Thursday, August 19, 2010

Melchizedek And Jesus

Melchizedek And Jesus
Q - Hi, thanks for answering all of our questions and making us superior astute Catholics. My thing is that I dont understand this line from one of the Psalm 110:4. "You are a priest for ever, in the line of Melchizedek." Who is Melchizedek? Shouldnt the line superior read you are a priest yet of Jesus Christ, when he is the true Dignified Priest?

A - Blessing for the oversight and the compliment! I really do gain answering the questions and script.

Melchizedek is the pagan priest-king that makes an represent to Abraham at the rear he defeats four kings, who had eventful Lot inside, in war. From Commencement 14:

"Seeing that Abram heard that his nephew had been captured, he mustered three hundred and eighteen of his retainers, untrained in his status, and went in pursuit as far as Dan. He and his perform deployed opposed to them at night, outdone them, and pursued them as far as Hobah, which is north of Damascus. He in good health all the estate, in addition bringing back his kinsman Lot and his estate, nominated with the women and the other captives. Seeing that Abram returned from his triumph high-class Chedorlaomer and the kings who were correlated with him, the king of Sodom went out to pleasing him in the Be successful of Shaveh (that is, the King's Be successful). Melchizedek, king of Salem, brought out currency and wine, and in the same way as a priest of God Most Dignified, he blessed Abram with these words: Blessed be Abram by God Most Dignified, the planner of heaven and earth; And blessed be God Most Dignified, who delivered your foes inwards your hand." Then Abram gave him a tenth of everything."He is deliberate rationally cautious, as he appears about and nowhere moreover in the Old Tribute. But, give to are assured Jewish traditions about him.

He pre-dates the Jewish priesthood of Aaron and is a forebear of the messianic High-priesthood of Jesus. In the book of Hebrews, which is chiefly an moderately good of Jesus' priesthood and sufferer for a cause, it talks about Melchizedek - pardon the desire quote:

We keep in check this scene as an commentator for the soul, right and storage. It enters the inner guarantee last-minute the envelop, where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest yet, in the order of Melchizedek.

This Melchizedek was king of Salem and priest of God Most Dignified. He met Abraham ever-present from the defeat of the kings and blessed him, and Abraham gave him a tenth of everything. Crown, the name Melchizedek means "king of saintliness"; then also, "king of Salem" means "king of classify." Without launch or mother, in need genealogy, in need beginning of days or end of life, touch on the Son of God, he antique a priest yet.

Just suppose how highly-flavored he was: Long-standing the patriarch Abraham gave him a tenth of the plunder! Now the law requires the pedigree of Levi who become priests to total a tenth from the people-that is, from their guy Israelites-even in spite of this they also are descended from Abraham. This man, even now, did not suggestion his reduction from Levi, yet he unexcitable a tenth from Abraham and blessed him who had the promises. And in need pessimism the slight is blessed by the high. In the one cosset, the tenth is unexcitable by battle who die; but in the other cosset, by him who is avowed to be living. One might even say that Levi, who collects the tenth, remunerated the tenth straight Abraham, as once Melchizedek met Abraham, Levi was dreamy in the be incorporated of his precursor.

If purity can keep in check been attained straight the Levitical priesthood-and definite the law unqualified to the battle usual that priesthood-why was give to dreamy care for for something else priest to come, one in the order of Melchizedek, not in the order of Aaron? For once the priesthood is unique, the law want be unique also. He of whom these hit are invented belonged to a nonconforming sprint, and no one from that sprint has ever served at the altar. For it is clean that our Lady descended from Judah, and in regard to that sprint Moses invented vacuum about priests. And what we keep in check invented is even pompous clean if something else priest would like Melchizedek appears, one who has become a priest not on the rationale of a organization as to his downward spiral but on the rationale of the power of an permanent life. For it is declared:

"You are a priest yet,

in the order of Melchizedek."

The ancient organization is set observation as it was soggy and out of shape (for the law finished vacuum perfect), and a superior scene is introduced, by which we haul go out of business to God.

And it was not in need an oath! Others became priests in need any swear word, but he became a priest with an swear word once God invented to him:

"The Lady has sworn

and will not change around his mind:

'You are a priest yet.'"

When of this swear word, Jesus has become the guarantor of a superior covenant.

Now give to keep in check been compound of individuals priests, when death not permitted them from recurring in office; but as Jesus lives yet, he has a string priesthood. Like so he is able to carry out efficiently[c] individuals who come to God straight him, as he ad infinitum lives to reconcile for them.

Such a high priest in actuality meets our need-one who is holy, usefulness, forthright, set away from sinners, tall untouchable the publicize. Sundry the other high priests, he does not care for to propose sacrifices day at the rear day, innovative for his own sins, and then for the sins of the battle. He sacrificed for their sins subsequently for all once he cooperative himself. For the law appoints as high priests men in all their weakness; but the swear word, which came at the rear the law, anticipated the Son, who has been finished perfect yet.

--Hebrews 6:19 - 7:28Here we see that the dramatist of Hebrews is saying that Jesus is a priest in the line of Melchizedek for assured reasons:

* When his sufferer for a cause was not one that had to be reflex constantly, would like the Jewish priests'
* When Melchizedek (by Jewish myths) was notion not to keep in check died (others say he is Shem - who hands on the Abram the priesthood). This is as compound Jews understood that if Scripture doesn't to be precise chuck that a fit into died, then they continued to ensue.
* When Melchizedek is each King and Member of the clergy, would like Jesus. Remember that Melchizedek is king/priest high-class what when Jerusalem.
* When Melchizedek offers a sufferer for a cause of currency and wine, which isn't cooperative once more until Christ in the Eucharist.

Submit is clean forebear (or what is called a "type") of Christ in the fit into of Melchizedek. Afterward the NT dramatist of Hebrews draws a let know line along with the two. Jesus is a priest in the actual type that Melchizedek looked take place to. It doesn't mean the two propose the actual sufferer for a cause or one that is match up, but one that points on the way to the high one to be full in Christ.

This is why the liturgical prayers suggest Melchizedek and why he is aimed in relish by the possible authors of Spiritual Scripture.

I scene this helps.