, the best
Is rest. So see His plan:
How first the Sabbath God ordained,
For men to rest from work.
This, only faithful men obtained,
And was a type – the first.
And then He gave the Promised Land,
An other type of rest,
A land of fat – yet wicked man,
Still put God to the test.
He gave them kings to bring them peace,
And rest from all their wars.
Yet faithlessness would never cease,
But struggled all the more.
So God gives us another rest,
Redeemed in Jesus’ life.
This Sabbath now by far the best,
To rest by faith in Christ.
Why stand you faithless in the way,
In peril of the sword?
As long as it is called ‘today,’
Turn back now to the Lord!
Be diligent to serve His will,
And not as those who fell;
So enter heaven’s rest fulfilled,
And not be cast to hell.