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“Who was Melchisedec?”
2 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;
3 Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually.
4 Now consider how great this man was, unto whom even the patriarch Abraham gave the tenth of the spoils. (Heb 7:1-4)
not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained
unawares. Heb 13:2
The key to understanding who Melchisedec was, is to be found in the last chapter of the epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Hebrews, where God says
Melchisedec was an angel sent by God, given the physical form of a man and assigned the specific task of accepting tithes from Abram the Hebrew (Gen 14:13, 20)
THE JEW AND ANGELS
From the beginning of creation, the appearance of heavenly beings on earth have been numerous.
To name a few, we see that after the creation week, Satan is cast from heaven and inhabits the serpent in the garden of Eden (Gen 3:1).
Also, we have the sons of God, having
human form and
taking wives (Gen 6:2); in addition there is Joshua by Jericho seeing
with a drawn sword, the captain of the
host of the LORD (Josh 5:13-15); and the two angels at
Sodom (Gen 19).
Lastly, the Lord uses an animal, an ass, to speak to Balaam (Num 22:28) if he so desires.
Now, for the Hebrew, the sudden manifestation of angelic beings in human form was not an uncommon occurrence. Both Jew and non-Jew alike, accepted the fact that God would guide and assist men in their earthly endeavours, by sending the heavenly help of angels in human form.
And of course today, we are not to be surprised at this, as Jesus, God himself, was manifest (1Tim 3:16), with God as a Spirit (Jn 4:24) taking on the form of a man.
Now, Jesus Christ has the two names of the Son of God and the Son of man – the non-physcial becoming physical. Now unlike Jesus who had a mother (Matt 1:18), Melchisedec
appears on earth, seemingly out of nowhere, and having by-passed a physical birth as he is without mother (Heb 7:3).
There is another Bible instance where God gives an angel a form like the Son of God. In Nebuchadnezzar’s fire, a man appears with Shadrach and his two companions such that “… the form of the fourth man is like the Son of God…” (Dan 3:25). Now, despite what many commentators will say, this appearance was not Jesus but a man like ‘him’.
So both this fourth
man and Melchesidec have something in common, they are men but not the sons of men, as in
Melchesidec’s case, he is without father, without mother, without descent Heb 7:3. WHAT
SORT OF FLESH BODY IS IT? WOULD THE PEOPLE OF SALEM KNOW WHO
They have the flesh of a man that the Lord can simply make appear and disappear. A poor, but similar analogy, might be like Captain Kirk In the movie Star Trek where he says “Beam me up Scotty.”
SORT OF FLESH BODY IS IT?
WOULD THE PEOPLE OF SALEM KNOW WHO
Yes. It would have been an accepted phenomena as stated with the sons of God (Gen 6:2) along with Joshua’s captain of the host and the two angels at Sodom – a man/angel appears from God with a job to do.
WHAT DID GOD SEND MELCHISEDEC FOR?
To receive the tithes from Abram/Abraham (both the names of Abram and Abraham are used with the giving of tithes).
Now before the priests of the law of Moses, Melchesidec was given that role at Jerusalem (Salem) as a priest unto the Lord (Heb 7:3).
Abraham is the father of Isaac, who is the father of Jacob, who is the father of Levi, the head of the Levites (the priests).In essence, God is saying, “Even though Levi hasn’t been born yet, Abram/Abraham who will give birth to Levi, will give tithes to Melchisedec, a type of Jesus, and this will signify, that before it even comes to pass, there will be a changing of the priesthood from Levi to Judah. The law (Levi) will bow to Jesus Christ (Judah).”
The scriptures say By so much was Jesus made a surety of a better testament. For the law maketh men high priests which have infirmity; but … the Son …. is consecrated for evermore …. (Heb 7:22,28)
For it is evident that our Lord sprang out of Juda; (NOT LEVI) of which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning priesthood. Heb 7:14
LEVI (THE LAW) FULFILLED IN JESUS
SHOULD WE GIVE TITHES TODAY?
Many pastors say today “You should give tithes because this was done before the law was given, and as Abraham is our father in the faith and we should follow Abraham and they quote the following
Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham. So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham. Gal 3:7, 9
BUT they fail to see that although Abram/ Abraham gave tithes to Melchisedec before the law was given at Mt Sinai a few hundred years later, when Abram/Abraham gave his tithes he was NOT a man of faith at that time.
Follow the time line of events:-
It is not until chapter 15 that he believes
God and then at that moment, he becomes a man of faith. Paul
says Every man according
as he purposeth in his heart, so let
him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God
loveth a cheerful giver.
2 Cor 9:7