Inspired by the claim that the rest of us Richmond preachers are wrong for teaching that believers are supposed to tithe today, I wanted to give believers at least one New Testament scripture to back it, Levi also, who receiveth tithes, paid tithes through Abraham – Heb. 7:9. One listener did call in, but he couldn’t satisfy the challenge of the radio preacher to find one scripture in the New Testament to validate that tithing was still in affect today. (He made reference to a scripture, but he couldn’t give the reference! Isn’t that how the devil usually gets us, on a technicality?) The listener’s inability to answer the challenge seemed somehow to validate, to the radio preacher, that tithing was not for us today, but did that really give substance to his claim?
You may say, Preacher, that’s not a very conclusive scripture! First of all, who was Levi? He represents the entire priesthood that was given the commandment to take tithes from the people according to the law (Heb. 7:5). Who was Abraham? He, the Father of our Faith (Romans 4:12), was given a covenant that dated 430 years before the law, and the scriptures tell us that the law cannot disannul Abraham’s covenant (Gal. 3:17).
Now, you are going to have to read the entire seventh chapter of Hebrews to get a full understanding, but for now let’s look at the high spots. Heb. 7:4 tells us to consider how great this man was, unto whom even the patriarch Abraham gave a tenth of the spoils. You and I had better consider who this Melchizedek was if the father of all those who believe paid tithes to someone to whom the Bible says, Having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually – Heb. 7:3. Jesus, in His present day ministry, has a priesthood after the order of Melchizedek, a endless priesthood, and not one after Levi.
Those who claim that tithing was under the law and not for us today fail to see the precedence that was set before the law was ever given when Abraham paid tithes to Melchizedek. Now, if that wasn’t enough for Abraham to pay his tithes, a tenth part, 430 years before the law was ever given, God goes a step further to show us how important tithing is, and that it is a spiritual law independent of the law given by Moses. Heb. 7:10 tell us that Levi paid tithes to Melchizedek while still in the loins of his father Abraham. (Now, that is a lesson on how you and I can get the credit for something we did while still in someone, as in, in Christ or in Adam!) This without contradiction tells us that Levi is the lesser, and Melchizedek, who represents Christ with an endless priesthood, is the better.
If Melchizedek received tithes of Abraham (Heb. 7:6), and Jesus’ priesthood is an endless priesthood after the order of Melchizedek (Heb. 7:17), then Jesus, our High Priest, is still receiving tithes today! Did you notice that Levi had a commandment to take tithes and Melchizedek receiveth tithes? Prove God today as He challenges us in the book of Malachi. Let your faith get beyond the offering bucket at your local church, and sanctify and present your tithes and offerings to Jesus your faithful High Priest, who will in turn present them spotless to your Father in heaven! When you understand this truth of how to give an acceptable offering to God, not only will your local church be benefitted, but your heavenly account will be benefitted as well (Phil. 4:17)!