Melchizedek is the mystery man only mentioned in Genesis 14:17-20, Psalm 110 and a handful of times in the book of Hebrews. What is clear is that he foreshadowed Christ as a king and priest. Here are a few thoughts from several different authors on this godly man.
“In the only record which Scripture provides of Melchizedek …he appears as a living man, king of Salem and priest of God Most High; and as such he disappears. In all of this—in the silences as well as in the statements—he is a fitting type of Christ….Melchizedek remains a priest continually for the duration of his appearance in the biblical narrative.” ~F. F. Bruce
“Amid the corruptions of the world, he alone, in that land, was an upright and sincere cultivator and guardian of [true] religion.” ~John Calvin
“Melchizedek presents Abraham to the entire world and declares that only with him, in his house and family, are the church, the kingdom of heaven, salvation, forgiveness of sins, and the divine blessings.” ~Martin Luther
“…in Melchizedek’s going out to bless Abraham in the presence of the Canaanites, we see a wonderful type of Christ’s ministry to us. When our battle is over, the risen Jesus Christ will bless us before the eyes of the world. Indeed, in the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper, he proclaims us blessed even now from the throne of heaven. Like Abraham, we are despised by the world. Our blessing is hidden to sight, and no one realizes that we hold the promises of God. But Christ acknowledges us as God’s own, and the day will come when every eye will see it.” ~Richard Phillips
“But Jesus is our Melchizedek. He is our King of Righteousness, cleansing us from our sin by his blood and clothing us in the royal robes of his perfect obedience. That is why his is the city of peace, where those who find righteousness in him shall dwell forever in peace with him. He says, ‘Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you….Let not your hearts be troubled neither let them be afraid’ (John 14:27).” ~Richard Phillips