Indeed it was a commandment for the sons of Levi to receive the tithes of the people. But, in the same chapter verse 18, that commandment has been annulled or invalidated meaning, tithing should not be practice anymore because of its weakness and unprofitability. Take note both NKJV and KJV use the word “commandment” implying that the word “commandment” on verse 18 could be or is referring to the commandment as stated in verse 5. Moreover, the word commandment in verse 18 is in a SINGULAR form implying that a commandment did change and that commandment was mentioned in verse 5.
If anyone dispute that the word commandment in verse 18 does not refer to the commandment as referred in verse 5 on the same chapter then, what is that one commandment referred in verse 18 that has been annulled – declared invalid?
Jesus did not come to destroy the law but there was a change in the law. See FAQ No. 17. And, as explained above, it was one of the changes in the old law as stated in Hebrews 7:12.
“For the priesthood being changed, of necessity, there is also a change of the law.”
Note that, the mosaic laws basically contains commandments from the Lord. Click here to see the contents of Mosaic Laws. So, when there is a change in the law, it could mean that one or a few of the commandments from the Lord will not be applicable or will be invalidated in the new covenant. And, since Jesus who became the new priest was not from the line of Levi rather from the line of Judah, all the commandment and laws relating and exclusive to Levites became not applicable to the new priest. Hence, Jesus has all the right to impose new law, a law of grace to which;…there is the bringing in of a better hope, through which we draw near to God.” Hebrews 7:19 NKJV.
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