Later Lot was captured by four Kings, and Abraham went to the rescue. (Gen. 14:18-20.) When Abraham returned to Canaan in victory, he was met by two kings: the king of Sodom and the king of Salem. Abraham refused all offers of gifts from the king of Sodom because he had made an oath to God that he would not take of any of the spoils except that which the men had eaten. His allegiance to God, and refusal to serve evil. We have this account of his encounter with the King of Salem (Peace), a Priest of God, named Melchizedec who came out to meet Abraham bringing bread and wine, saying,
"blessed be Abraham of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth: and blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand".
Let's look at this encounter with Melchizedec. Here is a Priest of the Most High God that comes out to meet Abraham. A Priest, who is the King of Salem, who was said to have neither beginning nor end, who brings bread and wine, blesses Abraham, and praises God as the possessor of Heaven and Earth, who has delivered Abraham's enemies into his hands. And Abraham paid tithes to Melchizedec. This was very important, although brief, because it gives us the report of an order of priesthood, preexistent to the line of Levi, and was a shadow of the reality of the priesthood of Jesus Christ. It is referred to in the New Testament:
(Hebrews 7:14 For it is evident that our Lord was descended from Judah, a tribe with reference to which Moses spoke nothing concerning priests. And this is clearer still, if another priest arises according to the likeness of Melchizedec, who has become such not on the basis of a law of physical requirement, but according to the power of an indestructible life. For it is witnessed of Him, "THOU ART A PRIEST FOREVER ACCORDING TO THE ORDER OF MELCHIZEDEC”.)
The law of physical requirement was under the blood of bulls and goats. The blood of bulls and goats only rolled the recognition of sins forward in remembrance year by year, as if reminding man of the slaying of the first animal to cover man's nakedness. The indestructible life is under the blood of Christ. Christ was perfect, becoming the Lamb of God as concerning the physical requirements, but He became our High Priest because of the power of God over death in His resurrection of His son Jesus Christ, and with the Messiah’s blood our sins are covered continually, if we are “in Him”, for it is forever and indestructible. Christ is the “Prince of Peace” and our King; the beginning and the end - from the Beginning to the Judgment; the Alpha and the Omega - from the depths of sin to the heights of Heaven.
He is our High Priest; our redeemer; our Brother, and we are fellow heirs with Him in the promises of God!
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