"Without Father or Mother, Without Genealogy"

To work out who Melchizedek was, we need to understand what is meant by Hebrews 7:3. The writer to the Hebrews is simply indicating that records did not exist: there was no mention of either his father or mother in the Genesis account. There is no mention of his birth or death. This does not mean that he didn't have parents, or didn't die.

The rabbis had a rule of "Silence" which says that if it wasn't recorded in scripture, then it didn't happen. For example: If it didn't mention Melchizedek's parents, then he didn't have any.

The writer to the Hebrews uses this viewpoint to say figuratively that since Melchizedek lived for ever, (there is no record of his death), that it was a symbol of Christ and his living for ever.

Bread and Wine

When Melchizedek offered Abraham bread and wine in Genesis 14:18, what was he offering him? Was it just food and drink; an ordinary meal; or was it more than that?

Given that there is no mention of this in Hebrews 7, when it would be a perfect time to do so, Melchizedek was simply offering Abraham something to eat. There was no spiritual symbolism in what he was given.

  • But what do you think? Was it more than an ordinary meal?

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