LESSON 2 * PART 2 * BOOK 4
NAMES OF DEITY, MOST HIGH
In our last chapter, we were following the changes of the names of Deity up through Scripture, and were in Genesis 14:18 talking about Melchizedek, the king of Salem, a Gentile community. He was the priest of the Most High God. Genesis 14:19
"And he blessed him, and said, `Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth:'"
"And Abram said to the king of Sodom, `I have lift up mine hand unto the Lord (that's all capitals, so Who is that?...Jehovah), the most high God, the possessor of heaven and earth,
Go, if you will, to Matthew 28. Matthew 28:18
"And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, `All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.'" Result? The Old Testament. - It is the Word of God! In the middle of Genesis 14:18 we find that Melchizedek brought to Abram bread and wine. The Lord's Supper; the Communion Table. Jesus instituted The Lord's Supper at the Last Supper, at the Passover.
Turn with me to I Corinthians, Chapter 11. "For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lords death till he come.'"
This is the purpose of The Lord's Supper. In the Hebrew the ordinary word elyon means the highest, or the most high. But when it is elevated to the capital, then it equals God's title of The Most High God. Now, Melchizedek. Remember as I previously pointed out, this Melchizedek was a Gentile priest insofar as the symbolism is concerned; there was no Israel on the scene. He was a representative of the Most High God, which is the term used for God by the Gentiles. Hebrews 6:20 - 7:3
"Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec. FOR this Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the most high God (see how Paul is in perfect accord with the books of Genesis and Daniel, Keeping Melchizedek as priest of the Gentile term for God), who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him; To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King (what sets that word apart? I know not everyone is going to agree with me, but I maintain that Melchizedek was Jehovah, or God the Son, in a theophany (that's just a big word that means God appeared in human form). This was God in the Person of Jehovah, the Son, appearing to Abraham in a role that would define our whole New Testament economy. Hebrews 7:11a
Beginning with Aaron (the very first high priest of Israel back just before they came out of Egypt), out of what tribe did every priest have to come? Hebrews 7:11b
We Gentiles couldn't approach God through a Jewish high priest. Hebrews 7:14-17
"For it is evident that our Lord (The Lord Jesus) sprang out of Juda (not out of the tribe of Levi. All the way from start to finish we have the connection of the High Priest of the Gentile and The Most High God. The Lord Jesus is not only The Most High, the possessor of Heaven and earth, but He is also the High Priest of the Gentile God so that you and I can rest assured that we have a High Priest interceding for us at the very Throne Room of Heaven itself. Not a high priest after the order of Aaron, but a High Priest after the order of Melchizedek.
Our High Priest had to do the same thing. Go to John's Gospel, Chapter 20. We cannot get a comprehension of Christ's role as our High Priest unless we can understand what He has done to fulfill that role. It is Resurrection Sunday morning. Then Peter and John came running. John 20:8,9
"Jesus saith unto her, `Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou?' Jesus saith unto her, `Mary.' John 20:17
"Jesus saith unto her, `Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.'" Hebrews 9:11
"But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come (not after the order of Aaron, remember, but after the order of Melchizedek, the priest of the Gentile name of God), by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building (where is it? - in Heaven);"
Remember what you just read in John; that Jesus, on that Resurrection morning, said to Mary Magdalene, "Don't touch me until I have ascended to the Father." Hebrews 9:12
- High Priest! Not the high priest of Israel, but the High Priest of all. We don't have to leave the Jew out insofar as His High Priesthood is concerned because now, as a result of the Cross and the power of His Resurrection, He is the High Priest of all. Romans 3:29
"Is he the God of the Jews only? As a result of the work of the Cross, as a result of the work of His presenting His own blood in the very Throne Room of Heaven as our High Priest, everything has been satisfied.