Sermon Discussion Question

What is it about mysterious characters that draws us in? Why do we feel compelled to know more about them?
Why is it significant that the author had to summarize, translate, and explain the story of Melchizedek for his readers? How is that like our experience with Hebrews? How does it change the way you read this book?
Does the obscurity of this story bother you? Does the author of Hebrews seem to be reading too much into it? How does it change the way you think about other obscure Old Testament stories?
What are some examples of theophanies in the Old Testament? Does Melchizedek seem fit the pattern? What do theophanies uniquely tell you about Jesus?
What are the permanent things? How much do you invest in them vs. temporary things? What tempts you to love what is temporary?
How do you react to Jesus’s claim to be the one perfect king? Joy, fear, anger, other? How can you communicate the idea of one perfect king to a culture that hasn’t experienced a king, and values autonomy above all?
What does a priest do? What does it mean that Jesus is the one perfect priest? Why do we insist on continuing to speak for ourselves?