Some 4,000 years ago, there was a brutal and destructive war in the region of Sodom and Gomorrah. The fighting took place in the vicinity of the Dead Sea where Sodom and Gomorrah were located. That would be in the southern part of Canaan or today’s southern region of Israel. And the word “slaughter” is used in the Bible for this war.
The armies of Elam which would be current day Iran and their allies, the armies of Babylon, today’s Iraq, and armies from Canaan, slaughtered the armies of Sodom and Gomorrah and their allies. But the Kings of Sodom and Gomorrah escaped the slaughter by hiding themselves in slime pits.
When the victorious armies of Elam and their allies had defeated Sodom and Gomorrah and their allies, they took captive Abram’s nephew Lot, his wife, and their family, and all those with him and their goods. And when Abram heard of this, he armed his 318 servants who were born in his house and set out to rescue his family. And the Bible says,”Abram pursued those armies to Dan,” well north of Sodom and Gomorrah. And amazingly and supernaturally, Abram and his servants defeated this mighty army. The Bible also says, “The King of Elam and the other three Kings along with their armies were slaughtered,” in a town called Habah which is north of Damascus in Syria. And Abram successfully rescued Lot and his family and those people with them, and all their goods.
Then we read in the Scriptures that Abram met a man, a King and a Priest, by the name of Melchizedek meaning, King of righteousness. So let’s see what happens next,
Abram and his servants slaughtered those armies and their Kings..
This event is similar to that of David and Goliath.
The Valley of Shaveh or the Valley of the King may have been in a valley north of Jerusalem.
But before their meeting, we read of another get together.
Melchizedek means King of Righteousness.
Righteousness means, Law abiding, living according to the Laws of God.
Melchizedek was a King and a Priest of The Most High God, El Elyone.
A Priest is one who serves God. He speaks for God to the people. And he speaks to God for the people.
So who is Melchizedek?
Some Jewish Sages believe Melchizedek is Shem, Noah’s son. That is not true according to Scripture.
Others believe Melchizedek was the King of Jerusalem. Again, not true according to Scripture.
Melchizedek is God. He is Yeshua the Messiah Who Himself is God, El Elyone, The Most High God.
Melchizedek was the One Who appeared earlier to Abram and Abram knew Who Melchizedek was. God.
Messiah Yeshua is compared to Melchizedek being a Priest forever, because Yeshua is Melchizedek.
Psalm 110. 1-4 focusing on verse 4.
Verse 1 The Lord Yeh hovah spoke to My Lord Ahdonee Who is Yeshua. They speak to each other though there
is only One God. John 17.
Verse 4 After the order of Melchizedek.
Order meaning, The way of life. Messiah is like Melchizedek because He is Melchizedek.
Zechariah 6.12-13 speaks of One in the Millennium Who is both King and Priest. That King and Priest is Yeshua.
Verse 12 The Branch – In Hebrew Stzay makh – Is another title for the Messiah Yeshua.
Grow up out of His Place.
Grow up in Hebrew is Stzah makh – Meaning, to sprout forth a new thing. Which I think will be the
beginning of the Messianic Era, the 1,000 year millennium.
His Place, I believe is Heaven, His return.
Verse 13 Bear the Glory – Have the Honor, Majesty and Beauty, etc. of God because Messiah is God.
Rule in Hebrew is Mah shall, Meaning Rule, Reign, have Power.
Counsel of peace shall be between them both. Here two equal one. the King and Priest are One
Person, the Messiah and there shall be peace forever from that day forward.
Let’s continue on this theme of Melchizedek Who is King and Priest of The Most High God. Melchizedek should be our example for Believers in Yeshua the Messiah on how we should lead our lives. Why? Because He is the King of Righteousness. Righteousness means being right with God, and that can only be accomplished by being Law abiding, that is obeying the Lord God and His Law of Moses.
The Priest of God serves God, and we as Believers in Yeshua are Priests of God. We serve the Living God. And to serve the Lord our God correctly and according to the requirements of God, we must be obedient to Him. We must obey the Law of Moses, the Torah.
And the eternal gift for Believers in Yeshua the Messiah, those who serve God correctly by loving Him and obeying Him, is eternal life in Heaven where we will serve Him also as Kings and Priests.
Revelation 1.5-6, Revelation 5.9-10, Revelation 22.3-5
Let’s examine 1 Peter 2.9
There is a condition set forth for us to be A Chosen Generation, A Royal Priesthood, A Holy Nation and A Peculiar or Special People. That condition is obedience to the Lord God and His Law of Moses. He has called you out of darkness which is sin, and sin is breaking the Law of Moses, 1 John 3.4. Into His marvelous light which is Belief in Messiah and obedience to Torah, the Law of Moses.
The Chosen Generation of God obey God, Deuteronomy 7.6-9.
Being a Royal Priesthood and Peculiar People require obedience to God and His Law of Moses, Exodus 19.5-6.
Being a Holy Nation requires obedience to God. Deuteronomy 28.9.
Melchizedek, the King of Righteousness, is Messiah Yeshua and we will see Him Face to face in the Millennium, reigning forever, and we will reign with Him, forever.
Jeremiah 23.5-6,, Jeremiah 33.14-16, Isaiah 61.11
The bread and wine, I’m sure, is prophetic. Melchizedek Who is Yeshua the Messiah, prophesied of His future death some 2,000 years later bringing in the New Covenant that is our atonement for our sins.
Owner and Creator of Heaven and earth.
The Believer in Messiah Yeshua, who like Abraham, is obedient to God and His Law, is also blessed mightily by the Most High God.
God blesses us abundantly with every Spiritual blessing, i.e., Eternal life, forgiveness of sins, our being righteous, our being future Kings and Priests, etc.
This was a supernatural victory given to Abram by the Most High God.
Tithes Abram gave to Melchizedek was from the booty taken by Abram in the war.
The enemy of Abram stole his family and was cursed and slaughtered.
Today, the oil tragedy in Louisiana I believe, is because our Administration in Washington was pleased
to “condemn” Israel for building houses and apartments in her own capital, Jerusalem. And also the
negative position Washington takes in their policies toward and against Israel.
Better to bless Israel.
The persons – Lot and his family and thoses with him.
The goods – The spoils of war taken from Sodom.
Thread or a sandal strap.
No, not a thing because you will say, I made Abram rich.
Abram’s words. I will give you back all your goods that were stolen by your enemies, the Kings of Elam, Babylon and Canaan except that which my servants have eaten, and the portion of the loot belonging to the men who came with us, Aner, Eschcol and Mamre.
End of story.
So who is Melchizedek King of Salem and Priest of the Most High God?
Melchizedek is Yeshua the Messiah Who Himself is God, El Elyone, God Most High, Creator of Heaven and earth, King of Peace and King of Righteousness. Yeshua is Melchizedek.
Shalom, Ira Weinstein