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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 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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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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Dipl. Theology, BAS Env. Planning, Grad. Dipl. Env. Management

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

 

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