El (God the Creator)

Melkizedek was king of Salem (Jerusalem?) and priest of the Most High,(El) God the Creator. He is the representative of Cosmic Religion. "Gathered in him is all the religious worth of the sacrifices offered from the beginning of the world until Abraham and he is witness to its acceptance by God."77

Melchizedek went out to meet Abram who was returning in victory over Chedorlaomer and he offers bread and wine in a sacrifice of thanksgiving for Abram saying:

"Blessed be Abraham by God the Most High,
the creator of heaven and earth;
And blessed be God the Most High,
who delivered your foes into your hand."
(Gn 14:19-20)

Melchzedek uses bread and wine, fruits of the earth to express God's sovereign dominion over all creatures he has created. Here also we see Abram, who is to enter into a new and higher covenant with God, giving recognition to the validity of the first covenant which Melchizedek represents.

We may recall that God made a promise to David that one of his descendants would sit on his throne forever and in Psalm 110 David envisioned him also as a priest as follows,"The LORD has sworn and will not waver: 'Like Melchizedek you are a priest forever.' " (Ps 110:4) Melchizedek prefigures the Sacrifice of Christ who will also offer Bread and Wine representing and actualizing the reality his supreme act of oblation to his heavenly Father.

Bread from Heaven