Just because we are under the New Covenant does not negate the need to tithe unto God. Tithing unto God through those He has chosen to fill the offices of the fivefold ministry started long before the Law of Moses. Abraham tithed unto God through Melchizedek.
Hebrews 7:5-10, 5 And indeed those who are of the sons of Levi, who receive the priesthood, have a commandment to receive tithes from the people according to the law, that is, from their brethren, though they have come from the loins of Abraham; 6 but he whose genealogy is not derived from them received tithes from Abraham and blessed him who had the promises. 7 Now beyond all contradiction the lesser is blessed by the better. 8 Here mortal men receive tithes, but there he receives them, of whom it is witnessed that he lives. 9 Even Levi, who receives tithes, paid tithes through Abraham, so to speak, 10 for he was still in the loins of his father when Melchizedek met him.
Although the writer of Hebrews is still elevating the importance of Melchizedek over the Levi priesthood, there is a more significant truth here for us today. Because we are under the New Covenant many “selfish” Christian’s tend to hold on to the fallacy that since they are under the New Covenant they are not required to tithe. In addition many also have resistance to give to the church since they do not see it as giving to God and because there has been so many men and women of God in pastoral positions who have abused their position and indulged in lavish lifestyles at the expense of the church.
A few things we must realize here is God will deal with those who have done wrong with the church’s money, period. Secondly clearly even the brethren of the Levi gave to the Levi, and the Levites did not do anything else to bring in any additional income. Therefore, there is nothing wrong with pastors receiving the fruit of their labors. Don’t you get a paycheck from the business you work at? Thirdly notice that Abraham, of who was the genealogical father of the Levites who received a tithe from their brethren, actually gave a tithe to the priest of the Most High God. Since Abraham was considered a righteous man by God, it is clear that God was also pleased with Abraham that he honors God’s chosen representative here on earth through the tithe. We are to show honor to Jesus, and in doing so our tithes to His church is the best way to do this. To give a tenth of your income to the church is to say you are trusting God, not you, your money, or man, to take care of your needs. If you do not fully tithe, you do not fully trust God. The final point is that blessings flow to the giver of the tithe from God through the receiver of the tithe. Supernatural blessings from God are worth far more than the dollars in your pocket, because they will bring favor and dollars into your pocket from God. The New Covenant does not abolish the tithe, it substantiates it, by giving us freedom from condemnation and the Law and an everlasting High Priest forever making intercession for us.
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