Sunday, July 12, 2009

Who Is Melchizedek?

I dare you to answer that question.  Biblical scholars have guesses, but no solid answers.  Oh, they know some things about him, but they don't really know who he is or where he came from or why he is so important.

He makes his only brief appearance in Genesis 14:18-20.  We know that he was the king of Salem, and that he was a priest.  He had the authority to make an offering to God and to bless Abram.  Abram recognized his authority and tithed to him.

Some say that the offering of Melchizedek was a sort of pre-figuring of a Korban Todah (sacrifice of thanksgiving/praise), because of the bread and wine involved (though I think that Korban Todah also involved a lamb typically... I'll double check that and get back with you).

There are also the interesting words in Psalm 110:4 "The Lord has sworn and will not change his mind, 'You are a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.'"  Those words would have originally applied to Solomon, but we also know that they are a prophecy of Christ (see Hebrews 7).

Christ is a king, the King of Kings.  He is also the definitive High Priest, not according to the Mosaic law (He was from the tribe of Judah, not a Levite), but according to the order of Melchizedek.  I would say that He is the bringer of a new law that fulfills the old, ineffective one.

I suppose this doesn't really have any answers in it.  I'm just thinking "out loud" so to speak.

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