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 blessed Abram by God the Father; showing that Melchizedek was not the Father in heaven and was the High Priest and Intercessor between man and God the Father in heaven. Also see our article on the priesthood.
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 [El Elyon, God 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 authority over Abram by giving him a tithe of all. There was no: “Who are you?” or “Why should I give to you what came to me 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 Abram had experience with and KNEW this Being from previous encounters.
We know that the Implementing Creator Melchizedek [who later gave up his godhood to become flesh as Jesus Christ] became the Intercessor between man and God the Father after man sinned and the Creator walked with and taught Adam, Abel and Cain and was likely the Being seen by Noah and many others.
The Implementing Creator who later gave up his Godhood to become flesh as Jesus Christ, visited Abram several times manifesting himself as Melchizedek and 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] produce: God’s servants are entitled to a tithe of ALL increase.
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 only requires tithes in payment for the land used agriculturally; 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 only 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 all the captives!
The law plainly says that the laborer 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 God the Father [and the Being 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; who is God the Father.].
The name Melchizedek means: “king of righteousness” consisting of two words, Melek-King, Zedek-Righteousness; which is the interpretation of this 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 the Word and Righteousness of God brings peace; first between man and God and then between godly people.
Therefore this Melchizedek as king of peace and the king of righteousness was the spirit High Priest interceding between God and humanity before the physical priesthood of Aaron!
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;
Paul identifies this Melchizedek further, saying that he was without beginning or end; which is the definition of the God [Elohim] family itself; for even the angels had a beginning. Paul clearly identifies Melchizedek as a member of the God family: And this Melchizedek was the “priest of the most high God [God the Father in heaven].“
Paul clearly writes that Melchizedek the Implementing Creator, who later gave up his godhood and became flesh as Jesus Christ, was the High Priest between God the Father in Heaven and those called out from Abel.
The Implementing Creator who gave up his godhood to be made flesh as Jesus Christ was the true spirit High Priest between God the Father and the spiritually Called Out from Abel to the present.
The exception to this was the time during which he gave up his office to be made flesh as Jesus Christ
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 God the Father’s High Priest bringing reconciliation and peace between mankind 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 [to Melchizedek]. 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 [Melchisedec who became flesh as Jesus Christ was not descended from Levi, yet he took tithes from Abraham BEFORE Levi existed.] them received tithes of Abraham, and blessed him [Melchizedek blessed Abraham and his descendants including Levi.] that had the promises. 7:7 And without all contradiction the less is blessed of the better.
Therefore although he was not a descendant of Levi, Jesus Christ who was Melchisedec before he gave up his godhood to be made flesh, received tithes before Levi existed.
Levi received tithes of Israel; but before Levi was ever born, Jesus Christ in the form of Melchisedec received tithes of Abraham Levi’s progenitor.
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 [Jesus Christ] 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] was restored.
7:12 For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law.
The Mosaic Covenant placed a descendant 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 temporary physical Aaronic high priesthood.
Jesus Christ [Melchisedec] was the God Being who gave up his God-hood to be made flesh and placed in the womb of Mary his surrogate mother 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 a need for 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 spirit] 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 and 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 Priesthood of Melchizedek [Jesus Christ].
The Mosaic Covenant and the priesthood of Aaron was 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 application of 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.
Future law keeping makes nothing perfect, because doing so in future does not 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 since the life of a person is worth more that the life of animals.
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 [Jesus 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 [Being restored as the spirit High Priest of God the Father and becoming 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; except for the period when Christ gave up his position to be made flesh.
Indeed the physical Mosaic high priest and priesthood served the spirit High Priesthood of Melchisedec [except when Christ was in the flesh], and Melchisedec [Jesus Christ] was the spiritual Husband (Jer 31:32) 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 [blameless], 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 needed to 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 the 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, now lives forever and is able to make continual intercession for us for all eternity: And His sacrifice being perfect, no longer needs 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 RE-APPLIED 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 people repent, or turn from sin or not. However, when people do sincerely repent, the sacrifice is now available to be applied to them.
The priesthood of Aaron has been superseded by the high priesthood of Jesus Christ, who is the High Priest forever after the order of Melchisedec. That is, Jesus Christ is the King of Peace between man and God the Father and the eternal High Priest of the eternal New Covenant.
He is our High Priest of the New Covenant for all eternity. 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 (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 Implementing 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.
Then we 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 the Being Melchizedek who later became flesh as 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 later became flesh as Jesus Christ] was the spirit 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!
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 spirit High Priest, the Creator Melchisedec, who was the Husband of Israel and later became flesh as 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 Implementing Creator; and in the Mosaic Covenant and the priesthood of Aaron the people actually served [whenever they were faithful] Jesus Christ as their Husband.
The physical high priest acted out the function of mediator between man and God which is the role of Jesus Christ as the ONLY true 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 [while in the flesh] Christ Jesus;
Melchisedec had given up his Godhood to be made flesh as Jesus Christ; and then died for the sins of the world and was later resurrected back to his former glorious Godhood, replacing the Aaronic priesthood and restoring the priesthood of Melchizedek!
Every one of God’s called out, are called out to become priests of the high priesthood of Jesus Christ [Melchizedek]; and we are all in training to become priests under our spiritual High Priest Jesus Christ; to support Him, to assist Him and to become laborers to help him bring in the harvest of humanity after being chosen for that office in the resurrection to spirit!