Genesis 14:18 “18 And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God.”
Jasher 16:11-12 “And Adonizedek king of Jerusalem, the same was Shem, went out with his men to meet Abram and his people, with bread and wine, and they remained together in the valley of Melech. And Adonizedek blessed Abram, and Abram gave him a tenth from all that he had brought from the spoil of his enemies, for Adonizedek was a priest before God. The name comes from two Hebrew words Melech meaning King and Tzedek meaning righteousness, and from the scriptures we know that “For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.”
Romans 5.19 So this King of Righteousness can only be Jesus Christ in the flesh. Walking and talking with Abraham in the Old Testament. We can further test this out with the scriptures in
Revelation 22:13 “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.” And in John 1:1, 14a “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us”
I believe we as humans and in particular humans trained by Greco-Roman theologians, we are continually thinking in a linear format and the Bible is simply not written in such a way. The end is known from the beginning and the beginning reveals the end, one without the other leaves the reader without the full knowledge of God’s plan for mankind and Satan plans to destroy us.
David pens for us in Psalm 110 “The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool. The Lord shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion: rule thou in the midst of thine enemies. Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power, in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning: thou hast the dew of thy youth. The Lord hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek. The Lord at thy right hand shall strike through kings in the day of his wrath. He shall judge among the heathen, he shall fill the places with the dead bodies; he shall wound the heads over many countries. He shall drink of the brook in the way: therefore shall he lift up the head.” This again is a foreshadow to the reign of Christ on Earth during the Millennial Kingdom after his second coming, the permanent slaughter of Satan’s earthly dominance where he has establish his kings.”
Having affirmed the Kingdom and authority as well as the eternal reign of Jesus let’s look at the priesthood. Hebrews 4:14 tells us “Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.”
And in specific terms he is again mentioned in Hebrews 5:10 “Called of God an high priest after the order of Melchizedek.”
The question now comes to mind, how would Abraham have known this Melchizedek? Where would he have gotten the knowledge to offer him a tithe? After all the Torah had not been written down as Moses was not even born yet. And what would be the importance of a priesthood if there was not a temple yet?
Abraham wasn’t even a Jew or a Hebrew or an Israelite ….he was a Chaldean…..from BABYLON!
Beginning with Adam, Jesus himself was, and still is, the Great High Priest giving the instruction. In Hebrew the word instruction is Torah. Jesus taught Adam, Adam taught Seth and it continued until Lamech. Lamech fell to the ways of the world and Noah followed his great grandfather Enochs teaching.
This same pattern happens after the flood when Abrahams father Terah follows Nimrod and God calls Abraham out of the land of Ur. The Torah didn’t just appear on Mt Sinai when Moses followed Gods call, it began when the world was created.
The Torah was taught by example in the days following the fall then passed generation to generation “in the order of Melchizedek” so that humanity knew how to live according to Gods wishes.
The Aaronic priesthood was to carry on this obligation and did so for some time. Yet the hearts of men overtook the desires of God and they perverted the Torah with traditions and obligations that God did not ordain. Thus, Jesus, i.e. Melchizedek, had to return to set us back on the correct path.
Matthew 5:18 “For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.”
John 14:15 “If ye love me, keep my commandments.”
Revelation 14:12 “Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.”