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Heb. 7:3

3 Without father [apator], without mother [ametor], without descent [agenealogetos], having [echo] neither [mete] beginning [arche] of days [hemera], nor [mete] end [telos] of life [zoe]; but [de] made like [aphomoioo] unto the Son [huios] of God [theos]; abideth [meno] a priest [hiereus] continually [eis] [dienekes]. KJV-Interlinear

3 Without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but made like the Son of God, he abides a priest perpetually. NASB

Melchizedek is used as an example of Christ in this description of his family line, which (family line) does not exist in any historical records.

Not that Melchizedek just happened upon the earth, this reference to his genealogy means that there is no written record, no documentation of his ancestry nor his descendants. The word for descent 'agenealogetos' is used only in this one place in the Bible. It is used nowhere else. It means simply that even though every person has a genealogy, in this case no record was kept. Why?

Because his ancestry and his descendants were not important to his position. Melchizedek was qualified for his position due to his own personal qualifications, not due to his family name. Of course Melchizedek came from somewhere. Since Noah and his there sons and their wives were the only ones to survive the flood, then Melchizedek was a descendant of Noah. But through which son we are not told.

Jesus descended from Noah through Shem, but that does not imply that Melchizedek also came from Shem. He may well have descended through Ham since he lived in Salem, in the land of Canaan. Canaan was a descendant of Ham. All of this of course is speculation and of course it is irrelevant to the study.

Melchizedek's family was also irrelevant to his position of High Priest to the Most High God. This reference to God differentiated Him from all of the other false gods of that time.

With no reference to his family or life, implies by example that his position existed forever, and that is the whole point of this exercise. Melchizedek was a type, an example, an analogy pointing to the real High Priest, Jesus Christ.

Just as a picture is not the actual thing it portrays, so too Melchizedek was a picture of the real deal. Jesus Christ is the real thing.

In contrast, the Levitical priesthood was bound to and restricted to descendants from Aaron. It was entirely hereditary. Qualifications for the job of priest meant nothing, only that the priest was related to Aaron. Consequently the priests were more concerned about their pedigrees than their holiness. They kept meticulous records of their family lines, even more so than the scriptures over which they were obligated to maintain and teach.

Often times, the Levitical Priesthood screwed things up in their history. Lots of folks in history messed things up for believers. But then Gods policies are not dependent on mans actions or even mans lack of actions. God, the spiritual life, even Christianity should not be judged based on the screwball actions of mankind's history.

Christ's genealogy was not relevant to His position as High Priest. His personal qualifications were relevant. In fact Jesus' lineage was traced back to Judah, not Levi. So by genealogy He was not qualified as a Levitical priest. But then as God and as the Son of God, and as the Messiah, and as the purchaser of our freedom from sin, He needed no family ties to Levi.

Christ's priesthood was for all of humanity, not for just one race. He was personally qualified by means of His person and work. His heritage is and was, not relevant.

Christ had no beginning, no birth. He is God and as such He has always existed. Christ has no end of days. He possesses eternal life.

The Levitical priesthood priest could only serve from age 25 to 50. The first few years were restricted to their training. The priesthood was temporary. The entire priesthood began in the desert (in the wilderness) following the Exodus, and was terminated in 70 AD.

The Levitical priesthood was limited to the dispensation of the Age of Israel. Melchizedek was not a part of that dispensation, and so also, Jesus Christ's reign is forever and is not limited to just one dispensation, but to all of human history.

Just like the priesthood of Melchizedek, Jesus Christ's priesthood is universal, royal, righteous and peaceful, personal, and eternal.

Again, the purpose of a priest is to provide access to God. Through Jesus Christ we have that access forever and will never lose it. That is our eternal security.

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