Some Thoughts on Melchizedek ~ Part 2
In my previous post Some Thoughts on Melchizedek ~ Part 1, I concluded with the thought that perhaps Shem could have been the patriarchal Priest/King Melchizedek who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings mentioned in Genesis 14: 18-20 and Hebrews 7:1.
I found the following quote in an article about Melchizedek when I was doing research for this post…I’m including it because I think the author states a commonly held conclusion at the end of the paragraph that I disagree with…
Hebrew tradition tells us it was Shem, Noah’s Son that was still alive at the time of Abraham and would certainly make him be the oldest man alive qualifying him as a candidate for the order of Melchizedek. Abraham lived to 2121 B.C. and Shem lived to 2156 B.C . Abrahams father was Terah who was in the line of Shem so this would make tribal sense that Abraham knew Shem and that he was the priest /king over their tribe . Noah predicted that Canaan would serve under Shem (Gen.9:26) Shem is also attributed to be the father of the children of Eber which is where we get the word “Hebrew” which means crossed over the river or one who came from the other side ( such as from paganism to true worship) (Gen.10:21, 11:10-27). Also the Messiah comes from the line of Shem. However there seems to be a flaw in him being the candidate because we know his line and descendants. It states for Melchizedek we do not know his genealogy, which rules out Shem.~ Let Us Reason
The last sentence in this quote from Let Us Reason states that “we do not know his genealogy, which rules out Shem.” This conclusion comes from Hebrews 7: 1-3
“For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him; To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of peace; Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually.“
But can we just conclude that this scripture in Hebrews was saying that we do not know his genealogy? If we analyze the sentence grammatically leaving out all the description between the subject and the verb, we see that the basic sentence is “For this Melchizedek abideth a priest continually.” …and if Melchizedek is a title of a priesthood/kingship then this priesthood/kingship is a continual priesthood, not that a person was without mother or father, but that the priesthood was without father, without descent, etc. This makes sense to me. What do you think?
The Three Sacrifices of the Old Testament. Abel, Melchisedec, and Abraham (6th-7th century).
The above photo of an ancient mosaic in Ravena, Italy is very beautiful and very symbolically interesting. Abel is shown offering a lamb, symbolic of Christ who is the “Lamb of God.” Abraham offers Isaac, a type of God the Father sacrificing his only begotten Son. Melchizedek stands at the head of the altar with bread and wine, which is symbolic or the Lord’s supper in remembrance of Jesus’ atoning sacrifice.
Jesus Christ, Yahshua the Messiah is our King and our High Priest. Reading scriptures about the Melchizedek priesthood and how Christ fulfilled the role of being King and Priest should only fill us with grateful praise and sincere worship as we behold His Majesty. Isn’t it incredible that we who are so undeserving inherit such a blessing through His sacrifice for us. May He become more and we become less. “He must increase, but I must decrease.” John 3:30
“For Thine is the Kingdom, the Power and the Glory forever and ever. Amen” ~ Matthew 6:13
To sum up my thoughts on Melchizedek… I think it is a title and not a name of someone. Shem was the next in line from Noah to carry the fatherly priesthood and the kingship of all the people who lived on earth after the flood, and he was still alive when Abraham offered tithes. After Moses the priesthood was appointed to the tribe of Levi and the kingship to the tribe of Judah. Jesus fulfilled both of these being the ultimate High Priest and King of Kings.
What are your thoughts? Do you agree? Disagree? I would love to know what you think.
Here is a very short video showing the meanings of names from Adam to Noah…I hope it blesses you as it did me.