MYSTERY OF MELCHIZEDEK- VANISHES FROM HISTORY-GREATEST MAN IN OLD TESTAMENT
Abraham and Melchizedek
From the Masons to the Mormons and New Agers, every kook in creation claims the Melchizedek Priesthood. This is a Biblical study of who he was and what this means for us today.
BACKGROUND SCRIPTURE FOR THIS ARTICLE: Genesis 14: 18-20, Psalm 110: 4, and Hebrews 5:6, 7: 1-10
A NON-JEWISH PRIEST-KING WHO WAS GREATER THAN THE FATHER OF THE JEWS
Melchizedek makes one brief appearance in Genesis 14 when he met Abraham as he was returning from the battle with Chedorlaomer, then he vanishes from history. This non-Jewish Priest-King receives an offering from Abraham and blesses the father of the Jews, showing he was superior to both Abraham and his descendants. The writer to the Hebrews explains this for us: “But he whose descent is not counted from them received tithes of Abraham, and blessed him that had the promises. And without all contradiction the less is blessed of the better.” Hebrews 7: 6-7
MELCHIZEDEK’S PRIESTHOOD SUPERIOR TO LEVI
The Priesthood of this non-Jewish king was superior to the Jewish Priesthood of Levi. Again, the writer to the Hebrews tells us: “Now consider how great this man was, unto whom even the patriarch Abraham gave the tenth of the spoils…And as I may so say, Levi also, who receiveth tithes, payed tithes in Abraham…For he was yet in the loins of his father, when Melchisedec met him.” Hebrews 7: 4, 9-10
HE WAS PRIEST OF THE MOST HIGH GOD, CREATOR OF HEAVEN AND EARTH
Then we are told that Melchizedek was the Priest of The Most High God. Why this title for God? Why was the Priesthood of the Most High God superior to the Priesthood of Aaron? Abraham even swore an oath to the Most High God in his encounter with Melchizedek. Genesis 14:22 NIV But Abram said to the king of Sodom, “With raised hand I have sworn an oath to the LORD, God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth,”
CHRIST, LIKE MELCHIZEDEK, WOULD BE A PRIEST-KING OF THE MOST HIGH GOD
David, writing under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit says that Christ would be the same kind of Priest- King that Melchizedek was: “The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.” Psalm 110:4
WHO WAS MELCHIZEDEK?
Now, before we get into what all this means, let’s settle who this man was.
Some say that he was Shem but he cannot be Shem because Hebrews 7:6 tells us very clearly the Melchizedek had no traceable genealogy: “but he whose genealogy is not counted from them hath taken tithes of Abraham, and hath blessed him that hath the promises.” We know Shem’s genealogy so it cannot be Shem.
Some say that Melchizedek was a preincarnation of Jesus or what is called a Christophany, but we are again told in Hebrews 7:3 that Mechizedek was a type of Christ: “resembling the Son of God, he remains a priest forever”. You cannot resemble something and be that something at the same time. You cannot be like Christ and be Christ at the same time.
In the Bible genealogies are very important and great (sometimes tedious) details are given about them. Melchizedek’s missing genealogy is startling. The Holy Spirit left out any reference to Melchizedek’s genealogy so that he would picture Christ. This does not mean he literally had no father or mother, we just do not know who they were. Hebrews 7:3 NLT “There is no record of his father or mother or any of his ancestors—no beginning or end to his life. He remains a priest forever, resembling the Son of God.”
Likewise, his birth and death are not recorded to round out the type fully.
MELCHIZEDEK WAS A HUMAN KING IN ABRAHAM’S TIME
So, who was Melchizedek? He was a real Priest-King who lived at the time of Abraham. G. H. Pember has this to say about Melchizedek: “Melchizedek points to an earlier revelation and higher form of Divine Government than has since been known. It would seem then, that Melchizedek may have been one of a series of royal and priestly heads of the world appointed by God in primeval time; but whose functions and power were circumscribed by the increasing disobedience of mankind until their office was altogether ignored, save by the few who feared the Lord at all…The Priest- King doubtless represented God’s perfect form of rule, but in the hands of mere man proved ineffectual.”
MOST HIGH GOD
This is a title for God that shows he is God of the whole world and not just the Jew; it is His title as the Creator of heaven and earth. Romans 3:29 “Is he the God of the Jews only? is he not also of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also:”
General and Special Revelation are two subjects that fascinate me. God has made Himself known to all mankind through General Revelation. The visible order found in creation and the intuitive awareness of God is General Revelation. Later, God gave us a written revelation in the Bible, this is called Special Revelation. The greatest insult to the Most High God is to reject General Revelation because it has been given to every person on earth and the result of this insult is reprobation.
Romans 1: 18-20, 24 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
Melchizedek was a priest of the Most High God, maker of heaven and earth. He lived in a time when General Revelation was all that was available, the Bible had not been written and yet this Gentile priest was greater than Abraham. He was both a priest to Abraham, the father of the Jews, and the non-Jews who were his subjects. Jesus is priest, not just to the Jews, but the whole world.
THE “UNKNOWN GOD” IS THE SAME AS “THE MOST HIGH GOD”
Paul had this aspect of God as Creator of heaven and earth in mind when he made reference to “The Unknown God” in Acts. Look at what he said:
“For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you.
God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands;
Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;
And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;
That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:
For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring. Acts 17: 23-28
(The story behind this alter is fascinating and I hope to take it up soon in another article.)
SUPERIOR TO LEVI – PRIEST TO BOTH JEW AND GENTILE
The Levitical Priesthood was only for the Jews. The Melchizedek Priesthood is for the whole world.
CHRIST WAS JEW AND GENTILE
Jesus had Gentiles in His genealogy – Rahab and Ruth. How fitting for Him who would be High Priest to both. Some Messianics and Hebrew Roots folks will have a fit over this fact. You will see it in the comments but they will be unable to shake this rock out of their theological shoe. JESUS HAD GENTILES IN HIS GENEALOGY.
Some people would have you believe that their Messianic teachers and Rabbis have a special relationship with God that you don’t have. Melchizedek lays this error in the dust forever. You are just as special to God as they are.
So, rejoice in Christ, the Priest-King of the Most High God, Creator of heaven and earth, the Priest-King of the entire world. You are not inferior to any one in your relationship with Him.
Now here comes something mind blowing. Melchizedek was a Priest-King, Jesus is a Priest-King, and if you are a follower of Christ, you are destined to become a Priest-King. Revelation 1:6 “And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.”
SPECIAL NOTE: I HOLD ABSOLUTELY NO PREJUDICE AGAINST ANY RACE, I THINK ALL MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL IN THE SIGHT OF GOD.
I agree with Peter: ” Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.” Acts 10:34-35
NOTE TWO: THERE IS ONLY ONE GOD BUT HE HAS MANY ATTRIBUTES:
El Shaddai (Lord God Almighty) El Elyon (The Most High God) Adonai (Lord, Master) Yahweh (Lord, Jehovah) Jehovah Nissi (The Lord My Banner) Jehovah-Raah (The Lord My Shepherd) Jehovah Rapha (The Lord That Heals) Jehovah Shammah (The Lord Is There) Jehovah Tsidkenu (The Lord Our Righteousness) Jehovah Mekoddishkem (The Lord Who Sanctifies You) El Olam (The Everlasting God) Elohim (God) Qanna (Jealous) Jehovah Jireh (The Lord Will Provide) Jehovah Shalom (The Lord Is Peace) Jehovah Sabaoth (The Lord of Hosts)
Mike Clinton, Hiawassee, Ga. 5/7/2014
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