Sunday, April 18, 2010
GIG 237 - Why Hebrews 7 is Not About Tithing
Because Hebrews 7 mentions tithing (Abraham's tithe to Melchizedek), many people these days use this passage to make a case that tithing is a Christian principle. But that's not what this passage is about at all. That's not how the Hebrews saw this passage.
This week we take a look at what is really being said in Hebrews 7, especially in light of the entire book of Hebrews. A major theme in the book as a whole, that Kap and Joel have talked about many times, is the superiority of Christ and the New Covenant over the Levite priesthood and the Old Covenant. Hebrews 7 is a part of that larger theme. The writer uses the example of Abraham's tithe to Melchizedek, by no means to make a case for Christian tithing, but rather as part of his case about how Christ supersedes everything!
If you see things differently or are on the fence with this one (or if you simply want to be encouraged in the wonderful truth of the superiority of Christ!) we invite you to spend a few minutes with us as we talk this out.