One day in the life of Abraham, he was informed by escapees that his nephew’s city had been attacked by an alliance of kings. The invading army overpowered that of the King of Sodom and his allies.
As a result most Sodomites were captured and become spoils of war for the victors.
Abraham could have demurred at that point. And why not? Lot had deserted him. He had chosen prosperity over solidarity with he that had the promise. Abraham had a good reason to shrug his shoulders and move on.
He did not. Instead he armed 318 servants (all born within his house). Abraham and this fledgling, untrained army went to war. God granted them victory against the might of gleaming swords wielded by battle hardened veterans.
He liberated all the Sodomites captured by the enemy kings including the errant Lot and his family.
As his cobbled army marched back home, weary but victorious at day’s end, they met a mysterious figure named Melchizedek.
Abraham, stirred by revelation, realized who He was. Melchizedek was the Priest of the Most High God. Abraham paid tithe to Melchizedek and in return Melchizedek blessed him and gave him, bread and wine (Genesis 14:18-20).
Bread and wine. This foreshadowed the communion that was to instituted in the New Testament. This Bread and Wine was served to Abraham at the end of the longest day of his life. A day of battle, a day of winning back erring brothers and sisters, a day of fighting the enemy who came only to steal, kill and destroy.
God promised that He will raise up a descendant of Abraham through whom the people of all nations will be blessed. This Man would also be a priest after the order of Melchizedek (Psalm 110:4). Who is this Man, whose coming is prefigured in the Abrahamic covenant and the priesthood of Melchizedek?
That Promised Seed was Christ. He came to earth among His own. He toiled for three years and some, preaching the gospel and trying to win back his fallen brothers. His chosen people, His kinsmen in the flesh, had been captured by doctrines of devils. Lot was in physical captivity at the time Abraham rescued him. Israel was in spiritual captivity at the coming of Christ.
When Christ came to the end of His good fight, He called for a Supper, where He served exactly what Melchizedek did many centuries before.
It was at the end His earthly battle, in the evening of His Messianic day and ministry.
Marriage Supper Of The Lamb & Bride
Intriguingly, He left us a promise of another Supper. He said “I will not drink this cup again, until I drink it anew with you in my Father’s Kingdom.” (Matthew 26:29)
He had come to the end of earthly ministry, then He instituted the Supper with a solemn promise.
This promise is to us and ours, for in the book of Revelation, we see that prophecy being fulfilled.
There is an invitation to attend another supper of bread and wine – the Marriage Supper of the Lamb.
As with the two others before, it is a victory supper, a feast for only the over-comers. The rest of the dead ‘lived not for a thousand years’. (Revelation 20:5)
The Church (as the Bride of Christ) is toiling to fulfill the Master’s mission. She is fighting battles to redeem and rescue her fallen brothers like Abraham did and Jesus did during His ministry.
After the day is done and the battle is won, in the evening of her triumph, a Marriage Supper will be convoked (Revelation 19:9). The Bible was clear that it is a Supper, not a lunch or breakfast. Anything else would be breaking the congruence of the Word.
When Christ, the Melchizedek of the New Testament welcomes his victorious church after her hard-fought battle, He will as promised, drink the fruit of the vine with us again in the ramparts of heaven.
Till then, fight the good fight of faith. The reward of communing with Christ in that great Supper is for those whose swords slack not. If we are the Seed of Abraham, we shall attain with unflinching resolve, the reward of Abraham.