Well, firstly, one of our older brothers is home this week. He is on spring break. We were having a jolly time eating dinner when all of a sudden he laughed and pointed out something he found amusing on our calendar.
It’s a calendar we received from our church and the verse says, “But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.” Proverbs 4:18
Perhaps if you look at the photograph they chose, you can understand what he thought was so funny.
Speaking of church, we learned all about that mysterious person, Melchizedek.
Melchizedek has no genealogy like other important figures in the Bible. You know, “This is the genealogy of Terah: Terah begot Abram, Nahor, and Haran. Haran begot Lot.”
Melchizedek also has no record of his death and how old he was, like “And Adam lived one hundred and thirty years, and begot a son in his own likeness, after his image, and named him Seth.”
For the Israelites, a man could be a king or a man could be a priest, but no man could be both a king and a priest. Kings came from the tribe of Judah and priests came from the tribe of Levi. And it seems the test was whether Israel’s kings would be humble enough to accept his place and be king alone and not try to steal the priesthood for himself as well. This was Saul’s biggest downfall. He tried to act as priest when he was leading the Israelites into war and offered a sacrifice to God himself.
Melchizedek was before the Levitical priesthood. He was king of Salem but he was also priest of God Most High. He blessed Abraham and we know that the greater always blesses the lesser. Abraham gave Melchizedek a tenth of everything.
Now we know that Christ is king; He is from the tribe of Judah. So how can He also be a priest?
That’s why God tells us that Christ is a “priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.” Psalm 110: 4b. Being a priest according to the order of Melchizedek is better than being a Levitical priest because Melchizedek represents an eternal priesthood (no genealogy and no death).
I learned a lot on Sunday. Everyone is always curious about Melchizedek and now I feel as if I know pretty much more than I did before.