Melchizedek and Jesus

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne:

Melchizedek and Jesus

“After his [Abram’s] return from the defeat of Chedorlaomer and the kings who were with him, the king of Sodom went out to meet him at the valley of Shaveh (that is, the King’s valley). And Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine; now he was a priest of God most High”

Genesis 14:17-18

This is the first time the word “priest” appears in the bible and it is in reference to the person of Melchizedek.

This appearance of Melchizedek is full to overflowing with Messianic prophetic truth for us in Jesus Christ.

Melchizedek means “king of righteousness” (Hebrews 7:2), while king of Salem means “king of peace” (Hebrews 7:2). Melchizedek was a king and a priest, as was later prophesied of Messiah in Psalm 110, which says, “The Lord says to my Lord, ‘Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.’ The Lord has sworn and will not change His mind, ‘You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek” (Psalm 110:1,4).

These are the only two mentions of Melchizedek in the entire Old Testament. But in the New Testament, the writer of Hebrews refers to Christ as our King and High Priest, specifically as the fulfillment of this word from Psalm 110 five times (Hebrews 1:13, 1:3, 5:6, 7:17, 7:21).

Then, let us also consider what Melchizedek happened to be carrying with him, “bread and wine,” the very elements of our Lord Jesus Christ’s body and blood.

Our Savior, on the eve of His crucifixion, ministered the first ever communion where the account reads, “And when He had taken some bread and given thanks, He broke it and gave it to them, saying, ‘This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.’ And in the same way he took the cup after they had eaten, saying, ‘This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood’” (Luke 22:19-20).