Who was Melchizedek and why was He important? This is a cut and paste from a quick answer to another person…. Open for discussion.
Abram went and fought the war.
On the return home went through the Valley of the Kings, to Salem, to It’s King Melchizedek, who was also High Priest to God Most High.
This was before the Messiah was promised, before the Jews existed, before the law, and God had a mediator on earth between Him and man.
Mel fed Abram,
Abram offered a tenth to the King/Priest.
If you have a high priest, as mediator, God had relations with man, before the law and Jews. Those who center their faith around Jewish law and traditions, ignore this.
This is in Genesis.
In psalm 110 David speaks of the Lord of His Lord, which we take as the Messiah or God. And speaks how he will be at God’s right hand, and will establish His church after the Order of Melchizedek. Or in the style and format of Mel’s.
Which again, was before the Jews and the Gentiles existed.
Christ’s priesthood is established and ran/operated like a priesthood that existed with no Levitical law, and is not Jewish.
In the NT you read that In Him there is no Jew nor Gentile. Now you know why.
41 Now while the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them a question: 42 “What do you think about the Christ, whose son is He?” They *said to Him, “The son of David.” 43 He *said to them, “Then how does David in the Spirit call Him ‘Lord,’ saying,
44 ‘THE LORD SAID TO MY LORD,
“SIT AT MY RIGHT HAND,
UNTIL I PUT YOUR ENEMIES BENEATH YOUR FEET”’?
45 If David then calls Him ‘Lord,’ how is He his son?” 46 No one was able to answer Him a word, nor did anyone dare from that day on to ask Him another question. (Matt 24: nasb)
If you read the book of Hebrews, it’s in a constant comparison to the things to consider regarding Christ and Melchizedek. (Hebrews 5-7:28)
One of the biggest impacts I think that has on our theology, is the meaning of “the fulfillment of the law.”
The law was given the Jews so sin may increase.
The Promise of a messiah, from this people, who would pay for those sins, was identified, and fulfilled.
What purpose does the law have after that?
Christ’s priesthood is ran like Melchizedek’s, and there was no written law or Covenant, in Mel’s times.
Christ defines His priesthood as revolving around love God and Love neighbor, and states if you love neighbor, you are loving God. So if you wish to demonstrate your love for GOD, then you love/do charitable acts, for your neighbor.
THAT is why Melchizedek is important. The law has been fulfilled, the Christ identified, the Priesthood returns to Melchizedek’s order, and the new Church, with Christ as the High Priest, serves as God’s tools of righteousness on Earth to fulfill the Agapao God has promised the World.