In this frequently asked questions about tithing, we are going to answer: who was the first to tithe in the bible?
Knowing the first person to tithe in the bible will help us to discover the origin of tithing.
However, this frequently asked questions about tithing will be incomplete if we do not seek to know the meaning of tithes; why Abraham paid tithes and the benefits of paying tithes.
So therefore, in this sermon we are going to base our discourse on the following sub-topics:
- The first person to tithe in the bible.
- The definition of tithe in the dictionary.
- The meaning of tithe according to the bible.
- Why Abraham paid tithes.
- The benefits of paying tithes.
And without much ado, let’s get to this religious discourse.
The first person to tithe in the bible.
To understand the first person to tithe in the bible; we must go to the book of Genesis, which also means the beginning; hence it keeps the record of all that transpired when the world began.
And it is this biblical chapter that keeps the record of the origin of tithing; from whence we will get to discover the first person to tithe in the bible.
Bible verse about the first person to tithe in the bible.
And the king of Sodom went out to meet him at the Valley of Shaveh (that is, the King’s Valley), after his return from the defeat of Chedorlaomer and the kings who were with him.
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 14:17-20
As we can discover from the above scriptural passage, Abram, whose name was later changed to Abraham; was the first person to tithe in the bible.
He paid his tithe to Melchizedek, the king of Salem who was also a priest of the most high God.
The definition of tithe in the dictionary.
According to dictionary.com, tithes is defined as the tenth part of agricultural produce or personal income set apart as an offering to God or for works of mercy, or the same amount regarded as an obligation or tax for the support of the church, priesthood, or the like.
The meaning of tithe according to the bible.
Accoring to the Good News bible translation and several other translations; tenth is used in place of tithe as we can see in Genesis 14:20.
May the Most High God, who gave you victory over your enemies, be praised! ” And Abram gave Melchizedek a tenth of all the loot he had recovered.
The tenth means that Abram gave Melchizedek 10% (ten percent) of all the loot he had recovered.
And for that reason, tithe means tenth or 10% (ten percent) in the bible.
And as we can see later in the law of tithes recorded in Deuteronomy 14:22. This ten percent used to be taken from what the farm produces every year.
“Set aside a tithe-a tenth of all that your fields produce each year.
Why Abraham paid tithe to Melchizedek.
As we saw earlier in Genesis 14:17-20, Melchizedek was the first to offer Abraham bread and wine and blessed him in the name of the Most High God.
Immediately after the gifts and blessings, Abram paid his tithe to Melchizedek.
From this knowledge, we can gather the understanding that; Abraham paid the tithe as a repayment for the bread and wine and also for the blessings he received from the Priest of the Most High God to uphold.
In Numbers 18:21-24, we see that tithe was a payment to the Levites; for their service in taking care of the Tent of the Lord’s presence.
“Behold, I have given the children of Levi all the tithes in Israel as an inheritance in return for the work which they perform, the work of the tabernacle of meeting. Hereafter the children of Israel shall not come near the tabernacle of meeting, lest they bear sin and die.
But the Levites shall perform the work of the tabernacle of meeting, and they shall bear their iniquity; it shall be a statute forever, throughout your generations, that among the children of Israel they shall have no inheritance.
For the tithes of the children of Israel, which they offer up as a heave offering to the Lord, I have given to the Levites as an inheritance; therefore I have said to them, ‘Among the children of Israel they shall have no inheritance.’ ”
Which goes to say that those who serve in God’s temple must have their source of livelihood from the temple proceeds, which is brought in by the worshippers. And one of such proceeds is the tithe.
Abraham knew about this, that was why when he recognized Melchizedek as a priest of the Most High God, he paid his tithe to him.
The benefits of paying tithes.
When we study the life of Abraham, who is the very first person to pay tithe. We will discover that the many blessings he received from God was as a result of paying tithe.
Even though the bible shows no other record of Abraham paying tithe again after his encounter with Melchizedek; the bible shows us in several instances the benefits of paying tithe.
In Deuteronomy 14:29, the bible says that after we are able to pay our tithes, the Lord is going to bless uss abundantly.
And the Levite, because he has no portion nor inheritance with you, and the stranger and the fatherless and the widow who are within your gates, may come and eat and be satisfied, that the Lord your God may bless you in all the work of your hand which you do.
Now let’s see what the Bible says to this effect in Malachi 3:8-10.
“Will a man rob God? Yet you have robbed Me! But you say, ‘In what way have we robbed You?’ In tithes and offerings. You are cursed with a curse, For you have robbed Me, Even this whole nation.
Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, That there may be food in My house, And try Me now in this,” Says the Lord of hosts, “If I will not open for you the windows of heaven And pour out for you such blessing That there will not be room enough to receive it.
As we can all see, failure to pay our tithes means we are robbing God, and at such we are going to incur a curse.
On the other hand, when we are able to pay our tithes, God is going to open the windows of heaven and pour out such blessings that there will not be room big enough to receive it.
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