Updated for volume 11
This is a long lesson, so I am breaking it up into a few parts.
But I need to start with a clear statement that tithing or not tithing has absolutely no affect positive or negative regarding your salvation. You cannot pay enough to save yourself.
Summary: God appears to have established a set of laws that were recognized by Abraham long before the giving of the law to Moses and Abraham must have known that the tithe was due to God.
Genesis 14:18-20 – Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine; he was the priest of God Most High. And he blessed him and said: “Blessed be Abram of God Most High, Possessor of heaven and earth; And blessed be God Most High, Who has delivered your enemies into your hand.” And he gave him a tithe of all.
This took place 400 years before the Law of Moses when the Levitical priesthood was established after Israel left Egypt.
As time went by, Abraham’s grandson Jacob, the one through which the covenant would be fulfilled, also pledged to give a tenth to God.
Genesis 28:22 – And this stone which I have set as a pillar shall be God’s house, and of all that You give me I will surely give a tenth to You.
This was also long before the giving of the Law of Moses which simply embraced this practice of Abraham and Jacob.
God appears to have established a set of laws that were recognized by Abraham long before the giving of the law to Moses and Abraham must have known that the tithe was due to God.
Jesus and tithing
Jesus endorsed the works of Abraham. This included the practice of tithing.
John 8:39 – They answered and said to Him, “Abraham is our father.” Jesus said to them, “If you were Abraham’s children, you would do the works of Abraham.
Matthew 23:23 – Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you pay tithe of mint and anise and cumin and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone.
Tithing is for today
Hebrews 7:8-9 – Here mortal men receive tithes, but there he receives them, of whom it is witnessed that he lives. Even Levi, who receives tithes, paid tithes through Abraham, so to speak.
Today, believers are known not as the children of Moses, but as the children of Abraham.
Galatians 3:7 – Therefore know that only those who are of faith are sons of Abraham.
The tithe has always been God’s plan to support the priesthood or the ministry. Abraham paid his tithe to Melchizedek because he was an ordained representative of God. The tithe supports the work of the local ministry which has always been God’s financial plan to provide for His work and workers. Paul links the tithe of the Old Covenant directly to the support of the ministry in the New Covenant.
Next is 1 Corinthians 9
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