"Now these ordinances were given after this manner, that thereby the people might look forward on the Son of God, it being a type of his order, or it being his order, and this that they might look forward to him for a remission of their sins, that they might enter into the rest of the Lord."
One example of this symbolism is the prophet Melquizedek. He is a type of the Savior. Look at how he is described in Alma 13:
- Alma 13:15
- And it was this same Melchizedek to whom Abraham paid tithes; yea, even our father Abraham paid tithes of one-tenth part of all he possessed.
- Just as Abraham paid his tithes to Melchizedek, the tithing we give to the bishop is really being paid to the Lord. We are returning to Him a small portion of all that he has given us. (D&C 119:3-4)
- Now this Melchizedek was a king over the land of Salem;
- Jesus Christ is the Eternal King. (D&C 128:23)
- Because of the Fall, all mankind is wicked and has gone astray. (Romans 3:23)
- But Melchizedek having exercised mighty faith,
- It is the priesthood of Jesus Christ. (D&C 107:3)
- Many have repented because of his call. (D&C 58:42)
- “In his days,” Christ taught the gospel of peace and atoned for our sins that we might all find peace. Through repentance, many have found peace. (John 14:27; Romans 10:15)
- The Savior is the Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6)
- Salem, later known as Jerusalem, is Hebrew for 'peaceful' or 'peaceable,' also 'perfect' or 'perfected.' Not only is 'King of Salem' a parallel of 'Prince of Peace.' It also reminds us that we should seek Christ to find peace and perfection.
- Jesus Christ is our king but reigns under God, the Father. According to Luke, he also reigns under his father David. (Luke 1:32-33)
- Now, there were many before him, and also there were many afterwards,
- Jesus Christ came during the meridian of time following many generations of great prophets and followed by many more. (D&C 20:26)
- Jesus did more for the salvation of men than anyone who ever lived on the earth. (D&C 135:3)