In the series “12 reasons why Melchizedek was actually the pre-incarnate Word of God” the following article is reason # 11.
In the Hebrews 7 description of Melchizedek we come across yet another riddle. Past riddles have included:
- The realization that Melchizedek is innately eternal and yet only God is innately eternal (See Reason 4)
- The realization that Melchizedek lives forever and is a high priest forever due to an unchangeable priesthood yet “after the similitude of Melchisedec there ariseth another priest” of his order Who is also an eternal high priest. (See Reason 6)
This time we have a person (i.e. Melchizedek) who is said to be “without decent” but is yet a descendant of the Israelite tribe of Judah.
For in Hebrews 7:3 we read:
[For this Melchizedek is] Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually.
Yet in Hebrews 7:6,13-15 is says:
6 But he [i.e. Melchizdek] whose descent is not counted from them [Levi] received tithes of Abraham, and blessed him that had the promises…13 For he [i.e. Melchizdek] of whom these things are spoken pertaineth to another tribe, of which no man gave attendance at the altar. 14 For it is evident that our Lord sprang out of Juda; of which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning priesthood.
The only way to resolve this apparent contradiction is if Melchizedek is actually the pre-incarnate Word of God. For the Word of God lives and abides forever (1 Peter 1:23-25) being found in the beginning with God (John 1:1) and therefore He has no decent. Yet, the Word of God became flesh (John 1:14) and entered the world as a descendant of King David who himself “sprang out of Juda.”