God in His word has established the truth that His Son Jesus is Melchizedek, using the law of indirect inference.

 An inference is “the process of arriving at some conclusion that, though it is not logically derivable from the assumed premises, possesses some degree of probability relative to the premises”  (dictionaryreference.com, 2015). In my

opinion, the revelation that Christ is Melchizedek must be arrived at by inference, because this parallel is not immediately visible in the writings of the Apostle Paul, although it is seen once the eyes are opened.  Furthermore, this revelation would have been taught in the church if the relationship had been seen.

Apostle Paul is the only writer to reveal any kind of relationship between Melchizedek and Christ and he appears to do so in a roundabout manner. I will attempt to show a few of these revelations:

Apostle Paul said that Melchizedek prayed with strong tears before He died

The role of the earthly Priest is to offer sacrifices for sinners with compassion since he is also troubled by the same dilemmas of sin. When he is offering these sacrifices, the eartly priest would pray for forgiveness for his own sins. However, Apostle Paul said that Christ was sinless and prayed earnestly with tears for escape when He was faced with the suffering of death. As a result, He is able to have compassion on the sinner.
Apostle Paul quoted from Psalm 2 and 100 in establishing the Sonship and Priesthood of Christ.  When we carefully read verses 6 and 7, Paul referred to the days of Melchizedek’s flesh  in order  to confirm that He is Christ:

14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.

15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.

16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need (Hebrews 4: 14 – 16)

For every high priest taken from among men is ordained for men in things pertaining to God, that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins:

Who can have compassion on the ignorant, and on them that are out of the way; for that he himself also is compassed with infirmity.

And by reason hereof he ought, as for the people, so also for himself, to offer for sins.

And no man taketh this honour unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron.

So also Christ glorified not himself to be made an high priest; but he that said unto him, Thou art my Son, to day have I begotten thee.

As he saith also in another place, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.

Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared

Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered;

And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;

10 Called of God an high priest after the order of Melchisedec (Hebrews 5: 1 – 10)

Jesus is the Heavenly High Priest in the Order of Melchizedek

Paul taught the Hebrew believers that their salvation was secure. He did so by reminding them about the immuatble oath that God made to give Abraham a son who would be his heir. Abraham had to wait, but God kept His promise.

In the same way, God confirmed by an immutable oath that He would provide a heavenly High Priest after the order of Melchizedek, a warrior who would deliver. God also made an oath to Christ, which was overheard by David in Psalm 110, that His Priesthood was eternal. Furthermore, the Lord told “my Lord,” that He would remain a Priest forever after the heavenly order of Melchizedek.

Paul assured the brethren that they were not to fear because the veil in the heavenly tabernacle had been parted and that Christ the forerunner had already entered there to make intercession for their sins. That forerunner is also called Melchizedek:

13 For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he sware by himself,

14 Saying, Surely blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee.

15 And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise.

16 For men verily swear by the greater: and an oath for confirmation is to them an end of all strife.

17 Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath:

18 That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us:

19 Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil;

This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary.

20 Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec (Hebrews 6: 13 – 20).

Abraham’s descendants paid tithes to Christ, High Priest of Righteousness and Peace the heavenly order of Melchizedek

We see that the Jews paid tithes to Melchizedek while they were in the loins of their father Abraham. As a result, we can safely agree by inference that so too did all those who are heirs of Abraham’s promise by faith (Heb 7: 9-11). Melchizedek is the eternal God, with titles remniscent of Isaiah’s prophecy:

For this Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him

To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of peace;

Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually (Hebrews 7: 1, 2 & 3).

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9: 6)

Melchizedek came from another tribe, that is the Tribe of Judah, which was not a part of the Levitical priesthood (Hebrews 7: 13-14). Melchizedek was made not after carnal commandments (pertaining to the flesh) but after the power of an endless life (by the power of a life that cannot be destroyed). The carnal commandment is the law of Moses. It had to be cancelled and replaced by a better hope. God was so intent on fulfilling His plan through Christ that He declared by oath that the Son was installed as a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek. Now Melchizedek could not have been a man who existed in the time of Abraham, because God never patterns the heavenly after the earthly.
Jesus, who is eternal, could not become a priest after an earthly pattern.
This is the law of divine order – thy will be done on earth as it in in heaven (and not the converse). See Heb 8: 5 where Moses was charged by God to make the tabernacle “after the example and shadow of heavenly things… according to the pattern showed to thee in the mount”. When I read Exodus 25: 9, it is recorded that God told Moses that he should make a sanctuary where He could dwell among his people according to all that I shew thee, after the pattern of the tabernacle and the pattern of the instruments thereof, so shall ye make it”. What tabernacle and instruments was God speaking about? Where did it exist? Paul clearly explains in the book of Hebrews that this is the tabernacle in heaven. John saw it in the book of revelation and Ezekiel wrote chapters about it (Eze chaps 40-47).
God further told Moses that He wanted to make the Jews “a kingdom of priests and an holy nation” (Ex 19:6) establishing His plan for the church in the wilderness and for the church that He would later call out by the shedding of His blood (Acts 7: 38). Therefore, He had a plan afoot to include all nations in the priestly ministry. Why did the Jews appear to have missed the connection between the earthly and heavenly tabernacle? Religious denominations have limited the priesthood to a few men who wear long robes and live in special places like monasteries, Vatican etc. You have to go and confess sins to a carnal man who is comparable to the priests in the earthly tabernacle. Look at the relationship between the Kingdom of God and the priestly ministry. Kings reign over territory and have power. Jesus was exalted as King because He first became a priest. This is a lesson God is showing us and has many implications such as the importance of submission to the will of God and humility as a prerequisite for any promotion in the Kingdom of God and his Christ.
Anyway, let us look again at the tribe of Judah from which the Lord came. We spoke previously about Isaac’s prophecy to his sons and the power of the worship and dominion that comes out of the tribe of Judah. We looked at the example of Jehoshaphat, king of Judah who conquered enemies with praise.  Melchizedek showed this example of praise (priestly role as we are called to offer sacrifices of praise) when He met Abraham and exalted God as possessor of the heaven and earth and deliverer. He exerted His kingly authority by blessing Abraham, receiving tithes (taxes) from him and (hear this one!)  by making Abraham swear allegiance to the possessor of the heaven and the earth.
How do we know this? When the King of Sodom (you know what this means) met Abraham, he told him to “give me the persons (i.e. Lot and his family) and take the goods to thyself” (Gen 14: 21). Now Abraham knew that Lot hated him and preferred to live in Sodom. The king of Sodom wanted to keep them in his kingdom as slaves to his lifestyle. Abraham knew that Lot and his servants were harrasing spirits. Who wants to live with stressors? Furthermore, God did not show Abraham the extent of his possessions while Lot lived with him because He knew that Lot would have been competing for it and stressing the man out! (Gen 13: 14). Know anybody like that?
Therefore, when Abraham answered the king, Lot was not even a factor to be considered because he said,
I have lift up mine hand unto the LORD, the most high God, the possessor of heaven and earth,
that I will not take from a thread even to a shoelatchet, and that I will not take any thing that is thine, lest thou shouldest say, I have made Abram rich, save only that which the young men have eaten, and the portion of the men which went with me, Aner, Eshcol, and Mamre; let them take their portion” (Gen 14: 22-24).
Jesus got to him before the King of Sodom did and made him lift his hand to swear (like we do in the pledge of allegiance? Not quite, he lifted it up like we lift it in allegiance when we worship) that he would not let the king of Sodom become his provider. Was Abraham being pompous? Not really! He belonged to the possessor of heaven and earth and knew where his supply came from. God had already made him “very rich in cattle, in sliver and in gold” (Gen 13: 2). In lifting his hands, Abraham was showing us that he was a worshipper. Furthermore, the king of Sodom was a homosexual and God did not want Abraham to contaminate himself with his polluted stuff in the same way that He warned Joshua and the people of Israel not to take anything from the city of Ai (Josh 6,7).
Finally, King Melchizedek also fulfilled His priestly role by offering Abraham bread and wine (Gen 14: 18). This was not just for refreshment, but a symbol of their fellowship, the first recorded Holy Communion and a symbol of His body and blood that would be shed for the remission of sins. This was the original state of man prior to the fall and points us to the place where God wants to fellowship with Him.
By the way! it struck me that if God could come down to earth and fellowship with a man (as He did with Abraham more than once, with Enoch who walked with God and others) has He ever come to you? This is troubling because the Lord says that everyone who says Lord, Lord will not enter the kingdom of heaven. Has he come as a beggar, a poor one, naked one etc (Mt 25: 34 -46) and we did not receive Him? This word is changing me and I pray that it will do the same for you. Blessings!
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