In which is Abraham and God and a priest

by Craig on May 5, 2015

God Most High, "El Elyon" written in Hebrew (reading right to left - of course ツ )

The first use of Mary’s word in the Bible is spoken by the One True God to Abraham, during a time when humans worshiped  more “created” gods than at any other time in human history. I’m thinking Abraham was the only person in his native Sumer who doubted this panoply of gods.

Abraham had, since his youth,
a suspicion that followed him

like a growing shadow

as

dawn

breaks

there had to be only one. true. God

and so he talked with and followed and sought after this one true God

steadfast
consistent
unwavering

one piece at a time he came to know him
through listening and trial and error and faith

Isn’t that the way?

he found the final piece of the mystery almost by accident

from a person he didn’t yet know
in a place he had brushed by repeatedly

Isn’t that the way?

Abraham was a wealthy traveling merchant

buying
selling
trading

seeking

The sales territory of Abraham, Father of our faith, reached from Syria to Egypt...

plying a route from modern day Syria to Egypt
all the while cultivating a deep relationship
with the God he often spoke to, but never saw

Abraham had a name for him

אֵל עֶלְיוֹן
(Hebrew)

El Elyon
(English)

God Most High
(what the name means)

but in his myriad trading destinations in Canaan
among people who worshiped a god called “El” (אֵל )
that being the first half of the name of the God for whom Abraham searched

nobody seems to have known anything about Abraham’s God

until…

one day Abraham arrives at a place called Shalem
after having just saved his son Lot by means of war
he camps beneath a city who’s name means peace

Melchizedek came down from the hill, to Abraham below - as faith followed both...

שָׁלֵ֔ם
(In Hebrew – the city pronounced, Shalem)

In English – Salem

the city would one day be called

יְר֣וּשָׁלִַ֔ם

yeru – shalem

Jerusalem

more to come…

the picture sources:
El Elyon
the map
Salem somewhere “up there”

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Michelle May 6, 2015 at 5:17 pm

I’m interested (possibly intrigued).

I look forward to seeing where you lead with this. Though we both know it’s our Lord leading us. :)

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Craig May 11, 2015 at 4:09 pm

“interested (possibly intrigued)”. – made me smile ツ I can so easily fly off on tangents and never return to any semblance of a main point – but this little divergence into Melchizedek and Abraham, it’s because it’s the first occurrence of Mary’s word and it packs a punch – I’ll get there – I’m pretty sure ツ God bless and keep you Michelle.

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Martha Orlando May 6, 2015 at 5:27 pm

Love, love, love this beautiful snippet of Biblical history, Craig! Looking forward to more!
Blessings!

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Craig May 11, 2015 at 4:14 pm

I first wrote of Abraham in the time just before I came to know our Lord.- more than 30 years ago. I researched and wrote about it for College history credits. I so related with Abraham seeking his “God most high”. He was the second biblical character that I truly related to – Thomas being the first – and both before I accepted the Gospel. It makes me smile that this is the first occurrence of Mary’s word in Scripture. Thank you Martha. God bless and keep.

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Debbie May 7, 2015 at 1:32 am

Excellent, excellent, excellent! Thank you and so good to read here . . .always!

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Craig May 11, 2015 at 4:15 pm

It makes me smile that you still read. Thank you. God bless you Debbie ツ

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