We read from the Hebrew text of Psalm 110:4 – “Yehovah has made AN OATH and will He will not be comforted [with any other decree], “You are a Cohen or Priest forever through The WORD of Melchizedek.” English translations usually express this as “The Order of Melchizedek,” but based on the context of Psalm 110:4, it is not about a religious or spiritual group, order, or society.

The Hebrew root supporting “The Order” of Melchizedek is D-V-R (Dalet-Vet-Resh), which is about Yehovah’s SPEECH or WORD. Therefore, I am suggesting that we should understand “the Order of Melchizedek” not as some kind of religious order but rather as a COMMAND and OATH from the WORD of Yehovah delivered to the nation through Yehovah’s messengers of Heaven who made regular visits to the House of the Sons of Tzadok at Qumran. This very well might explain one of today’s Jewish Orthodox Songs of the Sabbath – “Shalom Aleichem.”  Could the lyrics of this song for the Sabbath Day have come from the early first-century Zadoite believers in Yeshua who were known to be associates and supporters of the Prophets, Priests, and Judges of the House of Tzadok? Is it possible that this song inadvertently slipped past the ancient Rabbinic censors and, through Rabbinic tradition, managed to make it into the weekly liturgy of today’s Judaism?

Today, we will also ask why Paul wrote the words of Colossians 2:16-19. And also, why Yeshua said to Nicodemus in John 3, “The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit. Nicodemus answered and said to Him, “How can these things be?” Yeshua answered and said to him, “Are you the Teacher of Israel and do not know these things?

These matters and so much more will be addressed in this study of the Qumran Zadokites.

This is Episode 143 and PART 29 in a series of studies about the Qumran Zadokites, the New Covenant or “New Testament” writings, and Judaism.