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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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