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Tithing PRIOR to the giving of the law
« on: February 08, 2014, 12:34:23 PM »
The first mention of tithing is when Abraham tithed to Melchizedek. The next mention of tithing is when Abraham's grandson, Jacob, vowed to tithe 10% to the Lord.

Jacob made this tithing vow before:
1) the 10 commandments were given
2) before the law was given
3) before the Jews were commanded to give 10%.

Click here to read Jacob's vow to tithe in Genesis 28:20-22.

In the Old Covenant, Jews tithed to the priests. In the New Covenant, we tithe to the local church (and give alms to the needy, above and beyond the 10%).

QUESTION: Since the Levitical priesthood had not yet been established, exactly who did Jacob give his tithe to?  ???
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"So then, stand firm and hold to the traditions :o which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter" (2 Thessalonians 2:15).

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Re: Tithing PRIOR to the giving of the law
« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2014, 08:56:24 PM »
No way of knowing for sure since the Bible doesn't tell us. But my first answer would be that he gave it to the same person (and/or his descendants) that blessed Abraham. It appears that there was some kind of priesthood even at that time.

Gen 14:18  And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God.

Psa 110:4  The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.


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Re: Tithing PRIOR to the giving of the law
« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2014, 07:03:18 AM »
No way of knowing for sure since the Bible doesn't tell us. But my first answer would be that he gave it to the same person (and/or his descendants) that blessed Abraham [did]. It appears that there was some kind of priesthood even at that time.

Gen 14:18  And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God.

Psa 110:4  The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.

Melchizedek was "without mother, without father, without descent," or as the Phillips translation renders it: "He had no father or mother and no family tree." He was not born as human beings are. He was without father and mother. Conversely, without a birth genealogy, human priests could not serve (Ezra 2:62). But Melchizedek had no genealogy. He must not have been an ordinary mortal. Paul wrote: "Having neither beginning of days, nor end of life" (Hebrews 7:3).
"So then, stand firm and hold to the traditions :o which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter" (2 Thessalonians 2:15).

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Re: Tithing PRIOR to the giving of the law
« Reply #3 on: February 16, 2014, 09:50:09 AM »
Thank you! I knew the Bible said somewhere that Abraham gave a tenth to Melchizedek but I couldn't find it.

Heb 7:1  For this Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him;
Heb 7:2  To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of peace;
Heb 7:3  Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually.
Heb 7:4  Now consider how great this man was, unto whom even the patriarch Abraham gave the tenth of the spoils.

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Re: Tithing PRIOR to the giving of the law
« Reply #4 on: March 18, 2014, 03:01:01 PM »
Abraham and Jacob tithed BEFORE (1) the implementation of the Levitical tithe and (2) before Moses or the 10 commandments came on-scene.

The first mention of tithing is when Abraham tithed to Melchizedek. The next mention is when Jacob vowed to tithe.



"So then, stand firm and hold to the traditions :o which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter" (2 Thessalonians 2:15).

 

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