Faith of Melchizedek
Let’s take a closer look at Melchizedek and his succession to see why it was important.
1. His name is actually his title, meaning my Lord is righteous
2. The man, Melchizedek, who met Abraham was part of an order or succession of men, beginning with Adam and continuing until Christ
3. Melchizedek was the priest of the God Most High
4. The man who held that title in Abraham’s day was the ninth man to hold the position and he was one of Noah’s sons, Shem
5. His appearance in Genesis was orchestrated by the Spirit so that Melchizedek would present a compelling picture of Christ
6. Moses never revealed that Melchizedek was Shem. Instead, he left the man’s genealogy a secret, never revealing his origins or his death
7. Furthermore, Shem had become the king of a Jebusite city called Salem, which was eventually to become Jerusalem
Discerning the succession of Melchizedek is laid out in three points in Hebrews.
First, Hebrews explains the significance of God having established two different priestly orders.
The Order of Melchizedek
Melchizedek a man of God, king of righteousness and the High Priest during the time of Abraham. The previous post provided insight of the role of High Priest and the qualifications of a high priest. Now let’s explore and see if we can determine who was Melchizedek and understand more about the order of Melchizedek.
Hebrews 6:19-20 (NKJV)
*19 This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil, 20 where the forerunner has entered for us, even Jesus, having become High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.
The named Melchizedek is a bit of a mystery in scripture
Melchizedek – Of The High Priests
Melchizedek is mentioned 11 times in the bible. Once in Genesis 14:18, once in Psalm 110:4 and nine time in Hebrews. Perhaps you’re not very familiar with the significance of the order Melchizedek or perhaps you haven’t even heard of the
order before. Learning about the role and succession of the high priest, knowing Jesus is our current and last high priest, and understanding the Order of Melchizedek as it relates to Jesus is an important part of knowing the word of God.
What is the role and qualifications for a high priest? What is “The Order of Melchizedek?” Who is Melchizedek and how is Jesus Christ connected to this Order? And why is this hard to explain? Questions that can be answered by letting God walk us through His Word for the answers. Continue reading