This book takes you through a journey of the ancient patriarchs of the Bible and how they became acquainted with God.

It is an exercise in taking the Bible scriptures as literal truth, gleaning subtleties from the original Hebrew texts through the Strong’s concordance and building a picture of life in those times.

It brings to light probable details of the early characters of the Bible and presents arguments that show the importance man has in God’s plan for the earth that is not immediately evident in today’s perspective of the scriptures. It shows the importance of starting at the beginning of the story about God and his plan for man. This story gives an insight into how God is to bring about the fullness of Jesus as High Priest after the order of Melchizedek. It gives insights into the evidences found in the scriptures of life of Abraham. It details how God called Abraham to service, his relationship with the mystical character of Melchizedek and why God chose him to become the father of the saviour Jesus.

It highlights the calling that Adam had and after the fall of Adam and Eve from the full grace of God, how God started the plan of redemption through Abraham and in turn though Jesus Christ.

We cover the meaning of Christ for Christians today, and illuminate the role of Melchizedek in the unfolding of God’s plan for mankind.

The book describes the characteristics of Melchizedek and his priesthood, and shows this as the glue that makes God’s plan work and the legal basis for God’s intervention into the lives of men and women today.

It shows how Jesus was not the ancient Melchizedek, but how Jesus is forever linked to this personality.

The book covers the life of the Melchizedek of the ancients. An attempt is made to answer a question about, ‘the King of Salem, who was he?’ ‘Why was he written in the scriptures?’ ‘Where did he live and why did he live there?’

It is a bringing to light of scriptural facts about how Melchizedek determined to meet Abraham and not Abraham seeking out to meet Melchizedek, and a presentation of an argument of why Melchizedek wanted to meet Abraham.

The book presents explanations on why Melchizedek was so revered and why Abraham decided to take a tithe of the plunder of the battle that saved Lot and give it to Melchizedek.

Through this book I was able to put some of the personalities and characters of the book of Genesis into perspective, and show a realistic time line for some of the period covered by the Book of Genesis.

By using the King James Bible and the Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the King James Version of the Bible readers can follow most of the explanations in this book.

To the enthusiastic Bible scholar the book should be interesting, maybe challenging, but if you are willing to persevere in the reading of this book you will find it enlightening and may even change the way you view the whole concept of faith and belief.

For those who have been a Christian for many years, reading this book could be the catalyst to your future success as a Christian. It could change your life and give it meaning and as a child of God giving it direction and a purpose.

The text may even hold the interest of a non-Christian, a person who has found religion of no meaning or power and who finds that it definitely cannot change the world and make it a better place. It may also appeal to a person that asks the question: “If God exists, then why is there so much unhappiness and hurt in the world, when Christians say that their God is a God of love?”

This book is for all these people and they will all be staggered at what they read.

It goes to the core of Christianity. It will challenge you to find the answer to the question; ‘is the gospel about Jesus the completeness of the good news of the Bible, or was it that Jesus’ life was a life living out the gospel (good news) which began at an earlier time?’

Melchizedek is the key. If we know who Melchizedek is, then the secrets of the Bible start to unravel.

I hope you enjoy this book and I hope that it will change your life.

David Holland
Dip. Theology, B.A.S. Env. Planing, Grad. Dip. Env. Management
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Preface

This is a book written in 2008 and originally published by Gallery2020 Publishing.

The book’s main theme is about the priesthood of Melchizedek. The author has made the assumption that the Holy Bible scriptures are true and accurate. With this perspective, the author has mined into the ancient and dead language of the Hebrews to gain a better understanding of the circumstances surrounding the people written about by the author of Genesis, who is widely considered to be Moses, and the first four books of the Bible.

The author of this book has attempted to understand the real life experiences in the stories, the family of Abraham and his interactions and relationships with others as described by Moses.

The book has quoted a large amount of Bible scripture from the King James version of the Bible to paint a picture of the lives of these people, giving what is hoped to be a credible description of the lived and circumstances of people associated with the personage of Melchizedek and investigate evidence of who he was.

The end of the book looks at the overall priesthood of the order of Melchizedek and equipped with the example of the ancient Melchizedek, theorizes how this example relates to modern Christians.

Table of Contents 

Introduction

Chapter 1  An introduction to Melchizedek

Chapter 2  The reluctant sojourner

Chapter 3  The nation builder of Israel

Chapter 4  Jerusalem, the mountain of God

Chapter 5  The blessing of Adam

Chapter 6  Melchizedek revealed

Chapter 7 Could have Abraham really met Noah

Chapter 8  The Nephilim

Chapter 9 What are the pudenda, and why did it cause the flood?

Chapter 10 Who are these men that are natural and not spiritual?

Chapter 11  Without beginning of days and end of life 

Chapter 12  Why understanding who Melchizedek is, is important for today’s Christian

Chapter 13  Will the real Melchizedek please step forward?

Chapter 14  Considering the building of the house

Chapter 15  Conclusion

Time-line of the Patriarchs 

Chart of Genealogies

Map of plains of Canaan

Regional map of land of Canaan to land of Elam

Prayer of Reconciliation to Christ

 

Bibliography


Chapter 5

by David Holland

The Bible says that God created Adam from the dust of the ground, and then breathed life into him. He became a living soul.

 God made a proclamation. He said; “let us make man in our own image and in the image of God He made them male and female.” Then God said, “be blessed”, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of heaven and over every living thing that moves on the earth”. (Gen. 1:26-28)

Now it might be interesting to note that all this happened on the sixth day of biblical creation. The boundaries of man’s influence were established. Man was the dominant creation by decree of God. God had blessed man and opened the way for him to prosper and have great favour in the land, and over all the plants and animals. Of course, when I write about man, I mean mankind, including the female of the species as referred to in Genesis 1:27.

Then in the beginning of the next chapter of Genesis the scriptures read that all the work of the heavens and earth were finished, and all the hosts (or occupants of the heavens and earth were finished). (Genesis 2:1)

That is interesting! That would mean that you and I were finished beings at this time long ago. You can see an indication of this in the King James Version of the Bible (2 Thessalonians 2:3), as well as in many other places in the scriptures.

We find that God knew things before the foundation of the earth. For example He knew about Jesus.

I Peter 1:18-20

“Forasmuch as ye know that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you.”

So how is it that God, who has given us free will, knows things from a time when there was nothing?

Again, in the King James Version of the Bible, we see that the world of mankind was structured around Christ and the words “fitly framed” are used to signify that the boundaries of the world of man were set, and included a wonderful future for mankind in the grace in Christ in the love of God. (Eph.2:21)

 Eph. 4:15

“But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ (the anointing)”

Eph. 4:16

“From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplies, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, makes increase of the body unto edifying of its self in love.”

(A frame is a boundary of the building as well as its structural component that gives it strength to stand. This building is knit tightly together in its joins and frame.)

Ephesians 2:21

“In whom all the building fitly framed together grows unto an holy temple in the Lord”

This means that man, for strength and the reality of manifested power in the anointing of Jesus, which is Christ, and His Body, which is also the church, should work in love. And the boundary of man, as the glory of God, is also to working in love.

Mankind is the glory of God because of his potential, just as a son is the glory of a man. This working in love is only possible because of the grace of God, which has become manifest in the sacrifice of Jesus, and his shed blood through which, mankind has been reconciled to God.

If mankind has been reconciled to God and the Love of God works in him, then those in the body of Christ are LOVE as God is Love. Even those now not in Christ are still set apart because of their potential to be reconciled to God as sons of God.

In the book of Hebrews we see that the universe was made by the word of God, including all the hosts that live in it.

Hebrews 11:3

“Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.”

God clearly knew about us and all things because He had planned all things and then proclaimed all things to ‘BE’.

So what was God resting from on the seventh day when He still had to breathe into the Man, Adam, ‘the breath’ of life and to have the water from a river to water the garden of Eden?

Genesis 2:2

“And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.”

God was resting from what He had been doing through the days of creation and that was to proclaim over the worlds with his word.

Genesis 2:3

“And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.”

So, God rested on the seventh day and blessed it.

He sanctified the seventh day or set it apart for something new.

The Lord God had something special for the seventh day. This day was for the Man, Adam and his descendants. Jesus outlined this by saying: ‘the Sabbath was made for man but not man for the Sabbath’. (Mark 2:27)

This means that the ‘rest’ of God on the seventh day heralded in an opportunity for someone else to proclaim the word of God, since God had finished. This is why man was created.

Remember, God created man in His own image and likeness. This means that man, like God, has the destiny to proclaim His Word, and watch it happen and exclaim that it is good, just as God did in Genesis chapter 1. (Genesis 1:26)

However, God needed to do something before man could accomplish this. Man needed to have the spirit and mind of God available to him. God needed to fill man with something of Himself.

Since God is LIFE and also LIGHT, then man needed to be filled with this LIFE of God, the LIGHT of God and later the LOVE of God through Christ the anointed one and second Adam. Jesus is proclaimed the Light of the world and Christians are admonished by the Apostle Paul to also be the light of the world. (Ephesians 5:8)

So when God exclaimed that there was not a man to work the ground, He was saying that no man can yet proclaim my word to work the ground and care for this earth. (Gen. 2:5) It is easier to speak over the physical environment than to dig holes in rocky ground by hand. Just look at the contrast that Adam had in the garden and the hardship he had outside God’s blessing.

Genesis 3:17-19

17 And unto Adam he said, Because you have hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and have eaten of the tree, of which I have commanded thee, saying, you shall not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow you shall eat of it all the days of your life;

18 Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to you; and you shall eat the herb of the field;

19 In the sweat of your face shall you eat bread, till you return unto the ground; for out of it was you taken: for dust you are and unto dust shall you return.

God had to do something to bring man to a level equal with Himself. This is when He breathed into Adam the breath of life, and Adam became a LIVING soul, anointed by God to rule the creation.

However, when Adam looked around the animal kingdom he found no-one equal with himself. God had to transfer his endowment of God’s LIFE; that Adam had, to someone else, a female of the species of mankind. This is when the woman was made from the rib of Adam in the Bible story.

This process was more like a transfer of God’s endowment or anointing, and created a female of equal status to Adam, and with equal purpose under the anointing. Later Adam, who was charged with the naming of all things, called his wife Eve.

As Jesus the Christ or anointed one was called the second Adam, the first Adam, before the fall, had everything the second Adam, Jesus, was given before his death and resurrection.

Ephesians 1:22-23

 And has put all things under his feet (Jesus’), and gave him to be the head over all things to the Church: Which is His body, the fullness of Him that fills all in all.

Genesis 1:28

“And God blessed them, and God said unto them,

Be fruitful,

and multiply,

and replenish the earth,

and subdue it:

and have dominion over the fish of the sea,

and over the fowl of the air,

and over every living thing that moves upon the earth etc”

 1 Corinthians 15: 45

“And so it is written, the first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.”

Adam was to subdue the earth, so therefore Jesus and the Church are set to subdue the earth as well. Jesus healed the sick and raised the dead; his disciples also healed the sick, subdued demons, and walked in the authority of the second Adam.

The anointing of Adam, to speak as God, was rejuvenated by Jesus’ anointing, which was prophesied in Isaiah 61:1, and proclaimed by Jesus in Luke 4:18, and become manifest in the commands of Jesus and of the disciples. (Matt14:14, Acts 3:1-7)

Jesus proclaimed to his disciples, in Mark 16:18, before he left them, that they will lay hands on the sick, and that the sick will recover.

But the laying on of hands is not the magical elixir; there is something else that goes with the action of the hands being laid on a person.

Jesus, when He raised the centurion’s son to life, laid hands on the coffin of the boy and commanded;

Luke 7:14

“Young man, I say unto you, Arise.”

Jesus at the house of Jairus, went in even though his daughter was dead and put his hand in hers and said;

Luke 8:54

“ARISE”.

Peter and John at the entry of the temple found a cripple there and they said to him;

Acts 3:6-7

“In the name of Jesus the Christ (the Anointed One) of Nazareth, rise up and walk. And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.”

Through these scriptures we see that the laying on of hands on a person was accompanied with an oral command of restoration.

The authority given to Adam had been made real by the righteousness of Jesus, and the power of God made available to man again through the healing of the breach between God and man through the death of Jesus.

Genesis 2:17

“But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, you shall not eat of it: for in the day that you eat of it, therefore you shall surely die.”

1 Corinthians 15:22

“For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all be made alive.”

Man on accepting Christ had become a living soul once more, just as Adam had been before he separated himself from God, and as Jesus was as a man. But now we, the church, are quickened with Christ in the spirit.

It becomes clear that man has been given authority to speak as God spoke, and command as God commanded, and expect the earth to obey these commands.

People like Noah, Abraham and Enoch of old, and even Job, would command and prophesy, and it would come to pass.

Noah walked with God and was righteous. (Gen. 6:9) (Gen 7:1)

Enoch walked with God. (Gen. 5:24)

Job was a man who was perfect and upright, and one who feared God. (Job 1:1)

Many were considered upright and righteous by God, even under the curses of Adam. And what many spoke came to pass.

Noah said:

Gen. 9:25

“Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren”.

He also said;

Gen. 9:26

“Blessed be the Lord, the God of Shem and let Canaan be His (God’s Servant).”

Noah continues, and declares his sons as descendants, leaving out Ham.

He says;

Gen. 9:27

“May God enlarge Japheth and let him (Japheth) dwell in the tents of Shem.”  This sets Shem as the first born to oversee Japheth, but also giving Japheth status in the family.

“and let Canaan be Japheth’s servant”,

This would mean that Canaan will also dwell in the tents of Shem as a servant to Japheth.

All this was because Ham had seen his father’s nakedness and had told his brothers. However, Ham probably told them in a way that had little reverence to his father, a man who was called righteous by God and was now the Father of all living things on earth at that time. Noah had preserved the animals and preserved his sons, and their wives, and was indeed the father of all.

But because Noah was recognised by God, Noah’s proclamations were honoured by the authority of God, and provided a homeland for some of Shem’s descendants, the sons of Jacob, who became the nation of Israel, many years later.

The Canaanites lost their lands and the peoples of Ham became slaves and servants to God, and to the descendants of Japheth and of Shem.

Noah was probably so enraged with Ham that he never referred to Ham any more, but only to Canaan.

God used Canaan and the lands of Canaan to provide the groundwork for the salvation of all mankind. So as Noah proclaimed in anger that Canaan should be the servant of God, so God used Canaan and the land that produced milk and honey, (Lev.20:24) to provide for the beginnings of God’s kingdom on earth.

What transpired in time from that land was the Saviour, the Son of man and the Son of God, in Jesus.

But, do not lose the truth that man was always destined to rule the earth, and be like God, and proclaim the word of God throughout the earth. God has made a rest for himself and man is that rest, for we are responsible to subdue this earth and proclaim the Kingdom of God unto the earth forever and ever.

Noah was one man who has proclaimed the word for God, but in anger. However, God through His mercy has turned it into the purposes of God, love and goodness.

Adam, after naming all the animals and his wife, no longer spoke with creative authority and started to fear and not trust the goodness of God. He started to question God and listened to Satan, and by doing so effectively became a servant to Satan, and started to proclaim death, sickness and destruction. Many men over the years have also spoken evil into this world, through fear of men or of death or in anger, and produced sickness and death.

But God had spoken of something that transcended the words of Adam and that had been prepared from the foundation of the world.

(Gen. 3:15)

“And I will put enmity between you (Satan) and the woman and between your seed (the followers of Satan) and her seed: it (the seed of the woman, Christ) shall bruise your head, and you will bruise his heel”.

It is interesting to look up the word ‘heel’ in the Strong’s Hebrew dictionary. This word comes from a word that gives a meaning of ‘to restrain’ or ‘to seize’. Remember, how the High Priest’s servants seized Jesus. (Matt 26:50)

The actual word in the Hebrew text is “aw-kabe” which means the rear of the arm.

Jesus would have been badly bruised by the scourging in these areas at his crucifixion, and again as he was put on the cross as the nail went into his forearms.

God has turned the evil words of men into the goodness of God and gave victory to the Sons of God through the saving power of the blood of Jesus which was foreordained but proclaimed again by God in Genesis 3:15.

1 Peter 1:20

“Who (Jesus) verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you.”

1 Peter 1:20 clearly shows that God, who used words to frame the world, had pre-ordained that Jesus would come. When He said to Satan the words in the scripture in Genesis 3:15, God had already proclaimed his goodness, even before starting to say, “Let there be Light.” (Genesis 1:3, John 1:1) And Adam was to follow in God’s example to frame his world.

So who was Melchizedek? Was he God or was he Jesus, was he Adam or Shem, Noah or Enoch or some other king of the time, maybe a descendant of Shem?

 

Chapter 4

by David Holland

If we were to ask, what is the focal point of the Bible, and what piece of land in the world seems to be the most sought after and revered by many peoples today, the answer would have to be Jerusalem?

So, how did this place become so important and revered? Where did it originate?

In Joshua’s time the area was occupied by Jebusites a tribe of Canaanites, hence one of the alternate names for Jerusalem was Jebus.

When the nation of Israel started to colonise the land promised to Shem by Noah because of Ham’s indiscretion, and the curse on Ham’s youngest son Canaan (Genesis 9:20), they only partially conquered the land and in particular the land around Jerusalem.

One of the tribes of Israel called Judah struck Jerusalem and set fire to it and then moved on to the hill country to the south, leaving Benjamin, another tribe of Israel to occupy the city.

However, the tribe of Benjamin was unable to remove the Jebusite people from Jerusalem. (Judges 1:21) So from these events we have the Jebusites living with Israelites near Jerusalem.

By the time of King David the Jebusite people were still living around Jerusalem.

King David knew from the commandments of God that he should not number the ,people which is to calculate their military strength. But instead of trusting in the strength (blessing) of the Lord God for the nation’s protection, King David did assess the nation’s strength, and the Lord was not pleased. (II Samuel 24)

From this displeasure, the scripture indicates that an Angel was poised to destroy the small City of David, Jerusalem. The Angel is described as being on the mountain of the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite. This Jebusite owned the land just to the north of the walled city.

King David’s seer, Gad, said to him, “Go up, raise an altar to the Lord on the threshing floor of the Jebusite.” (II Sam. 24:18) So David, the King went out to meet with Araunah. The Bible says that Araunah looked down and saw the King coming to meet with him, so the mountain seems to be not far away from David’s city. (II Sam 24:20)

King David subsequently purchased the threshing floor and built an altar on the site as instructed by Gad the seer. The site today is the temple mount where the son of King David, Solomon, later built the first temple.

This mountain is the mountain that Moses was looking at when he looked towards the Promised Land from the mountains on the east of the Jordan Valley. God showed him all the land from Zoar at the south end of the Dead Sea, to Gilead in the north, however almost in front of him would have been this mountain standing above the landscape on the western side of the Jordan Valley. (Deut 34: 1:4)

Abraham was told by God to go up to the Land of Moriah and go to a mountain that God would show him, with his son, and offer him as a burnt offering.

Genesis 22: 2

“Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell you of.”

Abraham was told to go up to the land of Moriah. Since he was in the region of Beer-sheba south of Hebron and half way between the Dead Sea and Gaza on the Coast, he would have to travel north into the mountains towards the Jerusalem of today. On the third day they arrived in the evening, remembering that the third day starts in the evening at sunset for Jews. Two days journey, travelling eight hours a day, with three fit men travelling about 5 kilometres an hour, is about 75 to 80 kilometres, which is about the distance from Beer-sheba to the City of David. (Genesis 21:32)

Genesis 22:3

“And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went to the place of which God had told him.”

Once there, Abraham lifted up his eyes and saw the place a far off and told the young men with him to stay. It is likely that the young men were staying somewhere near the site to be later called the City of David, but then known as the Land of Moriah. The mountain would have been the threshing floor of Araunah, the Jebusite many years later.

Captured within the Hebrew language, we are fortunate to have many names of places and people that reflect from antiquity, the nature of a place or character of a person. The word Moriah is no exception.

The word Moriah in the Hebrew language is derived from two meanings. One is from a word that relates to the -iah part of Moriah, ‘Jah’. ‘Jah’, is described in the Hebrew dictionary as a sacred name and the name given to the Lord or a very vehemently respected Lord.

The word Jehovah is one word derived from this word ‘Jah’. Jehovah seems to go even one step higher than Jah, (yaw), describes a self-existent Lord or an Eternal Lord.

With this insight into Moriah, the land of Moriah seems to be a place where a very highly respected Lord or even King of kings resides or once resided. This again shows a trail to Melchizedek, living on the plateau below the mountain.

What else can we find about the word Moriah? (Strong’s Hebrew dictionary ref. 4179: ‘Môrîyâh’, (mo-ree-yaw)

The Hebrew word ‘râ’âh’ (rawaw) is a prime root word of the word Moriah that means ‘to see’. The meaning goes further on and also means ‘to direct’ and ‘to advise’. So the Lord, residing in the mountain region, was advising and directing. The meaning of the word ‘râ’âh’ continues with a number of descriptive words including, ‘provide’, ‘regard’ and ‘respect’. It also means ‘meet’, as if you would meet with someone. Another is ‘joyfully’, ‘enjoy’, ‘spy’, ‘stare’ and ‘show self’, which could describe some of the experiences you may have meeting this person of high status and who commands great respect.

Other words used are: ‘have experience’, ‘look’, ‘see’, ‘seer’, ‘vision’ and ‘take heed’. (Strong’s Hebrew dictionary ref. 7200: ‘râ’âh’)

This describes a wise man, a seer or, in today’s language, a prophet. This is someone who should be taken notice of, and someone who has visions. Could this personage be Melchizedek, King of Salem?

If this sounds too much for this one word to mean then look it up in the Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance and follow the references yourself. All the early history of the Hebrews is encapsulated in the words of the Hebrews.

Again, we find clues of Melchizedek’s character who seems to have been the original occupier of the Land of Moriah.

But now we also start to understand something of his role and office in the times of Abram and the King of Salem through the word ‘Moriah’ and its various related words and their meanings.

It is often important to find the origins of things, so in the next chapter we will go all the way back to the beginning when God started to have a relationship with Adam, and investigate the significance of the action of God in blessing Adam and subsequently all of Adams descendants.

 

 

 

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Chapter 3

by David Holland

 

It is written that in a deep sleep Abraham heard God say to him,

“know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land not

theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four

hundred years. And also that nation whom they shall serve,

will I judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance.”

(Genesis 15: 13-15)

Moses, as the writer of the first five books of the Bible, was certainly

aware of the prophecy spoken to Abram about the fate of his descendants.

He knew that from verse 16 of Genesis 15 that Abram’s descendants

would come back to the land of the Amorites in the fourth generation

after leaving this “land not theirs” known to Moses as Egypt.

So from this scripture we see that God promised the land to Abram

in his dream while he was in the land of the Amorites, just after his

meeting with Melchizedek. The place was north-east of present-day Jerusalem

and probably just east-northeast of Jericho. This was on the

eastern bank of the Jordan River near the place where the Children of

Israel were to cross the Jordan over 400 years later.

Jacob declares a double portion for Joseph to take from the hands of

the Amorite nation. (Genesis 48:22) This further confirms that, at the

time of Moses, the children of Joseph have a right to part of the land

 

of the Amorite and the land of Canaan. (Genesis 28:15) Since Moses

wrote these scriptures, he must have been aware of these facts. As a result

Manasseh, a tribe of the son of Joseph, occupied lands east of the

Sea of Galilee, known today as the Golan Heights in Israel and lands

to the west of the Jordan River.

All the stories of the ancestors of the Hebrews would have been

available to him as a Prince of Egypt and more likely from his mother,

a Hebrew woman of the tribe of the Levites who became his wet nurse

after Pharaoh’s daughter adopted him. (Exodus 2:7-8)

Moses, knowing something of the timing of his life, and the destiny

of the Hebrew people according to the stories and history, would have

taken an intense interest in the events of the past, and would have believed

he was a big part of the Hebrew people’s future.

However, the young Moses, as with many of us, started to take

God’s purpose into his own hands. He saw the injustice of the treatment

of the Hebrew slaves by their Egyptian masters and overthrew

one Egyptian by killing him. After this action Moses was surprise to see

the Hebrews condemning him rather than banding together and following

him in a coup d’état. He became anxious of Egyptian reprisals due

to the killing of the Egyptian and fled to the wilderness of Midian,

away to the south of the Dead Sea on the shores of the Red Sea.

Moses’ time to fulfil his destiny had not yet come. He had to wait another

40 years until he was 80 years old. This age typifies an age of

new beginning and a historic age to start the work of God. It is likely

Abram was also this age when he started God’s work after meeting

with Melchizedek.

 

So Moses was able to write the Genesis story down due to his privileged

background, and recorded the success of Abram in being blessed

by God and Melchizedek, but only fleetingly mentions the failure of Terah.

Most of the stories of Genesis are about the goodness of the ancestors

of Jacob and how they made good even through adversity.

Terah, however, who started a journey to Canaan, is not mentioned

in an overly negative light, but only in a fleeting notation.

Moses was in the process of building a nation. Infusing some cohesion

into the people he was leading. Negative stories would have detracted

from the moral rightness of the people of Israel and their cause

to take part of the Amorite lands, as well as the land of Canaan, which

were promised to Shem and his descendants by Noah. (Genesis

9:25-27)

Moses had been trained by the court of Pharaoh to govern, and although

factual, the history of Genesis was written with the interests of

governance and providing legitimacy to the people of Israel. This legitimacy

provided the way for a vision and the engine that finally allowed

Joshua to take the ‘Promised Land’.

But it was four hundred years, prophesied by God to Abram, before

Abram’s descendants would emerge from captivity at the hand of God

through Moses.

Four hundred years, as with 40 years wandering about the Wilderness

of Sin, signifies a time of judgement. Forty years for judgement

for the unbelief of the people in the favour of God to take the land

promised to them, and four hundred years in slavery for possibly another

transgression not noted in the Bible.

 

As it was that Abram was called to go to the land of Canaan at age

75 years, so it was that Terah was first told to go to the land of Canaan

48 years earlier at the age of 75 years. However, unlike Abram he delayed

some 40 years until his son Haran had grown up, had three children,

Micah, Iscah and Lot and much of his immediate family had

died including, his wife, mother to Sarai, his other wife, mother to

Abram, his daughter in-law and wife to his youngest son, Haran his

youngest son and Iscah the daughter of Haran.

Then, after a suitable mourning time of up to 12 months, Terah proceeded

towards Canaan’s lands.

What a terrible neglect of a command from Almighty God. Terah

was weak and lacking in faith. He did not trust God for provision for

him in the new land and for his little son, Haran, who was about 5

years old at the time God spoke to him to go to the new land.

I believe that Abram understood the reason for the prophetic word

about the slavery of his descendants. He understood the cause was the

neglect of Terah, his father, to act upon his responsibility as Abram

later did in his stead. And Abram understood the reason why God had

told him to go from his father’s house and family, but go to a land God

would show him. (Genesis 12:1)

But it was Melchizedek, Priest of the Most High God, who was waiting

for a suitable man of the descendants of Noah to take the mantle

of the blessing and the knowledge of the land of Canaan which was

promised to a descendent of Shem.

So, because of Terah, the man of God had to wait a further fifty

years until Abram came to his notice in the valley below his mountain

realm, in the land of Salem.

This mountain is mentioned in Bible scriptures in many places. In

the following chapter we will investigate some of these.

 

 

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Chapter 2

by David Holland

 

Here we pick up the story two hundred and twenty years after the flood, several years before Melchizedek meets Abram.

Terah was born.

He was the father of Abram. Abram is known today to most Christians, Jews and Muslims as Abraham the father of the faithful.

Terah lived in one of the major towns in the Chaldean Kingdom. He lived in an area that we recognize today as the ancient Fertile Crescent. It was the cradle of middle-eastern civilization, and was able to support a large population through its agriculture. It also created an ease of increase and abundance in agricultural produce and made kings and rulers rich and powerful.

This in turn made the populations of this fertile area very dependant on the production of the land rather than the provision of God.

Terah was a Shemite, a descendant of Noah through the line of Shem. Similar to Noah himself, who was the eighth generation from Adam’s son Seth and chosen by God to save human kind 200 or so years earlier, Terah was the eighth generation after the flood.

In his time men had turned to sin and disregarded the All Mighty God of Noah. The tower of Babel was built as a tower that would reach the heavens in defiance of the power of God. (Genesis 11:2-6)

Again God was looking for a man who was willing to obey him and step out in faith.

Terah was the logical man. His heritage was of the first born of Noah and was the eighth generation in the new life made available to man through Noah. Eight as a number in the Bible often signifies ‘new beginning’.

This new beginning of life as the flood ended could be considered the starting point to count towards the first 50 year jubilee year. (A jubilee year in ancient Israel was a year of release.) At the flood God reconciled mankind to Himself for the first time through the waters of the flood as a type of baptism for the occupants of the ark of Noah. But this new start with God had been forgotten by the selfish ambitions of men and now God himself was being challenged by the building of the tower of Babel.

Gensis 11:4

“..let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name…”

The bible records that Terah started out for the land of Canaan after the death of Haran his youngest son. At this time it is probable that Terah was about 115 years old. (Genesis 11:31-32)

However, it is plausible that, like Abram, Terah may have been commanded by God to go to the land of Canaan at the age of 75 years. Terah would be 78 years of age to meet up with Melchizedek on year of the sixth jubilee year from the flood. That is exactly 300 years from the time of Noah’s flood.

Terah would have received the blessings that Abram received later on.

Terah was reticent to go at age 75 years. His youngest son whom he loved was only 5 years of age and because of this he may have felt that Ur was a good place to bring up a son and give him all the opportunities of life. So rather than going to the untamed regions of Canaan, he stayed in Ur and disobeyed God, thinking it would be more comfortable to continue in Ur.

He let God’s promises of blessings slip his grasp and his mind.

Everything was going well for him for a few years. But after some years, something appears to go terribly wrong. It may have been sickness or something else, but both his wives die, the mother of Abram and the mother of Sarai (Genesis 20:12), and then his youngest son Haran whom he adored dies. Nahor, his second son, takes the care of Haran’s daughter Milcah and moves away, taking her for his wife. Abram, who had married Sarai, takes the care of Lot, Haran’s second child and heir.

Terah turns to God and remembers what God had told him to do. He blames himself for the death of his son thinking it is because of his disobedience to God.

He immediately repents and starts out towards Canaan with Abram, Sarai and Lot, who is his treasured grandson, son of his much-loved son Haran.

He travels towards Canaan but, on the way, he stops at his son Nahor’s house, at a place probably named after Nahor’s brother, Haran. When he sees Nahor he is so happy that he forgets about his trip to Canaan.

Melchizedek who was praying for God to send a man to him to be blessed, has had to wait some more years until God calls Abram to leave his father’s house and go to Canaan.

Genesis 12:1

“Now the Lord said to Abram, ‘Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will show you.’”

When Abram is finally called, he brings along Lot and goes through the land of Canaan to Egypt, not completely obeying God either, until he is expelled from Egypt by Pharaoh and settles on the edge of the land of Canaan at Hebron. Meanwhile Melchizedek is looking for a man who has the hand of God on him. Only after Abram defeats the King of Elam and returns with Lot does Melchizedek see the favour of God on Abram and decides to meet him.

This meeting would have taken place in the seventh jubilee year from the flood, or 350 years after the flood and with Abram 80 years old.

This meeting would pave the way for God to fulfil His promise to Abraham of an heir and provide a way for God to plant a Seed which is Jesus, and in turn lead to events that would save mankind and the world.

 

 

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Chapter 1

By David Holland

The mystery of Melchizedek, and who he was, is a pivotal part of unravelling the underlying power of the Word of God in the scriptures and the basis for believing them.

Through the early chapters of this book we will be establishing the credentials and characteristics of Melchizedek and the Melchizedek priesthood.

We will be pulling together as much as we can glean from the Biblical texts about whom he met and try to fill in some of the background of the times from Adam through to Abraham that is related to the personage of Melchizedek.

This will involve moving about the historic time line and referring to relevant places and persons, so it may be helpful to reference the maps, chart and tables in the back of the book throughout these chapters.

In those days names were basically a description of whom a person was, or a prophetic word on whom he/she will become.

A good example of this was how God himself renamed Abram to Abraham as father of many nations. (Genesis 17:5)

The word Melchizedek is a name referring to a King in the old Biblical testament, which is derived from two Hebrew meanings.

If we look at the second part of the meaning of the name first, it is spoken like “tseh-dek” which points to a meaning of ‘right’ or perhaps ‘just’ and ‘righteous’. It also has a meaning of prosperous.

Could this mean that this Melchizedek was a righteous man? Was he the rightful or legal ruler of a kingdom called Salem? Since Salem (Shalem) means peaceable, just, perfect, quiet and whole in the Hebrew, and some of these meanings fit the name of Melchizedek well, then the name Melchizedek could nicely align to the identity of Jesus.

Or is there more to be told about how He has the right to rule?

The first part of the word of Melchizedek, pronounced similar to “meh-lek” means a king, or royal. This means that Melchizedek was of a royal lineage.

We first hear about this King when he meets Abram after Abram defeated King Chedorlaomer in Genesis 14:17.

This is an interesting meeting that took place in the Valley of Shaveh or the Kings Valley, which seems to have been in the presence of the King of Sodom. It is more than likely that the King of Sodom knew the King of Salem, who was most likely considered the Great King of the region.

Sodom was located at the southern end of the Dead Sea within the valley of Siddim. This valley was described in Genesis 13 as well watered and as the garden of the Lord. It was likened to the fertile delta of the Nile in Egypt. It must have been a very beautiful and prosperous area and at the time Lot chose this area to settle, it was producing good agricultural produce.

In contrast, it is likely that Melchizedek ruled an area around Jerusalem on the mountains on the west of the Jordan River valley. At the time Abram lived around Hebron, north-west of Sodom. This place was called Mamre. Gen.13:18.

The story is told in Genesis chapter 14. Many of the kings living around the region of Sodom were in service to another greater King. The King Chedorlaomer, whose kingdom lies on the lower parts of the Euphrates River near the Persian Gulf. He had many kings in servitude to him, probably because of the considerable wealth of the region of the Fertile Crescent near cities like Ur. These kingdoms included kingdoms up and down the Jordan River valley and kingdoms as far as the wilderness to the south of the land of Canaan. Gen. 14:5-7

Because these western kings stopped paying tribute to the great king after twelve years, he gathered up an army, which included three kings probably in covenant to him, and started northwest up the Euphrates River valley and then south along the King’s Highway on the western side of the Jordan River in the fourteenth year. He plundered towns and cities along the Rift Valley and went to the south of the Dead Sea not tangling with the King of Sodom and the other kingdoms located in the Siddim Valley.

The Siddim Valley is now located within the boundary of the waters of the Dead Sea. The extreme change to this landscape from a fertile valley to a flooded valley that became the Dead Sea, where nothing could live, would have happened in the great volcanic upheaval described in Genesis when Lot was leaving the city of Sodom after God had warned him of the impending disaster.

Genesis 19: 24

“Then the Lord rained upon Sodom and Gomorrah, brimstone and fire from the Lord out of the Heavens.”

Most likely this fire was from volcanic action somewhere in the Siddim Valley.

Genesis 19:28

“Then he (Abram) looked towards Sodom and Gomorrah, and towards all the land of the plain; and he saw, and beheld, and lo, the smoke of the country went up like the smoke of a furnace”

Clearly, as Abraham looked down towards the plain of Siddim, he saw great tumultuous volcanic and seismic upheavals. This upheaval must have allowed the valley floor to drop and allow the waters of the Dead Sea to flow in, thus destroying the fertile oasis of Sodom.

However, at the time of the king of Sodom rebelling against the great King of the East, King Chedorlaomer, before the destruction of Sodom, King Chedorlaomer continued to overcome cities around Sodom. This included cities as far west as those around Mount Sier where the Horites lived, which is the place where the Edomites later lived. (These were the decendants of Esau, who was the brother of Jacob.)

Then he started his return and took Kadesh to the south on the edge of the wilderness, and then travelled north to the kingdoms of the southern end of the Dead Sea.

It is likely that the kind of relationship these kings had with King Chedorlaomer was not a covenant relationship, but more like a trade relationship and a protection treaty. If it were a true covenant these kings lives would have been forfeit to the Great King.

The five kings of the Siddim Valley had moved out of their cities and gathered to wait for this great king and his armies, who included the king of Sodom. However, they too succumbed to the might of King Chedorlaomer, possibly because their army became entangled in the dangerous asphalt pits in the region and were not able to fully engage King Chedorlaomer’s army.

Gen. 14:10-11

“And the vale of Siddim was full of slimepits; and the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah fled, and fell there; and they that remained fled to the mountain.”

When this verse says that the king of Sodom fell there, it could not mean that he was slain, because clearly he was having a conversation several verses later with Abram. (Gen.14:21) So it must mean that he was caught in the oil slime when attacking. As a result, King Chedorlaomer walked into the undefended cities of Sodom and Gomorrah and carted off the people and their wealth.

Unfortunately for King Chedorlaomer, in the process of taking the spoils from the city of Sodom, he carted off the nephew of Abram, a man now blessed by God.

Genesis 12:3

“And I will bless them that bless you and curse him that curse you: and in you shall all families of the earth be blessed.”

It is likely that the King of Elam then went north on the eastern banks of the Dead Sea along the king’s highway, an ancient trade route, making his way back to the land of Elam. The land of Elam is on the northern most part of the Persian Gulf of today.

As he was attempting to go back the way he had come via the Fertile Crescent, or Mesopotamia, Abram gathered 318 trained men of his household at Hebron. Abram after travelling through the area of Sodom, chased after King Chedorlaomer and the king of Shinar plus two other kings moving victoriously towards their homes in the east. With all their booty of the conquests plus their own wealth, Abram and his 318 men caught up with them at a town called Dan not far from Damascus and engaged in battle with them.

After Abram’s victory, and as he was coming back towards Sodom bringing back Lot and the people of Sodom to the King of Sodom, it is recorded that this King of Sodom went out to meet him in the Kings Valley. (Gen. 14:21).

This would mean that the meeting place of the kings was in the Jordan Valley, a wide valley described as a ‘dale’ in the King James Version of the Bible, and as a wide valley described in Strong’s Hebrew dictionary. This meeting place was probably north-east of Jericho, on the eastern banks of the Jordan River.

It is highly likely that Melchizedek saw all of the activity up and down the valley from his mountain vantage, and may have seen or heard evidence of Abram’s rout of the King of Elam and his men.

Melchizedek, seeing the favour of the Lord on Abram, went down to meet him. Melchizedek, “King of Salem”“Priest of the Most High God” realised that this man Abram was a man favoured by God and was the man that he had been waiting for.

Genesis 14:18

“And Melchizedek, king of Salem (Jerusalem) brought forth bread and wine: and he was priest of the Most High God.”

When the King of Sodom met Abram in the King’s Valley, it is likely that the King of Sodom treated him as a king with great favour with God.

At this point Melchizedek, a Great King, meets Abram and formalises Abram’s kingship, makes covenant with him and blesses him. It is evident that Melchizedek was wishing to make covenant with Abram because he had with him the bread and the wine which were the Christian symbols use for covenant making by Jesus. (Matt. 26:26-28)

These symbols were used by Jesus when making covenant with his disciples, then representing the Church. Jesus was making covenant as a Melchizedek priest, similar to the way the first Melchizedek broke bread with Abram.

Once a covenant was exchanged with Abram, Abram was obliged to share his booty with Melchizedek, as Melchizedek was obliged to share his anointing and righteousness with Abram.

Gen. 14:20

“And he (Abram) gave him (Melchizedek) tithes of all”

These riches were such a small part of Abram’s substance to give the great king compared with what Abram received in return.

Abram was already of the royal line, but now he had acquired the righteousness of God not by decree of God like Jesus, but by covenant through Melchizedek. Isaiah 42:1-7, Matthew 3:15-17

Now Abram was in a different league because of his righteousness, and had the ability to believe God at His Word. God recognised this and because Abram believed, God gave power to Abram’s belief so it could become manifest.

Gen. 15:6

“And he (Abram) believed in the Lord; and he (God) counted (accredited) it to him (Abram) for (Abram’s) righteousness.”

Melchizedek now continues to expound what Abram has gained through covenant with him.

Genesis 14:19.

“And he blessed him, and said, blessed be Abram of the Most High God, possessor of heaven and earth.”

In this verse Melchizedek proclaims that Abram be “the blessed” by the Most High God, and then proclaims “possessor of heaven and earth”.

This proclamation should be read as a proclamation towards Abram, because the next thing Melchizedek proclaims is; “blessed be Most God High”.

Genesis 14:20

“And blessed be the Most High God, which hath delivered your enemies into your hand.”

Abram, who was already blessed by God, had also become the possessor of heaven and earth, as well as righteous by covenant. (Genesis 12:2-3)

However, the Bible says that Melchizedek was the greater, even over Abram, because Abram gave tithe to Melchizedek (Hebrews 7:4), (who was soon to be called Abraham; father of a multitude because he was righteous and believed God) and now proclaimed possessor of heaven and earth by Melchizedek Himself.

So let’s recap. Melchizedek is the rightful ruler of Salem, he is the Priest of God, greater than Abraham and therefore possessor of heaven and earth, and blessed by the Most High God and his name means righteous and of royal descent.

Now comes the interesting part. In Psalms 110:4 the Bible foretells the existence of the Messiah and describes Jesus the Christ, the Living Son of the Living God as “a Priest forever after the order of Melchizedek”.

The book of Hebrews confirms this through chapters five, six and seven. Referring to Jesus, God said; “you are a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek”.

So we see the similarity of Jesus to Melchizedek, who had been proclaimed King of Kings.

But is Jesus indeed Melchizedek?

Let’s look at this one logically.

If Jesus were Melchizedek, then why would God proclaim him “a priest forever” after His death and resurrection? And if he is proclaimed to be priest after the order of this ancient King/Priest, then surely Jesus is not this King Melchizedek.

If Jesus is not the ancient King of Salem, but is one who will follow after this order, then who was this King, intimately known by many of the ancient kings of His time and in particular the King of Sodom who rules over a city of unruly men, “sinners against the Lord.” (Genesis 13:13)

If we rule out Jesus as the mystical Melchizedek, then who was He?

 

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