The mystery of Melchisedec is one of the most exciting mysteries in the Bible! Let’s dig deeper and unravel this mystery of mysteries.
Please note: you might sometimes see me spell the word as Melchizedek in this post. This is because different bible interpretations used a different spelling for the name.
Over the ages there have been several different conclusions which have been made about who Melchisedec is. There are those who have said that he is God the Father, others have said He was Noah’s son shem. Below is a list of other conclusions which have been made about who Melchisedec is:
Today we will study and see what we can learn from this character. There is a deeper lesson to learn regarding who Melchizedek was and what his ministry was about. Without wasting any more time let’s go straight to the bible and read about him:
Mechidezek is a king and a priest, he seems to suddenly appear on the scene in the book of Genesis 14 without any mention of him prior to these verses. He then quickly dissappears and he slips out of the scene. We don’t hear about his life again but what we will find is that the bible goes on to make further commentaries about in the book of Psalms and also in Hebrews.
Interesting. The first thing I notice here is Mechizedek seems to be more significant than Abraham especially considering that Abram paid him TIthes and also that Melchizedec blessed him.
As we go through the bible the next chapter that speaks about him is found in psalms 110:1,4
If we look in the Book Acts 2:34-37 we see that this passage is actually quoting from the booking of psalms 110:1 which is what we just read. Okay so Let’s now see whats Acts 2:34-37 says:
We now see that this was a messianic prophecy that was speaking about Jesus Christ. So in other words Christ is a King and a Priest in the same way that Melchizedek was a King and a Priest. (See Psalms 110:1,4 and Acts 2:34-37)
Let’s now go into Hebrews Chapter 7 where the bible futher reveals more truth regarding this man Melchizedek. Let’s go deeper.
Hebrews 7:1-3 For this Melchisedec, 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 by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of peace; Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually.
We know that the priesthood of Aaron(The levites) kept records and you had to prove that you were from the tribe of Levi in order to be part of that priesthood ministry(See numbers Chapter 3). The priesthood of Melchizedek had to be of a different order because he couldn’t have been a priest of the levi tribe since there was no record of him.
Hebrews 7:4-10 Now consider how great this man was, unto whom even the patriarch Abraham gave the tenth of the spoils. And verily they that are of the sons of Levi, who receive the office of the priesthood, have a commandment to take tithes of the people according to the law, that is, of their brethren, though they come out of the loins of Abraham: 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. And here men that die receive tithes; but there he receiveth them, of whom it is witnessed that he liveth. 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.
Jesus as a Priest
And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him; Called of God an high priest after the order of Melchisedec. Hebrews 5:9-10
Without father, without mother, without descent
“Our knowledge of this remarkable personage is derived only from Genesis 14, Psalm 110, and what Paul has written concerning him in the book of Hebrews. Many things respecting him are purposely concealed by the Holy Spirit, and it would, therefore, be fruitless for us to attempt to bring them to the light. He was king of Salem; he was priest of the most high God; he was, by virtue of his office, even the superior of Abraham; Christ is a priest after his order. He once met Abraham and received tithes of him, and blessed him. This is the substance of our knowledge of Melchisedec. When it is asked whether he was not identical with this or that remarkable man of his time, or when it is inquired of what race he was, and who were his parents, and how long he lived, and when he died, the answer must be, that we are not informed touching these things. But the following language of Paul has given rise to many strange speculations concerning him. Paul says of him that he was “without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually.” (Hebrews 7:8)
Now, if these words be taken in an absolute sense, they can be true of no human being. Adam alone, of all the human race, was without father, and without mother, and without descent. But Adam had beginning of days and end of life. Enoch had no end of life, but he had all the other things which Paul says Melchisedec had not. So of Elijah, who, by the way, did not exist till long after the days of Melchisedec. Every member of the human family, except Adam, has had parents, and every one has had beginning of days; and indeed, with two exceptions, everyone has had end of life. Even the angels of God have all had beginning of days, so that they would be as much excluded by this language as the members of the human family. And as to the Son of God, he would be excluded also, for he had God for his Father, and did, at some point in the eternity of the past, have beginning of days. So that if we use Paul’s language in an absolute sense, it would be impossible to find but one being in the universe, and that is God the Father, who is without father, or mother, or descent, or beginning of days, or end of life. Yet probably no one for a moment contends that Melchisedec was God the Father. 1. He is called the priest of the most high God. Hebrews 7:1. It is the business of the priest to make offerings to God. He surely did not make offerings to himself. 2. He is called by Paul a man, though greater than Abraham. 3. Paul speaks of him in Hebrews 7:6 as really having descent, though he does not know what it was. 4. Melchisedec in Genesis 14:20 blesses the most high God, a plain evidence that it was not himself he thus blessed. Melchisedec is said to be made like unto the Son of God. But this shows that he is not God the Father; for he is not made like his Son, nor indeed does he have existence derived from another. But the Son is said to be the express image of his Father. Hebrews 1.
The Relationship between the Levites, Melchizedek and Jesus
“There were two orders of the priesthood, the Melchizedek and the Levitical. The Melchizedek order preceded the Levitical order. In Abraham’s day the priest Melchizedek was king of Salem as well as priest of the Most High God. (Gen. 14:17-20) Although there is not much said in the Bible of the Melchizedek order of the priesthood, it was superior to the Levitical order, for Christ was made a priest after the order of Melchizedek. (Heb. 6:20)The Levitical order extended from the time Israel came out of Egypt until the cross; since that time we have the priesthood of Christ, of which all earthly priests were a type. Christ being a priest after the order of Melchzedek, we are now living under the Melchizedek order of the priesthood. There are many particulars given in regard to the Levitical order; and as all the Levitical priests served “unto the example and shadow of heavenly things,(Hebres 8:5)” when we study the Levitical priesthood, we are really studying the priestly work of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ”. (Snippet from the book – A cross and it’s shadow, Stephen N. Haskell, Chapter 10, The Preists)
Jesus is in now in the Most Holy place of the heavenly Sanctuary and his work as our high priest is nearing its completion. This is the time for true repentance and for us to examine our lives to prove that we’re living according to Gods word. This is the time to make sure that sin is not our master but rather let’s be servants of God. (See 2 Corinthians 13:5, Romans 6:16,19 for the need for self examination.Read the last verse below and see how we should constantly live by faith, knowing that we have a great High Priest called Jesus)
Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.