The Priestly Order of Melchizedek
For this q Melchizedek, king of r Salem, priest of s the Most High God, met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him,
and to him Abraham apportioned a tenth part of everything. He is first, by translation of his name, king of righteousness, and then he is also king of Salem, that is, king of peace.
He is without father or mother t or genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but resembling the Son of God he continues a priest forever.
See how great this man was to whom Abraham u the patriarch gave a tenth of the spoils!
And v those descendants of Levi who receive the priestly office have a commandment in the law to take tithes from the people, that is, from their brothers, though these also are descended from Abraham.
But this man w who does not have his descent from them received tithes from Abraham and blessed x him who had the promises.
It is beyond dispute that the inferior is blessed by the superior.
In the one case tithes are received by mortal men, but in the other case, by one y of whom it is testified that z he lives.
One might even say that Levi himself, who receives tithes, paid tithes through Abraham,
for he was still in the loins of his ancestor when Melchizedek met him.
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Genesis 14:18 - 20
And Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. (He was priest of God Most High.)
His abode has been established in Salem, his dwelling place in Zion.
The oracle of him who hears the words of God, and knows the knowledge of the Most High, who sees the vision of the Almighty, falling down with his eyes uncovered:
When the Most High gave to the nations their inheritance, when he divided mankind, he fixed the borders of the peoples according to the number of the sons of God.
But this man who does not have his descent from them received tithes from Abraham and blessed him who had the promises.
Brothers, I may say to you with confidence about the patriarch David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day.
Acts 7:8 - 9
And he gave him the covenant of circumcision. And so Abraham became the father of Isaac, and circumcised him on the eighth day, and Isaac became the father of Jacob, and Jacob of the twelve patriarchs.
To the Levites I have given every tithe in Israel for an inheritance, in return for their service that they do, their service in the tent of meeting.
Moreover, you shall speak and say to the Levites, 'When you take from the people of Israel the tithe that I have given you from them for your inheritance, then you shall present a contribution from it to the Lord, a tithe of the tithe.
2 Chronicles 31:4 - 5
And he commanded the people who lived in Jerusalem to give the portion due to the priests and the Levites, that they might give themselves to the Law of the Lord.
He is without father or mother or genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but resembling the Son of God he continues a priest forever.
For the promise to Abraham and his offspring that he would be heir of the world did not come through the law but through the righteousness of faith.
As he says also in another place, "You are a priest forever, after the order of Melchizedek.
Where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.
As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever feeds on me, he also will live because of me.
Revelation 1:17 - 18
When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. But he laid his right hand on me, saying, "Fear not, I am the first and the last.