He only makes a brief appearance, but the significance of this event is
extremely important for Christians. If this event didn't occur, then Jesus
Christ could not have been our High Priest (Heb 9:11-14), meaning that we
would have no way of having our sins forgiven.
There is a large amount of information available on Melchizedek, but not
all of it is factual; so take a look through this article, and draw your
After Abram returned from defeating Kedorlaomer and the kings allied with him, the king of Sodom came out to meet him in the Valley of Shaveh (that is, the Kings Valley). Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. He was priest of God Most High, and he blessed Abram, saying,
Blessed be Abram by God Most High,
Creator of heaven and earth. And blessed be God Most High,
who delivered your enemies into your hand. Then Abram gave him a tenth of everything.
Genesis 14:17-20, NIV
In the events that lead up to this visit from Melchizedek, Abraham's
nephew Lot is taken captive by four kings (Gen 14:11). Abraham then
attacks them and recovers Lot, his family, and his possessions (Gen 14:14-16).
What does melchizedek mean? It can be broken into two parts, with "melchi" means king, and
"zedek" meaning justice or righteousness.
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This article was written by Phil. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org