My interesting discovery was 'Melchizedek'. Has anyone heard of him? He is mentioned only a few times in the Bible.
Once he was mentioned in Genesis 14. Another time in Psalm 110. And again in Hebrews 5, 6 and 7.
Why do I find him so interesting and perplexing? Hebrews 7:1-3 says:
1This Melchizedek was king of Salem and priest of God Most High. He met Abraham returning from the defeat of the kings and blessed him, 2and Abraham gave him a tenth of everything. First, his name means "king of righteousness"; then also, "king of Salem" means "king of peace." 3Without father or mother, without genealogy, without beginning of days or end of life, like the Son of God he remains a priest forever
It says he is 'with out father or mother, with out genealogy, without beginning of days or end of life'. When I first read that, I was like 'WHOA!' How can this be!?! Well, after going some research, I read somewhere that back in those days the term 'without mother or father' met that the parent's were not notable in society....they were not high in social stature. Well, ok, that makes a little sense and may explain the 'no genealogy' part too.....if in fact that is true. But what about the 'without beginning of days or end of life'? This still has me stumped.
Later in Hebrews it says that "The Lord has sworn and will never change his mind, 'You are a priest forever'". So let's see.....according to the Bible, this dude is a high priest of God forever, he is the king of Salem(Jerusalem), he has no mother or father or genealogy, he has no beginning or end of days...... Abraham gave him a tenth of the spoils and Melchizedek blessed him: Hebrews 7:4
"Now observe how great this man was to whom Abraham, the patriarch, gave a tenth of the choicest spoils."
I'm not sure what I think of all of this. In someways, it sounds like Jesus, or a character representing Jesus; but if it was, then why would he be called a preist of God? And Jesus DID have a mother. So, I think it's a real person. But it still doesn't make total sense........
I would encourage you all to read Hebrews 7 in particular and share your opinions and thought on it! I am still rereading it, as I really want to understand it. However, maybe there are things that God just doesn't want us to understand.....