Question of the moment!
Was he an earthly person? An angelic being? Jesus Christ Himself?
The Bible is open for interpretation, but there are also secret things that God does not want us to know hence the reason why they aren’t revealed unto us. Today, I want to talk about Melchizedek. When I came across the name a few years ago in the Bible, I did not bother to dwell on it. However, in rereading the Bible a couple of times (this is the only Book that I reread whenever I reach the end), I found this Melchizedek character to be intriguing. In reading about him, I’ve come across many people saying that he and Jesus Christ are one and the same and whenever the name is brought up, I tend to throw that out there to see how others may approach the subject.
The conclusion I’ve reached: it tends to confuse many people (especially Christians) because they’ve failed to consult their Bible instead trusting Google as their spiritual guide.
Let’s get into it.
I first met this mysterious character in Genesis during his encounter with Abraham and he was introduced as the King of Salem.
18 And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God.
19 And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth:
20 And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he gave him tithes of all. (Genesis 14:18-20)
Why give a stranger you’ve just met a tithe (a tenth) of the items you’ve gathered? By doing this, Abraham indicates that he recognized Melchizedek as a priest who ranked higher spiritually than he.
I then met him again in Hebrews and here some light is shed on this intriguing character:
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. (Hebrews 7:3)
For this Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him;
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; (Hebrews 7:1-2)
In reading those passages, we learn that Melchizedek is like unto the Son of God, priest of the Most High God, and his name means King of Righteousness. I repeat. King of Righteousness. Jesus Christ is referred to the King of Righteousness, BUT not because a name bears the identical meaning to another makes the person one and the same. For example, my name is Diana meaning ‘heavenly’ or ‘divine’. I certainly ain’t heavenly or divine nor am I a goddess (In Acts 19:24-41, Diana or Artemis is the goddess of the Ephesians).
Some would argue that Jesus must have been the person who met Abraham, given that the only interaction between God and man has been through Jesus. They’re forgetting the angels. It was Angel Gabriel who delivered the message to Mary on God’s behalf.
Comparisons: Melchizedek and Jesus Christ
It would be considered a blasphemy to apply the “King of Righteousness” title to any human being. Only a Divine Being would bear this title. Melchizedek was not just anyone. He was a priest and a king simultaneously and his days are without end just as Christ. His administration was continual, just as Christ who serves continually as our priest.
Now, let’s go back to Hebrews 7:3. In this verse, we see that he was “made like unto the Son of God”. Keyword: like/likeliness. This word tells us that they’re not the same in identity. I don’t know Greek or Hebrew otherwise I could’ve provided the word for likeliness, but it plainly tells us that the first resembled the second.
Yes, I know, they can be one and the same, but it can be vividly seen in the Bible that they aren’t. I reference Psalm 110. In this Psalm, we read (and SEE!) where God addresses David’s “Lord” (Jesus) in the second person (The Lord said unto my Lord) and when he gets to Melchizedek, he is referenced in the third person (Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek). Also read Matthew 22:42-44 in connection with this Psalm.
Melchizedek was a priest of the Most High God.
As I said in the beginning of this post, there are some secret things that God does not want us to know, but never be afraid to search the Bible because His Word is final. The Bible is fascinating and even if you don’t understand it, go to God in prayer and ask Him to open your eyes and heart while reading His Word.
So, pray and consult your Bible at all times. You can also talk to your Pastor or the Elder of the church, your Christian friend and hold group discussions. And please check out the wonderful T.R. Noble’s in depth post of Melchizedek here: Who Is Melchizedek
NOTE: This post was supposed to have gotten out since yesterday, but due to some technical difficulties, I didn’t get to schedule it on time.