Basically the Melchizedek Priesthood spanned from Adam to Moses (Rom 5:14) until the Gold Calf Covenant Break of Israel (Ex.32); thrusting the people into a Levitical Priesthood (Heb.7:11) – Until Yahweh re-established the Melchizedek Priesthood thru Yahshua (Ps.110:1-4 / Heb.7:20-24).
Rabbinic types will assert that Levi was given the priesthood long before the covenant at Sinai – sighting the Talmud, Mishnah, other writings and Gen.49:5. As stated; the best these Beyond Scripture / non-Torah writings can aspire to is commentary. Nothing can be above Torah – Nothing! Gen.49:5 is Torah; it reveals a curse on both Simeon and Levi for actions taken at Gen.34 involving both (only) Simeon and Levi – Now; ask yourself – Self; how can anyone split that verse (Gen.49:5) in half, wrench a priesthood (verbiage that is not there) for only Levi and cookie cut Simeon out of the picture?
Heb 7:12 For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law.
(‘change’ <metathesis> – a reversion back to)
We under Yahshua revert back to the original Melchizedek/Melkizedeq Priesthood Plan ‘A’. The same offer (of Ex.19:5-6) being identified at 1Ptr.2:9.
1Ptr 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people;
Melek means King – Zedek means Righteous
An exert from my book ‘Back to the Melchizedek Future‘
Another Torah Uncovery – Yah’s Esteem