“And Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine; now he was a priest of God Most High. He blessed him and said, ‘Blessed be Abram of God Most High, Possessor of heaven and earth; And blessed be God Most High, Who has delivered your enemies into your hand.’ He gave him a tenth of all.”
Genesis 14:18-20 NASB
After Abraham won a battle, he goes to a man called Melchizedek. There is not so much information on this chapter about this man, only that he was the king of Salem and a high priest of God most high. But there are so many mysterious things about this chapter.
- Melchizedek is an Canaanite name that means “My King is Righteousness”.
- King of Salem: Salem means peace, so “King of Peace”. Some people also believe it is another name for Jerusalem.
- bread and wine: it is the first time that we see a mention of the elements of the Lord’s Supper.
In Psalm, David also mention his name. And the last time we read something about him is in Hebrews 7. In Hebrews, the author mentions what David said in Psalms 110:4 “You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.” and uses the whole chapter to explain the meaning of this story.
In resume, Melchizekek was the King of Righteousness and the King of Peace. There are no knowledge about his parents, neither his birth or his death, so it is like he lives forever. He is a foreshadow of who Christ is. Abraham recognize this priest, and gave him the tenth of all he gained. In the Jewish culture, there is no one grater than Abraham, but still he gave a tenth to someone he considered grater than himself, someone that “lives forever”. The author of Hebrews says that Christ is a high priest forever and not like the other priests in the past that died. Jesus makes the old law obsolete because it was imperfect, and brings himself to make a new covenant to his people, that by trust in him alone, our sins are forgiven and there is salvation in his name.
Christ is present in the whole Bible, not only in the New Testament. Every story in the Bible is there to point us towards who Christ is. It is not only a historical event, but if we go deeper, we can find Christ.
Thank you Lord for this Saturday. Help me to be more like Christ, for the glory of your name. In Jesus name I pray.