Melchizedek praised God for victory, Abram gave him a king’s share of the spoils, and later it’s revealed that he foreshadowed Christ, our great High Priest (Heb 7).

BibleGateway: Genesis 14:8-20

ESV Text: Genesis 14:8-20


KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 14
8 And there went out the king of Sodom, and the king of Gomorrah, and the king of Admah, and the king of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela (the same is Zoar;) and they joined battle with them in the vale of Siddim; 9 With Chedorlaomer the king of Elam, and with Tidal king of nations, and Amraphel king of Shinar, and Arioch king of Ellasar; four kings with five. 10 And the vale of Siddim was full of slimepits; and the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah fled, and fell there; and they that remained fled to the mountain. 11 And they took all the goods of Sodom and Gomorrah, and all their victuals, and went their way. 12 And they took Lot, Abram’s brother’s son, who dwelt in Sodom, and his goods, and departed.

     13 And there came one that had escaped, and told Abram the Hebrew; for he dwelt in the plain of Mamre the Amorite, brother of Eshcol, and brother of Aner: and these were confederate with Abram. 14 And when Abram heard that his brother was taken captive, he armed his trained servants, born in his own house, three hundred and eighteen, and pursued them unto Dan. 15 And he divided himself against them, he and his servants, by night, and smote them, and pursued them unto Hobah, which is on the left hand of Damascus. 16 And he brought back all the goods, and also brought again his brother Lot, and his goods, and the women also, and the people.

     17 And the king of Sodom went out to meet him after his return from the slaughter of Chedorlaomer, and of the kings that were with him, at the valley of Shaveh, which is the king’s dale. 18 And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God. 19 And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth: 20 And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he gave him tithes of all.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 220:
Jesus, my Great High Priest

Hymnary.org — Organ Audio

1. Jesus, my great High Priest, 
Offered His blood and died; 
My guilty conscience seeks 
No sacrifice beside. 
His powerful blood did once atone, 
And now it pleads before the throne. 

2. To this dear Surety’s hand 
Will I commit my cause; 
He answers and fulfills 
His Father’s broken laws. 
Behold my soul at freedom set; 
My Surety paid the dreadful debt. 

3. My Advocate appears 
For my defense on high; 
The Father bows His ears 
And lays His thunder by. 
Not all that hell or sin can say 
Shall turn His heart, His love, away. 

4. Should all the hosts of death 
And powers of hell unknown 
Put their most dreadful forms 
Of rage and mischief on, 
I shall be safe, for Christ displays 
Superior power and guardian grace. 


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