Melchizedek, described as “this man who does not have his descent from” Abraham’s descendent Levi, both received tithes from Abraham and also blessed him, the very one whom God reminds us had “received the promises” (v. 6; cf. Romans 4:13-25; Galatians 3:29; Hebrews 11:8-19; Genesis 12:1-3; 15:1ff; 17:1ff; 22:17-18). As Hebrews points out, blessings are only given by those who are superior to those who are inferior to them (v. 7). Thus, Melchizedek was superior to Abraham. This would have undoubtedly raised the eyebrows of the first-century Jewish Christians who first read Hebrews. … Read More Hebrews: The Importance Of Melchizedek
The Old Testament mentions Melchizedek only twice. Abraham’s nephew, Lot, was captured in a war between Sodom and several other cities (Genesis 14:1-12). Abraham and his forces defeated the kings who had kidnapped Lot and rescued him (14:13-16). After this Melchizedek, king of Salem (thought by some to eventually become Jerusalem), met with Abraham. Cited by Moses to be both a king and “priest of God Most High,” he blessed Abraham (vs. 18-20). Abraham in return gave him a tenth of all of his possessions (v. 20). … Read More Hebrews: Who Was Melchizedek?