Genesis 14:18 And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God [God the Father].
Melchizedek blesses Abram by God the Father; showing that Melchizedek was not the Father in heaven and was the High Priest and intercessor between man and the Father in heaven.
Genesis 14:19 And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth: 14:20 And blessed be the most high God [the Father], which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he [Abram] gave him tithes of all.
Notice that Abram recognizes this Being and immediately acknowledges his auth0rity over Abram by giving him a tithe of all. There is no: “Who are you?” or “Why should I give to you what came at the risk of life?”! No, there was only an immediate recognition of authority and an immediate submission to that authority. From this it is clear that Adam had experience with and KNEW this Being from previous encounters.
We know that the Creator walked with and taught Adam, Abel, Cain and was likely seen by Noah and many others. We shall also see that the Creator did visit Abram several times and that Abram had no surprise at seeing him. That was because the Creator probably appeared to Abram as Melchizedek on multiple occasions and was well known to Abram.
This is the first place that tithes are mentioned in the Bible, and here Abram gives this Melchizedek tithes of the spoil of battle; showing that while Israel was later specifically commanded to tithe on agriculture [because they were an agricultural people]; God the Father is entitled to a tithe of ALL: because he is ultimately the sustainer of ALL things.
Who made you and the earth you stand on? Who made the air you breath? Who gave you the wisdom and skill to make clothes or cars? Who provided the metals and minerals you utilize?
To claim that God requires tithes in payment for the land used agriculturally only; and then ignore that God is the maker, and overseer, and owner of ALL things; is myopic and self delusional. Shall we say then, that the potter, the tailor, or the inn keeper need not go up to the Feast’s of God because they have no tithe on their labours? Shall we say that God is not equitable; taking from one endeavor and not from others?
Israel was at that time an agrarian society so God commanded them in agrarian terms; but the principle that we are to acknowledge the gifts of God to us is not limited to agricultural things at all!
Abram gave a tenth of the spoil to acknowledge that God had given him victory with safety, and had delivered his nephew will al the captives! There was nothing agricultural in the motives and the giving at all. The law plainly says that the labourer is worthy of his wages, no matter what his job; and that those who serve in the gospel should have a reasonable living from their work.
Tithing on all our net increase, acknowledges the Father [and he who became the Son] as ALL in all; the fountain of all knowledge and wisdom, and all of creation!
Genesis 14:18 And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God [The Most High God; that is God the Father].
The name Melchizedek means: “king of righteousness” consisting of two words, Melek-King , Zedek-Righteousness; which are the interpretation of his name. This person was also known as the King of Salem meaning king of peace.
The whole Word of God is the righteousness of God defined; and that word and righteousness of God brings peace; first between man and God and then between man and man. Therefore this Melchizedek as king of peace and the king of righteousness was the High Priest of all humanity.
Melchizedek is spelled with a “Z” from the Hebrew; and with an “S” when translated from the Greek.
Hebrews 7:1 For this Melchisedec, king of Salem [peace], priest of the most high God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him; 7:2 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; 7:3 Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made [was] like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually.
The word Melchisedec means ruler or king or high priest by divine right; having an absolute authority and an absolute right to that office.
Melchisedec is here referred to as the king of Salem, the word Salem meaning peace; referring to him as our High Priest bringing reconciliation and peace between man and God the Father.
Melchisedec was King of Righteousness and King of Peace. And both of those titles fit and apply to Jesus Christ.
7:4 Now consider how great this man was, unto whom even the patriarch Abraham gave the tenth of the spoils. 7:5 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 [Mosaic] law, that is, [to take tithes of Israel] of their brethren, though they come out of the loins of Abraham: 7:6 But he whose descent is not counted from [he who was not of Levi, FIRST took tithes] them received tithes of Abraham, and blessed him [Levi blessed Melchisedec (Christ)] that had the promises. 7:7 And without all contradiction the less is blessed of the better.
That is, though he was not a descendant of Levi, Jesus Christ who was Melchisedec existed before Levi; and was blessed by Levi, being the Husband of Israel with whom Levi interceded for Israeli.
Levi received tithes of Israel; but before Levi was ever born, Jesus Christ in the form of Melchisedec received tithes of Abraham.
Therefore Levi payed tithes to Christ [Melchisedec] through his ancestor Abraham; which means that we are to tithe to the New Covenant priesthood of Melchisedec today just as Abraham did!
7:8 And here men that die receive tithes; but there he receiveth them, of whom it is witnessed that he liveth. 7:9 And as I may so say, Levi also, who receiveth tithes, payed tithes in Abraham. 7:10 For he was yet in the loins of his father [Abraham], when Melchisedec met him [received tithes of Abraham].
7:11 If therefore perfection were by the Levitical priesthood, (for under it the people received the law,) what further need was there that another priest should rise after the order of Melchisedec, and not be called after the order of Aaron?
The law concerning the priesthood of Aaron was annulled by the end of the Mosaic Covenant [with the death of the Husband of that Covenant], and the pre-existing priesthood of Melchisedec [Jesus Christ] has been restored.
7:12 For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law.
The Mosaic Covenant placed a son of Levi as High Priest; and when the Mosaic Covenant ended by the death of the Husband; a new spiritual Covenant was offered to the called out of all nations to become a spiritual Israel with a new High Priest; not of Aaron, but of Melchisedec [the resurrected Jesus Christ]; the Melchisedec High Priesthood being restored after the end of the Aaronic high priesthood.
Jesus Christ [Melchisedec] was God; who gave up his God-hood to be made flesh and placed in the womb of Mary to be born into Judah.
7:13 For he of whom these things are spoken pertaineth to another tribe [Judah], of which no man gave attendance at the altar. 7:14 For it is evident that our Lord sprang out of Juda; of which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning priesthood.
7:15 And it is yet far more evident: for that after the similitude of Melchisedec there ariseth another priest, 7:6 Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life. 7:17 For he testifieth, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.
The priesthood of Aaron could only mediate the Mosaic Covenant which had no spiritual promises and no promise of eternal life. Therefore there was need of a better spiritual High Priest to mediate a spiritual New Covenant with better promises.
7:18 For there is verily a disannulling of the commandment going before [the Mosaic Covenant] for the weakness and unprofitableness thereof.
The spiritual New Covenant gives humanity a better hope [of eternal life as spirit] and therefore a better [a spiritual] High Priest to reconcile us to God the Father, bringing the gift of the Holy Spirit and eternal life to all who would live by every Word of God.
A better New Covenant, with a better sacrifice than animals, with better promises, with the empowerment of the Holy Spirit to enable us to KEEP that New Covenant; is now overseen by a New Covenant spiritual and eternal High Priest.
The Mosaic Covenant and the priesthood of Aaron was only an instructional allegory of the New Covenant and the spiritual priesthood of Melchisedec [Jesus Christ], which reconciles the sincerely repentant with God the Father
7:19 For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did; by the which we draw nigh [are reconciled to God the Father] unto God.
The New Covenant makes one perfect through sincere repentance, the atoning sacrifice of the Lamb of God and the indwelling of God’s Spirit, married to a dedicated zeal to become like God our Father in heaven.
The law made nothing perfect being unable to atone for PAST sin.
The physical sacrifices of the Mosaic Covenant were an allegorical type of the spiritual New Covenant, but could not reconcile anyone spiritually to God the Father.
Only the sacrifice of the Creator himself could reconcile the sincerely repentant to God the Father; for the wages of sin [which is death] must be paid.
7:20 And inasmuch as not without an oath he [Christ] was made [High] priest: 7:21 (For those priests [of Levi] were made without an oath; but this with an oath by him that said unto him, The Lord sware and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec:) 7:22 By so much was Jesus made a surety of a better testament [the High Priest of the New Covenant].
Because the men of Levi died in their generations there was a continual change of high priests; but the High Priesthood of Jesus Christ is eternal; existing from Adam as Melchisedec, right to the present; and the priesthood of Levi actually served the spiritual High Priest, the Husband of Israel, Jesus Christ [Melchisedec].
The Mosaic high priest and priesthood served the High Priesthood of Melchisedec, therefore the passing of the Mosaic priesthood left the priesthood of Melchisedec as the only remaining priesthood of God!
Melchisedec [Jesus Christ] was the spiritual Husband of Israel that Levi served!
7:23 And they truly were many priests, because they were not suffered to continue by reason of death: 7:24 But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood. 7:25 Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.
7:26 For such an [spiritual] high priest [was suitable as an eternal High Priest] became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners [without sin and set apart from all sinners], and made higher than the heavens;
Jesus Christ the eternal High Priest offered up himself as the Creator of Humanity, who being worth more that all humanity and being without any sin; was a perfect sacrifice and need be offered only once to atone for all the sins of all humanity; While the physical sacrifices of animals only served to keep people in the physical Mosaic Covenant and had NO spiritual promises, and animals needed to be killed on a continual basis
7:27 Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people’s: for this he did once [being a perfect sinless sacrifice of the Creator himself], when he offered up himself.
7:28 For the law maketh men high priests which have infirmity; but the word of the oath, which was since the law, maketh the Son, who is consecrated [an eternal spirit High Priest] for evermore.
Our High Priest, Jesus Christ will now live forever and will be able to make continual intercession for us, for all eternity.
And His sacrifice being perfect, no longer has to be made again and again. He doesn’t have to be killed day after day, year after year. No!
However, every time someone repents, that perfect sacrifice needs to be REAPPLIED to the repentant sinner.
The difference is in the actual dying as opposed to the actual applying of the sacrifice. They are two different things.
Christ died, regardless of whether any man ever repents or not. He was dead and He was resurrected. That has nothing to do with whether men repent, or turn from sin or not. However, when men do sincerely repent, the sacrifice is now there and available to be applied to them.
The priesthood of Aaron has been superseded by the high priesthood of Jesus Christ, who is High Priest forever after the order of Melchisedec. That is, He is King of Peace between man and God the Father and a High Priest and He lives forever.
He is our High Priest of the New Covenant for all eternity. And He has superseded the priesthood of Aaron; and in doing this, He has fulfilled the promises that God made to the patriarchs and the prophets of old days (Jeremiah 31:31-37).
When we see the words “forever” and “without beginning or end” and we begin to take a deep prayerful think on Hebrews 7 we end up with some remarkable understanding.
Jesus Christ was the Creator and he began conversing with man as soon as man was created, for on the seventh day the Creator and Adam and Eve spent the day together.
We then have the record of some of the various conversations of the Creator with Adam and Eve, Cain, Abel, the ancients including Noah, right up to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and beyond.
In all these things Jesus Christ was speaking with human beings in place of [as a High Priest of] God the Father.
In the time of Abraham the Creator Jesus Christ was known by the name of Melchisedec, and when he presented himself to Moses he revealed himself as the Great “I Am” which means the same thing as Melchisedec: “the forever existing one.” Without beginning or end, without father or mother!
We can see that Melchisedec [the Creator who became Jesus Christ] was the spiritual High Priest [appearing in human form] between God the Father and all humanity from Adam, appearing in the form of a man.
It was when he revealed himself in a part of his glory on Mt Sinai that the people demanded a human high priest or mediator; and the priesthood of Aaron was given to Israel, to be an allegory of the High Priesthood of the Creator Melchisedec, who gave up his God-hood to become fully flesh as Jesus Christ.
The lesson in this is that the Creator Melchisedec who became Jesus Christ was a spiritual High Priest coming between humanity and God the Father: from the very beginning of Creation!
While the physical priesthood of Aaron was only a temporary expedient for the Mosaic Covenant; and even in the Mosaic Covenant: the priesthood of Aaron was really serving the spiritual High Priest, the Creator Melchisedec, who was the Husband of Israel and later became Jesus Christ.
Both the Mosaic Covenant and the Aaronic priesthood were instructional allegories of the spiritual New Covenant and its spiritual High Priest; who was/is the Creator; and in the Mosaic Covenant and the priesthood of Aaron, they actually served [whenever they were faithful] Jesus Christ as their Husband who came between them and God the Father [which is the role of a High Priest].
The physical high priest acted out the function of mediator between man and God which is the role of Jesus Christ as the ONLY spiritual Mediator and Intercessor between man and God.
1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
Every one of the called out, are called out to become priests of the high priesthood of Jesus Christ; and we are all in training to become priests under our spiritual High Priest Jesus Christ to support Him, to assist Him, to become laborers, to help him bring in the harvest of humanity after being chosen for that office in the resurrection to spirit!