King of Peace,
and Priest of the Most High God
By: Ted Roberts
A.D. 2000 [Updated 2006]
Seeking the Everlasting Gospel Ministries, Houston, TX
©copyright 2015 by Ted Roberts
NOTE: All Scriptural quotes are from The King James Version, unless otherwise noted. The passages or words are sometimes in CAPITALS or BOLDING for emphasis. Words in italics, however, within quoted scriptures, are not for emphasis, but were placed within by the King James editors, who 'added' these words for sentence flow, which were not in the original autographs. Text [within brackets] are the authors own thoughts inserted into the biblical text for teaching purposes.
The Lord has sworn, and will not repent, You are a Priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.
Around 2000 B.C., Melchizedek, king of
And Melchizedek King of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God. And he blessed him [Abram, later to be called Abraham], and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth: And blessed be the most high God, which has delivered your enemies into your hand [the slaughtering of the kings]. And he [Abram] gave him [Melchizedek] tithes of all.
Upon reading this, we are inclined to believe the obvious - namely, that a natural king, and priest, of whom was born of woman, had visited Abraham, and perhaps died within a hundred year period later - causing him to resurrect from the tomb 2000 years later after Jesus rose from the grave - for the scriptures say:
And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, and came out of the graves after His [Jesus'] resurrection, and went into the holy city [old
So, if Melchezedek were a natural flesh and blood being, who died in the hopes of God, he would have rose from the dead just after Jesus did; and therefore, by the time Paul had his ministry, that risen man Melchesedek would have been the same Melchesedek that was mentioned in Genesis and Psalms - and mentioned later even in Hebrews. However, this Melchesedek was never mentioned to have risen from the tomb after Jesus. But an argument for this could be that no other name than Jesus was mentioned as to have been risen; it merely stated that the "saints which slept arose." And Melchesedek could have been amongst their numbers. Only one thing, however - this Melchesedek was too important NOT to have been mentioned! And as we shall see, he was greater even than the Patriarch Abraham.
Hebrews 6:20 - 7:1-2
[let us not consider chapter breaks here, but let us see a continuous reading (as we spoke about chapter breaks in my general Introduction, and even in my work "The Bible is not a Buffet."); and when these particular set of scriptures start talking about Jesus, they DO NOT break off of speaking of Him - for surely, these scriptures testify only of Him.]
Where the forerunner is for us entered, even JESUS, made a High Priest forever after the ORDER of Melchisedec. For THIS Melchisedec [we are still speaking of Jesus, who became that order], king of Salem, priest of the Most High God, who met Abraham [we are still talking about Jesus, who was - as it says here - the same who met Abraham in Genesis] 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. [verse 4:] Now consider how great this man was, unto whom even the patriarch [the head] Abraham gave the tenth of the spoils.
As many observe, the way the scriptures seem to phrase the idea about this Melchisedec, is that there was a man who lived many, many years ago, in the time of Abraham, who was a priest of God, who, when he died, left the office he held open, of which Jesus, about 2,000 years later, after the day of Pentecost perhaps, adopted unto himself. As if he could not obtain a heavenly priesthood for Himself, He therefore took an office that was begun and established by a mere man!
More Chapters to Come...