This question is being asked today and I would like to get to the very heart of it, and find the real reason for the tithe. God doesn't need our money does He? Why was it a requirement under the law in the Old Covenant? God has a reason for everything He does, and He is motivated for His great love for us.
Many have said that tithing has been done away with, and that it is for the Old Covenant only. They say it has no part of the New Covenant, and that it is legalistic and holds us in bondage. I would like to take a look at this from a Biblical perspective, and try to see the truth of God's Word and find out, why the tithe?
Let's start by defining tithe. According to Strong's, the Hebrew word for tithe means a tenth. In the New Testament the Greek word, means as a percentage or technically tithe:
W. E. Vines says this - Text: to give tithes, in Luke 18:12 some texts have No. 2. Note: Heb. 7:4-9 shows the superiority of the Melchizedek priesthood to the Levitical, in that
1. Abraham, the ancestor of the Levites, paid tithes to Melchizedek Gen. 14:20;
2. Melchizedek, whose genealogy is outside that of the Levites, took tithes of Abraham, the recipient himself of the divine promises; 3 whereas death is the natural lot of those who receive tithes, the death of Melchizedek is not recorded; 4. the Levites who received tithes virtually paid them through Abraham to Melchizedek.
It is important to understand what the tithe is before we talk about it. Let's start at the beginning. You can read the entire 14th chapter of Genesis to get the whole story but because of space I will start at vs.18. Abraham was at war with the regional kings. After the battle and Abraham's victory, as he was on his way back in the King's Valley, something happened.
Genesis 14:18 Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine; he was the priest of God Most High. 19. And he blessed him and said: Blessed be Abram of God Most ...
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