THE MYSTERY OF MELCHIZEDEK
by Bill Burns
P. O. Box 1148
Kremmling, Colorado 80459
There is a very interesting character in the Old Testament whose name is Melchizedek. Not much information is revealed about this person. Genesis chapter 14 records that Abraham had bread and wine with him and gave him a tithe of all. Later David prophesied of the coming of the Messiah, and in Psalm 110 verse 4, "The LORD has sworn And will not relent, 'You are a priest forever According to the order of Melchizedek.'"
First let's examine the facts about Melchizedek as revealed in the scriptures:
1. His name means "my king is righteous" or "king of righteousness" (Hebrews 7:2).
2. He is the king of Salem. Salem is believed to be ancient Jeru-salem, which would later become Jebus. Salem means peaceful, thus Melchizedek is called the "king of peace." (Hebrews 7:2)
3. He was a priest of "God Most High" (Genesis 14:18). He was appointed by God and not man.
4. He blessed Abraham and served him bread and wine. This foreshadows the communion supper that Jesus gave us as symbols of the New Covenant in which we live.
5. He was a created being, possibly an angelic being. Hebrews 7:3, "Without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but made like the Son of God, remains a priest continually." Some would argue that Melchizedek was a human being (mortal man) because of the use of the word "man" in Hebrews 7:4. However, the Greek word used for man in this verse is not the word used for human being or mortal man. The word used here simply implies a person (being)...personage.
It also makes no sense that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, would have His priesthood established by human beings. Hebrews 7:3 says that Melchizedek was made like the Son of God, in that he remains a priest continually. If the priesthood served by mere men would have been sufficient, then it makes sense that Jesus would have been a Levite (see Hebrews 7:5-8).
What we see in the scriptures in Genesis 14 and Hebrews 7 establishes a pattern that is important for us to understand. Melchizedek is both a king and priest. Jesus both our High Priest and King and came after the order of Melchizedek. The word "order" means after the manner of or arrangement of, or we could say after the pattern of. This is explained in Hebrews chapter 5 through 7.
Psalm 110:4 is quoted in Hebrews 5:6. Psalm 110 was written by David who was the first king and priest (in type) after Melchizedek, and Jesus is ruling from the throne of David. (Luke 1:32)
The pattern shows us that Melchizedek was king of Salem (Jerusalem). David captured the city of Jebus and called it the City of David which became Jerusalem, so David was also the king of Jerusalem. King Jesus will rule over Jerusalem for 1,000 years on the earth, and then the New Jerusalem will come down out of heaven, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into the eternal city (Revelation 21:2, 24).
Who then are the kings of the earth that bring their glory into the New Jerusalem? Again, let's examine the pattern of that which we have been studying. Melchizedek was a king and priest, so was David, and so is Jesus. The book of Revelation is the revelation given by Jesus Christ to the Apostle John. The first revelation given to us by John is that Jesus is the Ruler over the kings of the earth (Revelation 1:5). Verse 6 tells us that who these kings are and so does Revelation 5:10, "And have made us kings and priests to our God; And we shall reign on the earth."
Acts 15:16 tells us that the church will be built like unto the Tabernacle of David. Now we should be able to understand more clearly, according to the pattern established by Melchizedek, why the Tabernacle of David is to be rebuilt. We are to be kings and priests, not just kings or priests.
As priests of God we minister to our heavenly Father, and then we minister (out of the overflow) to those to whom we are sent. As kings we have been made joint-heirs with Jesus. We have been given authority to rule over the works of Satan and his kingdom (Luke 10:19).
He who has the keys of David (Revelation 3:7) has made you to be His kings and priests. Jesus has set before each one of you an "open door" (Revelation 3:8), a door that leads to victory. If every believer had this revelation of his position in Christ (a king and priest) and exercised the authority that has been given to them, victory over Satan would be assured. Let us, therefore, shake off the dust of defeat and take our places along side the Victorious One. Let us put on the armor of light (revelation) of who we are in Christ, and let us go forth and use the weapons given to us. 2 Corinthians 10:4, "For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds."
We are the kings and priests of the Most High God. We have come to Mount Zion, the heavenly Jerusalem, the city of the Living God, and the great King of that City, the Lord Jesus Christ, wants us to rule and reign with Him as kings and priests according to the pattern. Amen!