It was after the war, and when Abram and his people saved the people of Sodom and Lot who were ambushed, that Abram met up with a person named Melchizedek. However, this man was different than any other person Abram had ever met. Being the king of Salem, which translates to be the king of peace, he blessed Abram, as the Lord had done n the past also. It is written, “and Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God. And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth” (Genesis 14:18,19) This blessing is much like was said to him in Genesis 12. It reads, “and I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.” (Genesis 12:2,3) So we have the Lord coming to bless Abram in person after he had heard His voice in the past. No wonder Abram was excited to have Him in his company and gave unto him tithes. Wouldn’t you do the same if God came to visit you? I say God, because of what we will learn next.
After Melchizedek came to Abram, Abram gave unto him a tithe of everything he had. It is written, “and blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he gave him tithes of all.” (Genesis 14:20) This same Melchizedek was no mere man as I stated earlier, but was the Lord, our God, in the flesh. The writer of Hebrews writes, “for this Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him; To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of peace; Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually.” (Hebrews 7:1-3) This Melchizedek is the King of peace, or we may say the prince of peace, which Jesus is. He is also the king of righteousness, having no earthly father or mother. Yep, Jesus had not been born of Mary yet, but simply came down to bless Abram in person. This is so amazing, indeed. This kind of thing happened in the past, although He still wants to be with us now also. Amen.
Let us pray:
Oh Lord, I lift You up in praise. In thanksgiving, do I bow down before You now. You are worthy of our praise, and honor. I extol You, Lord. There is no one like You in heaven and earth. People may come and try to lift themselves up in the things that they can do on earth. These people may gain great followings and some may even make statues for them when they die. However, earthly idols are no match to the real deal. As for me, I will not allow my flesh to follow another person who could lead me astray. Sure, You will bring people into my life that I can imitate different things that they do for Your kingdom. Some people may be stronger and even wiser in the faith now at what they do and know, but with You in our lives, we can do all things. Nothing You put in our lives is out of reach. I am honored and truly blessed to have been given words to speak as I preach and teach the gospel message to anyone that has ears to hear. Great power comes when we head Your voice and simply open our mouths and let You fill it. I love it when You do things through me that I could not have done on my own. This is a testimony that You are real, God. I am nothing without You. I love You, Jesus. I trust in You, Lord. Amen.