8: Genesis 14:18-20b

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365 Prophecies: Prophecy 8

The Messiah shall be the High Priest of God Most High, like Melchizedek who brings God’s blessing.

Old Testament Prediction:

Genesis 14:18-20b “Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine; he was the priest of God Most High. And he blessed him and said: ‘Blessed be Abram of God Most High, Possessor of heaven and earth; And blessed be God Most High, Who has delivered your enemies into your hand.’ And he gave him a tithe of all.”

New Testament Fulfillment:

Hebrews 4:14 “Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.”

Matthew 26:26 “And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, ‘Take, eat; this is My body.’ Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, ‘Drink from it, all of you. For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.’

Application:

It is interesting that Melchizedek, the Priest of God Most High, is bearing Bread and Wine—the emblems of Jesus’ body and His blood at The Last Supper.

Paul later commented that Jesus was our Great High Priest.

Hebrews 4:14 “Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.”

In the Old Testament, a person who desired his sins be forgiven by God was compelled to bring a sacrifice to the Priest who acted as a bridge between God and the sinner. In Jesus’ Sacrifice upon the Cross, His body and His blood become the method by which all of our sins are removed forever. In making this one sacrifice for the sins of the whole world, Jesus becomes the Great High Priest of everyone who believes in and trust in Him. As our Great High Priest, Jesus becomes the only acceptable bridge between God and man.

In Genesis 14, where Melchizedek is bringing Bread and Wine to Abraham, notice that Melchizedek blesses Abraham. In response, Abraham pays a tenth or a tithe of all he possesses to Melchizedek. Tithes were only paid to God and not to man. Who then is Melchizedek? By the context, it is obvious that he represents Jesus Christ, as He is seen in the Old Testament.

The fulfillment of this 8th Old Testament Prophecy is found in Hebrews 7:1:

Hebrews 7:1 “For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the Most High God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him, to whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all…”

This is remarkable when you consider that it is from Abraham that Jesus will later be descended to be the Great High Priest and Author of our Salvation. Here, we see Abraham giving honor to Jesus through Melchizedek, all the way back to Genesis chapter 14.

Jesus told the Pharisees that Abraham saw His day and he rejoiced.

John 8:56 “Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day, and he saw it and was glad.”

What day was Jesus speaking of? It may have been this day that Melchizedek appeared to Abram and received a tithe from all that Abram had. Perhaps, Jesus was pointing the Jews back to their own scriptures to show them that He was the fulfillment of all the Old Testament prophecies concerning the Messiah.

The beauty and design of these 365 Old Testament prophecies is that each one is designed by God to be a future validation of Jesus Christ. When we observe how all of these prophecies were perfectly fulfilled in the New Testament by Jesus, we are reminded that the Bible is the Word of God. These many Prophecies that Jesus fulfilled in His life, death and resurrection are the corroborating evidence for Him being confirmed as the Messiah, the only Savior of the world.


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