The story may also relate to the conflict between the Levite priests descended from Abraham and the Zadokite priests of Jerusalem, who later changed their allegiance to Yahweh, the Hebrew god. Melchizedek, on the other hand, was a priest-king and able to exercise the functions of both offices at all times. Kings such as David might have performed some priestly functions on occasion (2 Sam. Abraham paying a tithe to Melchizedek is an interpretation, though a likely one, of the original biblical text, in which the matter is ambiguous; it seems incongruous that Abraham gives a tenth of the booty to Melchizedek and then refuses to take any of it for himself (verses 22–23). Abraham, Melchizedek and Jesus from Stephen Sizer on Vimeo. In return, Abraham gives him a tithe of the booty. Chazalic literature—specifically Targum Jonathan, Targum Yerushalmi, and the Babylonian Talmud—presents the name מלכי־צדק as a nickname title for Shem, the son of Noah. It is true that Aaron’s descendants also receive tithes from other descendants of Abraham (verse 5). Blessings ultimately come from God toward human beings (James 1:17). Melchizedek, king of Salem, brought our bread and wine, and being a priest of God Most High, he blessed Abram with these words: “ blessed be Abram by God Most High, the creator of heaven and earth; and blessed be God Most High, who delivered your foes into … Melchizedek was a priest; so is Jesus. Melchizedek was a king; so is Jesus. Moses identifies Melchizedek as “priest of [El Elyon] God Most High.” Our editors will review what you’ve submitted and determine whether to revise the article. 6:12–15), but no old covenant king was also an appointed priest. reconcile us to God, and who, having made expiation, might intercede for The author of Hebrews argues that when it comes to really outstanding human beings, Melchizedek trumps Abraham (He 7:7)—so much so that Abraham gave Melchizedek a tithe of all the spoils Abraham collected on … He blessed Abraham (called Abram at this time) after receiving a tenth of all the goods he recovered from the war between allied kings in the area. Psalm 110, in referring to a future messiah of the Davidic line, alludes to the priest-king Melchizedek as a prototype of this messiah. Turn 'low to the account in Genesis 14. This event is listed on the Bible Timeline Poster around 2004 BC. This seems to be confirmed by the statement in Exodus 12:40, 41 that the children of Israel were in Egypt for 430 years. The priesthood of Israel as an office limited to Aaron and the tribe of Levi came to an end with the advent of Christ and His opening of it to all of God’s people (1 Peter 2:9–10). The god whom Melchizedek serves as priest is “El ʿElyon,” a name of Canaanite origin, probably designating the high god of their pantheon. Numbers 15:2–10Psalm 110John 17Hebrews 5:7–10. Melchizedek blessed Abram, later to be renamed Abraham after Abram rescued his nephew Lot from enemy captivity and brought back other people and goods. Melchizedek appears on the scene after Abraham has defeated five kings. First, it is important to see that Melchizedek, unlike the later kings of Israel, held the offices of priest and king simultaneously (v. 18). This implies that Abraham looked on Melchizedek as his superior. The mission, passion and purpose of Ligonier Ministries is to proclaim the holiness of God Melchizedek is more of a title than a personal name. This allusion led the author of the Letter to the Hebrews in the New Testament to translate the name Melchizedek as “king of righteousness” and Salem as “peace,” so that Melchizedek is made to foreshadow Christ, stated to be the true king of righteousness and peace (Heb. As you read this story, pay attention to Abraham’s response to the blessing of Melchizedek. Although Abraham exercised great faith in waging war against the four kings, it was the Most High God who deserved the glory and honor in providing success. 7). This is a story that is repeated in every day, in every community, and in every one of us. In the Bible, he is the first high priest mentioned. Get exclusive access to content from our 1768 First Edition with your subscription. Being that he was a king of Salem or Jerusalem (v. 18), it is entirely appropriate that he should serve as a model for the greatest Priest-King, who now rules on the throne of David that was first established in Jerusalem (Luke 1:26–33). Donate Now. Melchizedek is thought to have been the king of Jerusalem. There remains the priesthood in the order of Melchizedek, where Jesus sits forever as our Great High Priest (Heb. “Melchizedek … blessed him and said, ‘Blessed be Abram by God Most High, Possessor of heaven and earth; and blessed be God Most High, who has delivered your enemies into your hand!’” (vv. It involves Abraham paying tithes to the mysterious Melchizedek. After receiving the blessing, the first recorded tithe is given to a priest showing his high rank. The priest King Melchizedek appears briefly in the book of Genesis, but he was remembered by Jews and Christians for centuries with great honor. Abram, Lot, and Melchizedek Gen. 13-14 The events in these two chapters have a very large impact in the New Testament, primarily because of Melchizedek. The priest Melchizedek came forth and met with the man Abraham who … He declares a blessing on Abraham, and then Abraham gives him 1/10th of everything he owns. First, notice from both Old and New Testaments that the man of mystery, Melchizedek, was a priest of the Most High God. Abraham’s paying tribute to a Jerusalem priest-king then would anticipate the time when Abraham’s descendants would bring tithes to the priests of Jerusalem ministering in the sanctuary at the Davidic capital. Shem is the Son of Noah (Gen. 5:32), the progenitor of Abraham. Furthermore, just as the Old Testament assigns no birth or death date to Melchizedek, so is the priesthood of Christ eternal. Melchizedek's graciousness is contrasted with the rudeness of the King of Sodom. Melchizedek. Melchizedek is described in Genesis as “a priest of the most high God” and the “King of Salem.” The word salem literally translates to “peace,” making Melchizedek the “King of Peace.” Again, some scholars have asserted that it would be unusual for an author of Davidic times to construct a narrative with a Canaanite protagonist. Melchizedek Was God's Priest. Melchizedek honored God for Abraham’s miraculous victory. us, is also a King of infinite power to secure our salvation, and to protect us Melchizedek was a king of righteousness worthy to pronounce God’s blessing on Abram at this point in the history of the Lord’s unfolding covenant of salvation with His people. Melchizedek is a Canaanite dignitary identified as the King of Salem (Jerusalem), and he kindly met Abram with food (14:13) when he returned from his successful deliverance of Lot from the coalition of kings that had attacked Sodom. This story may have reached its final formulation in the days of King David, serving as an apologia for David’s making Jerusalem his headquarters and setting up the priesthood there. Chapter Fourteen gives an … Melchizedek met Abraham and they shared bread and wine (Genesis 14:18). He was the “King of Salem… [and] priest of God Most High”. It was assumed that he held the keys to the priesthood and was the great high priest of his day where he stands next to Noah during this time when patriarchs passed on the priesthood in the family. This verse shows that the law of tithing existed before it was later codified in Leviticus 27:32. The title comes from two Hebrew words, the first being melek meaning "king" and the second which is tsedeq or "righteousness" (Strong's #H4442). If we are paying attention we will be struck, and perhaps puzzled, by the recollection here of three figures from the Old Testament, all from the book of Genesis. For Abraham to recognize the authority and authenticity of a Canaanite priest-king is startling and has no parallel in biblical literature. Melchizedek presented bread and wine to Abraham and his weary men, demonstrating friendship. 7:2). By signing up for this email, you are agreeing to news, offers, and information from Encyclopaedia Britannica. Such generosity marks Christ and all those who pattern their lives after His way of giving abundantly to His people. Today and tomorrow we will examine the Old Testament background of this office, which includes the appearance of Melchizedek in today’s passage. Melchizedek gave Abraham bread and wine, which some Christians consider symbols of the body and blood of Jesus Christ, the sacrifice to confirm a covenant. 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For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the Most High God, who met Abraham as he was returning from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him, to whom also Abraham apportioned a tenth part of all the spoils, was first of all, by the translation of his name, king of righteousness, and then also king of Salem, which is king of peace. He bestowed a blessing on Abraham in the name of El Elyon (“God Most High”) and praised God for giving Abraham a victory in battle (Genesis 14:18–20). Tithing was previously used by peoples of pagan traditions such as Akkadian, Assyria, Babylon, Canaan, Egypt, Sumer and Syria. This is why the Biblical appearance of Melchizedek (Genesis 14:18 - 20) occurred many decades before Levi (Abraham's great-grandson) was born and more than 300 years prior to Israel receiving the law (Exodus 20). Yet that does not mean a unique priestly office for a select, anointed individual passed away entirely. 10. For permissions, view our Copyright Policy. Abraham and Melchizedek. This shows us that Abraham gave a 10th (a tithe) of the goods to Melchizedek. The god whom Melchizedek serves as priest is “El ʿElyon,” again a name of Canaanite origin, probably designating the high god of their pantheon. As Abram returned from his victory over Chedorlaomer, the King of Sodom, the King of Salem came to meet him. “Abraham says to Melchizedek, I believe all that thou has taught me concerning the priesthood and the coming of the Son of Man; so Melchizedek ordained Abraham and sent him away. He blessed Abraham (Genesis 14:19-20). He brings out bread and wine and then blesses Abram and El Elyon. While the king of Sodom seeks to wheel and deal over the plunder Abram has just acquired, Melchizedek brings bread and wine with him and speaks a blessing over Abram. Chapter Thirteen described the events that led to Lot move to Sodom, and explained why he was there. Abraham paying a tithe to Melchizedek is an interpretation, though a likely one, of the original biblical text, in which the matter is ambiguous; it seems incongruous that Abraham gives a tenth of the booty to Melchizedek and then refuses to take any of it for himself (verses 22–23). Catholics find the roots of their priesthood in the tradition of Melchizedek (CCC 1544). Abraham was forced to choose and he chose well. Your gift enables our worldwide outreach. Updates? After Abraham defeated Chedorlaomer and his allies to rescue Lot from captivity (see Gen. 14:1-16), Melchizedek, King of Salem, offered greetings to Abram and gave him bread and wine (see v. 18). From that act, the tithe will be a symbolic and meaningful element in the priestly orders of Aaron’ branch, both in Judaismand Christianity. (1 Chronicles 1:24-27.) Corrections? Melchizedek’s religion would have been part of the Canaanite tradition. 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