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. And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God. And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth: (Genesis 14:17-19)
A mysterious priest named Melchizedek appears only once in the Bible in the book of Genesis. Immediately preceding Abrams’ defeat of Chedorlaomer this “priest of the most high God” presents Abram with bread and wine and blesses him in the name of the Lord. The location of Salem would eventually become Jerusalem, so this Melchizedek is the king of Jerusalem. The name Melchizedek itself means “my king is righteousness”.
The Lord has sworn and will not change his mind, “You are a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.” (Psalm 110:4)
David describes this spiritual representative as “a priest forever” and connects him to the Messiah.
Therefore he had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. (Hebrews 2:17)
The writer of Hebrews refers to Christ as a “high priest”.
He is without father or mother or genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but resembling the Son of God he continues a priest forever. (Hebrews 7:3)
Hebrews also indicates this priest of the most high God is eternal having “no father or mother or genealogy”. This is true in the fact there is no one associated in any way to the order of Melchizedek throughout the entire Bible except for one person. This may seem strange when the word “order” itself implies a lineage.
If perfection could have been attained through the Levitical priesthood—and indeed the law given to the people established that priesthood—why was there still need for another priest to come, one in the order of Melchizedek, not in the order of Aaron? For when the priesthood is changed, the law must be changed also. (Hebrews 7:11-12)
The writer of Hebrews conveys the fact that if the Mosaic law was to bring eternal atonement than why the need for another priesthood other than the order of Aaron/Levitical priests? The question is who changed the law by fulfilling it?
…where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek. (Hebrews 6:20)
WHO IS MELCHIZEDEK?