Using the story of the Patriarch Abraham and the slaughter of the kings, Pastor Donna explains how his tithe to Melchizedek represents Abraham’s authentication of his trust in God under grace.
The key issue is , “What motivates us to give?” The answer should be our love for God and thankfulness for what Christ has done.
14 And when Abram heard that his brother was taken captive, he armed his trained servants, born in his own house, three hundred and eighteen, and pursued them unto Dan.
15 And he divided himself against them, he and his servants, by night, and smote them, and pursued them unto Hobah, which is on the left hand of Damascus.
16 And he brought back all the goods, and also brought again his brother Lot, and his goods, and the women also, and the people.
17 And the king of Sodom went out to meet him after his return from the slaughter of Chedorlaomer, and of the kings that were with him, at the valley of Shaveh, which is the king’s dale.
18 And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God.
19 And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth:
20 And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he gave him tithes of all.
21 And the king of Sodom said unto Abram, Give me the persons, and take the goods to thyself.
22 And Abram said to the king of Sodom, I have lift up mine hand unto the Lord, the most high God, the possessor of heaven and earth,
23 That I will not take from a thread even to a shoelatchet, and that I will not take any thing that is thine, lest thou shouldest say, I have made Abram rich:
24 Save only that which the young men have eaten, and the portion of the men which went with me, Aner, Eshcol, and Mamre; let them take their portion.
Giving is all about trusting God. We authenticate and prove our trust in God by our giving.
It is important to clear up the confusion sometimes expressed as, “We don’t need to tithe because we are under grace and not under the law. That the Old Testament is about the Law, and tithing was in the Old Testament, so we don’t need to do it.
It is true that the Old Testament was written for our learning. But we were under grace from the beginning until the Exodus out of Egypt. Also the law was written to save the Israelites during their wandering in the desert.
Although tithing was in the Law, Abram tithed before the law was given.
Fear of punishment should never be a motivator to tithe or do anything for God. Rather we should always be motivated by our thankfulness, gratitude, and Love for God for what Christ did on the cross. He truly delivered us from our enemies (Satan).
Let’s look again at Abraham. How do we reconcile this Old Testament saint with the new covenant? How grateful would we be if God showed up at one of our desperate battles and delivered us from our enemies?
As a result of what God did for Abraham, he (Abram) gave him (God) tithe of all the spoils of war. By this, Abram acknowledged that it was God who delivered his enemies into his hand. So in gratitude, he gave tithe to Most High God. And at this time there was no law about tithing.
Abraham was saying, “That’s not my source.” The money and spoils of war were a temptation and Abraham knew that God was his source. That which tempts men to depend on is their source.
Your money cannot get for you what grace has already made available to you. Neither salvation, nor healing, nor deliverance, nor prosperity can be gotten with your money. The only way we will get what has been made available to us through grace is by faith, thankfulness, and trust in God. We must have faith to obtain what grace has offered us.