Context (Genesis 14:18-20): Melchizedek is very mysterious. He was not a Jew, but he still worshipped God. He was the king of Salem and a priest of God. The only other person in the Bible that was a priest and king was Jesus.
Melchizedek appeared one day in the life of Abram (Abraham’s name until God changed it) and was never heard from again. Abram had just defeated an army and regained the freedom of a large group of captives. It was Melchizedek that reminded Abraham that the victory was the Lord’s and He alone was deserving of worship.
Key Life Learnings:
- Even a few well placed words can have a big impact (Genesis 14:19, 20). Melchizedek only said two sentences in the whole Bible but they pointed to the amazing truth that everything we have comes from the blessed hand of God, even Abram’s victory over his enemies. No wonder God is so concerned that our praise go continually to Him.
- Melchizedek points to Christ (Genesis 14:18). In Melchizedek, we see a picture of Christ as a priest (servant of God) and king (ruler of this heaven and earth). It is amazing that throughout the Old Testament, we see pictures and prophetic words that point to Christ; when He is going to come, what He is going to be like, and what His ministry will be here on earth and in heaven.
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