Hebrews 7:1-10
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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. Now consider how great this
man was, unto whom even the patriarch Abraham
gave the tenth of the spoils. And verily they that
are of the sons of Levi, who receive the office of
the priesthood, have a commandment to take
tithes of the people according to the law, that is, of
their brethren, though they come out of the loins of
Abraham: But he whose descent is not counted
from them received tithes of Abraham, and
blessed him that had the promises. And without all
contradiction the less is blessed of the better. And
here men that die receive tithes; but there he
receiveth them, of whom it is witnessed that he
liveth. And as I may so say, Levi also, who
receiveth tithes, payed tithes in Abraham. For he
was yet in the loins of his father, when
Melchisedec met him.  (KJV)
Nothing is said of his parentage. This, or the fact that it was not due to succession that he
became king, may be the reason he is said to be without father, without mother.
Neither is anything said of his birth, nor is death. The only mention of Melchizedek is his
encounter with Abraham. Thus, it is though there was no beginning, nor end to his priesthood.

(Genesis 14:17-20) And the king of Sodom went out to meet him after his return from the
slaughter of Chedorlaomer, and of the kings that were with him, at the valley of Shaveh, which is
the king's dale. 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: And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered
thine enemies into thy hand. And he gave him tithes of all.  (KJV)


The whole sequence only takes four verses; but, it plays a major part in the discussion of Jesus
and His position as a Priest-King. The prophecy of the Psalm, and the discussion of Jesus as a
priest according to the order of Melchizedek in Hebrews show that Melchizedek was a type of

Psalms 110:4) The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the
order of Melchizedek.  (KJV)

Heb 5:6, 10; 6:20; 7:17, 21

Jesus, unquestionably, is a King of righteousness, and a King of Peace.

The eternal character of Jesus is described in John 1. His eternal position as King-Priest is part
of the discussion by the Hebrew writer.


The psalmist speaks of the order of Melchizedek to distinguish it from the priesthood of the tribe
of Judah, and the family of Levi. This is a prophecy of the priesthood of Jesus.

By default, some apply the order of Melchisedec to all Christians, as well. Peter refers to us as a
royal priesthood, and since we have not the succession of the family of Levi in the tribe of Judah,
it is assumed to be a priesthood according to the order of Melchizedek that Christians have, de

1 Peter 2:9-10 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar
people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness
into his marvellous light:  Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of
God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.  (KJV)

The Mormon priesthood of Melchizedek is applied to males over the age of twelve. Until 1978,
this priesthood was denied to anyone of color. A person of color maintained the same
priesthood as a pre-teen. The gospel never has made a distinction between anyone upon the
basis of race, class or national origin. Thus, there is no resemblance between the Mormon
concept and the Biblical concept.


The argument is made that Levi paid tithes to Melchisedec through Abraham, since Levi had not
yet been born. Now the question is, does inferior pay tithes to the superior, or does the superior
pay tithes to the inferior? Unquestionably, the inferior pays tithes to the superior. Therefore,
Melchisedec was superior to Levi. The conclusion: the priesthood of Melchisedec is superior to
the priesthood of Levi.

This means that the priesthood of Jesus is superior to the priesthood of those who served
under the Law of Moses.

See also Ge 14:17-20; Nu 18:21,26; Ro 4:13; Ga 3:16; Heb 5:6; 6:20