Genesis 14 tells the story of an ancient war. In the battles and raids Abrams nephew Lot and his family are taken captive. Abram mobilizes his strike force of 318 men, and along with some local allies defeated the invaders and recovers all the loot they stole along with Lot and his family.
As he is returning he is met by Melchizedek who is both high priest of the most high God and he is king of Salem (which means peace). Melchizedek greets him with wine and bread and blesses him. Abram gives him a tenth of the spoils of war.
“And Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine; now he was a priest of God Most High. He blessed him and said, “Blessed be Abram of God Most High, Possessor of heaven and earth; And blessed be God Most High, Who has delivered your enemies into your hand.” He gave him a tenth of all.”
Genesis 14:18-20 – NASB
It’s like they had church. They had the elements of communion, they took an offering and there was a blessing of Abram and a blessing of God.
We read about Jesus and wine and bread in 1 Corinthians 11, “For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus in the night in which He was betrayed took bread; and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “This is My body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” In the same way He took the cup also after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood; do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.
1 Corinthians 11:23-26 – NASB
Abram celebrates victory over enemies and release for captives with bread and wine and a tithe, a tenth of all he collected. We celebrate our victory and our freedom over sin and death with bread and wine which are symbolic of Jesus’ body and blood. And we tithe, we give of all we have received.
Abram died looking forward to the hope of a messiah. Today we know and have seen and believe in God’s promised one, our hope, our priest of the most high God and our king of Peace.
Personally I need Jesus to be my king of peace right now. Unsettling, disruptive chaotic change has come into our life and I need Jesus to be my rock, my stability, my peace.
Lord Jesus you are my hope of forgiveness and freedom, be my rock of stability, may I also see you as my king of peace.