Summary: To show that we have now faith that can be combined in tithes and offering.
Have you met JESUS CHRIST personally?
II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:
To show that we have now faith that can be combined in tithes and offering.
Hebrews 7:10 (Amplified Bible)
7:10 For he was still in the loins of his forefather [Abraham] when Melchizedek met him [Abraham].
I met Levi, Abraham and the LORD JESUS CHRIST Personally because I'm still in the loins of Abraham when He met JESUS CHRIST.
Melchisedec met Levi in Abraham
A. Date of writing: Before AD. 70
B. Style of writing: Best Greek style
C. Authorship: Not specific, but generally attributed to Apostle Paul. Can be also ascribed to Barnabas, Luke, Apollos
D. Audience: Hebrew Christians
E. Theme: Christ is superior to the prophets; Christ is superior to angels—J. Vernon McGee's Thru The Bible
F. Purpose: The chief doctrinal purpose of the writer was to show the transcendent glory of the Christian dispensation, as compared with that of the Old Testament.—Thompson Chain - Bible Book Outlines
G. Keyword: better
VIII. MAIN BODY:
A. Levi still in the loins of Abraham
"For he was still in the loins of his forefather [Abraham]"
Hebrews 7:5 (Amplified Bible)
7:5 And it is true that those descendants of Levi who are charged with the priestly office are commanded in the Law to take tithes from the people—which means, from their brethren—though these have descended from Abraham.
Genesis 35:11 (Amplified Bible)
35:11 And God said to him, I am God Almighty. Be fruitful and multiply; a nation and a company of nations shall come from you and kings shall be born of your stock;
Loins is the place where the Hebrews thought the generative power (semen) resided.
Levi symbolizes tithes and offerings under the Law. Abraham symbolizes faith.
tithes + faith = fruits
Our faith should be combined in bringing our tithes for it to bear fruit.
B. Melchisedec met Abraham
"when Melchizedek met him [Abraham]"
John 8:56 (Amplified Bible)
8:56 Your forefather Abraham was extremely happy at the hope and prospect of seeing My day (My incarnation); and he did see it and was delighted.
Hebrews 11:13 (Amplified Bible)
11:13 These people all died controlled and sustained by their faith, but not having received the tangible fulfillment of [God’s] promises, only having seen it and greeted it from a great distance by faith, and all the while acknowledging and confessing that they were strangers and temporary residents and exiles upon the earth.
The meeting between the Pre-Incarnate CHRIST (Melchizedek) and Abraham was even testified by JESUS CHRIST. How Abraham was blessed by this initiative from the LORD JESUS CHRIST. Because GOD honors those who have faith in the finished work of CHRIST.
I met Levi, Abraham and the LORD JESUS CHRIST Personally because I'm still in the loins of Abraham when He met JESUS CHRIST. I'm so blessed because I've met personally the Author and Finisher of my faith, who is JESUS CHRIST in the flesh.
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