‘For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, Priest of the Most High God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of kings and blessed him, to whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all, first being translated ‘King of righteousness,’ and then also King of Salem, meaning ‘King of peace,’ without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but made like the Son of God, remains a priest continually.” (Hebrews 7: 1-3)

Jerusalem first appears in Scripture as a mysterious city ruled by a very unique person named Melchizedek (Genesis 14:18-20). He is an eternal priest/king that reigns over a city whose name means “place of righteousness and peace.” This Melchizedek is honored and served by Abraham, the great patriarch of Israel, and he is thus a type of the Messiah. Therefore, Jerusalem is the City of God and from the very dawn of time it is elevated to symbolize His eternal and perfect dwelling place. By serving Melchizedek, Abraham gives recognition to the ideals of the city, which are:


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