|¶||And Melchizedek king of Salem|
brought forth bread and wine:
and he [was] the priest of the
most high God.
Lexicon / Concordance for Gen 14:18
|English||Strong's||Hebrew (Root form)||Tense|
|And Melchizedek|| |
|king|| || |
|of Salem|| |
|brought forth|| |
|bread|| || |
|and wine:|| |
|and he [was] the priest|| |
|of the most high|| |
|God.|| || |
Melchizedec means "righteous king"... Melek=king
and tsadiyk is righteous. He was the mystical king
of the pre-Hebrew Jerusalem (Salem/Shalem/Sholowm)
which is translated as "Peace." He is mentioned once in
Genesis 14:18, delivering victuals and a blessing to
This is one of the most layered and mystical passages
in the OT. From the many tiered meanings of bread
and wine, to his status and importance, from mere
inference, it is important to note that the author
of Hebrews places Christ in his mystical order:
|¶||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.
|Now consider how great this man|
[was], unto whom even the patriarch
Abraham gave the tenth of the spoils.
|And verily they that are of the sons|
of Levi, who receive the office of the
priesthood, have a commandment
to take tithes of the people according
to the law, that is, of their brethren,
though they come out of the loins
|But he whose descent is not counted|
from them received tithes of Abraham,
and blessed him that had the promises.
|And without all contradiction|
the less is blessed of the better.
|And here men that die receive|
tithes; but there he [receiveth them],
of whom it is witnessed that he liveth.
|And as I may so say, Levi also, who|
receiveth tithes, payed tithes in Abraham.
|For he was yet in the loins of his|
father, when Melchisedec met him.
Melchizedec was the progenitor of this ultra-divine
priesthood, perfect in its' portrait of Jesus Christ,
who would be born in the flesh, in the descendency
of Abraham. Matthew and Luke detail Christ's
lineage. It is generally accepted that Matthew's
genealogy is Joseph's, for this includes Solomon
as his ancestral branch. Luke is considered to be
Mary's bloodline, descended from David's next
in line, Nathan, who became Christ's ancestor
through Solomon's apostasy.
The reason both genealogies are given is to
state the legitimacy of Christ's Messianic
lineage to fulfill the promise of God to Abraham,
even in the times of Mechizedec, King of Salem,
Priest of the Most High God.
Since the Messiah had to satisfy the historic
patriarchal imperial kingdom line, for Christ
to be the final King of Jerusalem in David
and Abraham, he had to be a grandson of
Solomon. Legally, he was, for Joseph was
his legal father. If I'm adopted into a family,
I am the legal heir of that family's ancestor.
In the patriarchal system of law and inheritance,
the father determined the ancestry, even when
the mother's line is mentioned, as in Luke's
genealogy of Mary. She is not mentioned
because the maternal bloodline had not
been recognized UNTIL her.
It's funny that although the Hebrew nation
rejected Christ and HIS Law, Mary changed
the law, for after His birth, Jewish law became
a maternal lineage.
In Mary, Christ received David's genes through
Nathan. What is more cryptic is that Christ also
received Moses' bloodline through Mary's
mother, a Levite. We deduce this through
her cousin Elizabeth and her Levite husband
Zecharias, who Luke plainly calls Levites.
If Mary's maternal first cousin is a Levite,
then her mother was from the Levitical
The point of this is that this is why Melchizedec
foreshadowed the Messianic Priest-King. While
the princedoms of Levi and Judah were still in
Abraham's loins, Melchizedek was the image
of what that bloodline represented. This was
the express purpose of Judaism.