“The priests who collect tithes are men who die, so Melchizedek is greater than they are, because we are told that he lives on. In addition, we might even say that these Levites—the ones who collect the tithe—paid a tithe to Melchizedek when their ancestor Abraham paid a tithe to him. For although Levi wasn’t born yet, the seed from which he came was in Abraham’s body when Melchizedek collected the tithe from him.” Hebrews 7:8-10
We do need an understanding of Melchizedek; here is a list of facts about Melchizedek. The times he is mentioned in the Bible are Genesis 14:17-24, Psalm 110:4 and in Hebrews. He is a contemporary of Abraham’s. He had no recorded family. He was a priest of the God Most High. He gave a blessing to Abraham. He is the king of Salem. His name means “king of righteousness. The order of Melchizedek is royal and everlasting. He was greater than Abraham and Aaron. Melchizedek was an Old Testament type of Jesus Christ. Abraham gave Melchizedek a tenth of his possessions when he saw the greatness of this High Priest. The author of Hebrews is drawing the connection that the gifts the Levitical priesthood received also ended up with Melchizedek because Levi, the father of this line, was still in the body of Abraham when this offering was made. This shows us that our gifts and offerings, when given in faith, really go to God.
There are scriptures in the Bible that we at times wonder how does that apply to me. To me Melchizedek is one of those scriptures. I have read this scripture and wondered just why this is part of the Bible; but as I studied and looked at this scripture, I changed my mind. If I don’t understand Melchizedek, I cannot understand Jesus Christ. I cannot understand what Jesus Christ does for us every day. We need to realize that the Word of God is alive and powerful. It speaks to us in difference ways. This is the reason we read God’s Word praying that the Holy Spirit will show us what we need to know and how we apply it to our lives.