I have been reading the story of Abram in
Genesis this week as part of my regular devotions. Last week I mentioned that the pagan system of worship of false gods derived from nature was begun by Nimrod at Babel,
and was spread abroad from there when the peoples were dispersed. But
while most people worshipped the false gods, not everyone did. A
remnant of Shem’s line (of whom Abram was descended) preserved the
worship of God Almighty, and the true history of the world. In Genesis
14, when Abram returned from the defeat of the five kings, another
worshipper of God Almighty met him.
This was Melchizedek, king of Salem (Jerusalem). He was priest of God
Most High, the Scripture says, that is, the one true God, the Creator
of heaven and earth. Melchizedek’s blessing of Abram reinforces the
distinctive that separates God Most High from the pagan gods: God Most
High is possessor of heaven and earth, because He is its Creator.
when people say it is a side issue, whether God is Creator or not as
recorded in the Scriptures, and not a doctrine central to Christian
theology, don’t believe it. The Scriptures themselves make it a central
factor. And the debate over biblical creation history vs. distorted or
false history has been going on for a very long time, as well.