QUESTION: WHO WAS MELCHIZEDEK, THE KING OF SALEM?
ANSWER: AFTER THE RESCUE OF LOT BY ABRAHAM, WE ARE INTRODUCED TO A
VERY INTERESTING PERSON. THAT PERSON WAS MELCHIZEDEK, KING
OF SALEM, AND HE WAS NONE OTHER THAN SHEM, THE SON OF NOAH.
SHEM, AS A PREACHER OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, WAS, AT THAT TIME,
KING OF SALEM, THE ANCIENT NAME OF JeruSALEM.
"And Melchizedek king of Salem...WAS THE PRIEST OF THE MOST HIGH
GOD." (Genesis 14:18)
It was the celebration of what was afterward known as the Lord's
Supper. The significance of this was well known in Abraham's day.
A Priest [Preacher of Righteousness] after the order of Melchizedek
broke the bread and gave the wine to Abraham. Later, it is declared
that Jesus Christ is a Priest forever of the same order (Psalms
Between the reign of this king, to whom Abraham gave tithes and
from whom he received the sacraments, and the coming of Jesus
Christ, who was to continue the office forever, is a very
interesting period in history. During that time Abraham's seed grew
into a multitude of people. At the beginning of a new dispensation
Jesus instituted anew the giving of the bread and wine, and the
seed of Abraham received this in memory of His Sacrifice for them.