The Book Of Hebrews Chapter 7 (12 of 24) by Harley Howard

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Harley Howard

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;

Before we get into the text tonight there are some
points of interest we want to see about this man
Melchisedec. First of all there are 2 references in
the Old Testament bearing his name. Genesis 14:18 and
Psalm 110:4. We will look at both references in this
chapter. His name appears in the New Testament 9 times
and all in the book of Hebrews. Now let’s look at the
text. First he’s described as king of Salem. Him being
a king and a priest is quite unusual for a priest and
especially a Levitical priest since there were no
kingly priest under the Levitical priesthood. This
king-priest role makes a perfect TYPE of Christ who is
both king and priest. He was king of Salem. Salem was
the ancient name for Jerusalem which is clearly seen
in Psalm 76:1-2 (read).

1 To the chief Musician on Neginoth, A Psalm [or] Song
of Asaph. In Judah [is] God known: his name [is] great
in Israel.

2 In Salem also is his tabernacle, and his dwelling
place in Zion.

He was also described as a priest of the most high
God, meaning that God is the possessor of Heaven and
Earth. Now we go into the 14 chapter of Genesis and
examine the record that the writer of Hebrews is
referring to in this chapter. He obviously skipped
portions of the events of Melchisedec’s life because
he was trying to prove the point of the eternality of
the priestly ministry of Christ Jesus.

Genesis 14:14-20
14 And when Abram heard that his brother was taken
captive, he armed his trained [servants], born in his
own house, three hundred and eighteen, and pursued
[them] unto Dan. {armed: or, led forth} {trained: or,

15 And he divided himself against them, he and his
servants, by night, and smote them, and pursued them
unto Hoba ...

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