This week’s readings: Hebrews 7–13
Don’t forget to record your impressions and read the ideas outlined in the Come, Follow Me manuals on ChurchofJesusChrist.org.
This scriptural insight comes from Verse by Verse: Volume 2 by Andrew C. Skinner and D. Kelly Ogden.
Melchizedek (Hebrew, Malki-Zedek) was king and (high) priest of the Lord’s people in pre-Israelite Canaan. His name means, literally, “King of righteousness,” which is what Jesus actually was. Melchizedek was king of Salem (Hebrew, Shalem, “peace”), which means “King of peace,” which is what Jesus also was (see Bible Dictionary, “Melchizedek” and “Melchizedek Priesthood”).
These ideas and topics are compiled from Come, Follow Me and have been adapted for specific situations. Check out the manuals online for more ideas, or come up with your own as you study!
Studying together this week, you might spend some time talking about God’s promises to you as a couple and individually. You might make a list together, or make individual lists of promises and then share them. As you review your lists, you might talk about some promises that have clearly been fulfilled and some you might still be waiting for. Together you can resolve to remind each other to have faith and to help each other recognize when those promises are being fulfilled.
With a group of friends or neighbors or by yourself, you might spend some time this week studying about the ancient tabernacles and ordinances Paul describes. If you have received your endowment, you can think about how these ordinances are similar or different, you might also spend some personal time thinking about how the ordinances relate to Jesus Christ. If you have not received your endowment, perhaps you can spend some time reading and exploring ChurchofJesusChrist.org/temples as you think about Paul’s teachings in Hebrews 9 and 10.
For families with young children:
As you study about the blessings of the priesthood, perhaps you can help your children understand it better by playing a matching game. You could have a picture representing each of the priesthoods or just the words. Then you could attach pictures or words representing different ordinances (for example, baptism, confirmation, a blessing of healing, or blessing and passing the sacrament) to a piece of string that connects to the priesthood that is required to perform that ordinance. Mix up and crisscross the strings. Then each family member could take a turn picking an ordinance and following the string until they find the correct priesthood. Then you could talk about the ordinance.
For families with teens:
Perhaps you could spend some time exploring the need for two priesthoods. You could have a race to see who can list more reasons using the True to the Faith entries, Hebrews, or any other resources in 10 minutes. Then you could talk about how your family has been blessed by both priesthoods and how your teenagers can be blessed by the power of the priesthood even when they aren’t at home or there isn’t a priesthood holder in your home.
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