“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone.” Matthew 23:23 NKJV
Tithing is a matter of the law though, justice, mercy and faith are weightier matter of the law. The argument of pro-tithing is like this: Yes, we are not under the law, should we not practice tithing because its a matter of the law and we are not under the law then, justice, mercy and faith to which also matters of the law should not be practice because the verse say, it’s also matter of the law and we are not under the law? At this point, those who are against tithe will be in silent.
This is not my argument though, yes, justice, mercy, faith and tithing are all matters of the law. But, justice, mercy and faith are matters of the law that is for all and was not commanded to a specific tribe. Tithing though is a matter of the law to which was commanded to be collected by specific tribe (sons of Levi). What happens if the tribe who was ordained to be the receiver or collector of tithe is obsoleted in the time of grace? Are they still entitled to receive their inheritance (tithes) when they were already replaced or was resigned from their priestly obligation in the time of grace? If levitical priest became not entitled with their inheritance in the time of grace, do you not think those who claim to be spiritually affiliated with levites becomes not entitled also? Some would argue that tithers don’t give their tithe to anybody who claim to be spiritually levites or to anyone rather, they are giving it to Jesus by believing in their heart that it is being receive spiritually by Jesus. With this I say, first our heart is the most deceitful thing, we knew this. Jesus to date is living, I’m pretty sure that the pastor or anyone who asked for it is not Jesus Himself therefore, do they at least have permission that what belongs to Jesus can be collected by pastors or preachers? Where is that verse that imply that saints in the time of grace are permitted to collect His tithe? Before the law, it was once collected by Melchizedek- an immortal priest, epiphany of Christ. During the law, sons of Levi (mortals) were permitted to collect it but, under the grace even them became not entitled to collect it anymore. All I’m asking is the verse that imply that saints in the time of grace can collect the tithe that belongs to Jesus because, even apostles did not collect it. Perhaps, Apostles were aware that collecting tithe from their follower as their support the same as levites collects tithe as their support because they preach the Gospel is a direct transgression to Jesus simply because, they have no permission to collect it. That would be consider robbing Jesus Christ Himself because they themselves acknowledge that Jesus is ALIVE and He did not give any permission to collect what belongs to Him. A tithe is a process where there is a giver and a receiver. Since Jesus Christ (tithe owner) is alive and none was able to obtain a permission to collect or receive His tithe in the time of grace, will there be a need to give? In a process of buying and selling, how are you to buy when there is no seller? In the case of tithing, how are you to give when biblically no one actually had obtain a permission to receive it in the time of grace? Or, are you for so long been deceived into giving tithe to someone who is in the first place have no permission to collect it? Have you realise yet the power of satan? He is so deceitful that he can make wrong looks and feel so right in mind and in the heart.
Now, do you know that Jesus came not to replace just an specific type of offering like burnt offering (blood offering)? He came and change the levitical priesthood as the verse say:
“Therefore, if perfection were through the Levitical priesthood (for under it the people received the law), what further need was there that another priest should rise according to the order of Melchizedek, and not be called according to the order of Aaron? For the priesthood being changed, of necessity there is also a change of the law. For He of whom these things are spoken belongs to another tribe, from which no man has officiated at the altar.”Hebrews 7:11-13 NKJV
Now, the verse say that when the priesthood was change from levitical to Jesus Christ, there was a change in the law. What do you think is the change of the law? Jesus came from line of Judah to which there was no priesthood law that was spoken of. The priesthood law under the law was a covenant between God and the sons of Levi. Therefore, Jesus is not bound with the priesthood law, this was the change. When the priesthood was switch to Jesus Christ, the levitical laws were obsoleted. It simply became not applicable to the new priest. So, having said this, what were the sub-laws or the content of the levitical laws? Well, there was receiving of burnt offering, the heave offering, dough offering, peace offering, the sanctification of the priest, the clothes to wear, the receiving of tithes, the firstfruits and all other laws that were specifically commanded to be receive or perform by sons of Levi. Honestly, most of these obsoleted levitical laws are acknowledged by us Christians, except for tithing to which obviously was part of levitical laws.
Citing Abraham tithed should not be included as a valid point to practice tithing today simply because of the nature of the receiver. I think most Christians were taught to believe that we are priest in the order of Melchizedek. Melchizedek was a gentile priest, so are we. Melchizedek was not bound with mosaic law, so are we. If Melchizedek receive tithe and we are a seed Abraham and Abraham tithed. So must we, we ought to tithe to our pastors because they are a priest in the order of Melchizedek. This will make sense to those who only listen and don’t bother to read the bible. They missed out the very important fact that, Melchizedek in not only a gentile priest, he is“without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but made like the Son of God, remains a priest continually.” Hebrews 7:3 . Melchizedek lives to date not in the name of Melchizedek but in the name of Jesus Christ. He is still the high priest just in different name and He lives to date and will live forever. Having said this, to claim that we are priest in order of Melchizedek is like kicking out Jesus Christ because He lives therefore, currently occupied and that position can only be filled by Jesus Christ. A good analogy is the office of the president, say Obama, while he is still living, did not resigned and or is not impeached, he will remained to be the president. The office of Melchizedek priesthood is the same, the only case where priesthood can be replace or change is when Jesus Christ dies but He lives and will live forever so, He will always remained to be our high priest. Moreover, claiming to be a priest in order of Melchizedek is not just like impeaching the current high priest, you also like saying you are the one that was prophezised in Psalms 110:4
“The LORD has sworn And will not relent, “You are a priest forever According to the order of Melchizedek.”
So are you the one prophesied in the above verse or Jesus Christ? Are you a priest forever?
Hebrews 7:20-21,28 clearly tell us that the prophecy is referring to Jesus Christ.
“And inasmuch as He was not made priest without an oath (for they have become priests without an oath, but He with an oath by Him who said to Him: “The LORD has sworn And will not relent, ‘You are a priest forever According to the order of Melchizedek’ ”Hebrews 7:20-21.
Lets take a look further on who really is Melchizedek:
“For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the Most High God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him, to whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all, first being translated “king of righteousness,” and then also king of Salem, meaning “king of peace,” without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but made like the Son of God, remains a priest continually.” Hebrews 7:1-3 NKJV
Consider the description “no beginning of days”. Before God there was nothing, all begins from God but we certainly don’t know were God begin hence, no beginning. God is above all, since Melchizedek is without beginning and Jesus Christ is the same and also God is the same, that would put all 3 of them to be have no beginning and in the same plane. Yet, God is above all. Therefore, since God is above all, Melchizedek, Jesus Christ, and God must be all one to realise that really nothing is above God or in the same level as Him. Is this possible? Of course it is because with God nothing is impossible. Beside, Melchizedek is made like the Son of God, if Melchizedek is not Immortal yet is made like Jesus and Jesus has risen from the dead and now is living eternally, then Melchizedek is not after all like the son of God. Make sense?
For this reason, we cannot be a priest in order of Melchizedek but Jesus Christ. Saying that I am a priest in order of Melchizedek is like claiming the prophecy in Psalms 110:4 to which clearly refer to Jesus Christ. And, is like saying I am God Himself. We are mortals, we certainly die hence, we can never be like Melchizedek a priest forever other than Jesus Christ because, He lives to date and forever. We are priest who carry the name of Jesus Christ, it is more than enough.
Hebrews 7:9 “Even Levi, who receives tithes, paid tithes through Abraham, so to speak,”. This verse is sometimes used to prove that Aaronic priest did tithe through Abraham. And so, since we are priest, we therefore should tithe also because even Aaronic priest tithed while in the loins of Abraham. Ironic that, those who use this verse to prove a point also believe that we are a priest in the order of Melchizedek not in the order of Aaron because, this order of priesthood has already been change to Jesus Christ. For the sake of argument lets assume for a moment that we Christians really are priest in order of Melchizedek. So, since Aaronic priest tithed to Melchizedek and you say we are a priest in order of Melchizedek not of Aaron, are we not suppose to receive only? Melchizedek did not tithe, did He? Aaronic priest tithed through the loins of Abraham but we are not in that order of priesthood you say, rather we are in the order of priesthood higher than that-Melchizedek order. And, no where in the bible where you can find that Melchizedek also tithed? Make sense? Then we therefore should receive only. Now, who shall be the giver since every believer in Christ regardless if he/she is a feet, arm, or shoulder in the body of Christ is a part of royal priesthood in the order of Melchizedek hence, receiver of tithe? Muslim? Hindo? Non-Christians? We are a priest neither of the order of Aaron because this order was abolished nor a priest in order of Melchizedek, this order can only be occupied by Jesus Christ because to date He lives and will live forever. We are priest who carry the name of Jesus Christ and like what I said, this type of priesthood is way more than enough. Beside, the verse say “we are royal priesthood” it did not say “we are royal priesthood in order of melchizedek”, rather we are priest of Jesus Christ and thats it. Let us not add anything to God’s inspired word.
To God be all the Glory.
Written by: Sherwin Cablao