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Why is Jesus like Melchizedek?


This Melchizedek was king of Salem and priest of God Most High. He met Abraham returning from the defeat of the kings and blessed him, and Abraham gave him a tenth of everything. First, the name Melchizedek means “king of righteousness”; then also, “king of Salem” means “king of peace.” Without father or mother, without genealogy, without beginning of days or end of life, resembling the Son of God, he remains a priest forever.  Hebrews 7:1-3
            In Genesis 14, Abraham defeated a number of kings and their nations who kidnapped his nephew Lot.  A mysterious priest met Abraham named Melchizedek (translated “king of righteousness”), the king of Salem (which is the word “shalom” or “peace”), a city later known as Jerusalem.
            Abraham gave him a tenth of what he received from his battles and Melchizedek gave Abraham bread and wine.
            Melchizedek was introduced with no genealogy, no beginning or end.  We don’t know where he came from.
            Jesus is our ultimate high priest, who sacrificed himself in Jerusalem for the forgiveness of all our sins.  He served his disciples communion (bread and wine) and is worthy of our tithes (a tenth of our income).  While Jesus has an earthly genealogy, as God he has no beginning or end.  He’s eternal.
            Jesus is our righteousness, making us right with God and bringing us peace with God.
            All these parallels between Jesus and Melchizedek are curious and amazing, making one wonder who was that Melchizedek who showed up to Abraham in Genesis 14?  Was it Jesus himself?