Last week we studied that tithing comes out of a heart that trusts God as the Source and that it is step of faith that opens the door for God to be involved in our finances and to bring in the Blessing of Abraham just as He did to Abraham our father of faith.
As we continue with our study of the tithe, let’s first do a little definition: Webster’s Dictionary defines tithe as “pay or give a tenth part of.” The tithe is 10 percent. The Hebrew word for tithe is Ma’asar which means a tenth. The Greek word is apodekatoo. It’s root word dekatoo means to give or take a tenth. This is the part of your income that God Almighty says it belongs to Him.
In this new Covenant that we belong to, we have a great High Priest. His name is Jesus. (Heb. 4:14) The Bible says that He is the surety or guarantor of the New Covenant. (Hebrews 7:22.) This means that the entire New Covenant would not work without Him. The Bible also calls Jesus… the High Priest after the order of Melchizedek. The order of Melchizedek means manner or likeness in official dignity as king and priest. Melchizedek is an expressive type of Jesus Christ the King/Priest.
In the Old Testament, we see Melchizedek first appearance as one who received Abraham’s tithe and conferred the Blessing of the Lord on him. That’s all we see him do. This is very significant. Hebrews 7 refers to it. (Please read Heb. 7:1-2, 4, 7-8, 20-22 and Gen. 14:14-20;) So Melchizedek is a forerunner of our Lord Jesus Christ’s high priestly ministry of today. (Also see Heb. 5:5-6, Heb. 6:20-22 and Psalm 110:4)
Jesus our High Priest of today is One who receives our tithes and confers the Blessing to us. (See verse 7 and 8 of Heb. 7). To confer is to grant as a possession or to reward with as a public mark of honor. This means that when you take God’s tithe to our High Priest of today, He in His role as Priest/King receives it and grants you the Blessing of Abraham as your possession.
This is why you cannot afford not to tithe in the New Covenant. The very surety of the covenant we belong to is the receiver of your tithe and your Source of the Blessing. If I were you, I would not want to do anything in violation to the ministry of the High Priest who guarantees the validity of the entire New Covenant.
Tithing is therefore a covenant action and an acknowledgment of the Owner of the Universe and King/Priest Jesus as our Source of the Blessing. It is also a point of contact for receiving the Blessing of Abraham as our possession.
Next time we’ll see how we actually pay God’s tithe to Him.