Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Order of Melchizedek

“[Jesus] was designated by God to be high priest in the order of Melchizedek. We have much to say about this, but it is hard to explain because you are slow to learn. In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God's word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.”………………Letter to Heb. 5:10-14

Melchizedek
(from Hebrew מַלְכִּי־צֶדֶק melech-i-tzédek, literally "righteousness is my king"), is not a person but an archetype, an embodiment of consciousness which is the redemptive element of the ignorant into Gnosis. In the Dead Sea scrolls can be found, an eschatological text where Melchizedek is seen as a divine being and Hebrew titles as Elohim are applied to him. According to this text Melchizedek will proclaim the "Day of Atonement" and he will atone for the people who are predestined to him. Psalm 110:4 declares “The LORD has sworn and will not waver: “Like Melchizedek you are a priest forever.”” Again Hebrews 7 declares “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.”

In the Torah, there is reference to the Merkavah (as it is spelled in Hebrew) which has two different meanings: One meaning is ''chariot,'' which is a vehicle; the other is the ''Throne of God.'' When the two definitions are combined, the true meaning comes to life.
In Ancient Egypt, this primal cosmic pattern was called the Mer-Ka-Ba. It was actually three words, not one. ‘Mer’ meant a ‘kind of light that rotated within itself’. ‘Ka’ meant ‘spirit’, in this case referring to the human spirit. And ‘Ba’ meant the human body — though it also could mean the concept of Reality that spirit holds. And so the entire word in ancient Egypt referred to a rotating light that would take the spirit and the body from one world into another.

These three components, in modern day times are usually referred to as the FATHER, SON, and HOLY SPIRIT. The FATHER is the Primal light of consciousness, and the SON is the incarnated chariot or vehicle, and the HOLY SPIRIT (the formless) is the MELCHIZEDEK aspect of all pervading consciousness. The three being objectively different aspects of one subjective undivided divine consciousness.

This archetype could be mapped on to Jesus as the pure divine consciousness which had incarnated into this world. The three vital elements of Christ’s incarnation could be seen reflected in the figure of Melchizedek, namely; redemptive messianic, virgin nature of incarnated consciousness and the eternal nature of this primal consciousness (priest forever).

This is a very difficult concept for even spiritual aspirants like the Disciples of Christ could understand. As there was an underlying Gnostic strain in all the writings and spiritual understanding of the Essene community, Paul while addressing the Hebrew community invokes this deep esoteric dimension of Christ’s spirituality so that the Disciples could be weaned away from the milk of literal understanding and digest the harder and deeper essence of Christ incarnation and his redemptive dimension.
Let Melchizedek consciousness, through the words of Paul, be our guiding light.

Love to you all

6 comments :

  1. Till this day Melkichedak is a esteemed prophet in my thoughts. This new interpretaion makes me look the wordin a different angle and a nice one at that!

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  2. Really appreciate the way you correlated the Holy Trinity with the Melchizedek. Christ's esoteric sprituality with Melchizedek consciousness is the sure way to redumption!

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  3. This gives a subtley different perspective on Jesus saying...the way to the Father is through me...one which many currently see as the persona Jesus of Nazarene and not as a divine conscious awareness being Jesus Christ.

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  4. Thanks EMPTY.
    All sacred scriptures including the Bible has an underlying deeper meaning which is linked to empowering individual spirituality.

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  5. Thanks Francis.
    Redemption is not an act of Jesus dying on the cross but the deeper message of Christ through which our inner self is liberated through alignment with Christ consciousness.

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  6. Thanks Leland for your response.
    I am convinced that unless we see and understand the esoteric content of the Bible and not simply read the Bible literally as some sort of liberating text, the primary purpose of Christ message would be lost.

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