19 comments on “Who Is This Guy?

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  3. True. A priest-king was the ideal in any nation since the high priest of whatever religion the king chose for his country was as powerful as the king. I believe Hercanus about 100 BC was a Jewish priest-king and very loved. Zephaniah speaks of crowning the high priest. I love Hebrews and Ephesians.

  4. Great information about Melchizedek. My understanding and knowledge of the bible ever groweth under your instruction. Blessings to you this day.

  5. This, to me, is the most fascinating (and mind boggling) part of Hebrews. Yes, who is this guy! While it probably doesn’t seem strange to our modern Western minds, imagine the Jewish readers hearing this. Bringing out this obscure Melchizedek guy, who’s barely a blip on Israel’s historical radar, and basically using him to abrogate Moses, the Levitical priesthood, and a religious way of life that’s plastered all over the Old Testament! “Bread and wine replacing centuries of sacrificing sheep, bulls, and goats. Actually, no more sacrifices? Right…what???”

    Nonetheless, while they probably wanted to stone the writer, they couldn’t argue with his logic, as you have brought out. My mind reels when I think about what an upheaval to the religious culture Jesus must’ve been. No wonder these early followers turned the world upside down!

  6. It’s a great question, which encourages the reader to further engage with the scriptures. Those are some of my favorite types of passages, the mystery that causes you to really press in close. Good stuff.

  7. “and theologically speaking, that’s the ball game.” Yes, and it goes all the way back to creation “in the big inning.”

    (I just couldn’t resist that one.) 😉

    Seriously, I really appreciate the teaching AND the insightful comments of the followers.

  8. This is good. Just to add a bit to the commentary. Respectfully, Melch wasn’t necessarily just a “blip” to the Jewish reader. He is believed by jews to be Shem, the son of Noah. He is a priest because he is the oldest living family member of Abraham. (This is an ANE tradition in that time- to consider the eldest the priest of the family). His title “Melchizedek”, is a title given to him, not his name, which if the reader doesn’t lean too heavily on certain streams of thought can see is pretty clearly shown in the Heb. text. In that time, Shem would be the only person alive, besides Abram, who had a covenant with Elohim, also making him the priest of the most-high God. I like your ending Don. The significance of Jesus being like Melch. is that he is the oldest, the founder of our family. Heb. 8 sums it up- “this is the point we are making- we have such a high priest.”

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