Words of Wisdom
We often explain the order of Melchizedek as a priestly, prophetic and kingly role as described in Gen 14:17-24, where Abraham returned after rescuing his nephew Lot.
In the Old Testament, the ‘anointing’ is usually the action of the pouring out of oil upon the recipient, whether a priest or king, but this process is nowhere mentioned for a prophet. The only mention of an anointing for a prophet is as an instruction to the prophet Elijah [...]
Anointing has been a common practice since prehistoric times in many cultures, particularly in the Middle East, Egypt and Rome with different philosophical religious views and interpretations attached to it. The ritual, often performed using scented oils, served 3 main purposes: health, honour and consecration. Depending on the specific oils [...]
Authority, an interesting word, often misused and misunderstood.
According to Wikipaedia: Adoption is a process whereby a person assumes the parenting of another. Legal adoption permanently transfers all rights and responsibilities, along with filiation. In many jurisdictions, the adopted person’s original birth certificate is cancelled and replaced with a fabricated post-adoption birth certificate that states that the child [...]
Baptism / Christening The word baptism comes from the Greek word ‘Baptizo’ (from Bapto) and means to immerse, or to overwhelm. The church’s understanding of baptism has three aspects: - Identification with Jesus Christ, - Openly joining the ranks of those who believe in Christ. - Proclaiming the gospel: died, [...]
Matthew 28:19, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”. Obviously part of the ‘Great Commission’ from Jesus, but how should we interpret this command? The traditional interpretation is to douse or [...]