Text: Hebrews 7:8-17
“Here mortal men receive tithes, but there he receives them, of whom it is witnessed that he lives.” Hebrews 7:8
Your understanding that Jesus is alive is basic in your relationship with Him. “And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. But He laid His right hand on me, saying to me, “Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last. I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death.” (Rev 1:17-18). Melchizedek was the King of peace and one of the Old Testament appearances of Jesus (Heb 7:3). He was the priest with no beginning and had an endless life. Remember that Jesus said, “… before Abraham was, I AM.”” (John 8:58). Jesus, truly, has no beginning and no ending. After, the Jewish religious system was established, the Levitical priests were commanded to receive tithes from their fellow Jews (Heb 7:5). Even the Levites who received the tithes paid tithes to Melchizedek through Abraham. “Or look at it this way: We pay our tithes to priests who die, but Abraham paid tithes to a priest who, the Scripture says, “lives.” Ultimately you could even say that since Levi descended from Abraham, who paid tithes to Melchizedek, when we pay tithes to the priestly tribe of Levi they end up with Melchizedek.”
(Heb 7:8-10 MSG). This is the point. The Levitical priesthood was established as a foreshadow of the coming of Jesus, the priest who is going to be after the order of Melchizedek and who will receive the tithes of His people. The tense of the word “receives” in Heb 7:8 means that ‘there’ (in heaven) Jesus is still receiving our tithes.
Friends, Jesus, the high priest after the order of Melchizedek lives perpetually to receive your tithe. So, anytime you give your tithe, you are also witnessing that Jesus lives and calling Him to manifest Himself in your life. Hallelujah!
1. Father, work and prove Yourself in my life as I declare with my tithes that Jesus is alive.
2. Father, let there be evidence in my life that Jesus lives as I worship You with my tithes in Jesus name.
1. Faithfulness in tithing is my witness that Jesus is alive and invitation for His working.
2. I give tithes not religiously but with faith that Jesus still lives to receive my tithes.