“The Love of Christ Jesus”/Melchisedec The Priest

A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus

“Walk Around Heaven”, Patti Labelle.  Wonderful!

“Melchisedec The Priest”, Acts 7:1) 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;  3) Without father, without mother, without descent (pedigree), having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a Priest continually.  Genesis 14:18-20.  4) Now consider how great this man was, unto whom even the patriarch Abraham gave the tenth of the spoils.  Genesis 14:20.  5) And verily they that are of the sons of Levi, who receive the office of the priesthood, have a commandment to take tithes of the people according to the law, that is, of their brethren, though they come out of the loins of Abraham:  Numbers 18:21.  6) But he whose descent is not counted from them received tithes of Abraham, and blessed him that had the promises.  7) And without all contradiction the less is blessed of the better.  8) And here men that die receive tithes; but there he receiveth them, of whom it is witnessed that he liveth.  9) And as I may so say, Levi also, who receiveth tithes, payed tithes in Abraham.  10) For he was yet in the loins of his father, when Melchisedec met him. 

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v1, 2, The mention of Melchisedec recalls the author’s reference to this ancient Priest in 5:10, 11.  Melchisedec, was both a King and a Priest, a common combination in ancient times.  Salem was later renamed Jerusalem.  The name Melchisedec, means King of Righteousness.  The word Salem means peace.  The ideal king rules in righteousness, which assures peace (Isaiah 32:17).  v3, without father…mother…genealogy (descent):  Genesis, a book with many genealogies, has none for Melchisedec.  The author is not saying that Melchisedec was born without a father and mother, only that there is no record of his birth.  This description of Melchisedec prefigures the eternal Priesthood of Jesus.  Like Melchisedec, Jesus is both a King and a Priest.  v4-7, Melchisedec was great because Abraham gave him a tithe.  In the Greek text the word patriarch is emphatic.  The greatness of Abraham, the one who possessed the promises of God (v6), underscores the even greater rank of Melchisedec, the Priest of Righteousness. v8-10, Melchisedec was not only superior to Abraham, he was superior to the Levitical priesthood in two ways.  First, the Levitical priests were mortal–they died; and thus different priests represented the people at different times.  Melchisedec lives.  The Old Testament does not record his death (v3).  Second, in a sense; Levi paid tithes to Melchisedec through Abraham’s gift.  So to speak, indicates that Levi, who was not yet born, did not literally pay tithes.  However, because he descended from Abraham, he is counted as having paid tithes to Melchisedec as well.

More to come and God Bless You.     

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