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The priesthood of Melchizedek is a mystery to people who study the Bible very deeply. This is largely due to the mystery about man, Melchizedek. We have reference to him in three places in the Bible. In Genesis we first meet the man when he comes to meet Abram after his slaughter of Chedorlaomer and the kings who were with him. The king of Sodom came to meet Abram to express his gratitude to Abram for delivering his kingdom from these power hungry kings. He was expected, but it also says "and Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God." In the Psalms we have a reference to him again. "The Lord has sworn and will not change: Thou art priest forever after the order of Melchizedek." These words point directly to the Messiah. He was to be after the order of Melchizedek, not of the order of Aaron. Finally we have him mentioned in Hebrews, specifically chapter seven. The three chapters of Hebrews dealing with Melchizedek - five, six, and seven - retell the story of Melchizedek.
Hollowell, Monte, "The Priesthood of Melchizedek" (1970). Honors Theses. 319.