Who was Melchizedek in the Bible?
One of the most mysterious people in the Bible is the king of peace, Melchizedek. He appeared one day in the life of Abraham (then know as Abram) and was never heard from again. However what happened that day would be remembered throughout history and eventually became the subject of the New Testament letter (Hebrews).
The meeting between Abram and Melchizedek was most unusual since each of them even though they were complete strangers both worshiped and served the one God who made the heaven and earth. This was a great moment of triumph for Abram because he just defeated an army and regained the freedom of a large group of captives. If there was any doubt about whose victory it was, Melchizedek set the record straight by reminding Abram, "Blessed be God Most High, who delivered your enemies into your hand" (Genesis 14:20). Abram recognized that this man worshiped the same God as he did with this statement.
Melchizedek was one of a small group of God honoring people throughout the Old Testament who came in contact with Jews (Israelites) but were not Jews themselves. This meant that the requirement to be a follower of God was not genetic, but is bases on faithfully obeying His teachings and recognizing His greatness.
Are you aware of the similarities between yourself and others that worship God, even if the worship is quite different than yours? Do you know the God of the Bible well enough to know if you truly worship Him? By reading the Bible and getting insight into these great men of God, we begin to understand who this great God the Creator of heaven and earth really is. It will show you how much He loves you and desires that you know Him personally. It will show you His awesome power and love He has for you. What a great feeling in knowing that your Father in Heaven is so powerful that no one better mess with you. What a feeling to know that your Creator and Father in Heaven is so powerful that He could lift one finger and destroy an entire nation. Yet He calls you His children, and wants to have a personal one on one relationship with you. Try asking the President out to lunch and see how far you get. Ask God and He will be there for you!
When you read the Bible put yourself into the pages. Open your mind and allow yourself to visualize the surroundings and the people you are reading about. One of the best ways to find out about someone, is to ask someone who knows that person about them. The Bible is no different. We read about peoples lives, their accomplishments and their failures. When we begin to realize that they made a lot of the same mistakes that we make, we begin to understand that we are all the same, regardless of our race or color. We begin to see how God intervenes with us in the same way He did with the people in the Bible, to help us grow and know Him. I personally believe that their are only 10 mistakes that we can make during our lives. And to keep us from making them, God gave us His 10 Commandments. If you really think about this, you will see that if you kept every one of the Commandments, you would be living a perfect God filled life. Do you know God? Do you know Jesus?
Are you certain that you are going to heaven? If the answer is no or your not really sure and there is something stirring inside you at this very moment to do this, then all you have to do is say a small prayer and you can be assured of your name being added to the Book of Life. Go to the prayer of salvation and pray the words out loud and believe in your heart and you will be saved.
Melchizedek's story is told in Genesis 14:17 - 20; He is also mentioned in Psalm 110:4 and Hebrews 5 - 7
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