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Monday, 12 August 2019

Tithing Under the Order of Melchizedek

Series: You and Me Incorporated

Message Title: Tithing Under the Order of Melchizedek

Texts: Genesis 14:17-23; Malachi 2:1-4, 3:8-10, Luke 16:11, Ephesians 1:3, Hebrews 7:1-10
Date: Sunday, September 23, 2018

Preacher: Dr Francis Myles

“Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine; he was the priest of God Most High. And he blessed him and said: “Blessed be Abram of God Most High, Possessor of heaven and earth; And blessed be God Most High, Who has delivered your enemies into your hand.” And he gave him a tithe of all.” – Genesis 14:18-20


We need to be mature enough in God to know that if anything is not happening as God has promised, whatever is broken got broken on the human side of the relationship because God is always right. 


With that established, many of us have been faithful in paying our tithes, yet, it appears that the blessings associated with tithing are not forthcoming. If God is true to His words, then whatever is wrong with tithing is wrong on the human side. Could it be that we’ve been taught to tithe into the wrong priesthood?

Divorcing from the incorrectly adopted Malachi tithing system:

1. The book of Malachi was written to a definite audience – An audience of priests, the statement, “to you all priests” features multiple times in the book of Malachi. The discussion on tithing in Malachi is not meant for all of Israel and certainly not meant for New testament of Grace
2. In Malachi 3 vs. 9, the scripture says “you are cursed with a curse because you robbed Me”. Here God was dealing with a corrupt priesthood, not a dysfunctional nation. The nation of Israel was tithing to the priests. However, the priests were stealing the tithe of the tithe that should have gone to the house of Aaron. 

3. Telling New Testament believers that they are cursed if they don’t tithe is contradicting the Holy Spirit. Ephesians 1:3 says “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.” We are already blessed even before we tithe.

Some of the projected blessings of tithing based on the writings of Malachi are not necessarily the best that God has to offer His people:


1. Malachi says God will open for you the windows of heaven when you tithe – This is not an excellent offer under the new covenant of grace. If God is feeding you from the windows, it means you are still on the outside. Receiving anything through the window connotes restricted access. When Jesus came, one of His first public announcement in the Book of John is “I am the door”. Why do you need to be fed through the window when the door has arrived? Tithing under the order of Melchizedek doesn’t open windows; it opens doors of favour, doors of grace, doors of opportunities, etc.
Tithing Under the Order of Melchizedek

2. Malachi says God will pour out for you such a blessing that there will not be enough room to receive them – This is not a good promise either. Malachi is essentially saying we have blessings in heaven but do not have the capacity to receive them – a big capacity problem. The Old Testament had a capacity problem and could not receive all that God has to offer because Christ was not living in them. Tithing under the order of Melchizedek is much loftier than this.

3. Remember in the book of Hebrews, it was commanded to take tithes from the Israelites according to the Law.
When you invoke Malachi 3 as a tithing mechanism, the spirit of law and legalism is activated over your tithing mechanism. Some people believe that if you don’t tithe God will find a way to collect the money from you – hence, mishaps will happen to you.

4. The biggest flaw of the Malachi tithing system is that it teaches people that the highest blessing that comes from tithing is money. Any tithing system makes money the biggest blessing you get in exchange is a demonic system by nature. Money is not the best that God can give you because money is not something God created. You don’t need to tithe to make money like Steve Jobs, Oprah Winfrey and the likes. Malachi system makes people fall in love with money and they despise true riches.

So, why tithe if you are not tithing for money?

Have you ever wondered why God waited a long time to introduce tithing to Abraham as a principle of the kingdom? God practically waited until Abraham had become a multimillionaire before his recorded instance of tithing in Genesis. He was rich in gold and silver before he gave his first tithe. God waited for a long to ask Abraham for tithe because He wanted him to learn that there are things in this world that money cannot buy. Tithing is supposed to give you access to the things that money cannot buy.

Money is a by-product of tithing correctly and God will make sure money is there for you, but money is not the sole objective of tithing. In fact, money is the lowest asset class in the kingdom. Money doesn’t even make the list of true riches.

Here’s why Abraham tithed, and it is why you should tithe:

Genesis 14:14-17 tells of when Abraham was returned from scoring a mighty victory in the marketplace. He had a great deal of money because he was returning from battle with the riches of nine kings in addition to what he had before the battle. 

The King of Sodom had heard about Abraham and he was on his way to meet him. Sodom at that time was the biggest demonic stronghold. Abraham was essentially on a collision course with the biggest evil of his day, and he didn’t know it. 

Melchizedek appeared to Abram at this exact time (in the middle) while Abraham was on a collision course with the king of Sodom. Abraham was heading into the fight of his life, and Melchizedek appears in the middle saying, if you can tithe into this priesthood order, I can help you deal with what is coming.

The number one thing that Abraham tithed was tithe for divine interception:

Divine interception means that God gets to you before the devil has a chance to get to you. If you have a $5 billion and get on a plane that will never land, your $5 billion doesn’t make any difference. God gets to you, He intercepts you, and you don’t get on a plane that won’t land. The most dangerous bullets are the ones you never see, but tithing correctly intercepts them, and in most cases, you don’t even know what God has saved you from experiencing. 

Tithing correctly intercepts you from making bad investment decisions, getting into business with the wrong partners, being in the wrong place, taking the wrong job, among many other things. This is what money cannot buy. The hand of God intercepts you and takes you out of danger before it gets to you.

Tithing for diving interception is not only about God intercepting you from evil, but it is also about God intercepting you from missing a blessing. Tithing for divine interception puts you in the right places, at the right time, with the right people, and you say the right things. Even when you don’t want to make some moves, divine interception finds a way to force you to make those moves and things begin to work out for you good.

Melchizedek gave Abraham bread and wine: bread is for deliverance, wine is for revelation
Tithing for revelation is important because we live in an information age. Revelation is higher than information. When people compete at the informational level, God’s revelation places you 10 steps ahead of the competition. When you tithe for revelation, God will give you ideas that will change your life and the world around you. 

God will give you solutions that will go global.

Note Extracted From The Elevation Church.

In the digital age, media is one of the most effective tools globally to introduce people to Jesus Christ.
That is why it is essential to develop a network of support and training through media for mission causes.

CRAIG MARTIN – MANAGING DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS FOR IMB IN THE US AND LATIN AMERICA.

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