Text: Hebrews 7:1-7
“Now consider how great this man was, to whom even the patriarch Abraham gave a tenth of the spoils.” Hebrews 7:4
There is a basic thing you need to understand about tithing. It is not a legalistic or a religious ritual, that is, something you must just do but it is an act of worship in itself. It is the heart of worship.
Tithing, which is the giving of the tenth of all your earnings, production or possessions to God began with Abraham, the father of faith. It is recognizing the greatness of God and that He deserves to be worshipped. No one can truly worship God until he receives a revelation of His awesome greatness. After his humiliation, Nebuchadnezzar recognized the greatness of God and worshipped Him (Dan 4:37). So was Saul (now Paul) after encountering His greatness (Acts 9:5-6).
Abraham was the first to give tithe and he gave it to Melchizedek, a Christ-like figure in the OT(Gen 14:20; Heb 7:3). Was there an earlier command to Abraham to give tithe? No. He knew by revelation the greatness of Melchizedek. “Consider then how great this Melchizedek was. Even Abraham, the great patriarch of Israel, recognized this by giving him a tenth of what he had taken in battle.”
(Heb 7:4 NLT). He recognized His greatness and worshipped Him with his tithe. Tithing became a part of the Levitical worship system, a call to always recognize God’s greatness (Lev 27:30; Prov 3:9). Also, from the ancient times, giving had been a way of worship. The wise men, recognizing Jesus as the new born King, bowed down and worshiped Him with their treasures (Matt 2:11).
Friends, you can sing and talk of God’s greatness but your faithfulness in tithing is a true demonstration of how great God is in your life.
1.Father, give me a deeper revelation of Your greatness and help me to always and joyfully worship with my all my tithes and substances in Jesus name.
2.Father, let me not be humiliated like Nebuchadnezzar before I recognize Your greatness in my life in Jesus name.
1. My faithfulness in tithing is the true demonstration of the greatness of God in my life and affairs.
2.Tithing is my act of worship, so I give it reverentially and joyfully with understanding.