From last year…
Who was Melchizedek?
Mentioned only 3 times in the entire Bible (Genesis 14:18-20, Hebrews, and Psalm 110), Melchizedek is a shadowy fellow we don’t know much about. He was a priest whom Abraham honored. That’s about all we know. So why does Melchizedek matter?
Hierarchy of Israel’s Government
Israel had three important leaders in ancient times: prophets, priests, and kings.
- Prophets told the truth, revealing God’s righteousness
- Kings were to instill righteousness in practical ways as leaders of the government
- Priests met the people’s spiritual need and served as the gateway to God
In Israeli tradition, kings and priests had to come from different tribes: priests from the tribe of Levi and kings from the tribe of Judah. Ordinarily, a king could not be a priest.
Enter our friend, Melchizedek. He proves that:
- A priest does not have to come from the right family (Melchizedek wasn’t even Hebrew!)
- He was…
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