who the heck is Melchizedek anyway?

Posted: August 6, 2011 in Random

Psalm 110:1,4
The Lord (Yĕhovah) says to my Lord:
“Sit at my right hand,
until I make your enemies your footstool.”…
The Lord (Yĕhovah) has sworn
and will not change his mind,
“You are a priest forever
after the order of Melchizedek.”

In David’s Psalm the two Lord’s are different Hebrew words.

The Lord
Hebrew Word: Yĕhovah
Meaning: Jehovah = “the existing One”
the proper name of the one true God

Says to my Lord
Hebrew Word:’adown
Meaning: Lord of Lords, priest, king ext.

This Psalm reads something like this
God the Father said to Jesus the Son:
“Sit at my right hand,
until I make your enemies your footstool.”…
God the Father has sworn
and will not change his mind,
“You are a priest forever
after the order of Melchizedek.”

There is more evidence in Matthew 22 when Jesus refers to Himself as the second Lord of the psalm of David.

Matt 22: 41-46
Now while the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them a question, saying, “What do you think about the Christ? Whose son is he?” They said to him, “The son of David.” He said to them, “How is it then that David, in the Spirit, calls him Lord, saying, “‘The Lord said to my Lord, Sit at my right hand, until I put your enemies under your feet’? If then David calls him Lord, how is he his son?” And no one was able to answer him a word, nor from that day did anyone dare to ask him any more questions.

Getting back to Psalm 110 Jesus is in the priestly order of Melchizedek.
The Hebrew translation for Melchizedek:
king of Salem and priest of the Most High God to whom Abram paid tithe after the battle he fought to free Lot; ‘the order of Melchizedek’ the order of the priesthood to which Christ belongs

Why is this important at all? Well you see under the Levitical Law a person could not be both priest and king. This is why Saul of the Old Testament was not suppose to offer up the sacrifice he did, and Samuel told him his kingdom would not last (1 Sam 13:8-14). But, before the Law was given, there was a priest and king named Melchizedek. This priest appears and then disappears in the scripture.

Gen 14:18-20
And Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. (He was priest of God Most High.) And he blessed him and said, “Blessed be Abram by God Most High, Possessor of heaven and earth; and blessed be God Most High, who has delivered your enemies into your hand!” And Abram gave him a tenth of everything.

If Jesus were a priest in the order of Aaron, He would not be able to also be king. In the Old Testament, the people asked for a king, and God wanted to be their king. They wanted to be like the other nations, so God gave them a king, but all along God wanted to keep for Himself a people who he was the king over. If Jesus were falling under the order of Aaron and the law, then He could not intercede for us as a priest and be king at the same time. If Jesus was only a king, who would intercede for us? Jesus had to be a priest and king in the order of Melchizedek.

Hebrews 7:11-17
Now if perfection had been attainable through the Levitical priesthood (for under it the people received the law), what further need would there have been for another priest to arise after the order of Melchizedek, rather than one named after the order of Aaron? For when there is a change in the priesthood, there is necessarily a change in the law as well. For the one of whom these things are spoken belonged to another tribe, from which no one has ever served at the altar. For it is evident that our Lord was descended from Judah, and in connection with that tribe Moses said nothing about priests. This becomes even more evident when another priest arises in the likeness of Melchizedek, who has become a priest, not on the basis of a legal requirement concerning bodily descent, but by the power of an indestructible life. For it is witnessed of him, “You are a priest forever, after the order of Melchizedek.”

The book of Hebrews was wrote to the Jews who valued the law, and Paul (or whoever wrote Hebrews, maybe Luke or Barnabus) wanted the Jews to know that they were not under the law anymore.

We have a priest and king who loves us in Jesus Christ. He both rules over all and intercedes for us.

This is the importance of Melchizedek and Psalm 110.

Christ be glorified.

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