There is another example of giving that is better than Abraham’s tithe. . . Christ’s redemptive work of salvation.
Every Believer innately knows that the sacrifice of Jesus is a better example of giving than Abraham’s tithe. But sadly, this Sunday during offering time, some leaders will be preaching the curses of Malachi 3 rather than the LOVE & GRACE OF GOD demonstrated through Jesus selfless act on the Cross.
Abraham’s tithe to Melchizedek was honorable, but it does not match Christ’s sacrificial gift on the Cross and our New Covenant relationship with God.
Looking to Abraham’s tithe as a standard of giving in the New Covenant is to base your giving on something which is inferior to Jesus and His redemptive work of salvation.
In the New Covenant, our giving flows from Christ and what He did for us on the Cross— not from Abraham’s tithe to Melchizedek.
Some Christians claim that “since Abraham tithed to Melchizedek, we should tithe to Christ.” My response is that Christ is worth much more than 10% of our income. In fact, He is worth more than all of our incomes combined. We are talking about the Lamb of God here. He is worth everything that we have and everything that we are. To offer God anything less than a living sacrifice is to shortchange Him. He is worthy!
In the New Covenant, Jesus does not want a TENTH — He wants YOU. He gave us His life, and in return we give Him our life for the Father to use as He pleases. This new way of giving is not based on Abraham’s tithe. It is based on faith working through sacrificial love (Galatians 5:6).
If Abraham were to preach a message on giving at your local church, he would not preach tithing, he would preach CHRIST & Him crucified. “Your father Abraham rejoiced as he LOOKED FORWARD TO MY COMING. He saw it and was glad.” (John 8:58)
Which direction are we looking in? At Abraham’s tithe, or in the same direction as Abraham — at Jesus?
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