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Melchizedek Is A Picture Of Jesus
by Brian Price 6/1/2012

"1 And it came to pass in the days of Amraphel king of Shinar, Arioch king of Ellasar, Chedorlaomer king of Elam, and Tidal king of nations;

2 That these made war with Bera king of Sodom, and with Birsha king of Gomorrah, Shinab king of Admah, and Shemeber king of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela, which is Zoar.

3 All these were joined together in the vale of Siddim, which is the salt sea.

4 Twelve years they served Chedorlaomer, and in the thirteenth year they rebelled.

5 And in the fourteenth year came Chedorlaomer, and the kings that were with him, and smote the Rephaims in Ashteroth Karnaim, and the Zuzims in Ham, and the Emins in Shaveh Kiriathaim,

6 And the Horites in their mount Seir, unto Elparan, which is by the wilderness.

7 And they returned, and came to Enmishpat, which is Kadesh, and smote all the country of the Amalekites, and also the Amorites, that dwelt in Hazezontamar.

8 And there went out the king of Sodom, and the king of Gomorrah, and the king of Admah, and the king of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela (the same is Zoar;) and they joined battle with them in the vale of Siddim;

9 With Chedorlaomer the king of Elam, and with Tidal king of nations, and Amraphel king of Shinar, and Arioch king of Ellasar; four kings with five.

10 And the vale of Siddim was full of slimepits; and the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah fled, and fell there; and they that remained fled to the mountain.

11 And they took all the goods of Sodom and Gomorrah, and all their victuals, and went their way.

12 And they took Lot, Abram's brother's son, who dwelt in Sodom, and his goods, and departed.

13 And there came one that had escaped, and told Abram the Hebrew; for he dwelt in the plain of Mamre the Amorite, brother of Eshcol, and brother of Aner: and these were confederate with Abram.

14 And when Abram heard that his brother was taken captive, he armed his trained servants, born in his own house, three hundred and eighteen, and pursued them unto Dan.

15 And he divided himself against them, he and his servants, by night, and smote them, and pursued them unto Hobah, which is on the left hand of Damascus.

16 And he brought back all the goods, and also brought again his brother Lot, and his goods, and the women also, and the people.

17 And the king of Sodom went out to meet him after his return from the slaughter of Chedorlaomer, and of the kings that were with him, at the valley of Shaveh, which is the king's dale.

18 And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God.

19 And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth:

20 And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he gave him tithes of all." - Genesis 14:1-20

Here we read of Melchizedek, King of Salem, going out to meet Abraham after the slaughter of the kings. There were 4 kings that are mentioned in the scriptures that went to fight with the Kings of Sodom and Gomorrah.

These 4 kings ended up defeating the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah, and as a result, they took to themselves the spoil. Abraham's nephew, Lot, was among those taken as captive. If you can remember, Lot went out to dwell in the land of Sodom and Gomorrah due to a strife between his and Abraham's herdmen.

So somehow, Lot got caught up in the middle of this battle between these kings. And so we read that Abraham took his own trained servants, born in his house, 318 men, and pursued them unto Dan (vs 14).

Abraham ended up defeating Chedorlaomer, King of Elam. And as a result of his victory, he was able to recover everything that they had taken as spoil, including his nephew Lot and his family.

Now when Abraham had gotten him this great victory, the Bible says in verse 18 that Melchizedek, King of Salem went out to meet Abraham. And notice that the Bible says that he was the priest of the most High God.

Isn't that interesting. That a righteous man such as Melchizedek was King over Salem during a time when the wicked cities of Sodom and Gomorrah existed. We see that even in times of great rebellion among the cities of our world, there are still righteous men who live among them who wish to please God and to do the right thing.

But notice that it says that he was a priest and a king. This is a picture of Jesus, because the Bible goes on to give this famous prophecy of a priest after Melchizedek's order in Psalms chapter 110. It says:

"1 The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool.

2 The Lord shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion: rule thou in the midst of thine enemies.

3 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.

4 The Lord hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.

5 The Lord at thy right hand shall strike through kings in the day of his wrath.

6 He shall judge among the heathen, he shall fill the places with the dead bodies; he shall wound the heads over many countries.

7 He shall drink of the brook in the way: therefore shall he lift up the head."

Notice this prophecy in Psalms chapter 110 says that the Lord at God's right hand would be called a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek. This order of Melchizedek's priesthood is an everlasting priesthood that allows its person who holds his office to be a priest and a King to the Most High God.

And this is exactly what Jesus Christ is. He is our great High Priest and King.

Another Old Testament prophecy foretells of this same priesthood that is also a kingship.

"12 And speak unto him, saying, Thus speaketh the Lord of hosts, saying, Behold the man whose name is The Branch; and he shall grow up out of his place, and he shall build the temple of the Lord:

13 Even he shall build the temple of the Lord; and he shall bear the glory, and shall sit and rule upon his throne; and he shall be a priest upon his throne: and the counsel of peace shall be between them both." - Zechariah 6:12-13

Notice we read in this particular passage of the Old Testament that God promises to bring forth his Branch which shall be a priest upon his throne. In other words, the Anointed One, or Messiah, which was to come would be not only a King, but would also be a Priest.

This Priest would not only serve as a mediator between God and men, but would also rule over those same men as King. And rightfully so, because notice that in Psalms 110, this Priest and King is called Lord. Lord is the title given to God. Only God is permitted to both a priest and a king because he rules over all, and he serves his Father in these two capacities, that God may be all in all.

Jesus quoted Psalms 110 to the Jews, in pointing to the fact that the Messiah would not be the son of David necessarily. That is, the Messiah would not be fully man. But rather, he was trying to point to the fact that Messiah would be the Son of God.

This is what Jesus said in Matthew chapter 22:

"42 ...What think ye of Christ? whose son is he? They say unto him, The son of David.

43 He saith unto them, How then doth David in spirit call him Lord, saying,

44 The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool?

45 If David then call him Lord, how is he his son?" - Matthew 22:42-45

Notice that Jesus questioned the Jewish beliefs that Messiah would be the son of David, which is true. Messiah would be the offspring of David, because Jesus did say in Revelation chapter 22, verse 16, "I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star."

So we see that yes, Jesus was the son of David, that is, according to the flesh. But according to the eternal existence of the Son of God, Jesus gave the illustration of Psalms 110 to show that he has existed since before the foundation of the world, and that though he may have come to the Jews as the son of David, he is more accurately called the Son of God, since he has neither father nor mother according to his eternal existence.

So we can see from these passages of scripture that Melchizedek served as a picture in the Old Testament for the Son of God who would come who would take on his rightful title of King and Priest. And because he has an unchangeable priesthood due to his eternal life, as Paul said in Hebrews, he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.

And consider this. If you have never called upon this Great High Priest to intercede to God for you, that you do not perish, then you have hope for an intercessor to plead for your soul. You must receive his sacrifice that he did for you in Jerusalem on the cross. You must receive Jesus, and believe in him for the forgiveness of your sins. If you do not, then you will die in your sins, and have no priest to plead with God to save your soul.

If you would like to be saved, simply call on the name of the Lord Jesus, and ask him to forgive you of your sins. Ask him to save you from hell. And he will seal you with his Holy Spirit, and he will give you eternal life.