A TALE OF THREE CITIES

                              Jerusalem, Sodom and Gomorrah

 

English writer Charles Dickens wrote “A Tale of Two Cities.”  However, his fictional tale has nothing on the tale of two biblical cities, Sodom and Gomorrah.  This story contains things myths and legends are made of, with a victorious Abraham triumphantly returning home from battle with the spoils of victory after liberating a Canaanite city named Sodom from its captors.  Suddenly a mysterious man appeared.  Although he is the greatest man in the Old Testament, he is only mentioned in three sentences.  His name is Melchisedec the King of Salem.  This unique king brought bread and wine to Abraham, the same implements instituted by the High Priest of Christianity, Jesus the Christ, some 2,000 years later at the Lord’s supper. (1 Cor. 11:23-26) 

This King is shrouded in mystery, for if he was an American he could not celebrate Mother’s Day─no female gave birth to him.  Neither could he celebrate Father’s Day, for his existence was not due to any male either.  This Old Testament man of mystery could not even celebrate his own birthday, for he was not born.  Neither is there a gravesite that contains his remains, for he did not die.  A New Testament writer describes this mystery man as one who was:

 

“without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; made like unto the Son of God; Now consider how great this man was…” (Heb. 7:3-4)

 

After the writer of Hebrews began to discuss Melchisedec, he resigned himself stating:

 

“Melchisedec.  Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered ….”  (Heb. 5:10-11)

 

Melchisedec remains an enigma.  In this peculiar man we see for the first time the merger of Church and State, for he was not only a king among the Canaanites (a tribe of black people) but also a priest in the land of Canaan.  His title was Melchisedec, King of Salem and Priest of the Most High God

            The New Testament’s commentary on the greatness of this king states:

 

“For this Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the most high                                      God, met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed himNow consider how great this man is… for without all contradiction the less is blessed of the better.” (Heb. 7:7)     

 

Not only did this King bless Abraham, he then blessed the Most High God.  His title as King of Salem, meaning King of Peace, overshadows Christ’s title as Prince of Peace. “Now, consider how great this man was” when Jesus Christ was ordained into this king’s of Ham’s descendants in the Canaanite city of Salem. (Heb. 7:4, 5:6, 20)  Although not a Canaanite or a descendant of Ham, this King of Peace made his homeland among the Canaanites (blacks) and was a mighty ruler among them.  Having no lineage from Shem, Ham, or Japheth, some say Melchisedec was God in the flesh or a pre-incarnate figure of Christ, but whoever this peculiar man was he dwelled among Canaan’s son Jebus’ people in the city of Salem then called Jebusalem.  Today it is known as Jerusalem. (Joshua 15:8, 63)

 

SODOM AND GOMORRAH

            The tale of our two cities brings us to literally the lowest place on earth, the bottom of the Dead Sea. (Fig. 8)  It is called the Dead Sea for two reasons.  First, because of its high salt content, no marine life can live in its water.  Secondly, beneath its silt and sediment lies the largest watery grave since the time of Noah.  For the Dead Sea is the gravesite of several Canaanite cities, the most notable being Sodom.   Apostle Jude wrote that these cities are:

 

“under darkness unto the judgment of the great day. Even as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, are set forth for an example of suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.” (Jude 1:7)

 

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