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Melchizedek and the Passover Lamb

The Yahushaic Covenant volume iii
Melchizedek and the Passover Lamb

Rav Sha'ul

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Was Melchizedek in Genesis a pre-incarnate “Christ”?
by Rav Sha'ul

 

When dealing with the topic of Melchizedek, we all have been taught that the “Melchizedek” mentioned in the 14th Chapter of the Book of Genesis was a “pre-incarnate Jesus”. We are taught that Melchizedek was the actual name of the King of Salem. This is yet another in a long list of false doctrines of The Christian Church. I want to fully explain who the King of Salem was and put this "myth" to rest.

We (being mis-taught in Christianity) fail to realize “Melchizedek” is not a name but a title meaning "Ruling Righteous Priest" or "Priest/King" in Hebrew. Abraham recognized the King of Salem (Salem was the city JeruSALEM was founded upon) as a Righteous King who was also a priest. Righteous Priest/King in Hebrew is מַלְכִּי־צֶדֶֿק malkī-ṣeḏeq. In English it is Melchi-zedek. Abraham was not calling the King of Salem by his proper name; he was showing respect to this King by giving him the title Melchizedek as he was the first “Priest/King" of (what would become) Jerusalem. A title that foreshadowed the coming Messiah as we learned in Chapter 1. This King of Salem was neither named Melchizedek nor was he a pre-incarnate "Jesus".

So before we continue exploring Yahusha’s role as The Righteous Priest/King or as the title progressed with the House of Zadok… The Ruling Zadok (Melchizedek) let me first say a few words about the possibility of Yahusha pre-existing in the man Abraham tithed to (gave a tenth of the spoils of war because the King of Salem did not enter the battle). We need to get the false doctrine that the King of Salem was "Jesus" incarnate out of our minds so that we can truly understand the meaning of Melchizedek.

This is really not that difficult as Yahusha's “beginning” is clearly defined in scripture not as "pre-existing" his birth to Miriam; but rather it was from his human birth to Miriam and Yahseph that Yahusha was "cast" upon YHVH and had his beginning and strength:

Psalm 22:9-10

9 But you took Me from My mother's womb, Yahuah! You made Me trust in You, even from My mother's breast. 10 I was cast upon You from My birth; from My mother's womb, You are My Strength.

If that is not clear enough, let us look into the Hebrew for more meaning. Below is the word-for-word Hebrew translation of Psalm 22:9-10, from The NIV Interlinear Hebrew-English Old Testament. This shows the word "from" in these Scriptures is Hebrew “mem” circled below:

The Dictionary of Old Testament Words for English Readers, says that the Hebrew letter, mem, which has been circled above, is "prefixed to a substantive", which "denotes the preposition". What does all that mean? Let us take a look.

The Hebraic Tongue Restored, by Fabre d'Olivet, tells us what these prepositions mean when the Hebrew letter mem is prefixed as is in Psalms 22:9-10 above. Mem, in this situation, means "from, out of, by means of":

EXTRACTIVE OR PARTITIVE ARTICLE. __ The movement which this article expresses, with nouns or actions that it modifies, is that by which a noun or an action is taken for the means, for the instrument, by which they are divided in their essence, or drawn from the midst of several other nouns or similar actions. I render it ordinarily by from, out of, by; with, by means of, among, between, etc.

The New World Dictionary of the American Language, Second College Edition, gives a complete definition of the word mem which was translated in English as "from" as beginning at, starting with, out of.

The word translated "from" in Psalm 22:10, means beginning at, starting with. Yahusha is prophetically pictured through King David to say that Yahuah was his strength from the beginning, starting with the point Yahusha the Messiah was conceived in His mother's womb. Yahuah was Yahusha's strength only beginning from the point of his human birth to his mother Miriam. That rules out "pre-existence" entirely.

This can only mean one thing: that before Yahusha was in His mother's womb, Yahuah was not his strength, because Yahusha did not yet exist. Pretty obvious that he had no need of strength. Yahuah was only Yahusha's strength, beginning at, starting with, His mother's womb. There is much more proof in scripture that Yahusha did not pre-exist but I'll stop here to keep this book on point.

We see below, that Yahusha's full birth into the family of YHVH and Divine Spiritual Body came AFTER resurrection not in any way did he “pre-exist” not even as a Spiritual Being. Scripture clearly states AFTER resurrection Yahusha "has become" the first fruits into the family of YHVH. We also see that Yahusha was not God at that time but "a man". We clearly see in verse 21 below that "BY MAN", not God, came the first born from the resurrection at which time Yahusha became fully divine and the first begotten son of YHVH. We also read that Yahusha is not unique in the process but rather the first of many more sons of God to come through resurrection in verse 22; each in our own order. Yahusha is the first born son of the resurrection and our elder brother NOT our God or part of a pagan Trinity. Definitely didn't pre-exist! Yahusha is known now as “the only begotten son” because to date the first resurrection has yet to occur.

1 Corinthians 15

20 But now the Messiah is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep (the firstborn son upon resurrection not from his human birth to Mary/Joseph). 21 For since by man (Adam) came death, by man (Yahusha the Second Adam too was simply a man) also came the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, even so in the Messiah all (the sons of YHWH) shall be made alive (begotten by YHWH as sons through resurrection). 23 But each one (of the sons of YHWH) in his own order (after Yahusha, the eldest son): The Messiah the firstfruits (first and only “begotten son” at this point), afterward those who are the Messiah's at His coming (First Resurrection when the rest of the sons will be begotten, Yahusha will no longer be "the only" begotten son then).

The point scripture clearly teaches is that Yahusha was no different that you and I. He was born into this world as a man and became the son of YHVH by the power of the resurrection. Prior to his human birth he did not exist anymore than you and I did. I will stop here to keep this chapter on point.

The Melchizedek that Abraham tithed to was not “Jesus incarnate” he was a foreshadowing of the coming King of Jerusalem. Just like Isaac was a foreshadowing of “the sacrifice of the first born son”, just like Moses was a foreshadowing, just like his successor Yahusha was a foreshadowing of The Messiah leading us into the “Promised Land” and so forth. None of these figures were actually Yahusha the Messiah pre-incarnate. Yahusha too is the “proxy” for YHVH NOT YHVH incarnate. All these doctrines of "incarnation" are pagan in origin and not scriptural.


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