“The Lord has sworn and will not change his mind: ‘You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.’” Psalm 110:4
Once again, we have an allusion to the Messiah in this psalm. That One who would come, the one referred to here as Lord, would be in the order of Melchizedek. That’s great, except, who is Melchizedek?
We first see him in the Old Testament in Genesis 14 with Abraham. He is also identified in Hebrews 7. Let’s read a bit about him from there. “This Melchizedek was king of Salem and priest of God Most High. He met Abraham returning from the defeat of the kings and blessed him, and Abraham gave him a tenth of everything. First, the name Melchizedek means ‘king of righteousness’; then also, ‘king of Salem’ means ‘king of peace.’ Without father or mother, without genealogy, without beginning of days or end of life, resembling the Son of God, he remains a priest forever. Just think how great he was: Even the patriarch Abraham gave him a tenth of the plunder! Now the law requires the descendants of Levi who become priests to collect a tenth from the people—that is, from their fellow Israelites—even though they also are descended from Abraham. This man, however, did not trace his descent from Levi, yet he collected a tenth from Abraham and blessed him who had the promises. And without doubt the lesser is blessed by the greater. In the one case, the tenth is collected by people who die; but in the other case, by him who is declared to be living. One might even say that Levi, who collects the tenth, paid the tenth through Abraham, because when Melchizedek met Abraham, Levi was still in the body of his ancestor.” Hebrews 7:1-10
Hmmm, King of Righteousness, King of Peace, no genealogy, no beginning of days or end of life, resembling the Son of God, a priest forever…it kind of makes us wonder exactly who this enigmatic person might be. First of all, we cannot definitively say, but just because Jesus is seen in the flesh beginning in the New Testament doesn’t mean He wasn’t in the Old Testament. Who was it that stopped Abraham from slaying his son Isaac in Genesis 22? Who did Abraham eat lunch with? Who showed up as the fourth man in the fiery furnace with Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego? Who wrestled with Jacob? Who walked and talked with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden?
We see the birth of Jesus in Matthew and Luke but let’s remember that Jesus has always been. He was the Creator who spoke and all of the universe came into existence. He was and is and has always been.
In the Genesis passage Melchizedek brings bread and wine, again something to consider.
Is this what we refer to as a Theophany or Christophany? That means we have a visible appearance of the Lord in the Old Testament. Is Melchizedek the appearance of Jesus in Genesis? Good question. Some questions are fun to ponder and search for answers so let’s keep digging.
Lord Jesus, we know that You have always been and always will be. You are eternal. How grateful I am that I can join You in eternity.