Hidden Elijah's And Melchizedek's Of The Kingdom (Part 6) - Rod Mills
God is calling us to be hidden Elijahs, a part of the remnant set apart for God, whose hearts are fully devoted to Him. Like Melchizedek, Jesus lived in relative obscurity, living a life of love and obedience to the Father. God is calling us to live in humility as well, faithful with all that He has given us.
Full episode transcription:
All right, so we're on our next installment, still teaching on the hidden Elijahs and Melchizedeks of the kingdom. I'm not going to do a whole lot of review. But we talked about Revelation 14. And we were really talking about how we enter the calling of the Melchizedek order, the calling of the Melchizedek priesthood. As the people of God we’re called to enter that priesthood now, not just wait until the heavenlies. And we've explored how the Melchizedek priesthood… that Jesus really initiated it- I know Melchizedek initiated it, but really, Jesus is the one who rose from the dead, and established it through the power. The Scripture says in Hebrews, through the power of an endless life different than the Levitical. And that is characterized by both priestly and kingly functions. These are DNA markers, that no matter what your calling is, in eternity, it will be characterized in this priesthood. And if you want the scriptures on that, go back and listen to the other teachings, because it's all there. And we've covered it in Hebrews in depth. But I also want to make a couple of comments that kind of piggyback off of some things we talked about last week. And one is, the importance of specific acts of obedience, and calling is not measured by how big they are, or how much fruit they have, within our defined spaces of time. I'm gonna say it again, the importance of specific acts of obedience and calling is not measured by how big they are, or how much fruit they have within our defined spaces of time. They are measured by what God is telling us to do, by what God called us to do. Now, you'll see why I'm saying this here in a moment, as you start to connect the dots from our last installment of this until today. In the parable of the talents, if you remember, Jesus did not hold one man responsible for another man's talents. He only held him responsible for his talents. A lot of us say, “Man, I wish I had all these gifts and talents.” And, you know, as I get older, I go, “No, you don’t." Because it's like Nancy was sharing, “To whom much is given, much is required.” And so God gives us a finite amount. And if you look at it, it's really a small amount of gifts or talents. And he says, “Hey, be faithful.” The cool thing about God is He doesn't give us so much that it's burdensome, that it's laborious. It's more that he wants us to enter into His calling with joy in the vineyard of the Lord. It says he gave one five talents, another two, and another one, just real simple. So when we enter into this Melchizedek order, and calling of the priesthood in the kingly functions that God's called us to, it really is very, very simple. It's really not complicated. But when we do, we must keep our eyes on what the scripture says that we're called to in this order, and get our eyes off of the shiny stuff- even in the church. That’s glorifying bigness and fame and lots of money, and all of these things because that is not in your heart. You hardly ever see that emphasized in the Scriptures at all, if at all. And the reason why I'm saying that is because people so easily let the enemy steal the calling of God. Because they look to people they admire who are famous, or people who have big ministries, and they lose focus of the importance of their own ministry. What you're called to do, is the most important thing on God's heart for what you should do in your life. You see what I'm saying? We're going to talk about this more today, because you'll see why as we talk about humility and obscurity. I believe the humility, and the relative earthly obscurity, deeply characterize the lifestyles of hidden Elijahs. If you don't remember what hidden Elijahs are, go back and listen to our other teachings. And I'll expound a little bit, and also those who live like Melchizedek. Now, like Melchizedek, there are spiritual giants in God, who are known to few in the world. But their relationship with God towers above that which is known on the earth. And they are known by all in the heavens. They're known by angels. And they're known by humans in the heavens. They're even known by the creatures we see in the heavens that no one understands, like Ezekiel describes and others. And this is what I believe the Hebrews writers referring to as the great cloud of witnesses. They're known by all of these. They're known by the prophets and the apostles of Scripture who've gone on. These people are very dear and very close to God. You say, “Rod, everybody's very dear to God!” Yes, they are. But not everybody enters into it, not everybody enters into that intimacy. And so this is the invitation. Enter into this intimacy, don't wait, enter into it. They do not care about getting a name or reputation on the earth, because they have a name and a reputation with God Himself. And this is the audience that matters. They are sustained by a deep friendship with God. We just finished a men’s sabbatical, teaching on holy contentment, divine contentment, holy passion. And we looked at Hebrews13. It’s very fascinating when you're looking at Hebrews 13. Because when you see the Hebrews writer command, I think it's Hebrews 13:5, where he says, “Don't be covetous, but be content.” He makes the most interesting statement in verse five. At first, it looks out of place, he says, “For I have said to you, I will never leave you nor forsake you.” And you're like, what? Be content, I will never leave you nor forsake you? He immediately connects contentment to the relationship and the relational presence of God. And we won't go into it all in this teaching, but I just wanted to mention it. Because there's fulfillments in your job, there's fulfillment in your family, there's fulfillment and all these things, but deep core contentment is rooted in our relationship with God. He actually starts out in that passage talking about brotherly love. Then he moves to marital love. Then he moves to contentment and says, “Your relationship with God.” So he literally builds a pyramid, and all of that contentment is centered around the pyramid of relationship. These people who walk in the order of Melchizedek- these hidden Elijahs- also they live their lives for the audience of one. They don't seek the attention of human flesh, or what impresses people. I don't think if I look out in this group and on Zoom, and people who are listening- probably we don't have very many Instagram influencers and movie stars and those kinds of things. So most of us are not thinking about that. But we do see it in the church. And it's important that we don't get pulled into this. I wrote this teaching before a lot of the latest drama and difficulty that's happening with a high profile Christian leader. So I actually have been studying this for a while and wrote this down before all this came out. So this is not in response to what's happening right now in the church. I sense the Lord highlighting a disturbing trend in the church. The desire to be known publicly is more and more being equated with with spiritual maturity, spiritual authority. And spiritual credibility and market branding and being perceived as being influential in the Body of Christ has been interpreted by believers as God's way of highlighting those who carry much spiritual authority, who are most credible in the kingdom. And then people are deeply traumatized when we see some of them fall profoundly. Now, again, this is not in response to the things that some of you have been following I know with high profile leaders, but there's a whole string of them. Now some people say, “Higher levels, bigger devils. You get into positions of influence, and the enemy attacks you.” Yes, he does. But some of you that aren't in big influential positions, know that the enemy is attacking you pretty intensely, too, right? So here's the point: we have to reframe how we view spirituality. Now, if we go back to the New Testament church, they didn't have the kind of fame we have now. But word gets around about the apostles and different things. But still, you're not talking about a lot of people. We mentioned this a few months ago, I'll talk about it again a little bit today. You're not talking about a lot of people. Most of these men and women operated in relative obscurity in their day, even the apostles. Maybe not James, because there was so much in the church in Jerusalem, and the apostles were pretty well known there. But beyond that, they were just kind of heard about. “Oh, yeah, we heard about this cult.” That's the way they looked at it. When the apostles went out- some went to India, some went to Armenia, some went to went to Spain, they went to these different areas- it’s in total obscurity that they're operating. And their mindset, and the mindset of the church in many generations, has not been like we're dealing with right now. And you'll see where this connects to the Melchizedek order just a moment. As we said before, Heaven’s recognition is much different than Earth's recognition. Consider the obscurity of Abraham, an old man wandering out in the desert. Think about this for a moment. Abraham wasn't walking around in the desert and had this tremendous awareness that the whole world knows who he is, because the whole world didn't know who he was. Now the whole world knows about Abraham. We got to think in that day, not this day, to see his obedience to God was in obscurity, he was unknown to most until hundreds of years later. Consider Melchizedek, priest of Salem, of whom we know much less and consider the unknown Elijahs in 1 Kings 19 and Romans 11 that we talked about. God says, “I know them, they're close to my heart, but you don't even know who they are. I know who they are.” Consider the many unknown heroes described in Hebrews. Now I mentioned this before, I want to read this passage in Hebrews. Turn with me to Hebrews 11. I want to read a passage many of you are very familiar with. And I'm going to start reading in Hebrews 11:33. He's talking about people in the Old Testament, and he names names until this point. He named names we know and then it gets to this point and he says, “Who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtain promises, stop the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, escape the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong became valiant in battle, turned to flight the armies of the aliens, women received their dead raised to life again, others were tortured, not accepting deliverance, that they might obtain a better resurrection. Still, others had trial of markings and scourging of chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were tempted. They were slain with the sword, they wondered about in sheepskins and goat skins being destitute, afflicted, tormented, of whom the world was not worthy. They and all these, having obtained a good testimony through faith, did not yet receive the promise. God, having provided something better for us, that they should not be made perfect apart from us.” He's talking about before the completion, after the Messiah came and the fullness of the promises were delivered. But what I'd like to draw your attention to is their obscurity. There's a whole lineage. We have great people in God, most of them are unknown to the world. If you look at the names that you see in that chapter and count the names, those names are a tiny fraction of the great hall of heroes who walked as hidden Elijahs, who walked as Melchizedeks in their day, who were unknown to the world. And so we join with them in this calling to Holy obscurity, where we pursue God, and we walk with Him. And we are not ensnared by the values of a church that needs to be called back to intimacy with God, the mantle of Elijah, in the calling of the priesthood of Melchizedek. There is a divine call to us. And God calls us to a life of humility, a life to pursue him as Melchizedek, we'll see this again. I know some of you have read it with me before, where he was unknown to most in his day. And he was unknown, even to this day, most of his lineage, his family, and all of that. Now, in today's time, I've been blessed to be a part of some extraordinary revivals. And some of you know that God graciously placed me on his divine sovereign will, as a shepherd and these revivals, and some of you know where they've been. And in fact, they've been in restricted countries, different kinds of restrictions, but restricted countries. And amazingly seen 1000s of people come to Christ, something that humans cannot produce. But what I want to say is many of the leaders and I became close and I’m very good friends with many of them in multiple places, not just the restricted countries, some of you are thinking about right now. Many of them have been killed for their faith, or in prison for their faith, most of them, I would say, a great amount had been killed had been martyred for their faith. And yet, they were faithful in their place in God. And they were spiritual giants in their own calling, of which God called them in that place. And yet they are unknown. And the Lord is calling us to respect this enough that we will live with the same heart and attitude as they who have walked before us- both those in the scripture that I just read and those in life that I have known who today hear the very words that I speak, from the heavens they pray, intercede, and cheer us on in the things of God. We’re given a very short time, but I will tell you this, I want my faith to be marvelous and beautiful like theirs was and like theirs is today in the heavens, because it was beautiful. Their spirits are beautiful. It's full of love, and humility, when I remember them. These are the feelings that I have, because this was their hearts. And I long for the days when I'll be reunited with them. So we have heard a growing number of spiritual leaders pointing out and some of you have heard this, some of you have been reading it. I've received some some exhortations on the prayer streams in the past 12 months on this, but there's a growing number saying that we are entering, these are the exact words that I've been reading, a fresh age of the Melchizedek order. Now when you say something like that, a lot of theologians are like, “That sounds like well, what are we talking about?” Like theologically, I'm not sure that sounds and don't get too spun up over it. They're saying that the Melchizedek order, that is people who follow in this way of the of the priestly calling and the kingly calling, are rising in the earth. And I was I was reading a devotional- I think it was Dutch sheets, I'm not positive. I was reading a devotional, and it said they are emissaries of the king. Representatives of His kingdom on the earth, ambassadors who issue Heaven’s commands over the forces of darkness. They are Christ's Ecclesia, legislators, liberators, deliverers, and enforcers. Now, he's talking about in the spirit, don't get confused. We're not talking about Dominionism, we're talking about in spiritual realm, in prayer and intercession, spiritual governors in the things of the kingdom of God. And I would go on to say that they are relatively obscure in the world because you don't live this kind of life and spend a whole lot of time on Instagram. They don't go together most of the time. They are planting the seeds of heaven on Earth, and implementing God's ways through prayer, humility, and simple obedience of the call that they have been given in the spiritual family they've been called to. I believe it's quite possible that these are part- and you guys have heard me say this- of the two witnesses in Revelation. Now, I'm not speaking this as a dogmatic doctrine or anything like that. Because you know, we're all seeking to understand how Revelation will be translated, how it will be interpreted, and understood and how it will play out. But I do believe there are many theologians who have thought this and I tend to believe this. That the two witnesses, there might be an actual two guys somewhere standing in the street that are like Elijah. Some people think it is Elijah and someone else, might be. But yeah, but I do believe that the church is being described here, that like Jesus sent out the two witnesses two by two, when he sent off the 70, he sent out two witnesses two by two together to be a witness for Him in the kingdom of God. And he said, “Where two or three are gathered, in my name, I am there.” And these two have tremendous authority on the earth. And this is what makes the world so angry, because the world wants to take authority over all things, because they have their way of doing things. And most of the time, it is counter to what God wants. And so any mention of changing society, or culture, or lives, or all of these things they get really nervous about. Well, if you start praying and speaking and prophesying, and God starts moving, and he starts doing things they don't like, God supernaturally changes things that they don't like, I guarantee you persecution is around the corner. Because many people don't know that they are in alliance with spirits and currents that are not from God. Many people are ignorant of that. That's why Jesus prayed on the cross Lord, forgive them, they know not what they do. They have no idea the alliance they are in right now; they have no idea the forces that they're in agreement with right now. And there are many in the world who function in ignorance and don't understand that spiritually, because they don't even believe these things. And you and I understand that because we used to be in that boat, where we didn't believe him, either. We understand people that don't believe this, and it seems imaginary to them. Because it's so far away from their reality, we totally understand that. We get it. But there is a reality that God is going to express his authority in the earth. And he's doing it even now. But he's doing it through spiritual means a means by which most people don't even believe. And this is part of the Melchizedek order. Because remember, the priests like we said last week, or last time we spoke, the priests go before God for the people. Not that we're better. The priests weren't any better than the people. It's not like they were somehow- in quality- better other than. We draw near to God, and we pray to walk in holiness. The point is that we go before God and we pray and we intercede and Heaven responds, God responds, the councils of Heaven respond, and the angels respond. And at the same time, when we obey and go before the people for God to to be obedient, change happens. And there's changes happening so that we’re operating in both our priestly function and in our kingly function and spiritual authority, which we're just kind of like little kids practicing right now. For that greater authority that God's calling us to in that day, but it's time to start practicing right now. You guys know I love doing this with my grandkids, and Tae and Nicole are here today, but Rhema is getting really good at this. How old is she now, two years old? And she's like, she is like, Man, when you got that dog, everybody else was terrified of her. And she was a little scared too. But boy, he's three times her size. And she's like, “Chester," she put points out sit down like that. She's like, practicing that authority. And she prays that way too. She sure does, she prays that way. And God calls us to train his people up this way. Because the truth is that we're all like Rhema. We're all little right now in the grand scheme of things. Like when you look at what your maturity level will be in the power and the glory of God that he that he says he wants to bestow upon his people that walk as overcomers upon the earth. When you walk in, not just enter the Heavens, but when you mature in the heavens, the authority is extraordinary. Right now, it's so important that we get this right. Well, think of it this way. And I'm off topic, but I feel led by the Holy Spirit. Think of it this way. But this is something I've been meditating on lately. You mothers that raise children in the womb, you're doing everything you can. You want everything to go right. You don't want there to be any deformities, you don't want there to be problems. There are so many health problems children develop in the womb from mothers that don't do the right thing, right?We understand that, or when they're toddlers, and we don't invest in them the right way. We don't want physical deformities, spiritual deformities, psychological deformities, or any of this, because it's so important to the rest of their life. And right now, my friends, we're living in this Womb of tomorrow, this Womb of eternal creation. And the enemy wants to downplay the importance of our spiritual formation here. And now, because we don't understand how important it is. That's why Jesus was so emphatic on many of these issues, and connecting them to eternity. Because if we do develop, and somebody says, well, there'll be no tears in heaven. And there'll be no, absolutely, but God doesn't guarantee that everybody is going to be all this in the same situation in their rewards. And so what I'm really saying is, is, we want to develop in our walk with him here, in wholeness. and fullness. It's more important than all these other things that people are telling you are important, like, you know, how much money you make and where you live, and what your job is, and how big your ministry is, and all of these things. Well, yeah, those things are having importance level. But so important that we are forming into the image of God and transforming in the legal position God's called us to, we're actually living it out, and growing into it, and growing into this calling of kings and priests to God, so that when we enter the heavens, we're healthy spiritually. And we're ready for the next thing. We're ready for the next season. Let me catch up in my notes here. I believe God is raising up many after the order of Melchizedek, after the heart in the ways of Jesus. And I've said this, they're unknown to most of the world, they're known in heaven. They're walking in this way of love and quiet obedience to Jesus, and obscurity, and sometimes in secret. And Jesus teaches us that our good deeds, our obedience, our giving, our deeds of service done in secret and obscurity, will be rewarded openly by our Heavenly Father. Matthew six for remember how the things we do in in the secret place, the things we do when no one's looking, except God in all of heaven. You remember that? Yeah, but nobody else. Yeah. There are people who think no one's looking and all of Heaven’s looking at them. That puts a whole different spin on things doesn’t it? Our prayers in secret and Matthew 6, two verses later, our prayers and secret Jesus says will also be rewarded openly. And guys, these are the people that are like the widows of Luke 18. Now remember, when she gave those two mites, when she gave all that she had, it was only like two pennies in our day. Jesus said, “She gave more than everybody.” Man, I love this. Because that means, Lord, when I come to you, and I lay my little four talents on the table on the altar, and I go, God, this is all I have. I don't have a lot. And Jesus just said, “You give me your life, your energy, your time, your talent, your money. What you just did, even though it's not very much, it's it's a huge amount.” You see what I'm saying? This is not just with money. This is applied to our time, it's applied to our resources, it’s applied to our relationships, everything. When we bring it and we lay it on the altar, and, you know, in your back of your ear, the enemy's going, “Yeah, you didn't give very much. Yeah, that's not significant.” Whatever the voice is, you hear when the enemy is accusing you, and Jesus is going you're giving everything when you give, whether it's that money, like the widow or whether it's your time or your energy, your talents. If you have talents, if you have abilities, if you have gifts, guys, give them. Give them don't wait till it's perfectly convenient give them because Jesus says you're giving everything you had. And in effect, you're giving more than what many or most people give. So what does this have to do in Melchizedek. I want to reread Hebrews 7:1-3. With these facts in mind, just think about what we're about to read. “Now Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the Most High God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and he blessed him, to whom also Abraham gave a 10th the tithe is a 10th, part of all, first being translated King of Righteousness. And then also king of Salem, which means king of peace.” Listen to how he describes Melchizedek. “Without father, without mother, without genealogy, and having neither beginning of days nor end of life.” Now stop right there. That's why many people say Melchizedek is Jesus, physically is actually Jesus. But you gotta read the rest of the verse, to see what he means. He says, “but made like, the Son of God, he remains a priest continually forever.” So this is important. That last phrase is very important, because it determines who Melchizedek is, is he the son of God? Or is he like the Son of God? And he says, here, he's made like the Son of God. So what he's trying to say is that he was a man of obscurity, in the grand scheme. Now, of course, in Salem, people knew who he was. But the point is, that in the big scheme, we don't know those things. That's what he means is we don't know his mom, we don't know his dad, we don't know his genealogy. And he's trying to say he similar to Jesus in this way, in his obscurity. Does that make sense to you guys? And just as Jesus remains a priest continually Melchizedek remains a priest continually. I like that. Because it speaks promises to me and you. He remains a priest continually, even to this day, unlike the Levites. To this day, he walks in that calling. And you guys know how God works. You've seen how he works. He starts us out in the small things, so he can graduate us into the large things, until the large things are also small. Then he goes, “you're in the small things, I'll graduate you to the large things, and then you'd be faithful in those large things.” And one day, those large things that were huge to you in this life, you'll go, “Oh, these are kind of small now.” But you've learned to be faithful in small things. I believe this cycle will continue forever. Now, consider the magnitude of what I just said, if that's true. Now, I'm not teaching it as dogma, but everything about how God has taught us how things work, and how he works. If you want to know what is in the creation to come, much of it is hidden. But if you want a clue, always look into the nature of God. The nature of God speaks volumes, because we know how he is. We can we can see glimpses, if you will, of what shall be. Does that make sense? When my kids were growing up, the older they got, the better they got at predicting me. They were a lot better at 13 predicting me than they were three. Now I’ll admit some of the five year old grandchildren are getting pretty good predicting me. Because they get to know me. Does that mean they know what I'm going to do? No, it doesn't. But it means they have glimpses. They're like, “I bet Papa gets me this for Christmas.” It happens a lot. My kids were the same way. In fact, this happened the other day. You guys were waiting on us for…what was it the birthday party or something? And so I walk in and I'm carrying the turkey and we're talking and we're saying all this and the kids and everybody just started laughing. And I was like, “What's so funny?” and Janae goes, “I just said, this is what's going to happen and she named 1, 2, 3, 4 things I'm going to come in and do. Did Janae know the future? No, she didn't know the future. But she knows her dad? Do we know the new creation? No, we don't. But you know your dad, you know your father. And as time goes on, you’ll get really good at this. It doesn't mean you know the future. It doesn't mean you could teach a dogma or theology on what's going to be in the new creation. But it means you start to get glimpses of what shall be. And as we're called into this priesthood, it is literally the embryonic form of things to come. And it's hard to predict what things look like, from their embryos, isn't it? I grew up in Missouri. And we had all kinds of oak trees. Man, I've seen every kind of oak tree seed. I mean, if I see an oak tree seed, I can pretty much tell you what's gonna look like. But that's from experience. That's not because the seed looks like what it's going to be, you know what I'm saying. An acorn doesn't look anything like an oak tree, right? But it has DNA qualities in it that are continuing into the systems of that new tree that's there. And Paul uses this language in First Corinthians to describe the physical body and the spiritual body. Now I want to encourage you to go do something. Just go meditate on that passage again, because I think he's doing more than just teaching on the physical body and the spiritual body. I think he's relaying a principle to us. In First Corinthians, I think he's relaying this principle, that there are many things like this. Where there is a seed of obedience, a seed of of congruence with God, whether it's in our physical body, or in acts of obedience, that has a spiritual body manifestation. Are you with me? So I'm just asking you to go back and meditate on First Corinthians 15, on this passage, because I believe it's possible he's talking about more than just the body, I believe he's actually revealing a principle of continuity between the natural realm and the spiritual realm. If that's true, then there are many acts of obedience and faithfulness to God in this life, that are like seeds, that will manifest into a whole harvest in the creation to come, the new creation that will come. And you're gonna go, “Man, all I did was just give them a cup of cold water. All I did was help them change a flat tire. All I did was just go do a teaching for 45 minutes.” And you're like, that wasn't very big. And God goes, no, but it was a seed. Guess what? That seed has been planted in it in eternity. And that's what we read. Last time I taught on this, we read in Revelation, John hears a voice, the voice tells him something. And then the Spirit interrupts him. I like this. I think he got excited. I don't remember the exact quote. But this is a part I do. Remember, he goes, “And their work shall follow after them.” He just interjects this. During the time this voice is speaking to John, the Spirit of God interjects this. And you know how when someone in your family is telling a story and you get so excited and you can't be quiet. I'm really bad about that. Somebody would be telling a story and next thing you know, I'm jumping in with this and that and my kids are like, “Dad, let me talk!” Because I'm so excited to jump in and say it and that's kind of how I viewed that scripture that we looked at the last time we we talked about this. “And their works follow after them.” What does that mean? I really think it means more than we know. Our works are being written in books and there's a legacy in the heavens. I think it means more than you're gonna have a backpack on and in your backpack is all the things that you did for God and faithful in the earth like is a book you carry around. I really think it's a lot bigger than that. How do I know that? Well, look at the nature of God. That's not how God does most things. Most things he takes and he multiplies. He makes little things big, and he makes them prolific. And he makes them generational, and he makes them keep coming back more and more and more nature of God. And I love this. I just love this. This priesthood of Melchizedek, of which Jesus is the high priest, it's characteristic of a way of a calling, the DNA markers of our eternal majesty that God's called us to live in, in him. It's a friendship with God, that is unknown to the world. This is the thing Abraham recognize. And the Hebrews writer confirms this, that Melchizedek was the greater. Most of us didn't think there was a greater than Abraham. Abraham, this is the guy. Man, he's pretty much one of those senior generals in the whole eternal scheme of things, right? That's the way I looked at it. I mean, I might be wrong, but that's the way I look at it having a military background. In military history in the United States, there are very few five star generals, right? You can count them on one hand. And it’s like, “Well, I think Abraham is probably one of those dudes, you know?”Well, I don't know how it all works. But the point I want to make is that the Hebrews writer confirms that Abraham is greater, and that Abraham pay tithes to Melchizedek. And even to the day that this was being written, the Hebrews writers saying that the Levites are paying tithes, and he's speaking to the church. So we know he means the church also is paying tithes literally into Melchizedek. It's an act of worship in this life that stretches up into the heavens, and this is a mystery that we don't understand. It says that Melchizedek was unknown: unknown in his origins, unknown in his ministry, unknown in his accomplishments, we really don't know what he accomplished. He's “UNfamous” in his endeavors. He's unknown to the world. But he's a close friend of God. The Scripture calls Abraham, a friend of God. And then it says Melchizedek is greater. We know Melchizedek must have walked deeply close with God. Amen, and amen. Let's pray. And then we'll turn the recorder off and open it up for sharing. Today, Lord, we're thanking you for this call. What a joy it is to be known, Lord, by you. Not to just be known about, but to be known by you. And Lord, when we're given the choice, to play to an audience of the whole world, billions of people are deployed to the audience of you. We choose you, Lord. We thank You, Father, that you are our audience of one. Lord, we want to please you. We want to please your heart, we want to walk before you under the power of the blood of Jesus, in faithfulness to you in this life, and in eternity. We want to be faithful in the small things and faithful in the great things. Lord, we pray that you will help us in this hour in this age, in this short time, you've given us on Earth to form in this womb, healthily and wholly, so that we are prepared for each stage of growth, each season of advancement in the things of God. 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