Men and Women of the Bible: Melchizedek

Lesson Thirteen: Melchizedek, Made Unto the Son of God
Lesson Text: Genesis 14:1-20
Lesson Aim: Learn important lessons for life from the experiences of Melchizedek.
Memory Verse: Hebrews 7:1-3 NKJV
For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the Most High God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him, 2 to whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all, first being translated “king of righteousness,” and then also king of Salem, meaning “king of peace,” 3 without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but made like the Son of God, remains a priest continually.


Lesson Readings:

  • Genesis 14:1-20
  • Psalms 110
  • Hebrews 5-7

Fact Questions:

  1. Who was Melchizedek? Hebrews 7:1-2
    Genesis 14:18 NKJV Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine; he was the priest of God Most High. What does his name mean?
  2. What do we know about his ancestors or family? Hebrews 7:3
  3. What does Melchizedek do unto Abraham?
    Genesis 14:19 NKJV And he blessed him and said: “Blessed be Abram of God Most High, Possessor of heaven and earth;
  4. What does Abraham give unto Melchizedek?
    Genesis 14:20 NKJV And blessed be God Most High, Who has delivered your enemies into your hand.” And he gave him a tithe of all.
  5. How was it possible for Levi to pay tithes to Melchizedek?
    Hebrews 7:8-10 NKJV Here mortal men receive tithes, but there he receives them, of whom it is witnessed that he lives. 9 Even Levi, who receives tithes, paid tithes through Abraham, so to speak, 10 for he was still in the loins of his father when Melchizedek met him.
  6. What conclusion does the Hebrew writer draw from this?
    Hebrews 7:12 NKJV For the priesthood being changed, of necessity there is also a change of the law.
  7. Why does the Hebrew writer say that Melchizedek continues to live?
    Hebrews 7:8 NKJV Here mortal men receive tithes, but there he receives them, of whom it is witnessed that he lives.
  8. How was Melchizedek made like unto the Son of God?
    Hebrews 7:3 NKJV without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but made like the Son of God, remains a priest continually.
  9. Which is the superior priesthood, the order of Levi or the order of Melchizedek?
  10. Of whom is David speaking in Psalm 110:4?
    Psalm 110:4 NKJV The LORD has sworn and will not relent, “You are a priest forever According to the order of Melchizedek”
    Matthew 22:41-46 NKJV While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them, 42 saying, “What do you think about the Christ? Whose Son is He?” They said to Him, “The Son of David.” 43 He said to them, “How then does David in the Spirit call Him ‘Lord,’ saying: 44 ‘The LORD said to my Lord, “Sit at My right hand, Till I make Your enemies Your footstool” ‘? 45 “If David then calls Him ‘Lord,’ how is He his Son?” 46 And no one was able to answer Him a word, nor from that day on did anyone dare question Him anymore.

Thought Questions:

  1. Is Melchizedek an Old Testament manifestation of the Word of God?
    Hebrews 7:3 NKJV without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but made like the Son of God, remains a priest continually.
  2. Compare and contrast the priesthood’s of Levi and Melchizedek.
  3. As a type of Christ, what is the significance of Melchizedek being both a priest and king?
  4. How is Jesus a King of Peace and Righteousness?
  5. What is the one great lesson from Melchizedek’s life for you?