"And blessed be the Most High God who has delivered thy enemies into thy hand, and he gave him tithes of all." Genesis 14:20
I have often gotten the question, is tithing (paying a tenth of one's income) New Testament? My answer is tithing is Biblical! It is a principle of God!
Now, let's take a look once again at something in Genesis 15 that really lays great foundation and reveals tithing for prosperity. Genesis 15, of course follows Genesis 14, where Abraham, had tithed (paid the tenth of his gain) to Melchizedek. Genesis 14:20 says; "And blessed be the Most High God who has delivered thy enemies into thy hand, and he gave him tithes of all." So you see the tithe (10%) principle there. We see this tithe is tied to prosperity and wealth. Tithing is tied to prosperity. Tithing is a principle of wealth transfer.
Let’s get some cues from the father of our faith, Abraham.
Abraham now moves ahead after winning the war with his enemies and the king comes and tries to give him some stuff for winning the war and Abraham said (as I paraphrase); Keep your stuff king, because I don’t want it to be said that any man made Abram rich. In so many words, he's says, "I'm not taking anything from you unless you say I have made Abram rich, I am rich because I am a tither." Would God that there were more people like that today. Too often we're willing to compromise and take material things when we should say like Abraham, "God is my Source.” Now, Genesis 15 of course follows Genesis 14. Anyway, in Genesis 15: 1 we see the season of wealth transfer. "After these things, the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision saying, 'Fear not, Abram, I am thy shield and thy exceeding great reward. God went on to make promise to him concerning his seed and how much he was going to bless them. As we obey and serve God with our tithe, we are blessed!
The story in Genesis 14 is a revelation of wealth transfer.
Brother Smalls, how can you call this a Wealth transfer? All right, now as we look at Exodus 12 we'll take a close look at what I believe is one more powerful portions of scripture. In verses 35 and 36 It says, "And the children of Israel did according to the word of Moses and borrowed of the Egyptians jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment." Notice silver, gold, raiment.” God is Good. He wants you to wear some good stuff. Verse 36 says, "And the Lord (I AM) gave the people favor in the site of the Egyptians so that they lent unto them such things as they required and they spoiled the Egyptian." They spoiled the Egyptians. They left Egypt with great wealth. In fact, it the wealth transfer was so powerful that after they left and they got out there in the wilderness, Pharaoh realized what had happened. Pharaoh realized those people have spoiled us of our wealth and they are gone forever. They had stripped this very nation of their wealth! Pharaoh chased the people and they got up to the Red Sea and Moses, after some encouragement from the Great I AM, opened the sea and they went across on dry land. Pharaoh tried to follow and he and his army were drowned.
Be like Abraham the father of our faith and faithfully pay the tithe...
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