In today’s text we continue to explore the mystery of Melchizedek. He was mentioned earlier in the book (5:11). But the author felt more groundwork must first be laid before going deeper into the subject (6:20). So, now we will begin a deep study of this mysterious “priest of the Most High God”, who lived and operated before the Jewish priesthood and continues after the Levitical priesthood established in the Law of Moses.
Melchizedek is found only eleven times in scripture. Twice in the Old Testament – Gen 14:18-20, Psalms 110:4 and nine times in Hebrews. (Six times in Chapter seven) Hebrews 5:6,10; 6:20; 7:1, 10, 11, 15, 17, 21.
Hebrews 7:1–10 (NKJV) 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, 2 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,” 3 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. 4 Now consider how great this man was, to whom even the patriarch Abraham gave a tenth of the spoils. 5 And indeed those who are of the sons of Levi, who receive the priesthood, have a commandment to receive tithes from the people according to the law, that is, from their brethren, though they have come from the loins of Abraham; 6 but he whose genealogy is not derived from them received tithes from Abraham and blessed him who had the promises. 7 Now beyond all contradiction the lesser is blessed by the better. 8 Here mortal men receive tithes, but there he receives them, of whom it is witnessed that he lives. 9 Even Levi, who receives tithes, paid tithes through Abraham, so to speak, 10 for he was still in the loins of his father when Melchizedek met him.
Today’s text stretches the thinking of even the great theologians. Exactly who is this ancient priest of the Most High God? Was he merely a type of Christ? Or was he a preincarnate appearance of Christ? A Christophany.
May the Lord give us the spiritual insights and personal revelations we need as we dive deep into this topic.