Was God absent until Abraham?
Have you heard of Melchizedek? He was spoken about in Genesis 14:18-20
18 Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. He was priest of God Most High, 19 and he blessed Abram, saying,
“Blessed be Abram by God Most High,
Creator of heaven and earth.
20 And praise be to God Most High,
who delivered your enemies into your hand.”
This means that before Abram was renamed by God as Abraham, and before God chose to make a nation from him, God was speaking and some were listening.
Melchizedek was a priest of God Most High.
I have wondered much, in my life, God where are you? Can you not speak for yourself? I felt like God was blaming his creation for his inability to speak. I felt like that would be unfair. I wanted to know if he abandoned mankind. And, to me if he had stopped speaking that would be abandonment. After Cain killed Able did God give up? If God had given up on mankind, how was I suppose to have hope?
And then I learned about the Order of Melchizedek, an ancient priesthood who knew God before their was a nation, before there were the scriptures we have today written for the peoples of earth. And I learned that God never stopped speaking to mankind.
Sometimes I look at how slow on up take the disciples were in their understanding and I find hope; Jesus didn’t throw them out just because they didn’t understand.
Sometimes I look at the nation of Israel and find hope, they didn’t choose him and yet he keeps them.
But, I wondered about his goodness. I wondered about the hope for the people before Abraham. And then, Melchizedek gave me hope in the goodness of God, in the presence of God.
I want to hope in God’s goodness. It fills my heart with awe that God has never given up on mankind. He is still speaking.