THE TITHE, HOLY TO THE LORD

Leviticus 27:30-34

In Genesis 14:17-20, we are made aware of the first account of the tithe. We are made aware of the person who is called Melchizedek, king of Salem who was priest of the most high GOD. Abraham, who is the father of the faithful, pays a tithe to Melchizedek. We believe that Melchizedek was a preincarnation of Christ in His priestly ministry as the great high priest of GOD.

Many people believe that the tithe was instituted in the law of Moses and therefore has been done away with. It is true that it was a vital part of the Law of Moses but it is clear that the tithe was instituted 500 years before the Law of Moses was brought into being.

As believers we were in the loins of Abraham when he paid tithes to Melchizedek. Therefore we paid tithes to Melchizedek through Abraham 500 years before the Law of Moses came into being.

In Hebrews 7:1-10, we have an even more clear picture of what happened in Genesis 14. Abraham paid a tithe to Melchizedek "priest of the most high GOD." Hebrews 7:2 made it very clear that Abraham gave a tenth which is a tithe. Consider how great this man was to whom Abraham gave the tenth or tithe. Hebrews 7:8 states "here men that die receive tithes but there he receives them of whom it is witnessed that he lives."

To those who say that the tithe is no longer a proper method to give, that we are now under the grace method of giving, I would disagree. I would remind you that the tithe is holy to the LORD. I take a firm view that the tithe is now and has always been GOD'S way and His plan for giving. Consider what I say and the LORD give you understanding in all things.

Many take the view that the tithe was a part of the Law of Moses and therefore is no longer valid as a way of giving. I believe that the tithe is the eternal plan of GOD to give and present gifts to GOD. The giving of monetary gifts to GOD is one of the most noble and holy acts of worship that has been given to the children of GOD. If a person gives more than a tithe, this is called free will gifts to GOD. The tithe is holy to the LORD.

by Clois Clark 

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