When Will You Have Bread and Wine With Melchizedek?

by Joshua Tilghman on September 26, 2012


It can be said that there are two types of people in this world:

1)      The first type of person believes that life happens to them. And so it does. By default, those who wander about aimlessly will truly experience a sort of pointless and aimless existence in the chaos of the ego. They truly may believe they are operating out of free will, but most of their life is reacting to situations that they themselves manifest from an unfocused mind.

2)      The second type of person believes that they make their own life. And so they do. Those who are focused, entertain positive thoughts, and live in harmony with their conscious and subconscious self create abundant experiences.

Where am I going with all this? Enter Melchizedek, the main topic for today. What if I told you that Melchizedek symbolically serves as the mediator between your ego and your higher self? Let’s take a look at this interesting Biblical figure to see what I mean.

Melchizedek is briefly mentioned in three Biblical books: Genesis, Psalms, and Hebrews. But even though he gets such a brief mention, he can easily be compared to the likes of Enoch and Jesus! Consider the language that depicts him in Hebrews:

“Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days nor end life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually” (Hebrews 7:3).

Traditionally, this verse has been interpreted two different ways: the first interpretation states that the above verse only means that Melchizedek was “like unto the Son of God” because he had no recorded genealogy in scripture. In other words, the Biblical writers purposefully left out his real genealogy to make a point about the Messiah who was to come. The second interpretation takes this verse to literally mean that Melchizedek was never born and would never die. In other words, he wasn’t a mortal man, and therefore, many believed he was the preincarnate Jesus himself. However, both of these interpretations miss the entire point of the power and realization of Melchizedek.

Melchizedek was not a historical person and neither was he the preincarnate Jesus. In order to explain his real significance—which is also relevant to you—we’re going to have to back up to the story of Abram (Abraham). Then we’ll wrap this blog post up in the Book of Hebrews for a shocking revelation.

The fourteenth chapter of Genesis gives us the details about a great battle between nine kings. There were five on one side and four on the other. Lot, Abram’s nephew, became caught up in this battle when the king of his own city, Sodom, had to flee from the battle scene. When Abram got wind of these events, he gathered together his trained servants, defeated the king that was responsible for taking Lot, and brought back all the spoils of war along with his nephew and the other citizens of Sodom. When Abram returns, he is met by Melchizedek. I quote Genesis below to show how the scene unfolds:

“And Melchizedek king of Salem (peace) brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God. And he blessed him (Abram), and said, blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth…” (Genesis 14:18-19).

I have already revealed from former blog posts that “heaven” and “earth” signify spirit and matter. The most high God refers to the result of a divine union between the two. So what does this have to do with Abram and Melchizedek? You’ll see the correlation in a moment.

I want you to notice that Melchizedek brings bread and wine also. Bread and wine have been used in many initiation rites throughout the ancient world. In fact, to Catholics, the Eucharist, which involves bread and wine, is the most important sacrament which takes its origin in the Last Supper of Christ. Wikipedia states:

“The Catholic Church teaches that when the bread and wine are consecrated in the Eucharist, they cease to be bread and wine, and become the body and blood of Christ, each of which is accompanied by the other and by Christ’s soul and divinity.” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eucharist)

The New Testament scene of the Last Supper has fixed the symbols in the minds of Christians for the past two thousand years. But the fundamental meaning of this rite goes back much, much further than the Last Supper. In its most crude and primordial understanding, the red color of the wine represents the female menstrual cycle while the white of the bread represents semen. These two explanations are meant to depict the divine masculine and the divine feminine principles which manifest creation. We are also talking about the yin and the yang, light and darkness, and good and evil. It is the conscious interplay between these two seemingly opposing spectrums that experience and soul growth can take place.

Again, what does all this have to do with Melchizedek and Abram? Melchizedek enters Abram’s life at a critical moment. Up to this point, Abram has lived by the ego. He’s even had to live in Egypt (always symbolic of ego) because of a great famine. While in Egypt, Abram went through some harrowing experiences; he lied to Pharaoh and lost his wife for a time. But when he leaves Egypt, he is ready for a conscious transformation. He passes the test, letting Lot choose the land for his herd which looked pleasing to the eye, while Abram walked by faith. We have already related how Lot was taken in battle. Abram saves him, and then he, Abram, is met by Melchizedek. At this point Melchizedek signifies an initiation of Abram into the higher order. In other words, Abram is about to experience a transformation of consciousness, and Melchizedek serves as the mediating priest between Abram’s ego and his higher self.

The divine male and feminine principles can be correlated to conscious and subconscious mind. Abraham needs to experience the divine union between the two to manifest unity consciousness. The interesting part of this story is that shortly after Abram worships with Melchizedek, he enters into a profound covenant relationship with the “most high God.” In fact, God even changes Abram’s name to Abraham.

“Neither shall thy name be called Abram, but they name shall be Abraham: for a father of many nations have I made thee. And I will make thee exceedingly fruitful, and I will make nations of thee, and kings shall come out of thee” (Genesis 17:5-6).

Abraham experiences the divine union of the consciousness and subconscious to manifest the abundance of unity consciousness, or a fruitful life. The fruitfulness of Abraham signifies enlightenment.

So who is Melchizedek then?

Let’s jump forward to Hebrews again and look at some verses that compare Melchizedek and Christ:

“And yet it is far more evident: for that after the similitude of Melchizedek there ariseth another priest, Who is made, not after the law of the carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life” (Hebrews 7:15-16).

The carnal commandment has always been necessary because of the ego. But Melchizedek is the high priest that must be awakened in order to mediate between our ego and our true selves. Melchizedek then represents the initiation process we must manifest to transform our conscious experience. Melchizedek is not really symbolic of a priestly order which precedes and transcends the order of the Levites; he is symbolic of a process which transcends the law of the ego. And guess what?! When you have transcended the law of the ego, you have taken on the power of an endless life! I am not speaking of a super-human immortality here; I am speaking of an elevated state of BEING!

This is why Melchizedek has no genealogy. Do you need and mother and father to be born again via the spiritual transformation process? Does the birthing process from which you realize your true self (source) need to come from a physical mother and father. No. This process comes from the divine union of you’re the conscious and subconscious to manifest the Christ nature within. It is a process that must happen within you.

So How Does this Knowledge of the Bible Ultimately Help?

Perhaps the story of Melchizedek is telling you that it is time to be initiated into a higher order. Maybe it is time to realize the true meaning of the bread and the wine ceremony? Unify the divine male and female principle to burst forth the latent potential that is in you.

Maybe you just need to have a serious talk with yourself and see if you are ready to truly go within and realize who you really are. The mediator for this process of conscious transformation already lives within you. Is it time to get serious with daily meditation and manifest a profound conscious transformation? I can’t say for sure, but I’m willing to bet it is!

This is the only way humanity will every truly transcend the ego. And it all starts with you! Remember, there is nothing superhuman or super spiritual about it. You can start this process with three-minute meditation sessions a day. You can always increase the time later.

Stay tuned…more interesting posts on the way!

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Janet September 27, 2012 at 12:31 pm

Another fascinating post, Josh. Amazingly…this VERY morning I was thinking to myself..Since Jesus is both God and Man, I wonder if he had to deal with an ego voice? Could he have the experience of being human if he didn’t? It seems like that is our biggest roadblock here on earth.

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Joshua Tilghman September 27, 2012 at 4:37 pm

Janet,

Sorry I was not able to go into more detail in Hebrews. I actually wrote this post under some serious time constraints – I finished around midnight, fell asleep at 1, and then had to get up at 5 for work. I will elaborate in a future post. Thanks for commenting and I hope you are doing well!

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john May 5, 2013 at 5:35 pm

Thank you for your hard work and insights THANK YOU!

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Christine Hoeflich October 23, 2012 at 6:38 pm

Wonderful post, Josh! Yes, I believe it is time for many to begin the initiation process and unite with the divine within. I see it all around me, many searching for answers to questions not easily answered (by the current level of understanding, I mean). Thanks for sharing the higher level of understanding and the deeper truths in the Bible.

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anny September 2, 2013 at 9:19 am

Hi Joshua,

The name Melchizedek means something like just or righteous king.

A righteous person is called a tsaddik in Hebrew. Tsaddik and tsedaka, righteousness, are very special concepts in the Bible and in Judaism. It is said that the world needs 36 tsaddikim at any given time in order to be able to survive.

The first tsaddik in the Bible was Noah, who was rescued from the Flood because he was righteous. Also Jacob’s son Joseph is called a tsaddik in the Jewish tradition, and of course he became a Melchizedek, a righteous king, by becoming a ruler over Egypt, the realm of the ego, by conquering his ego and turning to love instead of hatred.

Once you know the meaning of a name, you will find it in all sorts of different contexts again which make its real meaning clearer every time.

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