Bible Story of the Day-Melchizedek
Bible Story of the Day
The entire Bible is a revelation about Jesus Christ. From beginning to end, Jesus can be found in the text within. Seeing Jesus in scripture is a major step into understanding who our God is, and how He impacts and affects our lives in every moment. My desire through this Bible story of the day project is to show you the reference to Jesus in the Old Testament, and how the story can impact your life. My references will be posted at the bottom along with links that can help you dive deeper into the story than what I have done here. Open your heart and mind and be willing to accept scripture for what it says. If you don’t understand a story or verse or how it applies to your life, then pray to God for clarity and understanding. I pray this helps and affects your life and you have a better understanding of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Melchizedek in Genesis 14
14 When Abram heard that his relative had been taken captive, he led out his trained men, born in his house, three hundred and eighteen, and went in pursuit as far as Dan. 17 Then after his return from the defeat of Chedorlaomer and the kings who were with him, the king of Sodom went out to meet him at the valley of Shaveh (that is, the King’s Valley). 18 And Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine; now he was a priest of God Most High. 19 He blessed him and said,
“Blessed be Abram of God Most High,
Possessor of heaven and earth;
20 And blessed be God Most High,
Who has delivered your enemies into your hand.”
He gave him a tenth of all. (NASB).
Where is Jesus and What Does This Mean to Us?
I want to start today’s story by setting the foundation of why Abraham fought the king’s in the valley. There was a war among nations in the valley of Sodom and Gomorrah. Lot, Abraham’s relative was taken capture in the fighting, and Abraham took some of his men and rescued Lot and his family. Melchizedek is one of the most intriguing characters in the Old Testament partly due to how little we know about him. What we do know about him is that he is someone that Abraham held in high regard. Melchizedek blessed Abraham and Abraham gave Melchizedek 10% of what he recovered from the battle with the kings. This can seem quite confusing until you see Melchizedek as a human representation of Jesus Christ; then it begins to make sense. Who would be able to bless Abraham, who is the man chosen by God to be the ‘Father of Nations” except God Himself or one appointed with the authority under God? Abraham tithed to Melchizedek. Sound familiar? We are called to tithe to God. Abraham was not giving his tenth to some false idol or man, rather to a representative of God Himself. Melchizedek was the priest-king of the God Most High. Jesus became the priest-king after His resurrection. Melchizedek represents Jesus Christ. His past is as mysterious as Jesus’, but his authority under God is clear, just as Jesus.
What does this mean for us? Melchizedek represents Jesus. Sounds fascinating, but does it change anyone’s life? The answer is yes! Melchizedek lived 2000 years before Jesus. God gave us an example of what He was going to do 2000 years in advance. Jesus is not a back-up plan. Jesus wasn’t killed by accident, or by Satan gaining an upper hand. Jesus died when He said He was going to die. God had this planned far in advance of anything we can imagine. God is all-knowing. That means He knows past, present, and future. He knew before He created us that Jesus would have to die for us. Yet He still created us! He loves us so much that He knew what it would cost Him, and we were worth it! You are worthy of God’s love, because He says you are worthy. He shows His love by having a plan for our salvation before we even sinned. God knew what you would do, and how you would end up and He determined that you were worthy. He gave His only begotten son up to die for the sins of the world, and He decided that before there was sin in the world.
Moral of the story, God knows. God knows us. God knows what we will do before we do it. God created us knowing all the things we would do wrong. He proclaims to all the world that you are worthy. He decided that He wants a relationship with us so bad that He would allow His son to die for us, so that we would be right with Him once again. The opportunity for you to have a right relationship with the only one that knows you better than you know yourself and loves you even more is in your hands. The love of God amazes me, and there is nothing more that I want to do than to know Him more. Do you want to know Him more?
New American Standard Bible (NASB)