In depth Articles about the Malak-Tsadyq (Melchizedek) Priesthood
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Question: "What is the Malak Tsadyq (Melchizedek) priesthood?"
Answer: Throughout the scriptures, the Malak Tsadyq (Melchizedek) priesthood is an office that applies only the followers of Masyach (Christ). Malak Tsadyq (Melchizedek) is introduced in Genesis 14:18 and is described as the king of Salem and “priest of the Most High.” Abram (later Abraham) offers Malak Tsadyq (Melchizedek) a tithe and is blessed. The name Malak Tsadyq (Melchizedek) is the combination of the Hebrew words for “king” (Malak) and “righteous,” (Tsadyq) making Malak Tsadyq (Melchizedek) a righteous, kingly priesthood.
In Matthew 22 Yahusha (Jesus) debates the Pharisees (Thos in the religion of Judaism). In verse 44 Yahusha (Jesus) cites Psalm 110:1, stating that the Messiah is David’s “lord” in that verse. Malak Tsadyq (Melchizedek) is mentioned in the same psalm: “Yahuah (The Lord) has sworn and will not change his mind: ‘You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek’” (Psalm 110:4). So the Messiah, David’s lord, was given Melchizedek’s priesthood. Melchizedek is therefore a type of Christ—some commentators say Melchizedek’s appearance to Abraham was actually a Christophany, an early revelation of Jesus Christ.
Much of chapters 6 and 7 of the book of Hebrews is given to explaining why Jesus’ Melchizedek priesthood is superior to that of Aaron. Hebrews 7:23–24 implies that Yahusha (Jesus) holds His priestly office eternally, using a Greek word that suggests something that cannot be passed down or changed. Hebrews 7:26 calls this priest “exalted” and sinless.
For all of these reasons, Mashyach (Christ) alone can fulfill the office of the Melchizedek priesthood (Hebrews 6:20), at least according to the Bible.