My roommate mentioned one of my favorite bible topics to research online, Melchizedek.

He’s got to be pretty important, right?

here’s his wiki: Melchizedek

first occurs at Genesis 14:18-20, part of the larger story of Genesis 14:17-24 which tells how Abram returns from defeating king Chedorlaomer and his associates and meets with the king of Sodom, at which point (KJV translation):

And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God. And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth: And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he gave him tithes of all.

The second is in Psalm 110:4, celebrating some victory or conquest of an unnamed king of the Davidic dynasty. The king is said to be a “priest forever” and a successor of Melchizedek, and the text is translated (KJV):

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

See there it is order of Melchizedek!

now I’m thinking Order of Melchizedek! as in mysterious Order of priests or something

but wait…

Psalms Chapter 110 תְּהִלִּים

א לְדָוִד, מִזְמוֹר:
נְאֻם יְהוָה, לַאדֹנִי–שֵׁב לִימִינִי;    עַד-אָשִׁית אֹיְבֶיךָ, הֲדֹם לְרַגְלֶיךָ.
1 A Psalm of David. {N}
The LORD saith unto my lord: ‘Sit thou at My right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool.’
ב מַטֵּה-עֻזְּךָ–יִשְׁלַח יְהוָה, מִצִּיּוֹן;    רְדֵה, בְּקֶרֶב אֹיְבֶיךָ. 2 The rod of Thy strength the LORD will send out of Zion: ‘Rule thou in the midst of thine enemies.’
ג עַמְּךָ נְדָבֹת,    בְּיוֹם חֵילֶךָ:
בְּהַדְרֵי-קֹדֶשׁ, מֵרֶחֶם מִשְׁחָר;    לְךָ, טַל יַלְדֻתֶיךָ.
3 Thy people offer themselves willingly in the day of thy warfare; {N}
in adornments of holiness, from the womb of the dawn, thine is the dew of thy youth.
ד נִשְׁבַּע יְהוָה, וְלֹא יִנָּחֵם–    אַתָּה-כֹהֵן לְעוֹלָם;
עַל-דִּבְרָתִי,    מַלְכִּי-צֶדֶק.
4 The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent: ‘Thou art a priest for ever {N}
after the manner of Melchizedek.’
ה אֲדֹנָי עַל-יְמִינְךָ;    מָחַץ בְּיוֹם-אַפּוֹ מְלָכִים. 5 The Lord at thy right hand doth crush kings in the day of His wrath.
ו יָדִין בַּגּוֹיִם, מָלֵא גְוִיּוֹת;    מָחַץ רֹאשׁ, עַל-אֶרֶץ רַבָּה. 6 He will judge among the nations; He filleth it with dead bodies, He crusheth the head over a wide land.
ז מִנַּחַל, בַּדֶּרֶךְ יִשְׁתֶּה;    עַל-כֵּן, יָרִים רֹאשׁ. 7 He will drink of the brook in the way; therefore will he lift up the head. {P}

After the Manner? so now at this point I found out some people interpret order of to mean in a line of or something, that there is is one Melchizedek on earth at a time

here’s a link to the Catholic Encyclopedia online entry on The Epistle to the Hebrews

This doctrine of the priestly office of Christ forms the chief subject-matter of the Christological argument and the highest proof of the pre-eminence of the New Covenant over the Old. The person of the High-priest after the order of Melchisedech, His sacrifice, and its effects are opposed, in an exhaustive comparison, to the Old Testament institutions. The Epistle lays special emphasis on the spiritualChrist’s sacrifice power and effectiveness of , which have brought to Israel, as to all mankind, atonement and salvation that are complete and sufficient for all time, and which have given to us a share in the eternal inheritance of the Messianic promises (i, 3; ix, 9-15, etc.). In the admonitory conclusions from these doctrines at the end we find a clear reference to the Eucharistic sacrifice of the Christian altar, of which those are not permitted to partake who still wish to serve the Tabernacle and to follow the Mosaic Law (xiii, 9 sq.).

Wow so it Is pretty important being of the order of Melchizedek

In the Epistle to the Hebrews the typical character of Melchisedech and its Messianic import are fully explained. Christ is “a priest forever according to the order of Melchisedech” (Hebrews 7:6; Psalm 109:4); “a high priest forever”, etc (Hebrews 6:20), i.e. order or manner (Gesenius), not after the manner of Aaron. The Apostle develops his teaching in Hebrews 7: Melchisedech was a type by reason

  • of his twofold dignity as priest and king,
  • by reason of his name, “king of justice“,
  • by reason of the city over which he ruled, “King of Salem, that is, king of peace” (v. 2), and also
  • because he “without father without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but likened unto the Son of God, continueth a priest forever.” (v. 3).
  • Psalm 110 reads in full (NAB version):

    (1)A psalm of David. The LORD says to you, my lord: “Take your throne at my righthand, while I make your enemies your footstool.” (2) The scepter of your sovereign might the LORD will extend from Zion. The LORD says: “Rule over your enemies! (3) Yours is princely power from the day of your birth. In holy splendor before the daystar, like the dew I begot you.” (4) The LORD has sworn and will not waver: “Like Melchizedek you are a priest forever.” (5) At your right hand is the Lord, who crushes kings on the day of wrath, (6) Who, robed in splendor, judges nations, crushes heads across the wide earth, (7) Who drinks from the brook by the wayside and thus holds high the head.

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    1 The Lord said to my Lord: Sit thou at my right hand: Until I make thy enemies thy footstool. 2 The Lord will send forth the sceptre of thy power out of Sion: rule thou in the midst of thy enemies. 3 With thee is the principality in the day of thy strength: in the brightness of the saints: from the womb before the day star I begot thee. 4 The Lord hath sworn, and he will not repent: Thou art a priest for ever according to the order of Melchisedech. 5 The Lord at thy right hand hath broken kings in the day of his wrath.

    6 He shall judge among nations, he shall fill ruins: he shall crush the heads in the land of the many. 7 He shall drink of the torrent in the way: therefore shall he lift up the head.

    1 For every high priest taken from among men, is ordained for men in the things that appertain to God, that he may offer up gifts and sacrifices for sins: 2 Who can have compassion on them that are ignorant and that err: because he himself also is compassed with infirmity. 3 And therefore he ought, as for the people, so also for himself, to offer for sins. 4 Neither doth any man take the honour to himself, but he that is called by God, as Aaron was. 5 So Christ also did not glorify himself, that he might be made a high priest: but he that said unto him: Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee.

    6 As he saith also in another place: Thou art a priest for ever, according to the order of Melchisedech. 7 Who in the days of his flesh, with a strong cry and tears, offering up prayers and supplications to him that was able to save him from death, was heard for his reverence. 8 And whereas indeed he was the Son of God, he learned obedience by the things which he suffered: 9 And being consummated, he became, to all that obey him, the cause of eternal salvation. 10 Called by God a high priest according to the order of Melchisedech.

    11 Of whom we have much to say, and hard to be intelligibly uttered: because you are become weak to hear. 12 For whereas for the time you ought to be masters, you have need to be taught again what are the first elements of the words of God: and you are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. 13 For every one that is a partaker of milk, is unskillful in the word of justice: for he is a little child. 14 But strong meat is for the perfect; for them who by custom have their senses exercised to the discerning of good and evil.

    in the excellent detailed post

    Why is there so much confusion as to the identity of Melchizedek?

    MELCHIZEDEK was priest of the Most High God. The Most High God is God the Father, so Melchizedek is a priest of God the Father. Melchizedek’s priesthood is a heavenly priesthood, under God the Father, not an earthly priesthood after Aaron. Jesus was not made a High Priest after the earthly order of Aaron, but Jesus was made a High Priest after the heavenly order of Melchizedek.


    “And Melchizedek, king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and He was the priest of the Most High God.”    Genesis 14:18

    what about after Jesus where there any more of the order of Melchizedek?

    The KJV version of the highlighted sentence, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek, has become traditional in English translations, but the Hebrew contains ambiguities. the New Jewish Publication Society of America Version, (1985 edition), for example, has You are a priest forever, a rightful king by My decree. Another alternative keeps Melchizedek as a personal name but changes the identity of the person addressed: “You are a priest forever by my order (or ‘on my account’), O Melchizedek” – here it is Melchizedek who is being addressed throughout the psalm.[27]

    Epistle Of Saint Paul To The Hebrews
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    what does that mean?

    Wow “without father without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but likened unto the Son of God, continueth a priest forever.”