THE PRIEST AND THE TITHE

THE PRIEST AND THE TITHE

Monday – December 11, 2017

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Welcome back to this wonderful Bible Study from the Book of Hebrews.  The passage of Scripture we are reading and analyzing seems to be convoluted but I believe when we step back and remember who (in addition to us) the Author was talking to originally and who is being compared to who it becomes clearer.  In any event we will trust the Lord our God to teach us.  Now, let’s review our primary text.

Hebrews 6:20 (KJV)
20 Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.

Hebrews 7:3-6 (KJV)
3 Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually.
4 Now consider how great this man was, unto whom even the patriarch Abraham gave the tenth of the spoils.
5 And verily they that are of the sons of Levi, who receive the office of the priesthood, have a commandment to take tithes of the people according to the law, that is, of their brethren, though they come out of the loins of Abraham:
6 But he whose descent is not counted from them received tithes of Abraham, and blessed him that had the promises.

I have included Hebrews 6:20 in our text to remind us of who we are talking about and the One who is superior in each comparison.  Remember, the following passage right from the beginning.

Hebrews 1:1-3 (KJV)
1  God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,
2  Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;
3  Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;

God is speaking to us about His Son, Jesus, The Christ throughout this Book.  It is pointed out to us He is God, He is greater than any angel (they bow before Him), and He is greater than Moses.  Remember in the Jewish (Hebrew) mind Moses is next to God perhaps even considered as god by many.  As we have finished the sixth chapter and come into the seventh we again find this man Melchisedec.  As I have pointed out Melchisedec is not a preincarnate (before the Word took on flesh and dwelt among us) Jesus but a real-life man like Joshua.  These real-life men of old were and do serve as types and shadows of the coming Messiah, Jesus, The High Priest, to come.  To a lesser degree Melchisedec is a type and shadow of our ministry as well.

Hebrews 7:4 (KJV)
4 Now consider how great this man was, unto whom even the patriarch Abraham gave the tenth of the spoils.

I am evaluating these Scriptures not only in the context of Melchisedec and Abram but Jesus and you or me.  In the larger context we are talking about the Son, the One who is now the High Priest forever, the One who is King of righteousness, King of peace, the One who has neither beginning of days nor end of days, a Son, and a Priest forever.

Hebrews 7:2-3 (KJV)
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;
3 Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually.

Notice the verse that immediately follows our primary text.

Hebrews 7:8 (KJV)
8 And here men that die receive tithes; but there he receiveth them, of whom it is witnessed that he liveth.

Melchisedec a man ordained (appointed) of God as king and priest in the earth received the tithe from Abraham as God’s representative.  Today, you and I bring our tithe to a man (or woman) ordained (priest) in the earth to receive the tithe on behalf of our High Priest (The Greater One).  The purpose of the tithe is to further the Kingdom of God in the earth.  The kings of the earth (you and me) bring the tithe (and offerings) to the priests and thereby establish the financing of the God ordained Religious Pillar.  Tithes and offering is how the House of God and any associated assets are financed and how the men and women of God ordained (not just Pastors but the janitor as well) of God to care for the House of God are paid.  So, we see that Melchisedec was a great man, unique as king and priest, being a type and shadow of Jesus and of us.

Until our next publication, I speak blessing into your life right now, receive it in the name of Jesus, confess it, and walk it out with thanksgiving.

Numbers 6:24-26 (GW)
24 The LORD will bless you and watch over you.
25 The LORD will smile on you and be kind to you.
26 The LORD will look on you with favor and give you peace.’

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