Life-Spans of Early Patriarchs
Was Shem Melchizedek?
first see and print chart (part 1)
at Part 1 (Microsoft Word Document)
(Compare to Genesis 14:12-21)
And Abram recovered
all the property of
notion of Shem being Melchizedek throws a devastating monkey wrench into the
doctrinal workings of Hebrews chapter 7. Hebrews establishes its doctrine
largely on the premise that Melchizedek was “without father, without mother,
without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life”.
Christianity has typically held to a very mystical view of Melchizedek on the
basis of this passage alone. Hebrews
7 goes on to argue in verses 4-10 that since Yeshua is the new priest who is to
come “after the order of Melchizedek” (Psalm 110:1-4), and there is no
genealogical connection between Melchizedek and Abraham (in whose loins was
the Levitical priesthood) there is likewise no
genealogical connection between the Levitical priesthood and the new priest Yeshua.
this line of logic Hebrews goes on to argue in verses 11 and 12 that this new
priesthood must therefore “of necessity” establish a new law! This
progression amounts to one absurd argument built on top of the false premises of
another. The obvious questions now become: Who establishes the Law in the first
place? Is it the priests? Or is it God? Even if a new priesthood were to arise, would not the new priests be obligated to observe the
Laws established by God? Where is it written that new priests require a new
law? Hebrews’ argument smacks of the premise that there really is no God …or
at least one who could truly communicate His will to man; for as it had
to be with the pagans, it was the priests
who concocted the laws to be observed by their followers.
if the premise of a new priesthood itself
were false, how much less is there an
argument for a new law?
promised that the priesthood would remain forever with Aaron of the tribe
of Levi, and further chose a line through his descendants Eleazar and Phinehas
(see Exodus 40:13-15, and Numbers 25:10-13). God also promised that the new
priest/Messiah would bring together the priesthood and the kingdom (see Jeremiah
33:14-18, and Zechariah
-13). It comes as a shock to most Christians to find out that Yeshua has in
fact all the genealogical credentials of both
the kingly tribe of Judah, and the priestly tribe of Levi! See my article: The
Problem With Hebrews (Microsoft Word Document) It is in this fact alone that
Yeshua fulfills the prophecy of being a priest
“after the order of Melchizedek!” He is both
king and priest in one. It is not as Hebrews would have us believe by suggesting
that Yeshua is like Melchizedek in that there is no genealogical connection
between him and Levi. The priesthood never left the descendants of Levi as God
had promised! Furthermore, if indeed Shem was Melchizedek, there is a direct
genealogical thread that flows from Melchizedek all the way through Abraham,
Levi, and Aaron, to Yeshua. This completely destroys the doctrinal foundations
of the book of Hebrews.
A short summary of the case is this: Yeshua’s mother Mary was close genetic
kin to Elisabeth who was “of the daughters of Aaron” (Luke 1:5,36).
According to the Law this could mean only one
thing. Mary’s mother also had to have been a full-blooded daughter of Aaron.
Mary’s father Heli was of the tribe of
Christians will be inclined to reject the record of Jasher for the sake of
Hebrews in spite of the fact that Joshua
cite Jasher as an accurate record. I would again encourage the reader to study
my article in depth and notice that Hebrews’ premise that Yeshua is not
a descendant of Levi is absolutely false. This fact gives Jasher’s record that
Shem was Melchizedek even greater plausibility.
The burden of proof is on Christianity to first prove that Yeshua does not have any Levitical blood in him. If it were not for the book of Hebrews, Christians would be absolutely thrilled about the fact that Yeshua clearly fulfills God’s prophecy to bring both Judah and Levi together into one man. It is simply amazing the lengths to which many Christians will go to try to disprove these beautiful prophecies for the sake of the book of Hebrews and its anti-Law doctrines they have come to love.
For a single-page Word Document of this article click here. (Note: It is easy and handy to print Part 1 with chart on one side of a sheet of paper, and Part 2 on the reverse side.)