Summary: To show that Melchizedek is the Pre-Incarnate CHRIST because He receives tithes and called King of Righteousness and King of Peace.
Do you have righteousness and peace?
II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:
To show that Melchizedek is the Pre-Incarnate CHRIST because He receives tithes and called King of Righteousness and King of Peace.
Hebrews 7:2 (Amplified Bible)
7:2 And Abraham gave to him a tenth portion of all [the spoil]. He is primarily, as his name when translated indicates, king of righteousness, and then he is also king of Salem, which means king of peace.
I bring all my tithes to JESUS CHRIST, who is my King of Righteousness and my King of Peace.
Abraham gave tithe to Melchizedek
A. Date of writing: Before AD. 70
B. Style of writing: Best Greek style
C. Authorship: Not specific, but generally attributed to Apostle Paul. Can be also ascribed to Barnabas, Luke, Apollos
D. Audience: Hebrew Christians
E. Theme: Christ is superior to the prophets; Christ is superior to angels—J. Vernon McGee's Thru The Bible
F. Purpose: The chief doctrinal purpose of the writer was to show the transcendent glory of the Christian dispensation, as compared with that of the Old Testament.—Thompson Chain - Bible Book Outlines
G. Keyword: better
VIII. MAIN BODY:
A. Abraham gave a tithe to Melchizedek
"And Abraham gave to him a tenth portion of all [the spoil]."
The tithe or 10 percent belongs only to GOD. Melchizedek is Pre-Incarnate CHRIST, so CHRIST receives the tithes.
Genesis 28:22 (Amplified Bible)
28:22 And this stone which I have set up as a pillar (monument) shall be God’s house [a sacred place to me], and of all [the increase of possessions] that You give me I will give the tenth to You.
Leviticus 27:32 (Amplified Bible)
27:32 And all the tithe of the herd or of the flock, whatever passes under the herdsman’s staff [by means of which each tenth animal as it passes through a small door is selected and marked], the tenth shall be holy to the Lord.
Numbers 18:21 (Amplified Bible)
18:21 And, behold, I have given the Levites all the tithes in Israel for an inheritance in return for their service which they serve, the [menial] service of the Tent of Meeting.
B. Melchizedek means King of Righteousness. Melchizedek is also King of Salem meaning King of Peace
"He is primarily, as his name when translated indicates, king of righteousness, and then he is also king of Salem, which means king of peace"
Isaiah 9:6-7 (Amplified Bible)
9:6 For to us a Child is born, to us a Son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder, and His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father [of Eternity], Prince of Peace.
9:7 Of the increase of His government and of peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from the [latter] time forth, even forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.
Ephesians 2:14-18 (Amplified Bible)
2:14 For He is [Himself] our peace (our bond of unity and harmony). He has made us both [Jew and Gentile] one [body], and has broken down (destroyed, abolished) the hostile dividing wall between us,