Daily Bible Reading for Monday, January 22nd:

8 Reasons Christ was like Melchizedek

In the Post 6 Ways Christ Was Better than the Law, the third bullet was that he was a priest like Melchizedek. How does that make him better than the Levitical priesthood and why would that argument have been convincing to the Jews?


An image of Melchizedek painted onto the altar side near the Royal Doors at Libotin wooden church, Maramure? County, Romania

Here are some interesting things we can know about Melchizedek from Hebrews 7:

  • Melchizedek means king of righteousness
  • King of Salem means king of peace
  • Melchizedek was both a king and priest
  • Melchizedek received tithes from Abraham
  • Melchizedek brought forth bread and wine
  • He blessed Abraham
  • Melchizedek’s service included the Gentiles
  • Melchizedek’s birth, death, ancestry and descendants has no Scriptural record.

As the writer pointed out in Hebrews 5:6 (and quoting Psalm 110:4) the expectation by the Jews was for one like Melchizedek to come. Since a main argument in the book of Hebrews is that Christ is the Most High Priest, these points would not have been missed by the Christians considering backsliding into Judaism.

Daily Bible reading for July 29, 2013

Song 6:4-12
Judges 8
Jeremiah 24
Hebrews 7

About Butch Adams

In addition to writing this blog and contributing elsewhere, I have served as elder and deacon in the various places I have worshiped. In these duties, I have concentrated my attention on the area of education - both in outreach to seekers through the Internet and inside the congregations for ongoing Bible scholarship. Comments and thoughts about referenced material in the article above are Copyright 2018 by Butch Adams . Any referenced material belongs to its owners and every attempt has been made to use it according to their wishes.

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