Friday, September 16, 2016

Blessing of Melchizedek

And the king of Sodom went out to meet him at the Valley of Shaveh (that is, the King’s Valley), after his return from the defeat of Chedorlaomer and the kings who were with him.
18 Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine; he was the priest of God Most High. 19 And he blessed him and said:
“Blessed be Abram of God Most High,
Possessor of heaven and earth;
20 And blessed be God Most High,
Who has delivered your enemies into your hand.”
And he gave him a tithe of all.
Genesis 14:7-20, NKJV

Blessing of Melchizedek

The battle is done, Abram and his soldiers were victorious, and the four victorious kings meet together for a victory celebration. Then, a most interesting person comes on the scene. Verse 18 tell us, Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine; he was the priest of God Most High.

Does this mean that there were other servants of God besides Abram? Yes! That should not really surprise us. Let it suffice to say that in the Old Testament writings we follow God's working among the Jewish people--the children of Abraham. Does that mean that no other God-fearing people existed? No!

In this case, we find that the King of Salem (an early name for Jerusalem), Melchizadek, was not only the king, but he was also a priest of God Most High. This is not the only place in the Bible that Melchizedek's name appears. We also find his name mentioned in the book of Hebrews which is referring to this very event.

1 For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the Most High God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him, to whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all, first being translated “king of righteousness,” and then also king of Salem, meaning “king of peace,” without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but made like the Son of God, remains a priest continually. . . .

14 For it is evident that our Lord arose from Judah, of which tribe Moses spoke nothing concerning priesthood. 15 And it is yet far more evident if, in the likeness of Melchizedek, there arises another priest 16 who has come, not according to the law of a fleshly commandment, but according to the power of an endless life. 17 For He testifies:
“You are a priest forever
According to the order of Melchizedek.”
Hebrews 7:1-3 and 14-17, NKJV
 
What does this mean? Abram, recognizing Melchizedek as a priest of God, gave to him a tithe. A tithe is always given from the lesser to the greater, so here we find Abram giving a tithe to the one greater than him: Melchizedek.

We also find the name of Melchizedek in the book of Psalms.

The Lord has sworn
And will not relent,
“You are a priest forever
According to the order of Melchizedek.”
Psalm 110:4, NKJV 

Psalm 110 is a Messianic Psalm referring to the Lord Jesus Christ. Hebrews 7, quoting this passage in verse 17, tells us that the Lord Jesus Christ is not only a descendant of the Davidic kings, but He is also a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.

What is the significance of this? The Davidic kings, from the tribe of Judah, had a beginning and an end, but the Lord Jesus Christ, being God, has no beginning and no end. Just as we have no genealogy given for Melchizedek, so he represents Christ who had no beginning and no end and reigns forever. As a matter of fact, Christ is even sitting a the right hand of God, right now, reigning as our great Lord and King.

So, right here in the 14th chapter of Genesis, we have some amazing doctrinal statements regarding our great Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ who is the Greatest High Priest forever and the Greatest King who lives and rules forever.

Yet, this same Lord Jesus cares about each and every one of His children. Right now, He is sitting at the right hand of God making intercession for us. Go to Him, today, while the day of salvation is still at hand. He is the only One who can pay the great debt of our sins before a righteous and holy God. Cry out to Him to save you. Then, love Him, serve Him, and worship Him, alone. May He be your Great High Priest and King forever and ever.

God Bless You,
Linda

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