fighting for your family involves tithing
In fact, this verse in 20b precedes with this statement from Melchizedek, “And blessed be God Most High, who has defeated your enemies for you (Covenant).” He is expressing to Abram that God fulfilled his covenant with him. Covenant was the only reason his enemies were defeated and his family was returned to him. In agreement and recognition of this report, Abram tithed from the goods he had recovered.
And that is the primary reason for the tithe. It is a public acknowledgement to everyone that God is the One Who defeats our enemies and returns our loved ones back to us.
Second, it keeps us from taking advantage of others. Bera, King of Sodom, evidently had respect for both Abram and Melchizedek. It also appears that he was in awe of the God who fought for Abram, otherwise, he wouldn’t have offered for Abram to keep all the spoils.
Third, it is a public statement that we do not become rich by our own hand or by taking advantage of others. True wealth and riches come from the God.
Proverbs 10:22 NLT, "The blessing of the LORD makes a person rich, and he adds no sorrow with it."
Fourth, tithing teaches us to give to others what is due to them, especially when they were such a blessing in our time of need (give a fair share of the goods to my allies vs. 24).
The tithe is a covenant act as much as communion or praying for the sick with the laying on of hands and the anointing of oil. When we tithe, we are taking care of the family of God. When we take care of God’s family, it swings the door wide open for God to take care of our love ones.
This concludes our series Fight For Your Family. We hope it was a blessing to you.
We will return next Tuesday, May 30th, with a new series, 'How God Sees You'. Until then, you are in our prayers and enjoy your Memorial Day weekend!
Father, I acknowledge our covenant. You fight against my enemies and for my loved ones when I tithe. As I tithe, I will remember not to take advantage of others vulnerability, and I will give to others what is due to them. Wealth and riches do not come by my hand, or the hands of others, but only through You. You are the source of my life and I will praise You forever. In Jesus Name, Amen.
Tithing is an act of covenant.
I acknowledge that God fights my enemies.
I acknowledge that God fights for my loved ones.
I will not take advantage of others.
True riches and wealth come from God.
I give to others what is due to them.
I will make covenant with God by tithing and praise Him for taking care of all that concerns me (Malachi 3).