We have this hope as an anchor for our lives, safe and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain. 20 Jesus has entered there on our behalf as a forerunner, because He has become a high priest forever in the order of Melchizedek. Hebrews 6:19-20
Mel who? I’m not sure how many times I’ve skipped over Melchizedek while reading the Bible before, but this time he peaked my interest. Other than in Hebrews, the mysterious order of Melchizedek is only mentioned two other times in scripture, once in Genesis and not again until Psalm 110. Intrigued, I had to dig a little deeper. Who was this high priest?
After Abram returned from defeating Chedorlaomer and the kings who were with him, the king of Sodom went out to meet him in the Valley of Shaveh (that is, the King’s Valley). 18 Then Melchizedek, king of Salem, brought out bread and wine; he was a priest to God Most High. Genesis 14:17-18
The Lord has sworn an oath and will not take it back: “Forever, You are a priest like Melchizedek.” Psalm 110:4
Here is what we know from scripture. He was a priest who served God Himself. It says there is no record of his birth or death, leading some to believe he was divine. His name means King of Salem and King of Peace.
For this Melchizedek—
King of Salem, priest of the Most High God,
who met Abraham and blessed him
as he returned from defeating the kings,
2 and Abraham gave him a tenth of everything;
first, his name means king of righteousness,
then also, king of Salem,
meaning king of peace;
3 without father, mother, or genealogy,
having neither beginning of days nor end of life,
but resembling the Son of God— remains a priest forever. Hebrews 7:1-3
As with most mysteries, there are several schools of thought on who Melchizedek really was.
Some think he was Jesus, some the archangel Michael, others think he was just an ordinary human. Hebrew history/tradition tells us it was Shem, Noah’s Son, that was still alive at the time of Abraham. That would certainly make him the oldest man alive, qualifying him as a candidate for the order of Melchizedek.
Apparently, there is even a Dead Sea scroll that says Melchizedek will be the one to carry out God’s judgements and deliver His people from the hands of Satan.
I went down the rabbit hole and spent over an hour reading different commentaries and thoughts on Melchizedek. This is one of those things we won’t know for certain until we reach Heaven, but it’s also a great example of what keeps me coming back over and over again to God’s word. There’s always a surprise, mystery to discover, truth to savor and situation to consider. I encourage you to do some searching on your own about the greatness of Melchizedek.
We can only find the answers if we ask and seek the answers.