El Elyon

Saturday, Mar. 12                                                      

There are many truths about Christ that stem from the Melchizedek “type.”  Here are a few of them in brief.  1)  Melchizedek brought wine and bread to refresh Abraham and his men.  Bread and wine are used in Scripture as physical elements that restore strength and stamina.  But they are also used as symbols for restoring the soul.  Wine “makes glad the heart of man” and bread “strengthens his heart (Ps. 104:15).”  Jesus rightly claimed to be “the bread of life.”  2) Melchizedek blessed both Abraham and God.  This is precisely the priestly role of Jesus.  He blessed people by redeeming them and sanctifying them (making them Christ like).   He also blessed (glorified) God by doing so.  3) Melchizedek was the king of Salem.  Melchizedek means “king of righteousness.”  Salem means “peace,” so he was also “king of peace.”  Jesus fits that perfectly.  4) Melchizedek was also a priest.  He’s not called a prophet in Scripture, but since he spoke for God, he was a prophet by definition.  Jesus was acclaimed as prophet, priest, and king.  5) In Gen. 14:21 Melchizedek requested that Abraham give him the people that Abraham freed from captivity.  Jesus freed people from captivity to sin and Satan and brought them to God.  They became God’s people.  He claimed them and made them “sons of  God” and joint heirs with Christ.  Melchizedek, representing the Most High God, took ownership of the people redeemed by Abraham.  6) The O.T. uses several names or titles for God, each one reflecting some aspect of His character or activity.  This passage uses El Elyon, which is rendered “God Most High, possessor of heaven and earth.”  This title depicts God as absolute ruler of all—both the physical universe and heaven itself.  All the nations of the ancient world recognized this distinctively Jewish concept—as did the Greeks and Romans later on.  (It took Nebuchadnezzar seven years of eating grass like a cow for him to come to terms with “El Elyon.”)  Demons that were cast out by Jesus used this title for God.  Now read Eph. 1:9-10, especially the last part:  “to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ.”   There’s more, but I leave it to you to pursue. [I’m indebted to William R. Newell for some of the above.]

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