Gen.14:18-20 – And Melchizedek the king of Salem brought out bread and wine; now he was a priest of God Most High. And he blessed him and said,
“Blessed be Abram of God Most High,
Possessor of heaven and earth;
And blessed be God Most High,
Who has handed over your enemies to you.”
And he gave him a tenth of everything.

This is a very important passage from the book of Genesis (they are actually all very important). In this passage, we see the secrets of Abraham’s prosperity. Obviously, Abraham was set apart by the Lord, but his cooperation with God stands as our example to walk in the blessing of Abraham that is intended for all of God’s sons and daughters. The words of Melchizedek stand out as the source of God’s blessing. This blessing is the blessing of the bread and the wine. Here is how Henry describes this.

“When we have received some significant mercy from God, it is fitting that we should express our thankfulness in some special act of godly kindness. God must always have his due from our resources, especially when by any special providence he has kept or increased it to us. The tenth of our income is a fitting proportion to be set apart for the honor of God and the service of his sanctuary. Jesus Christ, our great Melchizedek, is to have homage paid to him and is to be humbly acknowledged by every one of us as our king and priest. Not only the tithe of all, but all we have, must be surrendered and given up to him.”

The word that stands out to me in today’s passage is ‘Possessor’. The Lord owns everything and distributes His resources as He wishes. Abraham recognizes this and gives thanks to the Lord. Abraham had experienced incredible increase from his recent victory. He would respond in worship and by giving back to the Lord a tenth of his harvest. Jesus is our Melchizedek, our heavenly High Priest. We too recognize all that we have comes from the Lord, Possessor of heaven and earth. We give thanks to Him as we bring in our tithes and offerings to the house of God. This tithe is a picture of our total surrender to the Lord. He possesses our souls and our whole being and we acknowledge this with our tithe.

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