THEME: THE ABRAHAMIC BLESSING
Genesis 14:18–24 NKJV
“Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine; he was the 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 delivered your enemies into your hand.” And he gave him a tithe of all. Now the king of Sodom said to Abram, “Give me the persons, and take the goods for yourself.” But Abram said to the king of Sodom, “I have raised my hand to the Lord, God Most High, the Possessor of heaven and earth, that I will take nothing, from a thread to a sandal strap, and that I will not take anything that is yours, lest you should say, ‘I have made Abram rich’— except only what the young men have eaten, and the portion of the men who went with me: Aner, Eshcol, and Mamre; let them take their portion.”
–Abraham knew of the Biblical principle of tithing, and exercised it. He gave a tithe of all to Melchizedek the king of Salem, king of righteousness, king of peace. Melchizedek a priest without father, mother, or genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but made like the Son of God, remains a priest continually (Hebrews 7:1-3). Melchizedek is likened to Jesus who was born in the tribe of Judah and not Levi, which empasizes on the inauguration of a new priestly order. Melchizedek was both a king and priest and not like the Levitical priests who did not hold any kingly office. Melkizedeck is clearly the Son of God, our great High Priest. Christ has made us both kings and priests toHim, and has given us authority to rule on the earth for the glory of His name (Revelation 1:6, 5:10). Abraham knew this and refused to keep any of the spoils to himself but proposed the men who went to war with him and the three brothers, Aner, Eshcol, and Mamre, who were entitled to part of it, lest king of Sodom claimed to have made him rich. Some people among us claim to make others rich and despise the grace of God. The Abrahamic blessing is an everlasting coventant that makes one rich and does not produce any sorrow to it. We are reminded to bring all our tithes to the storehouse, that there may be food in God’s house. The Lord will open for us the windows of heaven, and pour out for us blessing that there will not be room enough to receive (Malachi 3:10).
Jesus You are our Great I AM, our Great High Priest and our Sure Foundation. You are our Priest of peace and LORD of Lords. We love You, we bless Your Holy name. You are our king of Righteousness and king of Peace, may Your righteousness and peace remain in our hearts, minds, families, society, churches, nation and all the nations of the earth. May our children enjoy Your perfect peace as their go to school and in all their endevors. May You teach us and help us to give a tithe of all as You have commanded. May Your truth reign in our hearts that we may perform our kingly and priestly duties well, for the glory and honor of Your name. May Your Abrahamic blessing never depart from us for Your names sake. Amen
Further reading: Psalms 110:4