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Read: Hebrew 7(NKJV)
7:1. For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the Most High God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him,
7:2. to whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all, first being translated “king of righteousness,” and then also king of Salem, meaning “king of peace,”
7:3. without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but made like the Son of God, remains a priest continually.
7:4. Now consider how great this man [was,] to whom even the patriarch Abraham gave a tenth of the spoils.
7:5. And indeed those who are of the sons of Levi, who receive the priesthood, have a commandment to receive tithes from the people according to the law, that is, from their brethren, though they have come from the loins of Abraham;
7:6. but he whose genealogy is not derived from them received tithes from Abraham and blessed him who had the promises.
7:7. Now beyond all contradiction the lesser is blessed by the better.
7:8. Here mortal men receive tithes, but there he [receives them,] of whom it is witnessed that he lives.
7:9. Even Levi, who receives tithes, paid tithes through Abraham, so to speak,
7:10. for he was still in the loins of his father when Melchizedek met him.
7:11. Therefore, if perfection were through the Levitical priesthood (for under it the people received the law), what further need [was there] that another priest should rise according to the order of Melchizedek, and not be called according to the order of Aaron?
7:12. For the priesthood being changed, of necessity there is also a change of the law.
7:13. For He of whom these things are spoken belongs to another tribe, from which no man has officiated at the altar.
7:14. For [it is] evident that our Lord arose from Judah, of which tribe Moses spoke nothing concerning priesthood.
7:15. And it is yet far more evident if, in the likeness of Melchizedek, there arises another priest
7:16. who has come, not according to the law of a fleshly commandment, but according to the power of an endless life.
7:17. For He testifies: “You [are] a priest forever According to the order of Melchizedek.”
7:18. For on the one hand there is an annulling of the former commandment because of its weakness and unprofitableness,
7:19. for the law made nothing perfect; on the other hand, [there is the] bringing in of a better hope, through which we draw near to God.
7:20. And inasmuch as [He was] not [made priest] without an oath
7:21. (for they have become priests without an oath, but He with an oath by Him who said to Him: “The LORD has sworn And will not relent, ‘You [are] a priest forever According to the order of Melchizedek’ “),
7:22. by so much more Jesus has become a surety of a better covenant.
7:23. Also there were many priests, because they were prevented by death from continuing.
7:24. But He, because He continues forever, has an unchangeable priesthood.
7:25. Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.
7:26. For such a High Priest was fitting for us, [who is] holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and has become higher than the heavens;
7:27. who does not need daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifices, first for His own sins and then for the people’s, for this He did once for all when He offered up Himself.
7:28. For the law appoints as high priests men who have weakness, but the word of the oath, which came after the law, [appoints] the Son who has been perfected forever.
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The truth will always be constant in time and space. The Bible tells us in 2 Corinthians 13:8, thus, “You can do nothing against the truth but for the truth.”Our passage today tells us about the place of tithing. We saw our Father, Abraham, give his tithe to Melchizedek, the king of Salem. Every man has a secret for his lifting, and here we see Father Abraham show us the trigger to God’s blessings upon his life. God had promised Abrah14:33 am to bless him but in this passage, He granted him divine wisdom to give his tithe to Melchizedek.
God orders life with principles, and will not break those that cause blessings. He only opens our eyes to what we need to do for Him to intervene in our situation. That was what He made Abraham do to King Melchizedek; it is simply God’s way of legalising his sworn blessing over Abraham. Again, we ask, who instructed Solomon to sacrifice a thousand bulls? These are inspirations placed in the hearts of men by God, showing them what to do to see His hand at work in their favor.
Isaiah 51:1-2 tells us faith of our forebears in the faith. We must learn how they walked with God and do the same to obtain his promises. Some argue that tithing goes with the law and is an Old Testament system! This is a deceit of the devil to rob people of God’s blessing. The scripture today opens many truths about tithing: When Abraham gave his tithe; the law was not yet given. The law came with Moses and Abraham gave his tithe over 500 years before the Law was given.
If tithing was a channel ofGod’s blessing over him, it is wisdom to engage in the same truth to provoke the hand of God for blessings in your life. Tithing can never be old school; it is God’s system to bring His blessing upon your life. You are not too small to give your tithe, neither are you too poor. Start from where you are now!
PRAYER: Lord help me accept the truth and start today and remain faithful with my tithes, Amen.