Sunday, May 17, 2015

497. Abe Gives a Tenth to Mel

During the past two podcasts (here and here) we talked about tithing under the Old Covenant – what it actually was (food), and what it was actually for (to feed the Levites). We discussed how Malachi 3 isn’t a teaching about how to tithe, but rather is a rebuke to those Old Covenant people (not New Covenant people) who had forsaken the practice of tithing that God had ordained for them. With tithing being a “law” thing, what then do we do with Abraham’s pre-law tithe to Melchizedek? That’s what we talk about this week.

What exactly did Abraham tithe to Melchizedek? Is Abraham’s tithe a “type,” “shadow” or “principle” for New Covenant giving? In Hebrews 7, we learn about the significance of Abraham’s tithe to Melchizedek. The significance of it is that is shows how Melchizedek is greater than the Levites (who were still “in” Abraham when he tithed – and therefore Jesus is greater than the Levites, and He Himself does away with the entire Old Covenant and makes it obsolete. Abraham’s tithe has nothing to do with us (the people of the church) tithing. It’s all about the superiority of Jesus over the Old Covenant.

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