Posts Tagged Tithe

Hebrews Bible Study-Week 6

My intention for week 6 was to cover all of Hebrews chapter 7. But, you know what they say about intentions (actually, I have no idea what they say about intentions, but it sounded good in my head).

Suffice it to say, we didn’t make it through all of chapter 7, but the discussion was great anyway. It seems that ministry opportunity after ministry opportunity has presented itself during our Bible study (and, henceforth, I will use that term loosely). I’m just trusting that God is trusting our little group with these ministry needs, and I am so thankful for our core group who is more than capable of ministering the gospel, ragtag bunch that we are.

We did, however, cover the first 10 verses of chapter 7, which is progress from the pace we were on in chapter 6 (summary part 1, part 2 and notes). So, for that, I am also thankful.

We spent a fair amount of time recapping what we learned about Melchizedek in week 3 because it has, in real time, been over a month since we discussed it. To this Melchizedek, Abraham apportioned one tenth of the spoils (from his battle with the kidnapping kings). We discussed this as the first reference to the Mosaic law of tithing. Also, that the author of Hebrews suggests this as a tithe:

And, so to speak, through Abraham even Levi, who received tithes, paid tithes, for he was still in the loins of his father when Melchizedek met him. Hebrews 7:9-10 (NASB)

And, although we are not under the law of Moses, the spiritual principle of making the whole holy by tithing remains operable. And, while we give our tithes to men, Jesus receives them in heaven, “In this case mortal men receive tithes, but in that case one receives them, of whom it is witnessed that he lives on.” Heb. 7:8. Thus the principle of the tithe predates the law of Moses and continues on through the New Covenant.

As I mentioned, the balance of our discussion time was spent ministering to the newest member of our group. It was yet another unexpected, but totally awesome week. May there be plenty more of them.

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Apparently Tithing is Still a Touchy Subject

It’s funny to learn what subjects generate interest.

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a short post wherein I simply asked the question, “Why is the tithe a tenth?” And it is still generating more comments than my other recent posts combined.

It‘s not is my post with the most comments (yet)(as of 3/10/09), but I went a whole weekend without looking at a computer screen (or accessing any of my blog stuff from my iPhone – I bet that’s a record for me), and I return to several weekend comments all on that same post.

I don’t mean to be critical of the commenting, not at all.  The comments have, for the most part, been great.  I enjoy reading them, and I have learned a great deal from them.  I simply posed a question that had been nagging at me for a couple of weeks expecting a few friends to share a few thoughts, but now I’m even questioning some of my own ideas.

Maybe I should write about speaking in tongues, healing, or whether Paul authored Hebrews and really get the fires stoked.

Thank you all who have commented.  Please don’t stop.

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