(1-10) The Priestly Order of Melchizedek
Out of all the lesser-known people in the Bible, Melchizedek is the one that has always appeared the most mystifying to me. Doing an in-depth study about him (though I don’t think there’s much historical information out there, just speculation), would be fascinating. Some say that Melchizedek is actually a type of Christ, appearing as a theophany in the Old Testament before coming in actuality in the New Testament through the virgin Mary. It’s easy to think of Melchizedek as an earlier appearance of Christ because in this Scripture passage he is described as being the king of righteousness and the king of peace. Additionally, he has no human father or mother and no other family relations. He is without beginning and without end, and like the Son of God he continues as a priest forever.
When Melchizedek met Abraham, Abraham gave him a tenth of tithes showing how great Melchizedek was. Much of Melchizedek’s description can also be used to describe Christ. But if Melchizedek is Christ why would Paul compare Christ to Christ?
(11-28) Jesus Compared to Melchizedek
None of the priests who came through the Levitical priesthood were able to attain perfection. Only Christ – whose power does not come through descent, but by an indestructible life – is a perfect priest. Because of His perfection, He is able to draw us nearer to God. The human priests who came before Christ could not hold their priesthoods forever because they were mortal and subject to death. Christ, on the other hand, is able to hold his priesthood forever because He is immortal and continues for all of eternity.
He is able to save all who draw near to God through Him, and He always lives to make intercession to God for us. Unlike the human high priests before Him, Christ as high priest has no need to offer daily sacrifices for His sins and for our sins because: (1) He is without sin, holy, innocent, unstained; and (2) He has already made a once for all sacrifice when He offered Himself on the cross.
Favorite verse: (25) Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.