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A tenth part of everything

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I have often talked about my statistics professor from Tyndale who I absolutely admired.  His motto was if you love God you love math and of course everyone in the class hated math.  His awesomeness was that by the end of his course  we knew why loving God meant we had to love math.

Practically, how does my practice of giving a tenth of everything I owe a big part of may walk with Jesus?

When Abraham came back from rescuing his nephew Lot, he went to the King of Salem to give him a tenth of the spoils that he obtained.

Here is what is interesting.

The gift was given not because he had too, was told too, or was expected to – it was given as a blessing.

This king also happened to be a priest of God and existed before Levi was born and before the law of tithing came about.

This king also was not a part of the genealogy of Abraham.  Imagine, the guy who was blessed of God and had the promises of God, the superior tithing to the inferior.

So if you think about it, once the order of Levitical priesthood came into being, an order that brought perfection in the law, what need was there for another independent priest, like this King of Salem, to come about?

Jesus has become such a high priest. With the ushering of a change in priesthood, comes a change in the law as well. The tribe of Judah, from whom Jesus came from, had never served at the altar of God.

In fact Jesus is looking more like this King of Salem that Abraham blessed.  Jesus has become our priest, not according to a legal requirement but by the power of the resurrection.

This proclamation of honour (resurrection)  from God calling us to follow Jesus gives us the awesome responsibility to come forward and bless Jesus with a gift, a tenth of our blessings we have received from His hand, in order to let Him know that we know who He is – our High Priest.

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“Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and his name shall be called Emman′u-el” (which means, God with us)." Matthew 1:23 RSV

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