So vitally important to us

So why is Melchizedek so vitally important to us?

The writer to the Hebrews indicates the Priest(s) of order of Melchizedek were to last forever, that the system of priests through the tribe of Levi would eventually come to an end.

It is well known that the role of the Messiah was to be a king (Acts 1:6), but Psalm 110:4 is the only prophecy that indicates that he will be a priest:

The LORD has sworn
and will not change his mind:
“You are a priest forever,
in the order of Melchizedek.”

Psalm 110:4, NIV

So if the events in Genesis 14 never happened, there would be no way that Jesus could become our High Priest, and we would have no way of having our sins forgiven. See Hebrews 6:13 - 9:28

The future

This one's a little harder to follow, but the events that occurred on that day in Genesis 14 give us an indication of what will happen in the near future, at a time known as "the last days."

The four kings can be compared to the King of the North (Russia/Germany) and the King of the South (Egypt) in Ezekiel 38. There will be a time when Lot (Israel) is taken captive by these kings; and all will look lost. It will appear that nothing can be done to fix the problem. At that point Abraham (the saints, together with angels) will rescue Lot (Israel). Then Melchizedek (Christ) will appear on the scene.

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