Thursday, August 25, 2016

The Lloyd Family and Melchizedek

My aunt has traced something of her family tree. The furthest we can get back amongst the Lloyds is to one Thomas Lloyd senior who was a collier, the father of Thomas Lloyd jnr (Iron Puddler / Engine Driver b. 1822 / 3, Swansea or Brecon or Merthyr d. < 1891).

In a sense Thomas Lloyd snr. is like Melchizedek (the King of Salem and priest of God discussed in Genesis, the Psalms and Hebrews) in that he is "without father or mother, without genealogy, without beginning of days or end of life" (Hebrews 7:3). Not of course that Thomas or Melchizedek had a supernatural birth or did not die, but these things are not recorded of them. They play their brief part in the big story of the Lloyd family and of the Bible and they point forward to the generations to come, to my aunt and to the Lord Jesus Christ.

1 comment:

Ian Cameron said...

Hebrews 7:3 states that Melchizedek did not have beginning of days nor end of life. So while I appreciate your analogy about Thomas Lloyd Snr, I'm not sure the parallel quite works, because Thomas did have beginning of days and end of life. I am inclined to think the Melchizedek was none other than our Lord, since he tells us 'before Abraham was, I am.' But we are getting ourselves into deep water, methinks.