Tithing

One of the key scriptures on tithing is Hebrews 7. Hebrews 7:1-2 KJV
“For this Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him;
[2] To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of peace;”

This whole chapter in Hebrews deals with tithing. And yes, my Bible says Hebrews is written to the Hebrews and it is written by Paul. Don’t forget, Paul was a Hebrew, a Jew who got saved. Paul reached out to his Jewish brethren but Paul’s main calling was to Gentiles.

Hebrews 7 is on tithing and Abraham is a main character. So if tithing is based on the Old Testament law, as some say, Abraham was before the law was ever given. Remember, you have Abraham,  Isaac and Jacob. Then you have the 12 sons of Jacob. Joseph is the first born son of Jacob and Rachel but Joseph is the 11th one born, see Genesis 30:22.

You have the sons and daughters listed in Genesis chapters 29 and 30. Then God changed Jacob’s name to Israel, see  Genesis 35:10 KJV “Genesis 35:10 KJV
And God said unto him, Thy name is Jacob: thy name shall not be called any more Jacob, but Israel shall be thy name: and he called his name Israel.”

Then we see Joseph is sold into slavery by his brothers when Joseph is 17 years old, see Genesis 37. Then from Genesis chapters 38-41 is the account of what happened to Joseph. How God used Joseph to save not only his family, but his people and Egypt and all in what we would call the middle east today.

Then in Exodus 1 we see as time went on, a king of Egypt came to power who did not know Joseph or what Joseph did. This new king of Egypt is jealous of what Israel has and decides to put Israel into bondage, slavery.

So God raises up Moses. God uses Moses to deliver Israel this time. God also establishes Passover and the calendar. The first month of the year is to be Nisan / April see Exodus 12. The Jews have two calendars, a sacred calendar based on God’s word and a civil calendar based on rabbis determinations.

God then leads Israel out of Egypt. They come to a wilderness between Elim and Sinai on the first day of the second month ( Iyar ), see Exodus 11:1. Israel comes to Mt. Sinai in the third month – June (Sivan – Esther 8:9) see Exodus 19. It is at this time God shows himself to Moses and gives Moses the law and the 10 Commandments.

Hebrews 7 explains Abraham giving tithes to the priest “of the Most High God”. Then Hebrews 7 and 8 explain Jesus Christ is our High Priest. Paul even tells the Corinthians God loves a cheerful giver. If you tithe because it is something you think is a requirement, a law, we are not under the law. But if you tithe because Jesus Christ is your High Priest and you love him, that is cheerful giving.

Until next time.

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