Who is Melchizedek?by Roy Burger on 02/12/13
I was again listening to Ask the Pastor which is a great show, when a caller asked who is Melchizedek and why is he important? There were four pastors and not one was able to answer the question to my satisfaction. None of them name the importance of Melchizedek. Genesis 14: 18 And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was priest of God Most High.19 And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of God Most High, possessor of heaven and earth: Here we have Melchizedek who is King of Salem and a priest of God Most High. As one studies the Bible, we see that there is only one other person in the Bible who was a King and a Priest. That person was Jesus Christ. Melchizedek is only mention in three places in the Bible. They are Genesis chapter 14, Psalms chapter 110, and Hebrew chapters 5-7. Let us go to Hebrew 7:1 For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of God Most High, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him, 2 to whom also Abraham divided a tenth part of all (being first, by interpretation, King of righteousness, and then also King of Salem, which is King of peace; 3 without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but made like unto the Son of God), abideth a priest continually. Here the scriptures tell us that Melchizedek is King of righteousness. Paul tell us in Romans 3:10 as it is written, There is none RIGHTEOUS, no, not one; Yet Melchizedek is King of Righteousness implying deity. Melchizedek is King of Peace. In Isaiah 9: 6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. This scripture refers to Jesus as the Prince of peace. Knowing that Melchizedek is King of Peace King - Prince Father-son implying that Melchizedek is God the father. The 3 verse of Hebrews tells us that Melchizedek who has no father, no mother, no beginning, no end of life, who is like the Son of God. In Colossians 1:15 who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; Here it says that Jesus is like the invisible God, God the father. Melchizedek, who is like the Son of God, Jesus Christ. Why Melchizedek who I believe is God the Father in person is important in Genesis chapter 14 is because for Jesus to be a priest, he needed to be from the Levites or from the order of Melchizedek. Jesus was from the line the David who is from the tribe of Judah.
In Numbers 18:21 And unto the children of Levi, behold, I have given all the tithe in Israel for an inheritance, in return for their service which they serve, even the service of the tent of meeting. 22 And henceforth the children of Israel shall not come nigh the tent of meeting, lest they bear sin, and die. Numbers tell us that only the Levites could be mediators or priest. If any other tribe of Israel came into the temple, they would bear sin and die. In 2 Chronicles 26 Uzziah was King and did was right before the Lord. Uzziah succeeded great in the Lord until he tried to become a mediator(priest) as well. He went into the temple followed by 80 Levites(priests) and tried to burn incense when Leprosy broke out on his forehead. Jesus being from the tribe of Judah by Jewish law could not be a mediator because he was not from the tribe of Levite. But from Psalms 110, and Hebrews chapter 5-7 tells us that Jesus was from the order of Melchizedek, he is from an eternal priesthood therefore being an eternal mediator for all through his blood at the cross. So Jesus is a Mediator Because he is from the line of Melchizedek. Jesus who is an eternal priest