I’m a bit confused about the connection between Melchizedek and Abraham. It appears from Abraham’s record that his fathers had rejected the covenant and so he needed to receive it all over again from God. However, we also have record that Melchizedek blessed Abraham, and that Melchizedek received the priesthood from his father. This really challenges my reading that there was one chosen line until Abraham.
But, there may be some way of reconciling these. Perhaps it is just my own desire to be right, but I’ll give it a chance here anyway to see what comes of it. (I.e., I’m thinking as I write here.)
So, I wonder if we can see Melchizedek as another Enoch figure. He is called the king of Salem, or the king of heaven. Did he also achieve the state of a celestial city like Enoch did? If so, was Abraham chosen to remain on earth, like Noah? Abraham is told he will be like Noah in the book of Abraham (Abraham 1:19).
This is what D&C 76 says about those in the celestial kingdom. Note the reference to Melchizedek himself:
56 They are they who are priests and kings, who have received of his fulness, and of his glory;
57 And are priests of the Most High, after the order of Melchizedek, which was after the order of Enoch, which was after the order of the Only Begotten Son.
58 Wherefore, as it is written, they are gods, even the sons of God—
59 Wherefore, all things are theirs, whether life or death, or things present, or things to come, all are theirs and they are Christ’s, and Christ is God’s.
60 And they shall overcome all things.
A few quick questions since my time is about up:
Why is Melchizedek linked with Enoch? There is JST reference that talks about those who are link Enoch can command rivers, etc.
Here we have this priesthood linked to receiving all things, being sons of God, receiving fulness… this is similar to D&C 84 (which is why I’m studying all this anyway).
Is the promise of the priesthood the promise to receive God’s face and His fulness? Is that the promise? It could be argued that this is what all the work and ordinances of the Church point to. Certainly. But is this what D&C 84 calls the oath and covenant of the priesthood? It could be…
If that is, then we can understand the strong language used in explaining the consequences of turning from it.
But all that receive the priesthood receive that covenant?
How do we reconcile that with life in the Church generally? How many have seen the face of God?
And so I remain confused!
But what about Abraham being chosen as a father rather than as a king? There might be some interesting things to think about with Melchizedek vs. Abraham there.
Anyway, more to riddle out still.