From Pastor Perry

10/25/2016 Gen. 14:17-24

Genesis 14:17–24 (ESV)

Abram Blessed by Melchizedek

17 After his return from the defeat of Chedorlaomer and the kings who were with him, the king of Sodom went out to meet him at the Valley of Shaveh (that is, the King’s Valley). 18 And Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. (He was priest of God Most High.) 19 And he blessed him and said,

       “Blessed be Abram by God Most High,

Possessor of heaven and earth;

20    and blessed be God Most High,

who has delivered your enemies into your hand!”

And Abram gave him a tenth of everything. 21 And the king of Sodom said to Abram, “Give me the persons, but take the goods for yourself.” 22 But Abram said to the king of Sodom, “I have lifted my hand to the Lord, God Most High, Possessor of heaven and earth, 23 that I would not take a thread or a sandal strap or anything that is yours, lest you should say, ‘I have made Abram rich.’ 24 I will take nothing but what the young men have eaten, and the share of the men who went with me. Let Aner, Eshcol, and Mamre take their share.”

 

The mystery in today’s reading is Melchizedek.  Who is he?  We see that he is “a priest of God Most High.”  Abram provided him a tithe, which is 10%.  Melchizedek is mentioned in todays reading, also Psalm 110:4, and in Hebrews (chapters 5-7)  The Baker Encylopedia of the Bible compares Melchizedek to Christ in the following ways:  “First, both Christ and Melchizedek are kings of righteousness and kings of peace (Heb 7:1, 2). Second, both have a unique priesthood which does not depend on family pedigree (v 3). Third, both abide as “priest continually” (v 3). That the priesthood of Melchizedek is superior to that of Aaron and the levitical priesthood is then demonstrated. Melchizedek was superior to Abraham, the father of Levi, because Melchizedek gave gifts to and blessed Abraham, and received tithes from him (vv 4–10); David predicted the succession of the Melchizedekian priesthood over the levitical priesthood, showing the imperfection of the latter (vv 11–19); the Melchizedekian priesthood of Messiah was confirmed by a divine oath, not true of the levitical priesthood (vv 20–22); and the Melchizedekian priesthood possessed an unchangeable and permanent character (vv 23–25).

The identification of Melchizedek as a theophany, or appearance of the preincarnate Christ in the OT, is sometimes reached on the basis of Hebrews 7:3: “He is without father or mother or genealogy, and has neither beginning of days nor end of life.” However, this is simply to be understood in the sense that his priesthood was isolated rather than a continuation of a priestly family line. Melchizedek had a priestly office by special divine appointment, and was thus a type of Jesus Christ in his priesthood. That Melchizedek was one “resembling the Son of God” (v 3) suggests that he was not himself the Son of God. The suggestion that Melchizedek was the patriarch Shem is without real support.”

 

 

 

I pray: Lord Jesus, You are my Priest and King. Rule over my life, and grant me righteousness and peace from the Father. Amen.

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