Here Are Some Interesting Facts About Abraham’s Tithe To Melchizedek:
1. God did not command Abraham to tithe to Melchizedek. Abraham tithed to Melchizedek more than likely out of ancient custom. In ancient times, it was custom to give a tenth of war spoils to a head of State. The reason why the amount was sometimes a tenth is because we have ten fingers, which made it easy and convenient to count in tens.
2. Tithing was not a part of Abraham’s covenant with God. This shows that tithing is not an “eternal principle.” If it were, then God would have required it of Abraham. Yet tithing was not included in Abraham’s covenant with God.
3. Abraham did not tithe to Melchizedek as a means of being blessed or becoming prosperous. Abraham was already blessed and prosperous BEFORE he gave a tithe to Melchizedek. This shows that Abraham was blessed and prosperous WITHOUT tithing.
4. God blessed Abraham because of his FAITH – not because he gave a tithe to Melchizedek.
5. Genesis 14 is the only mention of Abraham giving a tithe to anyone. We cannot speculate or read into Scripture that Abraham was a “faithful tither” or tithed regularly. His tithe to Melchizedek was a unique one-time event. The Bible does not say that he ever tithed to Melchizedek again.
6. Abraham didn’t tithe from his personal income or personal property. He tithed someone else’s property (war spoils), so the tithe cost him nothing. He gave away someone else’s property, not his own.
7. When people practice monetary ‘tithing’, they keep the rest of their money. Yet Abraham didn’t keep the rest of the war spoils, he gave it back to the original owners. He didn’t want pagan kings to brag that they made him rich.
As you think over these facts, I hope you will see that Abraham’s tithe to Melchizedek was vastly different from the Old Covenant tithe and the modern practice of monetary ‘tithing.’
Of course, you have liberty to give 10% of your income. But you should be aware that the practice of monetary ‘tithing’ has nothing to do with Abraham’s tithe to Melchizedek.
Abraham’s tithe to Melchizedek does not support the belief that “tithing is an eternal principle,” because tithing wasn’t a part of Abraham’s covenant with God. Tithing was not a requirement before the Law of Moses. Nor is it a requirement after the Law of Moses in the New Covenant.
In the next article, we’re going to dig into Hebrews 7:1-17 and see how Melchizedek foreshadowed Jesus Christ, our King and High Priest. Our Savior is the ultimate reason why Genesis 14 was written down, not because God wanted us to give 10% of our income!
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