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Pamphlet 1959 Hebrew kc 12-2

Are you one who believes that Christ was a "Jew", meaning He was only of the tribe of Judah,
when infact He was also half of the tribe of Levi.
This is only "evident" to those who have been enriched by the meat of His Word.

Paul now explains the priesthood of Melchisedec and once again...
if you open your eyes and ears...there is no mystery here
and you will be able to "discern" just how great this person is who is called the King of the Just and the King of Peace.

Hebrews 7:1 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;
First of all, understand that the king was also the priest, united in one, and then go to Gen. 14:18-20
and read where Melchisedec, king of Salem, blessed Abraham, the one who received the promise.

The question is: "How is it and by whose authority did this Melchisedec have the power to bless him
who has already been blessed by God?"

Hopefully you already know the answer.

Nevertheless it shall be made quite obvious in the rest of this chapter.

Paul is now going to repeat and emphasize that Melchisedec was the King of the Just
and the King of Peace, even the King of kings* and Lord of lords.

And you know what?

Even those who are fed only "milk" from His Word know that there is only one who is righteous
and there is only one King of Peace, and even that there shall be no true peace on earth until He returns.

*Question: Do you know who the kings and priests shall be when Christ returns?

Rev. 5:10 will give you the answer!

[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;
It is vitally important to understand that Abraham gave his tithe to the King of the Just who was also the King of peace!

So what is it that we "see" here?

What is it on a deeper level that Paul is trying to "utter" to the minds of those who have eaten of the meat of God's Word?

For one thing, we are to see both the King of kings and Lords of lords dwelling in one, even Christ.

In other words, the eternal kingship and the priesthood are united in Jesus Christ
and not separated by lineage.

We therefore have but one King and High Priest to whom all the kings of the earth are made subject
and to whom all the priests are likewise made subject... and He is eternal, Alpha and Omega,
the first and the last, without beginning and without end of days!

[3] Without 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.
To abide a priest "continually" means to remain a priest "forever"!

You see, we just read that Melchisedec had no father and no mother,
which means he had no genealogy, i.e. he was without descent!

He had no beginning of days which means he was never a baby...
a logical statement indeed seeing that he had no earthly parents.

Nor did he grow old and die but abides a priest forever, because he was like unto the Son of God!

Do not make this difficult.

He was like unto the Son of God because he in fact was the Son of God!

He was the LORD who walked in the cool of the day in the garden of Eden
and He was the one who appeared with the three children Shadrach, Meshach, and Abedneggo
when they were cast into the fiery furnace by the king of Babylon.

You see, He has never been far removed from His people and in knowing that we can take much comfort!

Daniel 3:2 Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astonied, and rose up in haste, and spake, and said unto his counsellors, Did not we cast three men bound into the midst of the fire? They answered and said unto the king, True, O king.

[25] He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.

The fourth one seen walking in the midst of the fire was the Son of God.

And it was this same one, the great "I AM that I AM",
which means "I will be whomever I will be",
who appeared unto our father Abraham, as evidenced by Christ's own words.

John 8:56-58 Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad.

[57] Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham?

[58] Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.

That is correct. Christ was there... with our father Abraham.
Hebrews 7:4 Now consider how great this man was, unto whom even the patriarch Abraham gave the tenth of the spoils.
Now consider ("discern") how great this one was that Abraham,
whose name means the "father of many nations",
would bring the tenth of the riches of the kings whom he had smitten and spoiled.

Understand that the law had not yet been given which would require that the tithe be given unto the priests of Levi,
so there was no Levitical priesthood at this time.

In fact, both the kingship line (which would come through Judah)
and the priesthood line (which would come through Levi)
were still in the loins of Abraham.

This is an important point to our understanding (discerning) the greatness of Melchisedec
which Paul explains in the next few verses hence.

[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 law, that is, of their brethren, though they come out of the loins of Abraham:
Paul is putting this in perspective to show "how great" Melchisedec was,
to whom Abraham tithed, in comparison to the Levitical priesthood
of mere mortal men-priests who would come out of the loins of Abraham.

Again, Melchisedec was present before Aaron and the sons of Levi were ever born,
but even so, the Levites were subordinate to Abraham who was subordinate to Melchisedec,
the King of the Zadok and the King of Peace.

Remember again that Melchisedec had no father or mother and was therefore not descended from man.

In other words, he was neither descended from the kingship line nor the priesthood line,
although Jesus Christ when He came to dwell in the flesh,
to continue the priesthood after the order of Melchisedec,
would be descended from BOTH! How truly marvelous and wondrous is the plan of God!

[6] But he whose descent is not counted from them received tithes of Abraham, and blessed him that had the promises.
Again, if you have understanding you will "see" that Melchisedec's priesthood was continued in Jesus Christ,
not a priesthood after the manner of men or the Levitical priesthood, but an eternal priesthood.

You "see", that is exactly what the promise and the prophecy of Psalm 110:4 was,
which is why Paul has and continues to quote it so often!

Psalm 110:4 "The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent,
Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek."

In other words, Melchisedec was already King of the Just and High Priest
which is why he was able to both receive tithes from and bless father Abraham.

[7] And without all contradiction the less is blessed of the better.
There is no argument that when it comes to divine authority that the lesser is blessed of the greater.

To wit, all true gifts and blessings come from God (Ja. 1:17), the Creator of all things.

In that same respect that is why God sware to Himself, because there was no greater to sware by!

Hebrews 6:16 "For men verily swear by the greater: and an oath for confirmation is to them an end of all strife."

So here in the person of Melchisedec we have the "greater" blessing Abraham, the heir of the promised seed,
and in so doing he blessed the Levitical Priesthood that would come through Abraham's loins
until the fulfillment of Ps. 110:4... which Paul is documenting has come to pass!

[8] And here men that die receive tithes; but there he receiveth them, of whom it is witnessed that he liveth.
Paul is making this so plain and simple that one would think even "babes" would begin to understand.

He just said that men who receive tithes are mortal and they DIE, as in they "kick the bucket",
but this one Melchisedec, the greater one who blessed Abraham,
lives on for he was not mortal...he was immortal.

"It is witnessed" to, Paul said. In other words, "It is written" and you just read the witness that he lives on! Is there still any doubt in your mind that Melchisedec was the Son of God?

Here's one more thought for the day:

[9] And as I may so say, Levi also, who receiveth tithes, payed tithes in Abraham.
[10] For he was yet in the loins of his father, when Melchisedec met him.
Paul cannot help but add a little meat to the simplicity of what he is teaching us,
though to some it may still be mystery.

You see, the entire Levitical priesthood, a blessed but temporal priesthood of mortal men
to come through the loins of Abraham, the heir of the unbreakable promise (of the seed) and blessings of God,
was also subject to the King of the Zadok and King of Peace, Melchisedec.

Got it?

Therefore, as Paul expounded concerning Levi who received tithes according to the law,
in fact the whole family of Levi payed tithes to Melchisedec through the greater, their father Abraham!

That should surely help you "discern" how great Melchisedec was!

In our next study we will complete chapter seven in which Paul will discuss the actual genealogy of Christ,
only part of which, the fact that He was descended from the tribe of Judah, is "evident" to those who are "milk fed".

The other half of His genealogy, the fact that He was also half of the tribe of Levi,
is only "evident" to those who have been enriched by the meat of His Word.

So if you are one who believes that Christ was a "Jew", meaning He was only of the tribe of Judah,
then do not miss study #1961 for we will give concrete evidence from the Word of God
as to the perfection of Christ's lineage, showing us that even in the flesh
the kingship and the priesthood was united in Jesus Christ!

To study the Bible is the noblest of all pursuits; to understand it, the highest of all goals.
We pray that with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, you accomplish both.

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