One Out of Ten
11th JANUARY 2022
King Melchizedek of Salem was a priest of God Most High. He brought out some bread and wine and said to Abram: “I bless you in the name of God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth. All praise belongs to God Most High for helping you defeat your enemies.” Then Abram gave Melchizedek a tenth of everything. [Genesis 14:18–20 CEV].
The life of Abraham is one that surely shows us the glorious things God is able to do with and for a man. From the encounter that separated him from idol worship to becoming the father of faith, we are able to trace some things Abraham did to lead a glorious life. Abraham believed the LORD wholeheartedly and obeyed everything the LORD told him to do. He surely did love the LORD above all else, that is why he could take Isaac to the altar.
From our text for today, we see one of the things Abraham did on his journey to experience financial glory. The principle of tithing has been literally attacked over the decades by unbelievers and even some believers too. But is it not interesting that God did not command him to tithe; it was a freewill offering of a man who came to understand the glory that he was walking in. The wisdom in this act was so significant that in the absence of the law, his son, and grandson practised it, and we see the glory they also walked in. So profound was his action that when the LORD saw that Israel had lost faith, He used the law to get them to practise it.
One out of ten works when you are in love with the One who gave the ten.
In Abraham’s encounter with Melchizedek, his decision to give a tithe of all that he had got was his response to the blessings pronounced on him. Surely, several glorious things have been pronounced over you, to the point that the Bible tells us that JESUS, our high priest, keeps making intercession for you. Purpose in your heart to uphold this ancient principle of giving your tithe this year. Be consistent with it, and do not let anyone deceive you into thinking it has nothing to do with your prosperity in the LORD. Glorious things are coming to you, what will you do in response?
Heavenly Father, I thank You for the wisdom I have received from Your word today. Please help me to walk in obedience, knowing that You are true to Your word and I will see You prosper me in Jesus’s name, Amen.
Further Reading: Hebrews 7:1–4
Prophetic Declaration: Psalms 91