A Biblical Figure – Melchizedek
It is written that there will be a priest who will carry out his priesthood in the order¹ of Melchizedek in the book of Psalms. In all sixty-six books of the Bible, Melchizedek was mentioned thrice.
Psalms 110:4 The LORD has sworn and will not change his mind: “You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.”
¹ Order means a way in which a thing is done; an arrangement; a manner
In the New Testament, the writer of the book of Hebrews revealed that he had much to say about Melchizedek.
At the stage of the early Church, it was difficult to have complete knowledge and understanding of Melchizedek. Melchizedek was first mentioned in the book of Genesis.
Melchizedek, a Priest of God.
Melchizedek was a priest of God who appeared in the time of Abraham², who blessed Abraham with bread and wine. In return, Abraham then presented Melchizedek with a tenth of everything.
² ‘Abram’ here is the former name of Abraham (Genesis 17:3-5).
In the Old Testament times, it was a common ritual for priests to offer animals’ blood to God when they were granted blessings, received forgiveness or established a covenant with God. However, unlike all the other priests in the old testament times, Melchizedek blessed Abraham with bread and wine.
The Reality of Melchizedek
The Old Testament is a shadow of the New Testament. The Old Testament contains prophecies to be fulfilled in the New Testament (Hebrews 10:1). Just as Melchizedek blessed Abraham with bread and wine, there is also a high priest in the order of Melchizedek who will appear to bless us with bread and wine.
During the Passover feast, Jesus brought out bread and wine to bless His disciples with the forgiveness of sins and eternal life. This was different from the existing Jewish priests who carried out blessings by animal sacrifice (Mark 14:12). Jesus was the priest who blessed with bread and wine in the order of Melchizedek, fulfilling the prophecy in the old covenant.
Let us confirm that Jesus is the reality of Melchizedek.
The author of Hebrews had insight that Jesus came as the high priest in the order of Melchizedek. However, there were some prophetical points about Melchizedek that were not completely fulfilled by Jesus. We will explore this in the next article – The Mystery of Melchizedek.