Melchizedek Research Paper

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Lets deliberate on the purpose of a priest or a high priest and why would they be separated to serve God and man. For illustration, lets re-visit the Garden of Eden, when Man was created without sin and disobeyed the commandments of God. By this disobedience, sin was genetically ascribed to all man. The penalty for this disobedience was death, however, God being the first priest killed or sacrificed an animal and clothed man--both, physically and spiritually, covering his nakedness. The priest’s role is to cover sin by the means of applying blood so that man is seen through the penalty of death being paid by blood. “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.” (Romans 5:12)…show more content…
Melchizedek was a priesthood of faith or belief, pre-dating the Mosaic Law. The concept of ritual and law was not in existence. There was no law to govern or follow. Hebrew 4:16 says “let us come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in a time of need.” Mercy and grace were not available under Mosaic Law, only atonement. In Hebrews 7, the “unknown” author explains that the priesthood was changed out of necessity from the order of Aaron to the order of Melchizedek. Melchizedek was not born into an order through genealogy, as previously referenced. This is important in understanding the priestly shift from Aaron back to Melchizedek. Jesus saw John the Baptist as the true high priest and is proven by the genealogy of John the Baptist. In Luke 1:4-17, Zacharias is serving as priest in the temple during the time of burning of incense. An angel appears to him and tells him his seed shall be raised as a Nazirite or ritually pure (tahara) and be great in the sight of the Lord. He would be filled or anointed by the Holy Spirit from his mother’s belly. Or set apart as a ritually pure

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