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Chapter 7

7:1 This Melchizedek was king of *Salem and priest of God Most High. He met Abraham returning from the defeat of the kings and blessed him. 7:2 Abraham gave him a tenth of all that he had. Melchizedek's name means ‘king of what is right’. It also means ‘king of *Salem’, that is, ‘king of peace’. 7:3 There is no reference to his father or mother or family. There is no record of his birth or death. He is like the Son of God, because he always remains a priest.

7:4 Think how great Melchizedek was! Even the father of our people, Abraham, gave him a tenth part of what he won in a war. 7:5 The sons of Levi who became priests had the right by law to take a tenth part from what their people had. This is so, even if both priests and people all came from Abraham. 7:6 This man, Melchizedek, did not come from the family of Levi. Yet, he received a tenth part from Abraham, although Abraham had the promises of God. 7:7 There is no doubt that those who are less important receive a blessing from one who is greater than they are. 7:8 In the first case, men who will die one day are receiving the tenth part. In the other case, one who the Bible declares will always live. 7:9 In fact, we could say that even Levi, who also received the tenth part, already paid it through Abraham. 7:10 For when Melchizedek met Abraham, Levi was not born. Levi was not a member of Abraham’s family until much later.

7:11 The Hebrews received the law of Moses while Levi and his sons were priests. If those priests and what they did had been good enough, what need would there have been for another kind of priest? Yet another kind of priest did come. He was one like Melchizedek and not a relative of Aaron’s. 7:12 Any change in the kind of priests requires a change in the law of Moses as well. 7:13 The man we are talking about did not come from the family of Levi. He belonged to a family that had never served as priests. 7:14 For it is clear that our *Lord came from the family of *Judah (Revelation 5:5). Moses said nothing about priests from that family.

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