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February 22, 2007

Chapter-a-Day Genesis 14

Melchizedek, king of Salem, brought out bread and wine—he was priest of The High God—and blessed him. Genesis 14:18 (TM)

Mel is an intriguing character who we don't talk about much outside of theological circles. The Bible calls Mel "priest of The High God" before Moses, before the giving of the law, before the priesthood and code of sacrifice was established through Aaron. We really know very little else about him or how this came to be. It's a bit mysterious. Yet, Mel brought out "bread and wine", becoming a clear picture to us of Jesus - our intercessor who brings out the bread and wine as a metaphor of his body and blood. Hebrews calls Jesus a "priest in the order of Melchizedek", quoting David in the prophetic Psalm 110.

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