Melchizedek is one of the most intriguing characters the Bible says almost nothing about. He’s only mentioned in three books of the Bible, but the conversation surrounding Melchizedek is expansive.
You’ve heard some people say Melchizedek is Jesus. You’ve heard some people say he’s just a guy who worshiped God. You’ve probably heard all kinds of ways Melchizedek’s life applies to yours.
He’s a mysterious figure, and I’ve found that mysterious Bible figures (like Michael the archangel) attract a lot of speculation, which ends up spreading some extra-biblical ideas. This means that when we sit down to study someone like Melchizedek (or a passage that mentions him), we’re often looking through folklore-tinted lenses.
Started reading a book of the Bible and wound up super confused 5 minutes later?
Wondered how to introduce a book of the Bible to your youth group?
Encouraged your kids to spend time in the Word, but couldn’t tell them where to start?
If so, here’s a handy starting point.
Pick a book of the Bible and read it all the way through, looking for the “3 As”:
Author: who wrote the book?
Audience: who was supposed to read it?
Aim: why was it written in the first place?
“Dude, is that all you got?”
You’re right: this is a pretty short post for me. But I promise it’s for a good reason. Laura and I got so many encouraging responses on our guide to the 12 apostles that we’re working on a new series of Bible-study guides with more content to help you get to know the books of the Bible better.
And the first one is coming up soon. In fact, I’m taking a break from it to write this post (and maybe brew another French press).
If you want to stay in the loop and even get a sneak peek at what’s next, you should join my email list. I’d love to keep you in the know!
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The goal: make it a lot easier to remember the 12 apostles.
Which means you’ll find some pretty cool stuff in this 55-page book (if I may say so myself):
Original portraits of all 12 apostles
You’ve seen some of Laura’s Bible illustrations on this blog before, but she’s really pulled out the stops on this project. She’s created portraits for all 12 apostles—each one inspired by the things that apostle says and does (or doesn’t say and doesn’t do). Continue reading…