The priest-king Melchizedek enters and leaves the Bible like a phantom. Ruler of Salem, the city that will one day become Jerusalem, Melchizedek manages to believe in God without actually being Jewish. After a battle in which Abraham manages to rescue his captured nephew, Lot, Melchizedek reminds him that it is God who has given him the victory. In gratitude to God, and for the reminder from Melchizedek, Abraham gives the fantastical slash mystical ruler a tenth of all the loot from the battle. Appearing to have no father or mother, and with a reign that lasts forever, Melchizedek is seen by many as a kind of prototype Jesus. Some even believe that he was a sneak preview of Jesus. One thing is clear, God sets aside the tribe of Levi to be his priests, yet Jesus comes from the tribe of Judah and Melchizedek isn’t even Jewish. Both overcome this obstacle to become priests and both are seen as kings with a reign that lasts forever. As for exactly who this strange yet zealous god-fearing pagan might have been, Bible fans are left with more questions than answers. A mysterious, priestly ‘who was he and what does it all mean?’ vibe with a crown on its head.
General vibe of Melchizedek: Jesus before Jesus
Factvibe: Melchizedek is the first person in the Bible to be described as a priest