By: Pastor Paul Rika / Int'l Director
Matthew 23:23, “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone."
Payment of tithe is not limited to the Old Testament time; it is still mandatory for the New Testament believer.
In our reading text for today, the scripture reveals that Abraham's children yet in his loins paid tithes along with him to Melchizedek.
The scripture says "Melchizedek who receiveth tithes liveth".
Abraham was promised children by God. These children of Abraham paid tithes in Abraham's time. Since we are children of Abraham by faith, we too should pay tithes in this dispensation of grace because he who receiveth tithes from Abraham liveth.
Galatians 3:7, 29, “7. Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham. 29. And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.”
God declared Jesus Christ as a Priest after the order of Melchizedek. Jesus Christ liveth and receiveth tithes from the children of Abraham by faith, which children we are. Hence, we must pay tithes to Him, through His representatives on earth.
Matthew 23:23, “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.
This scripture shows that even in the New Testament, tithing is a mandatory obligation to God. Jesus was telling the Pharisees to continue paying their tithes without neglecting the weightier matters of the law – judgment, mercy and faith.
In our day, God in His wisdom and mercy has taken many people to hell to witness first-hand the condition of tithe defaulters passing through judgment.
The seven Columbian youths gave an account of their revelation thus: “Each of them had a metal plate on their chest that read: 'I am here for not giving tithes and offerings.'
When I read that, I asked the Lord, 'Lord, how can this be possible, that people are here for this reason?' The Lord responded, 'Yes, because these people thought that tithes and offerings were not important, when My word shows it as a command in Malachi 3:8-10.'
The Lord told me, 'People in this place suffered a thousand times worse than others because they know the Word of the Lord, but disobeyed it.
Thought For The Day:
Give to God what belongs to Him in tithe and offering.
Song For The Day:
We give Thee but Thine own
Bible Reading For The Day:
1 Kings 6-7; Luke 23:27-38**
PASTOR PAUL RIKA