Who is Melchizedek and Does it Really Matter?

 

Melchizedek is not the most common name brought up in church sermons and the name Melchizedek probably doesn't ring the same bell to many people as the names, Adam and Eve, or David and Goliath.

 

 Although I went to Christian schools, I'm not sure if we ever studied the topic of Melchizedek. If we did, I had forgotten. Shortly after I started studying the Bible, I remember listening to two men discuss the topic of Melchizedek. I was intrigued. It was the first time I remembered hearing of this man who might have been the Messiah. I mean he did bring out bread and wine. Didn't the Messiah have something to do with bread and wine?

 

Over the years I've heard of several theories on who Melchizedek was; But, does it really matter? I mean, Melchizedek is only mentioned in two chapters of the Old Testament (Genesis 14 and Psalms 110) and three chapters of the New Testament (Hebrews 5, 6, & 7). My answer to you is 'YES', it absolutely matters; But, to get to that, we are going to have to dig a little deeper.

First let's discuss three of the theories I've heard, regarding whom Melchizedek is:

1. Yahusha or Jesus

2. An angel from heaven manifesting itself bodily and ruling on earth

3. Shem, Noah's son

Let's look at Genesis 14 and see where some people may be getting their ideas from. In Genesis chapter 14 we read of Abraham taking an army to go against several kings in order to get his captive nephew (Lot) back. Afterward, this man, named Melchizedek comes out to meet Abraham. We read in Genesis 14: 

17 And the king of Sodom went out to meet him after his return from the slaughter of Chedorlaomer, and of the kings that were with him, at the valley of Shaveh, which is the king's dale. 

 

18 And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God.

19 And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth:

20 And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he gave him tithes of all.

So why do people believe Melchizedek was Yahusha? Well Paul tells us in Hebrews 7 that Melchizedek means king of righteousness.  Hebrews 7:

For this Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him; 2To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness,

So Paul tells us Melchizedek means King of Righteousness. Now people will say "Well, Yahusha is a king of righteousness", so at least the name seems to fit.

The second thing people will point out is how Melchizedek brought out bread and wine and was a priest of the most high God. We read again in Genesis 14:

18 And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God.

Now once again, they will say "Well Yahusha is a priest of the most high God". 

Melchizedek also brought out bread and wine. Now, when people take communion they often take bread and wine (or grape juice). Therefore that is another piece of evidence used to say Melchizedek was really Yahusha because of the bread and wine symbolism.

Now, I do not believe this, and we don't have time to list every point people use to link Melchizedek to being Yahusha, but could you imagine Yahusha (whom many state is God), living as a human earthly king, and either dying or simply disappearing before leaving the kingdom he was ruling leaderless, and then later coming back as a baby, leaving, and later coming back as another king.

To many, that would sound preposterous. So, what if Melchizedek was an angel? I've heard that theory as well.

This comes again from Hebrews 7 where we read:

3Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually.

So who has no father, and no mother, neither beginning of days nor end of life? Now an angel has no father, no mother, and no end of life. But Hebrews 7 also says neither beginning of days. Therefore if you were to take Hebrews 7 literally, the way it is written in the King James Version, then because angels have a beginning of days (when they were created), then Melchizedek could not be an angel.

 

You would also have to believe that Yahuah sent heavenly angels to rule over man's kingdoms. Do you really believe angels have ruled on this earth as earthly kings?

I don't think so. But.... well....maybe Trump is an angel after all.

Genesis 14

17And the king of Sodom went out to meet him after his return from the slaughter of Chedorlaomer, and of the kings that were with him, at the valley of Shaveh, which is the king's dale. 

 

18And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God.

19And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth:

20And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he gave him tithes of all.

Psalm 110

1{A Psalm of David.} The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool.

2The LORD shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion: rule thou in the midst of thine enemies.

3Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power, in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning: thou hast the dew of thy youth.

4The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.

5The Lord at thy right hand shall strike through kings in the day of his wrath.

6He shall judge among the heathen, he shall fill the places with the dead bodies; he shall wound the heads over many countries.

7He shall drink of the brook in the way: therefore shall he lift up the head.

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So is Melchizedek Shem?

 

Now one of the last theories I've heard about Melchizedek is that Melchizedek is Shem, Noah's son. I know many Rabbis believe that Melchizedek is Shem. We read from Chabad.org:

Who was this Melchizedek? What sort of priest was he, and why did Abraham give him a tithe?

Response:

Taken alone, this tiny anecdote does indeed seem strange. The Torah tells us nothing else about this man and his relationship to Abraham.

The ancient Targumim (Aramaic interpretive translations) identify Melchizedek as Shem—son of Noah. Shem was one of the links in the chain who transmitted the G‑dly traditions that originated with Adam. These traditions were carefully handed down from generation to generation, and Shem—who headed an academy—was a key conductor of these teachings.

 

The Midrash tells us that he was so perfect and so spiritually advanced that he was born circumcised.

Now I do believe in many Rabbi tales (Something a Rabbi may teach and believe that isn't necessarily in the Bible), however I also believe many to be utterly false. We saw in the example above from the website Chabad.org that Jews do believe Melchizedek is Shem, and he was so perfect that he was born circumcised.... Wow! Although that would have saved him a lot of pain, I think that sounds like more of a faslse tale to me.

People also believe Melchizedek is Shem based on the 16th chapter of the book of Jasher (pronounced 'Yah - Sher' to the best of my knowledge), which reads: 

11 And Adonizedek king of Jerusalem, the same was Shem, went out with his men to meet Abram and his people, with bread and wine, and they remained together in the valley of Melech.

So the book of Jasher point blank tells us that Melchizedek is Shem, and that is one of the many reasons I do not believe the book of Jasher is canon, because I do not believe that Melchizedek is Shem.

I believe Melchizek was......Melchizedek,  a king and a priest that lived around the time of Abraham, that was neither Yahusha, nor an angel, nor Shem.

But Why Lie?

 

So why lie? Why would a Rabbi make this up? What could their motive possible be?

I believe their motive was to 'prove' Yahusha could not be the promised Messiah and could not be a priest. Everyone knows the priest hood was given to the Levites. But Yahusha, came from the tribe of Judah. So... a Jew (someone who came from Jewdah, or Judah) could not be a priest; Therefore, since we all know Yahusha was from the tribe of Judah, anyone calling Yahusha a priest would be a liar.

UNLESS........!!!!!

Unless there was another priesthood, a priesthood after the order of Melchizedek. A priesthood who's beginning and end was not traced.

We read about the Messiah being a priest after the order of Melchizedek in Psalms 110:

1{A Psalm of David.} The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool.

2The LORD shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion: rule thou in the midst of thine enemies.

3Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power, in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning: thou hast the dew of thy youth.

4The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.

That's it!! Yahusha didn't have to be from the tribe of Levi in order to be a priest if there was another order. Yahusha was a priest of another order, the Melchizedek order. A priesthood greater than the priesthood of Aaron (the levites), a priesthood whose beginning and end were not traced. The levitical priesthood did have a beginning and an end (when Israel was destroyed by Rome in A.D. 70. We have no record of the Melchizedek priesthood beginning or ending. Yahusha was a priest forever, after the order of Melchizedek.

So the Melchizedek priesthood was a better priest hood. But how do we know the Melchizedek priesthood was better than the Levitical priesthood?

Well Paul points out in Hebrews 7:

4Now consider how great this man was, to whom even the patriarch Abraham gave a tenth of the [a]spoils5And indeed those who are of the sons of Levi, who receive the priesthood, have a commandment to receive tithes from the people according to the law, that is, from their brethren, though they have come from the loins of Abraham;

 

6but he whose genealogy is not derived from them received tithes from Abraham and blessed him who had the promises. 7Now beyond all contradiction the lesser is blessed by the better

 

8Here mortal men receive tithes, but there he receives them, of whom it is witnessed that he lives. 9Even Levi, who receives tithes, paid tithes through Abraham, so to speak, 10for he was still in the loins of his father when Melchizedek met him.

So Melchizedek BLESSED Abraham, and Paul points out in verse 7 that there was no contradiction there, the lesser (Abraham) was blessed by the greater (Melchizedek).

 

You see, Fathers bless the sons. The sons don't bless the fathers. God blesses you, you don't bless God. Paul makes it perfectly clear. WITHOUT CONTRADICTION, the lesser (Abraham) was blessed by the greater (Melchizedek).

Abraham even paid him a tithe. Paul also points out that although the Levite's were allowed to receive tithe, they also paid tithes, 'by the loins of their father Abraham.

There are so many people that "worship" Israel today. Israel believed they were the greatest nation and most loved by God. Today many people believe the same. "Israel is God's chosen"; But remember, God allowed the Israelite priesthood to end and be replaced by an untraced Melchizedek priesthood. A priesthood that was not simply given by being born like the Levites were, but a priesthood that Yahuah could give to those who choose righteousness over evil. 

So, Yahusha came from a greater order of priests. After the order of Melchizedek.

UNLESS....

Here comes, the Jews' motive...

Unless there was no second order. What if both orders were actually the SAME order!

 

What if the Melchizedek order was the same order as the Levitical order. We know the Levites are descendants of Abraham, and Abraham is a decedent of Shem. So, if Shem was Melchizedek and therefore a high priest, and he passed the priesthood down to his son Arphaxad, who past the priesthood down to his son Salah, who past the priesthood down to his son Eber, who past the priesthood down to his son Peleg, who past the priesthood down to his son Reu, who past the priesthood down to his son Serug, who past the priesthood down to his son Nahor, who past the priesthood down to his son Terah, who finally past the priesthood down to his son Abraham, then maybe there was only ONE priestly order.

Hopefully, that made sense. But if not, pretend Yahuah made Isaac (Abraham's son) a high priest and stated all priests would come from Isaac and then LATER we hear about these priests after the order of Melchizedek. After much research, we realize that Abraham is Melchizedek. Therefore, there wouldn't really be two orders of priests, but only one order of priests that began with Abraham and was later passed down to Isaac.

So that is what many Jews try to do. They try and tie the Melchizedek priesthood to Abraham by stating that Melchizedek was Shem, and Shem was a high priest that passed the priesthood down one generation at a time until it got to Abraham.

If Shem passed the priestly order down each generation until Levi, then the Shemite (Melchizedek) and Levite priesthood were the same thing. Then we could say the Shemite or Melchizidek order did have a recorded beginning and the Melchizedek priesthood was no different and certainly not better than the Levitical priesthood. If the Melchizedek and Levite priesthood were the same thing then you still had to be from the tribe of Levi in order to be a priest. There would be no "alternative" priesthood someone could come from, thereby "proving" Yahusha could not be a priest since he did not come from the tribe of Levi.

You see the Israelites (not all, but many) believed that they were special and called of God. In fact, many believed that God would only raise and give eternal life to them.

We have an example of this from Peter. Peter thought only Israel could be saved and had to learn that the Gentiles could be saved as well. In Acts 10:35 Peter realizes this and says: ....every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him

Rember Yahusha told the disciples not to preach to the Gentile nations, but only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Mathew 10 reads:

5These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not: 6But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

No wonder Peter didn't believe outside of Israel could be saved. Yahusha forbade them to go preach to the gentile nations and if Peter didn't understand the Gentiles could be saved, then you better believe most of the other Israelites believed that too.

So now you have these disciples going around telling these 'unclean nations' that they can be saved, shocking many Israelites who thought they were the only ones. You also have these disciples claiming Yahusha, who died, was brought back to life and was a priest although he wasn't from the tribe of Levi. And not only were they claiming he was a priest, but they were also claiming he was a "better" priest. This ticked many Israelites off.

The Israelites had to get rid of this "heresy". Otherwise, does that mean a Gentile could be a priest after the order of Melchizedek? Could they offer sacrifices on God's altar? Would these unclean Gentile priests be greater than the Levitical priests? The Israelites knew the Messiah was a priest after the order of Melchizedek. They could not deny that. They could also seek the prove that the Melchizedek and Levitical priesthoods were the same, thereby disproving anything Yahusha or his followers said. If his followers called him a priest and he was not a priest, then his followers would be liars and unable to be trusted.

Faster than a Speeding Bullet

 

He's faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, able to leap tall buildings in a single bound. Look, up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's SHEM MAN!

 

I got SHEM MAN from the video posted below. I had a good laugh. You see, Shem and Abraham were NINE generations apart. Could Shem and Abraham be alive at the same time? I don't think so.

 

Now if you read practically any Bible today, and do the math you will be able to see that Shem and Abraham could be alive at the same time. That is unless today's Bible was corrupted by having the ages of the descendents from Shem to Abraham altered. Think about it, what were the Israelites trying to do? They were trying to prove Melchizedek was Shem and that is why Abraham honored him. In order to do that, they would have to prove that Shem and Abraham were alive at the same time. What I hope you will find interesting is that there is much evidence showing the lineage from Shem to Abraham was altered in the Hebrew Masoretic texts, which is probably where most of your Bible is at least partially translated from.

One final note before watching the video. In the video you will see the presenter referring to a passage where the words 'And Canaan' were left out of a passage of Exodus 12:

40Now the [i]sojourn of the children of Israel who lived in [j]Egypt was four hundred and thirty years. 

 

it should read: 40Now the [i]sojourn of the children of Israel who lived in [j] Canaan and Egypt was four hundred and thirty years. 

If you copy this from Bible Hub, you will see that footnote 'J' confirms this.

 

Exodus 12:40 Sam., LXX Egypt and Canaan

Well the Melchizedek subject runs very close to another subject that I discovered while trying to "disprove" the book of Jasher. One method I originally used to prove or disprove the book of Jasher was to write down every age and year given in the Bible with the ages and years given in the book of Jasher. One of the most obvious discrepancies I found was that the 81st chapter of the book of Jasher said that Israel was in Egypt 210 years.

AHA! I got the book of Jasher. It's been mistranslated I thought. Now I just had to write down everyone's age and prove Israel had to have been in Egypt 430 years and not 210 years.

Hopefully, I can work this out for you soon, but I remember calculating that Israel could only have been in Egypt around 210 years, plus or minus about 10 years. I didn't believe everything I had read in the book of Jasher, however in this one instance it seemed more accurate than the Bible. There was no way mathematically, that Israel could have been in Egypt 430 years. Now every time I heard someone say Israel were slaves in Egypt around 400 years I thought "that's mathematically impossible according to your own Bible".

We will be looking more into how long the children of Israel were in Egypt later. For now, just know that by coming across this contradiction, and mathematically deducing how long Israel was in Egypt I knew there was some translation error. These errors while attempting to show how Shem and Abraham were alive at the same time has had the unintended consequence of allowing atheists to question the biblical narrative because of these changed ages.

The following video provides an excellent example of how scripture has been altered.