The account of Abram and Melchizedek at the end of Genesis 14 is perplexing. Melchizedek seems to come out of nowhere and is referred to as the king of Salem and a priest of God. But after this brief encounter where he blesses Abram and Abram gives him a tenth of everything, this important man disappears from the pages of Genesis. So who was Melchizedek?
The name Melchizedek does resurface later in Scripture, in Psalm 110 and Hebrews 5–7, which reveal that Jesus was a priest in the order of Melchizedek. Based on this, and the possible Hebrew word play of “king of Salem” and “king of peace,” many conclude that Melchizedek was a theophany—an appearance of God in human form. This would also explain the blessing Melchizedek extended and the tithe he received.
Whether Melchizedek was indeed a theophany or merely a mysterious man sent by God, we cannot miss God’s heart for Abram in this moment. God reached out to Abram in his moment of victory to encourage him and remind him who truly delivered his enemies into his hand—God Most High.
How has God met you in the valleys and the mountains of your life to draw you to Him?