X04.17.......Spoils Is Grain

One of the ways that the old covenant tithe is related to the new covenant--is by misunderstanding the book of Hebrews. We suggest every believer read Hebrews --if not the whole book--at least zero in on chapters 5-10.

Tithe teaching makes the connection that since Abraham paid a tithe to Melchisedec, then new covenant ministry includes a tithe. If you read all the book of Hebrews you will see that the point the bible makes about Melchisedec is that he had a superior priesthood to the Levitical priesthood--and in fact the priesthood and rules of priesthood which pertain to the Levites of the old covenant are done away with in the new covenant. This is very significant, since the basis of pastoral authority is the Levitical priesthood. (The new coveant preisthood is in every believer--not in a specfic group which have authority over the rest!)

 

But in the search to make money for themselves, ancient church leaders looked at these verse in Hebrews, and noted that it says that Abraham paid Melchsiedec a tithe of the "spoils".....

1 ¶ For this Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him;
2 To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of peace;
3 Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually.
4 Now consider how great this man was, unto whom even the patriarch Abraham gave the tenth of the spoils. (Hebrews 7: 1-4)

If we study the tithe from the old covenant, we will see that it was the amount of the sin offering that Israel was required to make. Israel needed to take 1/10th of certain herd animals and grains, and offer them to God in the temple at jerusalem. This "type" has been translated for centuries to mean that Christian somehow "owe" the church leadership 1/10th of their income.

This is ridiculous! "Tithe" in the bible was always either animals or grain--never money. Even in this instance. The word translated as "spoils" (a term which might seem to refer to "money") is this in the Greek:

205 akroyinion akrothinion {ak-roth-in'-ee-on}

from 206 and this (a heap);; n n

AV - spoils 1; 1

1) top of the heap, the first fruits
1a) best of the spoils or crops
2) the Greeks customarily selected from the topmost part of the
heaps and offered this to the gods

Abraham had fought in a battle, and had gained himself land and grain---not gold or money. As it says in the old covenant--Melchisedec was the high priest of Salem (which would later be called Jerusalem---the only person who ever received a tithe in the bible was the high priest of Jerusalem!). He was apparently carrying on the same type of sin offerings that the Levites would carry on later--(sin offerings go back to Cain and Abel--but again--meat and grain!!) it says that he was making shewbread (this is what the grain of the tithe was used for)...

18 And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God. (Genesis 14:18)

 

Melchizedek was carrying on the same type of offerings that the Levites would later carry on by the giving of the law. But he was the representative of the greater priesthood of Jesus--which would do away with the Levitical priesthood.

The tithe was always meat or bread. Jesus called Himself meat and bread and the Bible tells us clearly hat He gave a more perfect sacrifice than any animals or grain offering. The book of Hebrews tells us plainly that in the new covenant there is no more need for offering (this absolutely includes "tithe"--the word "tithe only is the amount of the sin offering--not something separate from "offerings")....

Heb 10:18 Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.

Greed ran the church hundreds of years ago. The Roman empire introduced the Christian tithe. They controlled everything that had to do with money in the Bible--and then did not allow anyone to read the Bible for 1,000 years!

1,000 years is plenty of time to make wrong ideas into firm tradition--right?