Friday, February 10, 2012

Melchizedek: A Name Most Revered and Least Understood !

Modern historians believe that the three major world religions, Judaism, Christianity and Islam, had a common ancestry. These three religions are also called the Semitic religions because of their common Afro-Asian linguistic origins.

All these religions accept Abraham or Abram as the founder forefather of their religious and cultural origins. The religious holy books of these three religions, the Jewish Bible, the Christian Bible and the Quran have many things in common as far as some of the historical events and incidences are concerned.

In the Bible, both in the Old Testament and in the New Testament there are some revered references to a person named 'Melchizedek'.

He was stated as a person whom Abraham revered and perhaps adored. The inspired Bible authors even try to relate Jesus Christ as a successor of this very same Melchizedek.

However, a good majority of people from all these religions have pretty no idea about this personality. I being a Christian have noted this name only much later in my life.

I write this blog because for quite some time I have been receiving mental instructions, perhaps from my inner soul, for writing a blog on this great character of the Bible.
First let me reproduce below some of the verses from the Bible which refer to Melchizedek :

In Genesis 14:18 we read like this : And Melchizedek, the king of Salem and a priest of God Most High, brought Abram some bread and wine.

In Psalm 110:4 it is written: The LORD has taken an oath and will not break his vow: "You are a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek."

This Melchizedek was an extra-ordinary person capable of blessing Abraham on behalf of God !

The Bible says in Genesis 14:19 like this : Melchizedek blessed Abram with this blessing: "Blessed be Abram by God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth.

In the New Testament especially in the epistle of St.Paul to the Hebrews there are more about Melchizedek from which we can safely presume that apostle Paul knew much more about Melchizedek than anyone else. Let me quote :

In Hebrews 7:4 Paul says : Consider then how great this Melchizedek was. Even Abraham, the great patriarch of Israel, recognized this by giving him a tenth of what he had taken in battle.

There are nineteen or so references in the Bible where the name Melchizedek appears. Both the Old Testament and the New Testament give much reverence to this name.

Yet for centuries, we did not have an opportunity to know more about this great historical personality who lived on earth during the times of Abraham.

The three major Semitic religions, though different, have many things in common with the other major religions and cultures such as Confucianism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism and even the modern Sikhism.

I often used to wonder about the possible connections of ideas of all these religions.

Human historians and writers might have written thousands of volumes of commentaries and opinions on all these illuminating their readers with their hypotheses.

But there was no concrete and authentic repertory from which we could have possibly derived an answer to all these without ever making a disturbing crack in our logical mind.

But by our good fortune, the situation had changed ever since the Urantia Book got published way back in 1955.

Now we know the complete information about Melchizedek through the super humanly revealed knowledge that is contained in this great revelatory knowledge book of our times!

We have been also told about the work this Melchizedek had done on earth when he lived for nearly hundred years in a place known as Salem which is the present day Jerusalem under modern Israel.

He was responsible for initiating the pre-historic mankind to the real knowledge of God and real spiritual awakening from the tribal or animistic worship cultures that existed before. His disciples were the first ever spiritual missionaries to the world now referred in the Urantia Book as the 'Salem Missionaries' who paved the foundations of religious beliefs for our modern day religions of the Occident and the Orient. 

According to the Urantia Book, the name Melchizedek is a common name used to denote a class or order of high ranking celestial personalities belonging to a Local Universe such as our own local universe called Nebadon. ( Nebadon is part of the Super Universe called Orvonton and the latter comprises most of what we astronomically distinguish as the Milky Way Galaxy. The Local Universes are not physical systems, but they are administrative divisions of the Super Universe, the division being done on the basis of the numbers of planets where intelligent mortal life is thriving. Our lonely planet of life in the Solar System, earth, is given the name Urantia and it is one among 3.8 million such planets containing intelligent mortal life under our local universe Nebadon whose Sovereign Lord is Michael of Nebadon who happened to live on earth as Jesus Christ some 2000 years ago.]

Melchizedeks keep doing invaluable service to the upkeep and celestial administration of the local universe and they are capable of doing various kinds of duties.

The Melchizedek who lived in the form a human being at the time of Abraham is identified as Machiventa Melchizedek and he is one of the Melchizedeks responsibly connected to the celestial administration of earth in some way.

Out of the 196 odd papers of the Urantia Book, some 30 are authored by the Melchizedek order of celestials.[Interested in seeing the names of the authors of the various papers of the Urantia Book? Click Here!]

The general nature of the work of the Melchizedeks is explained in Paper-35 of the Urantia Book which is authored by a celestial self identified as the 'Chief of Archangels'. [If you are interested you can read this paper online using this title link 'the Local Universe Sons of God']

Now about the detailed life of the very same Melchizedek who lived during the time of Abraham in the appearance and nature of a human being is elaborated in Paper-93 of the Urantia Book titled 'Machiventa Melchizedek' which is authored by another celestial belonging to the Melchizedek order.

It is indeed a great reading for those who are inclined to know more. It would give you the rare opportunity of knowing more about this biblical character who was not a human being, but lived among the humans appearing as a human being.

The great sage who taught Abraham and many others about God and initiated in them the quest for knowing God and living the manner in which God wanted them to live !

In short it is all about the founder of all religions of this world !

This celestial personality while living in Salem (now Jerusalem) some 3000 years before Jesus Christ in the form of a human being, taught the human tribes of that time about the true God, the Universal Father God. The effort culminated in to the formation of a group of enlightened disciples of this Melchizedek known as the Salem Missionaries who moved out in to all territories preaching about the nature of God.

Some of them reached India. Their efforts and the effects later on these teachings in India is further depicted in this Paper titled : 'The Melchizedek teachings of the orient'. This paper describes a commentary on Hinduism, Brahmanism, Buddhism and Jainism etc admixed with the teachings of the Salem missionaries in this part of Asia.

[  You may also like to read some other related blogs: 1. The God Within Me .... and You !  , 2. Urantia-India : The Urantia Book Site for Indians   , 3. The Wedding at Cana-the Story from the Urantia Book    ]

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