"If another priest arises according to the likeness of Melchizedek, who has become such … according to the power of an indestructible life … 'You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.'” – Hebrews 7:15-17 NASB
The Bible is filled with mysteries that point to a deeper spiritual dimension and deeper truths. One mystery involves Melchizedek, a king who appeared just once after Abram was victorious in battle (Genesis 14:17-20).
Melchizedek blessed Abram for his conquest because Melchizedek “was a priest of God Most High” (Genesis 14:18). He was a priest before the Law was given and before the Levitical priesthood had been established.
Through this man, we receive profound insights into the life of Jesus, who was “a priest forever” after the order established by Melchizedek. He was different from Levi, who was “still in the loins” of Abraham (v. 10). Melchizedek blessed Abraham. Then as an act of worship and gratitude, Abraham gave Melchizedek “a tenth of all” (v. 2). This was a record of the first tithe.
Melchizedek was part of a priesthood that lasts forever without human weakness. Something mysterious was taking place. Here we see a demonstration of the “power of an endless life” (v. 16 NKJV).
These passages give us clues into a spiritual dimension that is hard for our natural minds to grasp. God can reveal so much more about His Kingdom. But we need a Savior to set us free and help us experience this dimension.
Ask God to help you see this spiritual reality. Jesus has risen. He lives forever! He reigns! He is the Savior beyond time and without limits.
PrayerFather, open my eyes to understand more of Your truth. I seek insights and wisdom. Free me from the limitations of the flesh. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Extended ReadingHebrews 7