JESUS OUR HIGH PRIEST
We learned: The word “tithe” is found in the New Testament, the concept of tithing is also found in the New Testament, and the New Testament teaches us to tithe. The difference is:
- The Old Testament focused on doing the right actions.
- The New Testament focuses on developing the right heart.
God’s goal is the same—love. How we get there is what changed.
Hebrews 7:11-22 (CW) If the Levitical priesthood could have perfected our relationship with God through the law, then why do the Scriptures talk about a different high priest to come, one like Melchizedek and not like Aaron? And if there is a change of priesthood, there must also be a change of the law that forms the basis of the priesthood . . . . 17 God Himself instituted this new priesthood when He said to His Son, “You are a High Priest forever according to the priestly order of Melchizedek.” . . . 8:10 I will put my laws in your minds and write them on your hearts. I will be your God, and you will be my people.
When the priesthood changed, the laws changed. We’re now under the order of Melchizedek, not the Levites.
Genesis 14:17-20 (NIV) After Abram returned . . . Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. He was priest of God Most High, and he blessed Abram, saying, “Blessed be Abram by God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth. And praise be to God Most High, who delivered your enemies into your hand.” Then Abram gave him a tenth of everything.
Malachi 3:8-9 (NKJV) “Will a man rob God? Yet you have robbed Me! But you say, ‘In what way have we robbed You?’ In tithes and offerings. You are cursed with a curse, for you have robbed Me, even this whole nation. Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, That there may be food in My house, and try Me now in this,” says the Lord of hosts, “If I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it.”
THE ORDER OF THE LEVITES
- The blessing followed the tithe
- There was blessing and cursing
THE ORDER OF MELCHIZEDEK
- The tithe follows the blessing
- There’s only blessing (no curse)
Galatians 3:13-14 (NKJV) Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law . . . that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus.
Isaiah 54:9-15 (NKJV) “For this is like the waters of Noah to Me; for as I have sworn that the waters of Noah would no longer cover the earth, so have I sworn that I would not be angry with you, nor rebuke you . . . . My kindness shall not depart from you, nor shall My covenant of peace be removed”, says the Lord . . . . “In righteousness you will be established . . . you will have nothing to fear . . . If anyone does attack you, it will not be my doing.”
This act exposes the heart of the worshiper. Abraham was blessed by God before He tithed! Their was no curse for not tithing. So why did Abraham tithe to Melchizedek? Because He loved God.
Luke 11:39-42 (TLB) Jesus said, “You Pharisees wash the outside, but inside you are still dirty—full of greed and wickedness! Fools! Didn’t God make the inside as well as the outside? Purity is best demonstrated by generosity. “But woe to you Pharisees! For though you are careful to tithe even the smallest part of your income, you completely forget about justice and the love of God. You should tithe, yes, but you should not leave these other things undone.”
. . . You give God a tenth of the spices from your gardens, such as mint and rue. But you cheat people, and you don’t love God. – CEV
Hebrews 7:1-3 (CW) In the days of Abraham, Melchizedek, king of Salem, was called by God to serve Him as priest. He went out to meet Abraham when Abraham returned from defeating four local kings and rescuing his nephew Lot. And when they met, Melchizedek blessed Abraham. Abraham acknowledged Melchizedek’s priesthood by giving him one tenth of everything he brought back . . . he’s a type of Christ whose priesthood is timeless because He always was and always will be.
Tithing acknowledges Jesus’s priesthood. That’s why we tithe.
- Communion proclaims the Lord’s death.
- Tithing proclaims the Lord’s ascension.
Hebrews 7:25-28 (CW) He is able to fully save all who come to God through Him. He will never die but will continue to intercede for us as our High Priest until God’s Plan of salvation is complete. Our High Priest is holy, harmless and pure, different from sinners. And He is now ministering for us in the Sanctuary in heaven above . . . . The law of Moses appointed men who were imperfect to serve us as high priests, but the ceremonial law expired, and God took an oath and made His Son our High Priest, who is perfect forever.
Proverbs 3:9 (GW) Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the first and best part of all your income.
Tithing is never a problem when we trust in God’s provision. It’s only a problem when we stop trusting God will provide.
Lamentations 3:40 (NIV) Let us examine our ways and test them, and let us return to the Lord.