In which is Abraham, Melchizedek, and Magnificat

by Craig on May 28, 2015

A confluence - the rivers meet and mingle like Abraham and Melchizedek ...

a confluence in Geneva

one is the River Rhone
the other, the River Arve

both emanate from glaciers
both pick up different things as they flow
different land, different elements, different color

and they meet and mix
somewhere there …  in the middle


there was once only one seeker of God Most High – Abraham
and there was only one priest of God Most High – Melchizedek
each flowing, picking up different things, never connecting

until, one day the only seeker flows by the only priest

confluence awaits

the seeker is having a typical day

business activity
a problem child
oh … and a war

following a voice from heaven
following the light to his darkness
following the answers to his questions

never once does he consider that his conclusive answers lie in Jerusalem
and there is someone in Jerusalem who needs a confluence for himself

so he’s about ready to pass by Jerusalem … again


but this time…

the inspiration he seeks as hard as an artist in search of the exact. perfect. blue
flows down the hillside so that the two can meet, and mingle, and share

somewhere there …  in the middle

the priest of this God nobody appeared to know about, “El–Elyon” – God Most High
streams down from the hillside, bestowing bread and wine, and receiving a tithe from Abraham

a confluence below Jerusalem

momentous. moment.

one man has a practical, personal, on the ground understanding of the only God
the other has theological knowledge – a religious, mountain top kind of learning

the conversations they must have had
each filling in the various vacancies
of the other one’s perception of God


years before this meeting gets a chance to unfold
Abraham must leave family, career, his native country
and maybe he’s like a fledgling bird at the edge of the nest

a bit scared
and oh so curious
but not quite ready


and maybe he needs one last push, a promise that he isn’t leaving it all for nothing

maybe that’s when God provides the final nudge
with words recorded in the Greek of the Septuagint
(with pronunciation below, and a literal translation)

(and the Greek version of Mary’s “magnificat” in bold print)

καὶ   ποιήσω  σε    εἰς    ἔθνος   μέγα
Ki      poyeso-se   ayees ethnos mega
and I will make you into [a] nation, great

καὶ    εὐλογήσω σε
ki    youlogaysow-se
and I will bless you

καὶ μεγαλυνῶ     τὸ ὄνομά σου
ki    megaluno     tow onoma-sue
and will magnify the name of you

καὶ ἔσῃ    εὐλογητός
ki   esay   youlogaytos
and you will be blessed

it’s Genesis 12:2
the first use of Mary’s word, magnificat, in the Scriptures

it’s only “magnificat” in the Latin  (man-yee-fee-cot)
in the Greek it’s “μεγαλύνω” (megaluno)

now to unwrap this pretty present…



The Picture Perfect Artwork:
the confluence
the colors
the fledgling

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Martha Orlando May 29, 2015 at 10:08 am

Your words and imagery flow as fluidly and gracefully as the rivers pictured above. Thank you for the inspiration, Craig!


A. June 25, 2015 at 8:14 am

Martha, you said it perfectly. Craig, this is beautiful!


Michelle May 30, 2015 at 1:18 am

I totally agree with Martha. I look forward to the unwrapping…


Debbie May 30, 2015 at 10:44 pm

Magnificent offering as you help us seek Him and to know Him through these deeper looks into scripture! God bless!


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