Monday 26th October 2020 Devotion
Scripture:- Genesis 14:1-24
Topic:- Who Is Melchizedek 
Text:- Psalm 110:4
Have you heard of Melchizedek in the Bible? He was the man whom Abraham paid tithe to after he returned from the slaughter of the kings.
Very little is known about this man whose only appearance in the Bible was in Genesis 14 when he met Abraham.
During the meeting with Abraham, he held a communion service with him, after which Abraham paid tithe to him.
The meeting was significant as it gave a better revelation of who the God of Abraham is, to Abraham.
He now knew his God as “Possessor Of Heaven and Earth” because Melchizedek called him that.
He immediately applied it in his own life when he conversed with the king of Sodom.
The king of Sodom asked Abraham to take the goods he had recovered but that he should return the people to him.
Abraham didn’t fall for his antics because he knew he had the Possessor of Heaven and Earth for a God whom he vowed to, not to take anything from the Sodomites.
Another thing that meeting brought was the payment of tithe. Abraham became the first man recorded in the Bible to pay tithe.
The more reason this was significant was that there was no law mandating Abraham to pay tithe but he paid it willingly, not of necessity.
That is very significant because children of Abraham are also admonished to pay tithes willingly as a way of worship towards God and not as a law.
We no longer live in the law but children of Abraham should without being compelled or told, willingly pay tithe as they are led by the Holy Ghost.
Without much ado, let’s dig deep to unveil who this Melchizedek is.
Whenever he was mentioned in the Bible, some titles accompanied his name.
Maybe we should try understanding those titles first. They will give us an idea of who he is:
- From Genesis 14:18-20; Psalms 110:4; Hebrews 7:1-4, now consider how great this man was, unto whom even the patriarch Abraham gave the tenth of the spoils as King Of Salem.
Salem is an earlier name of the city Jerusalem.
Melchizedek was called the king of Salem. His mention is now worthy of note is the fact that there was no Jerusalem as at when Abraham and Melchizedek met.
There was no City called Jerusalem. Jerusalem, also called the city of David, was made the capital of Israel after David took the city from the Jebusites.
However, when Melchizedek walked on the earth, there was no Jerusalem.
So, which Salem was he king over then?
Salem is Interpreted as “peace” in Hebrews 7:2. So he was the King of Peace.
Peace isn’t a city or a country but an abstract noun. We can go through the Bible to know who the king of peace is.
Isaiah 9:6 tells us that this was a prophecy concerning Jesus Christ who was referred to as the Prince of Peace in this place or rather that his name shall be called the Prince of Peace.
If the Lord Jesus Christ is the Prince of Peace and Melchizedek is the King of Peace, then Jesus Christ should be the son of Melchizedek. We will find out as we go on.
Prayer Point:- Oh Lord God, help me to live in peace and righteousness always henceforth by fire, in the name of Jesus Christ.
Have A Wonderful Monday!