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Melchizedek is the office of the great high priest which is a type of Jesus Christ. Many have deemed Melchizedek to be the pre-incarnate Jesus. However, there was a man who was a high priest in the days of Abraham that did exist who received tithes of Abraham. Melchizedek was a king-priest who was before the Levitical Priesthood of Aaron of the progeny of Abraham. Therefore, Melchizedek was recognized by Abraham to be of a higher rank than himself because of his position or office of God. Melchizedek was not Jesus Christ pre-incarnate, but was indeed a man of the lineage of Shem who was deemed a great man. "Now consider how great this man was, unto whom even the patriarch Abraham gave the tenth of the spoils." (Hebrews 7:4).

 

Some have erroneously concluded that Melchizedek was a spiritual man due to the following. "Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the the Son of God; abideth a priest continually." (Hebrews 7:3)."Without father" is the Greek "apator", "without mother" is the Greek "amator", and "without descent" is the Greek "agenealogetos" literally meaning without genealogy. Not that Melchizedek did not have a father, mother, or genealogy, but that he did not have a record of his parents and lineage. Melchizedek did have a genealogy as is stated by Paul. "But he whose descent is not counted from them received tithes of Abraham." (Hebrews 7:6a). Melchizedek did have a descent, but it was not after the tribe of Levi in which the Mosaic law required in order to be a priest. Under the law Melchizedek was not qualified simply because he was not of the lineage of Levi of Aaron. Paul simply used the rabbinic interpretation of silence which simply stated is that a thing does not exist until it is mentioned or noted in scripture. Since Moses in the book of Genesis states nothing of Melchizedek's parents, genealogy, his birth or death, Melchizedek serves as a perfect type of the Son of God, Jesus Christ. Therefore, Paul could declare Melchizedek as "fatherless, motherless, without genealogy because of the silence of the scriptures in Genesis concerning Melchizedek. There is no mention of his birth or his death, or the beginning or ending of his life, therefore, the silence of the scripture pictures Melchizedek as such because priests were priests by record of genealogy.

 

Most conclude this man so designated by God to be a king/priest of the Most High God was Shem or a descendent of Shem which in the Hebrew is "name", denoting conspicuous position or honor, authority, and character as his name in Hebrew implies. Some have thought that Melchizedek was a Christophany rather than a typology, assuming that he was literally Christ before his incarnation. But Melchizedek resembled the Son of God. "but made like unto the Son of God". (Hebrews 7:3b). "But made like unto" is the Greek "aphomoioo" meaning "to assimilate closely"; to resemble: assumes two distinct and separate identities. Melchizedek is not the same priest as Jesus Christ, again stated by Paul. "what further need was there that another priest should arise after the order of Melchizedek." (Hebrews 7:11b). "Another" is the Greek "heteros" meaning "other or different"; that is, Jesus Christ as the Son of God is another, different priest of the order of Melchizedek. Emphatically the two are not one and the same.

 

Melchizedek is not alive today as some would believe, but was simply a type of Christ.  Melchizedek "abideth a priest continually". "Abideth" is the Greek "meno" meaning "to stay in a give place, state, or relation". "Continually" is the combination of two Greek words "eis" meaning "to, into" + "dienekes" meaning "carried through, point reached or entered, perpetually". Melchizedek entered into a king/priesthood being appointed by the Most High God not being of the tribe of Levi which was required under the law. The Levitical priesthood did not perpetuate because of death, but the priest as a father would transfer the priesthood unto the son by anointing him with oil, laying hands on him, and speaking over him.There was only one man in the Old Testament who had the Melchizedek priesthood and it was not transferrable to another. Adoni-zedek who was a descendent of Melchizedek did not carry on in the king/priest office, but was simply "lord of righteousness" rather than "Melchizedek= king of righteousness". Paul again uses the rabbinical argument of silence to say that Melchizedek figuratively is alive having reached the office of king/priest in place and relation to Jesus Christ. Melchizedek is not the firstfruits from the dead and the Federal Head of the God race. It is Jesus Christ who only is the Firstfruits of them that slept, the firstbegotten from the dead, death having no more dominion over him, not Melchizedek. Melchizedek was a man like you and me. It was his position, place, state and relation to the Son of God that made him a great man. "Now consider how great this man was (not is...). (Hebrews 7:4a). Jesus Christ is...forever. Melchizedek was...

 

Conclusion: Melchizedek was a great man made like unto the Son of God. He was not the Son of God. He was not the Christ. He was a type of Christ.

 

 

 

    

 

 

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