Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. He was priest of the God Most High.

Genesis 14:18 NIV
  • Melchizedek means “my king is righteous”.
  • He is a contemporary of Abram, who worshiped the Living God.
  • He is described as the king of Salem, an older and shorter name for Jerusalem. The root of the word come from the Hebrew word Shalom which means peace.
  • In Hebrews 5:10 and Psalms 110:4, he is compared to Jesus Christ.

and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him and was designed by God to be high priest in the order of Melchizedek.

Hebrews 5:9-10, NIV

The LORD has sworn and will not change his mind; you are priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.

Psalms 110:4, NIV

Blessed be Abram by God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth.

And Praise be to God Most High, who delivered you enemies into your hand.

Genesis 14:19-20, NIV

When we praise God, we acknowledge Him as the source of all our blessings.

Then Abram gave him a tenth of everything.

Genesis 14:20, NIV
  • This is the first mention of tithing in the Bible.
  • Abram’s gift to Melchizedek means he considers him a true priest of the Living God and as such, Abram is giving to the LORD.

Even before God commanded that we give ten percent of the harvest, Abram was already giving it to God.

Now, this is different from Abel and Cain, they offered the first of their harvest/flock to God, that was an offering. Abram have a tithe, ten perfect of everything he had just plundered from Kedorlaomer king of Elam, Tidal king of Goyim, Amraphel king of Shinar and Arioch king of Ellasar – on whom he marched with 318 trained men to rescue Lot. (Gen. 14:8-16)

Not only did Abram give the tithe, he also refused to keep any of the items he recovered for himself.

With raised hand I have sworn an oath to the LORD, God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth, that I will accept nothing belonging to you, not even a thread or strap of a sandal, so that you will never be able to say, ‘I made Abram rich.’

Genesis 14:22-23, NIV

Tithing is a form of worship and praising; it’s a way of us telling God, we trust you to be our provider. It’s an act of complete surrender. We cannot serve both God and money.

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