One of the mysteries of the Bible is the identity of Melchisedec. Who is he? We read, in Hebrews 6:19-20, that Jesus Christ, after His resurrection, was High Priest "after the order of Melchisedec." Or, in the plainer English of the Moffatt translation, "with the rank of" - equal status with, Melchicedec. First, Melchisedec was God's Priest. During a war between a number of ancient city states, Abraham's nephew, Lot, had been captured and he and his family and goods carried off. One of their number escaped and told Abraham, who armed 318 of his own servants, pursued them clear to Dan and beyond, and rescued Lot and his family and returned them and their goods. On Abraham's return, he was ministered to by Melchisedec: "And Melchisedec king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God.
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