Q: Who was Melchizedec?

 

A: Melchizedec was King of Salem. Salem is now called Jerusalem -- actually, YaHuSalem. Salem means, Peace, thus Jerusalem means, YaH’s City of Peace. Crazy, right? Today’s Jerusalem and the historical Jerusalem has been anything but a City of Peace. A time is coming when this City will live up to its name.

 

Melchizedec was not only a King but the High Priest as well, a King Priest. He is called a Priest of YaHWeH. He greeted Abraham on his return from rescuing Lot, his nephew.

 

(Gen 14:18)  And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the Most High God.

How do we know this, Most High God, is YaHWeH?

 

(Gen 14:22)  And Abram said to the king of Sodom, I have lift up mine hand unto YaHWeH, the most high God, the possessor of heaven and earth, ...

 

That is the KJV with the Holy Name of our Creator restore. The translators replaced His Holy Name with, LORD, in all caps, to indicate His Name, leading to a deception that LORD is His Name, when in fact it is not. With His Name restored we clearly see that they all knew who the “Most High God” was and is.

Having determined that Melchizedek was an High Priest representing YaHWeH, our Creator, and that he would have been classified as a Gentile, but then everyone, at that time, were Gentiles, as Gentiles are all peoples not Israel and Israel had not yet been created, or born.

 

According to the New Covenant (New Testament) our Lord, YaHshua, is our High Priest and King. As our High Priest He is after the order of Melchizedek, not after Aaron nor the Levitical priesthood.

 

So, who was Melchizedek? A Priest/representative, of the Most High God, YaHWeH, possessor of Heaven and Earth. A Gentile King of Jerusalem to whom Abraham paid honor, not to the man but to the position held by this individual, and this may be the reason we do not know more about the person, but only about the office he held, an office our Savior would hold, as our High Priest.

 

(Heb 5:5-6)  So also Christ glorified not Himself to be made an high priest; but He that said unto Him, Thou are My Son, to day have I begotten thee. As he said also in another place, You are a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec. (Ps 110:4,7).

We do not need to get all tangled up in who the Melchizedek was that Abraham paid a tithe of his spoils to. Also, in this case, the word tithe mere means a tenth, it is not some required code or rule reflecting the tithing law of Torah, something written into the old Covenant made with the people of Israel centuries later. Abraham could just as easily have given this Priest of YaHWeH a fifth of the spoils. Too many in various religious orders use this Melchizedek connection with our Messiah to illicit a tithe from their membership. The real point is that our Messiah came out of the tribe of Judah (YaHuda), not out of Levi, the priestly line. What Paul makes clear is that the Covenant had to be changed and was meant to be changed, even to the point of changing the Priesthood. The example of the Melchizedek priesthood is used to make the point that this change would be outside of the Old Covenant.

Remember, YaHshua is not and was not a Gentile, but a Jew, by birth, so the comparison between Him and the Melchizedek of Abraham’s time, as a person has nothing to do with YaHshua, it is the change in the office, from the Levitical to the more open system that had already originated in the Gentile community, before the Covenant was made with Israel. This would mean that the Melchizedek system trumps the Levitical system, as it came first.

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