Melchizedek was the King of Salem, Genesis 14:17-20


King Melchizedek, whose name means my king is righteous, was the King of Salem and a priest of God.
Salem means peace. Jebusites named the city Jebus. The two names were later joined together
to form Jerusalem, which means Habitation of peace.
Abraham presented Melchizedek with a tithe (a tenth) of all the booty he had gathered after a great battle. By
this act Abraham indicated that he acknowledged God’s hand in his victory over his enemies.

Melchizedek’s existence shows that there were people other than Abraham and his family who served the true God.

Background Reading:

The Blessing of King Melchizedek

17 After Abram’s return from defeating Chedorlaomer and the kings who were with them, the king of Sodom went out to meet with him in the Shaveh Valley (that is, the King’s Valley). 18 King Melchizedek of Salem brought out bread and wine, since he was serving asm the priest of God Most High. 19 Melchizedek blessed Abram and said,

“Abram is blessed by God Most High,

Creator of heaven and earth,

20 and blessed be God Most High,

who has delivered your enemies

into your control.”

Then Abram gave him a tenth of everything.
Genesis 14:17-20

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