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November 2, 2020
Daily Bible reading: Ezekiel 8-11 and Hebrews 8
“Abraham Paid Tithes”
(Hebrews 7:1-10, ESV) “For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the Most High God, met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him, (2) and to him Abraham apportioned a tenth part of everything. He is first, by translation of his name, king of righteousness, and then he is also king of Salem, that is, king of peace. (3) He is without father or mother or genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but resembling the Son of God he continues a priest forever. (4) See how great this man was to whom Abraham the patriarch gave a tenth of the spoils! (5) And those descendants of Levi who receive the priestly office have a commandment in the law to take tithes from the people, that is, from their brothers, though these also are descended from Abraham. (6) But this man who does not have his descent from them received tithes from Abraham and blessed him who had the promises. (7) It is beyond dispute that the inferior is blessed by the superior. (8) In the one case tithes are received by mortal men, but in the other case, by one of whom it is testified that he lives. (9) One might even say that Levi himself, who receives tithes, paid tithes through Abraham, (10) for he was still in the loins of his ancestor when Melchizedek met him.”
Abraham paid his tithes (10%) to Melchizedek, the king of Salem (Jerusalem). There are some people who say that paying tithes was only in the Law of Moses. However, we read that Abraham, who was 600 years before Moses, paid tithes. After Abraham paid tithes to Melchizedek, Melchizedek blessed him, verses 6-7. Then we read that tithes continues in the Law of Moses, verse 5. In Malachi we read that we will be blessed when we pay our tithes, (Mal 3:10, ESV) “Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the LORD of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need.”
Jesus spoke about tithing in the New Testament, (Matthew 23:23, GW) “How horrible it will be for you, scribes and Pharisees! You hypocrites! You give God one-tenth of your mint, dill, and cumin. But you have neglected justice, mercy, and faithfulness. These are the most important things in Moses’ Teachings. You should have done these things without neglecting the others.”
Therefore, tithing was before the Law of Moses, in the Law, and in the New Testament. Tithing is God’s financial plan of supporting the church and the ministry.
If you are looking for a blessing from God, then follow His financial plan of first, supporting the House of God. Then watch God pour out a blessing upon you as He promised in Malachi 3.
By Mark Starin