A priest must hold the people’s place to God,
To represent them and beg for redemption,
As intercessor for his fatal flock –
But how, if he is in the same condition?
For he has no effect if he is fallen,
And for his own sin sacrifices daily,
For then he can not quite complete his calling,
Performing sacrifice perpetually.
Our fitting priest must yet be like to us,
Yet holy, harmless, wholly undefiled,
And separated from all sinful lusts:
One sacrifice to make us reconciled.
A man, yet higher than the heavens, He,
Who gives Himself, the sacrifice sufficient,
Enthroned and perfect God eternally,
When (radiant) to life again He’s risen.
All other priests were then a type of Him,
Their sanctuary, too, a shadowed image.
Yet He is the true minister to men,
The priest – yet sacrifice – without a blemish.
Haste to the greatest of priests,
Haste to the preacher of truth,
Haste to the speaker of blessings,
Haste to one greater than you,
Haste to the one who is living,
Haste, for He will make you new,
Haste to the one Abram worshiped,
Haste, this is needful to do!
Under the Law He abided,
Over the Law He resides,
Before the Law He has guided,
After the Law He presides.
Abraham though it was worth his pursuit,
Haste! And the Father will haste Him to you!
The righteous king, the prince of peace,
Melchizedek, the priest of priests.
Before the Levite he held claim,
To intercede in Yahweh’s name.
A priest who was not circumcised,
Yet Abraham paid him the tithe.
No father, mother, progeny,
His birth and death a mystery,
But he appears in the record,
As though eternal, like our Lord.
A priest forever – as the Christ,
Though neither of them were Levites,
By right not of his father earned,
But by the call of God confirmed.
He demonstrates the greater plan,
That God prepared when time began:
Not through the Levites to redeem,
But by a greater righteous king.
Melchizedek then was a type,
Of what would be revealed in Christ.
A priest to reign continually,
A king who will bring peace to be,
A prophet who will teach God’s word,
Which word predates the Law’s record.
One – Spirit, Son, and Father – three,
The prophet, priest, and righteous king.