King of Righteousness (AM)

Scripture Reading:  Hebrews 6:19–20


A.  In Genesis 14, we are introduced rather abruptly with a priest-king called by the name (or title) Melchizedek (vv 18–20).

B.  After three short verses, this mysterious figure vanishes from Scripture without another mention for 1,000 years, only to reappear in a psalm attributed to David (Psalms 110:4).

C.  What could possibly be so significant about this individual to warrant the lengthy discussion about him in Hebrews 6–8?


I.  What is so special about Melchizedek?

A.  He appears to have been the complete opposite of most kings, particularly the king of Sodom (Genesis 14:17–18).

B.  He was greater even than Abram in that he blessed him and received tithes from him (Hebrews 7:4–10).

C.  He also set an important precedent regarding the office of a priest (Hebrews 7:11–17, 23–25).

II.  Melchizedek points us to Jesus.

A.  Jesus is also greater than Abraham (John 8:58; Hebrews 12:2).

B.  Jesus is also different from all human kings (John 6:15; 18:36; Acts 2:34–36): He is the king of righteousness (Romans 6:12–18).

C.  Jesus is also our perfect high priest (Hebrews 10:11–14).


A.  Jesus is unlike any other king you ever heard of or any other man you will ever meet.

B.  If you are looking today for someone to lead you in the paths of righteousness, come to Jesus.

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