Genesis 14. Melchizedek. Where do we first hear of him. It amazes me that it falls between Genesis 13 and 15, right at 14. In 13 Abraham, the father to the Jewish Nation separated from Lot (his nephew) the father of the Arab nations (his daughters got him drunk and seduced him and gave birth to Moab (Moabites) and Amon (the Amorites) so after the separation, through Abraham, the “others” were then saved, we meet the “King Priest” Melchizedek. Just AFTER Abraham makes an offer to him, in Chapter 15 God makes his Eternal Covenant of the Messiah to Come to Bless ALL people.
After Abram returned from defeating Kedorlaomer and the kings allied with him, the king of Sodom came out to meet him in the Valley of Shaveh (that is, the King’s Valley).
Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. He was priest of God Most High, and he blessed Abram, saying,
“Blessed be Abram by God Most High,
Creator of heaven and earth.
And blessed be God Most High,
who delivered your enemies into your hand.”
Then Abram gave him a tenth of everything.
Do you understand how much foreshadowing is in just those two verses. Listen I am not saying if that was Jesus making a carnate appearance before Abraham but I am not saying it isn’t either. I am sure God has done many cool things without is even realizing it. Whether it was Jesus or not the Shadow of him is real. Melchizedek means “King of Righteousness” or “King of Peace” (Salem). This was 600 years BEFORE the priesthood was dictated through Moses as a Levitical line. See before sacrifices were organized by God when the nations was being created the head of the household (oldest male) made sacrifices, see since the beginning of time we ALWAYS knew there must a substitutionary death for atonement (to clear our sins)…Always. These men were both king of their family and priest. It wasn’t until the Line of the Levites did priests become separate and then the line of David did the Kings become separate. ANYWAY, (trying not to bore you) the point here is that MELCHIZEDEK who shared with them the bread and wine , who came on behalf of the God Most High(PLEASEEEE think about that foreshadow!!!) was as perfect as a priest could be, and Jesus was higher than the Order of Melchizedek.
Chapter 8 (sorry this is long already). There are not two Covenants anymore, but just one. So people have to know that all the promises of before are now obsolete and just the new one is active. If you are confused the Old Covenants are sacrifices atoned sin, a physical building as a place to worship, limited promises, external standards and rules, LIMITED access to God, legal cleansing, forgiveness earned, repeated yearly, available to a chosen nation. (Although this might sound like many churches today the book of Hebrews confirms that the NEW Covenant, Jesus being the reality of all the foreshadowing now God says we are to self-sacrifice, we are the temple for Christ, internal standards (heart), UNLIMITED access to God, personal cleansing, no more Sacrifice (Jesus paid it all), is available to ALL.
Chapter 9 and 10. Sweet Marie, if you have read Exodus, Leviticus, Deuteronomy, Numbers, you see that ALL those months are summarized into this chapter. The Tabernacle was a Pattern of what was to come. Jesus. Look at Chapter 10: “The Law is only a shadow of the good things coming-not the realities themselves. For this reason it can never, by the same sacrifices repeated endlessly year after year, make perfect those who draw near to worship. (I am saddened to think about the people who think going to church or doing something at church does something, it actually takes away from the very fact that our FAITH needs to be grounded in that we DON’T need to do any of that, Jesus did it, and if we truly know that why do some still follow law?
The ending reads with the fact that if the people rejected the Law of Moses they went to Hell, so how much worse will it be for those who don’t know Jesus as “My Lord”.