Day 8

Melchizedek’s Blessing

from the Genesis reading plan

Genesis 13:5-18, Genesis 14:1-24, Hebrews 7:1-22

BY Missy Fuller

Text: Genesis 13:5-18, Genesis 14:1-24, Hebrews 7:1-22

The 1990s were a perfect decade to be a young, aspiring, female athlete.

In 1996, the US Women’s Gymnastics Team won gold in the team all-around competition at the Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta. We all screamed and cried when Kerri Strug stuck her final vault landing with one uninjured foot. In 1998, Tara Lipinski became the youngest individual to win a Winter Olympic gold medal when she took the title in women’s figure skating—before she even finished middle school! And in 1999, Mia Hamm and the US Women’s Soccer Team took home the World Cup championship after a nail-biting final, double overtime, and a penalty kick shootout. An entire nation of soccer girls rejoiced.

We all love our heroes. Something in us can’t help but look to someone greater than ourselves. Eleven-year-old Missy could tell you every stat, biological fact, and piece of trivia you ever wanted to know about those three athletes—especially Mia Hamm.

When we read about Israel in Genesis, we see God’s people had a hero of their own: Abram. And what a hero he was! In Genesis chapters 13-14 alone, Abram selflessly offered the best land to his nephew and then defeated the armies of four kingdoms—with only 318 fighting men (Genesis 14:14). He was a man of great wealth and power, but more importantly, he spoke directly with the God of the universe (Genesis 12:1-3).

Yet here is Abram, a mighty hero, honoring another man: Melchizedek. Melchizedek was king of Salem, and he is the first mention of a priest in the Old Testament. He is a representative of God Most High sent to bless Abram, who, in response, gives him a tenth of the spoils after defeating the four kings (Genesis 14:18-19). Abram’s gesture signified honor and respect to Melchizedek.

While Abram was Israel’s hero, Scripture tells us Melchizedek was even greater than Abram. The writer of Hebrews says, “just think how great he was: Even the patriarch Abraham gave him a tenth of the plunder!” (Hebrews 7:4).

In Melchizedek, we see the beginnings of the priestly system God would establish for Israel in Exodus and Leviticus. The purpose of the Levitical priests was to make atonement for the people and serve as mediators between Israel and the Lord. But they, too, were sinful men and very much in need of a perfect mediator themselves. Theirs was a covenant marked by bloodshed, sacrifice, and ritual (Leviticus 14:19). The system was broken—and everyone knew it. But in Psalm 110, Israel is promised another priest to come:

The Lord has sworn an oath and will not take it back:
“Forever, You are a priest like Melchizedek.”
– Psalm 110:4

This coming priest would be the one to fix the broken system and establish a better one. He who was greater than Abram and Melchizedek would never fail and would forever provide freedom from the curse of sin. The Israelites were waiting for something better—for someone better. They were waiting for Jesus.

Jesus became the guarantor of a better covenant, one sealed by His perfect life and selfless sacrifice—the ultimate act of obedience. Jesus is indeed greater, even than Melchizedek (Hebrews 7:22).

Abram was blessed that day in the Valley of Shaveh, but the true blessing was that God foreshadowed a new and better priesthood through Melchizedek. His was merely a model for Christ’s priesthood—a priesthood that ushered in a new covenant of grace and blessing instead of punishment and sacrifice.

Isn’t that our God? He takes the brokenness that surrounds us and gives us something better.

Abram is still a hero, but Jesus is the one who redeems us “on the basis of the power of an indestructible life” (Hebrews 7:16). May we worship our Savior today, remembering His new, perfect covenant of grace.


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53 thoughts on "Melchizedek’s Blessing"

  1. Sarah_Joy says:

    Just the day to read this. Had a rough day with our two-year-old, who unintentionally tests my patience with frequency. Today, I hit my breaking point and cried at my kids and hid in my room for a bit.

    “Isn’t that our God? He takes the brokenness that surrounds us and gives us something better.”
    And yet, as I hand God my broken day, my broken mothering, my broken attitude He redeems it ALL. He has come and will come again. His mercies are new EVERY MORNING!

    One verse from Hebrews that I want to meditate on is Hebrews 7:25, “Therefore, he is able to save completely those who come to God through Him, because He always lives to intercede for them.” He saves me COMPLETELY and He INTERCEDES for me! What kind of God is this?

  2. VioletSlats says:

    I thank YOU FATHERS for YOUR Holy Word & perfect timing. In JESUS’ name.

  3. Annalee says:

    “Isn’t that our God? He takes the brokenness that surrounds us and gives us something better.”
    Praise Jesus! Just like Alecia said, JESUS is our happiness, our “better.” Lord Jesus, please forgive me for fretting over life, wanting “better,” instead of looking to You. Help me to look to You; help me to trust what you say, in John 14:18: “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.” Girls, He will come to us! He has claimed us not only as those who have benefited from His sacrifice and role as Ultimate High Priest, but as His children– children He promises to comfort, train up, and provide what is necessary for us. “Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need” (Hebrews 4:16)! What a hero– and what a father :) Jesus bless you all. :)

  4. Alecia says:

    “Isn’t that our God? He takes the brokenness that surrounds us and gives us something better.”

    It’s crazy to think that I get depressed or unhappy when life doesn’t turn out the way I thought it would. I’m part of Gen Y and this is a classic trait. Only happy when life exceeds our expectations. BUT, God has something better for us in mind. Here’s to finding our happiness in Jesus.

  5. Michelle says:

    I have been finding myself thanking God every time something terrible happens and He pulls through. My goal in life is to thank Him even through the tough times because I know how much closer to Him I will become and how glorious the relief of the valleys are. To have Jesus as our Savior and the “person” we always look up to, it is SO refreshing to know that He will NEVER fail us and is always constant! It really takes a weight off my shoulders :)

  6. Savannah says:

    Good stuff! Amidst the brokenness of this world, it is so comforting that we have a fair and just Mediator. Our Heavenly Father is constantly on the watch out for us & I feel more than blessed that I can set my eyes on Him and trust that He will lead me down the path toward an abundant life!

  7. Caroline says:

    He paid for an abundant life!! Thank you Lord for your healing! Thank you for your grace and love and paying the price for our brokenness!

  8. Sheryl says:

    If only I would give some thought before I chose to go East or West! Lord Jesus may I look to you for guidance in my decisions, my comings and goings, that I could be a blessing to others when I get there.

    1. She Reads Truth says:

      Amen! Thanks for joining us today, Sheryl!


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