Melchisedec

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In the book Thy Kingdom Comes we find on page 15:
"The generations of Abraham were Shem, begat Arphaxad, Shelah, Eber, Peleg, Reu, Serug, Nahor, Terah, Abram who became Abraham. Amongst all the descendants of Shem, there were many that disagreed and even fought over who should be the rightful heir to the blessings of Shem. Shem was rightful king as elder of the family of man and, according to Bible chronologists, Shem was still around when Abraham expatriated from his father and the matrix of the City-State. Since Noah and his wife had died, Shem was a righteous king of peace. He was without Father and Mother and was possessor of all his rights. Shem was sui juris according to the family laws that preceded the codification by kings. Although he had produced many heirs, no one had been chosen. There was no one worthy of the honor and blessing of that royal office of the righteous King of Peace."
“And Melchizedek [righteous king] king of Salem [peace] 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:” Genesis 14:18-19

Modern Christians reading this have immediately concluded that the book is in error because that is not what they were taught saying "Equating Shem to the King of Salem and Melchizedek (pg 15) is completely false as the context quickly indicates."

The context of what?

It certainly contradicts what some churches are teaching today to promote their private interpretation of the Bible.

It is clear that it will be difficult to except the truth that is in the books if we balk at the idea that Melchizedek is Shem. Many, if not most, Jewish scholars before and after Christ believed Shem and Melchizedek were one in the same and wrote about them as the same individual.

The idea is not really un-scriptual nor in conflict with the scriptures but it is in conflict with Modern Christian interpretations of the scripture. It does not contradict the consensus nor the context of History.

It is only modern church goers and some seminary graduates who are unaware of the connection. In most of the copies of the Masoretic Hebrew text the word "malki zedek" is written as two words. It was the Septuagint that slid the two terms together. But even that does not make it a name as we think of it. Both the Epistle to the Hebrews and Josephus interpret the word "malki" as meaning "the king", and "tzedek" as meaning "righteous" or "just". It was a description of an office or status like the word Augustus which was not the name of Octavius but his title. Even the term Caesar was an office, not a name of the individuals who held the office.

Anyone who thinks the king's name just happened to be the Hebrew word for righteous King is being wishfully naive.

Just research the words Melchizedek and Shem and you will see a wealth of information that corroborates the fact that it has always been well accepted and common knowledge that Shem and Melchizedek were the same. [1] [2] [3]

Even Wikipedia [4] along with stacks of ancient Hebrew texts from the Targums to the Talmud write of them being one in the same.

Parallels between this righteous King of peace and Jesus of Nazareth should be clear. Both Melchizedek and Jesus serve God as the the righteous firstborn son. Both were priest and king. Both were princes or kings of peace with Jesus actually the king of Jerusalem physically and spiritually. Jerusalem means double peace. Both brought offerings of bread and wine which we call the Eucharist which symbolized the benefits of God's kingdom on earth from generation to generation. They were able to feed the people because they both received tithes and offerings.[1]

The priesthood of all these nations had the responsibility of welfare for society and there were always two types of welfare which defined the nature of religion and the methods used by the altars and temples.

But if someone wants to read the books and only hear verification of what they have already accepted as true, they will be disappointed. The books by their nature are iconoclastic. Just as the Pharisees had misinterpreted the Torah, so also do many modern Christians misinterpret the truth expressed with in the Biblical texts.

Just as an example, Modern Churches tell their supporters that it is okay to desire benefits from governments and rulers who call themselves Benefactors but exercise authority one over the other. This is contrary to the fact that Jesus Christ instructed very clearly that it was not to be so with us[2] and so did Moses.


As for what Romans 13 is actually saying there is a whole Book that deals with the Modern interpretations and confusions: The Higher Liberty. And the belief in the Constitution as something sacred and/or designed around biblical principles is shattered in the book Contracts, Covenants and Constitutions.


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Old Testament

Genesis 14:18 And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God.
Psalms 110:4 The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order[3] of Melchizedek.

New Testament

Hebrews 5:6 As he saith also in another place, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.
Hebrews 5:10 Called of God an high priest after the order of Melchisedec.
Hebrews 6:20 Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.
Hebrews 7:1 For this Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him;
Hebrews 7:10 For he was yet in the loins of his father, when Melchisedec met him.
Hebrews 7:11 If therefore perfection were by the Levitical priesthood, (for under it the people received the law,) what further need was there that another priest should rise after the order of Melchisedec, and not be called after the order of Aaron?
Hebrews 7:15 And it is yet far more evident: for that after the similitude of Melchisedec there ariseth another priest,
Hebrews 7:17 For he testifieth, Thou art a priest for ever after the order[4] of Melchisedec.
Hebrews 7:21 (For those priests were made without an oath; but this with an oath by him that said unto him, The Lord sware and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec:)


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Footnotes

  1. Abraham gave tithes to Shem who was the rightful head of his family being the eldest Father. Genesis 14:20 And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he gave him tithes of all.
  2. Luke 22:25 And he said unto them, The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors. But ye shall not be so:
  3. 01700 ^הרבד^ dibrah \@dib-raw’\@ fem. of 01697; n m; AV-cause 1, order 1, estate 1, end 1, regard 1; 5 1) cause, manner, reason
  4. 5010 ~τάξις~ taxis \@tax’-is\@ from 5021; ; n f AV-order 10; 10
    1) an arranging, arrangement
    2) order
    2a) a fixed succession observing a fixed time
    3) due or right order, orderly condition
    4) the post, rank, or position which one holds in civic or other affairs
    4a) since this position generally depends on one’s talents, experience, resources
    4a1) character, fashion, quality, style