Jesus: Priest like Melchizedek
Scripture reading for October 22nd: Hebrews 7
Melchizedek was an interesting character who suddenly appeared in the writing of Moses in Genesis 14:17-20. His name meant “king of righteousness” and he was also “king of Salem” which meant “king of peace”. Salem was the ancient name for Jerusalem, the eventual city of David and home of the temple of the “Most High God”. Melchizedek was a contemporary of Abram and Sarai as they were seeking to follow God by moving from Ur of the Chaldees to a land that God would show them. Melchizedek met Abram as he returned from a successful mission to rescue his nephew, Lot, who had been taken captive by King Kedoloamer, who ruled over Sodom and several other cities.
Melchizedek was a great man, honored by Abram with a tenth of all the spoils of his victory. But Melchizedek had no record of a father or mother or a genealogy. There is no record of his death. He is a type of the Son of God, remaining a ‘Priest forever’.
Jesus Christ was a descendant of Judah, not of Levi or Aaron. By Old Testament Law, Jesus could not become a high priest of Aaron’s order. Aaron’s descendants automatically, by birth in his line, became priests. At death their priesthood ceased. But Jesus was appointed a High Priest by God’s oath. “The Lord has sworn and will not change His mind: ‘You are a Priest forever.” . . “Now there have been many of those priests since death prevented them form continuing in office; but because Jesus lives forever, He has a permanent priesthood. Therefore He is able to Save completely those who come to God through Him, because He always lives to intercede for them.” (Hebrews 7:23-25) Our Perfect Eternal High Priest Jesus Christ will meet all our needs forever!