Summary: Sermon on the principles of tithing with excerpts from "The Blessed Life" by Robert Morris
Now we will get into tithing in a moment but just look at Mal 3:8-9
Mal 3:8 "Will a man rob God? Yet you have robbed Me! But you say, ’In what way have we robbed You?’ In tithes and offerings. 9 You are cursed with a curse, For you have robbed Me, Even this whole nation.
So we see that these first fruits became a curse to him. Either they are consecrated or they are cursed.
This is probably why God rejected Cain’s offering in Genesis, notice
Gen 4:3 And in the process of time (over time)it came to pass that Cain brought an offering (notice the wording here) of the fruit of the ground to the LORD. 4 Abel also brought of the firstborn (the firstborn) of his flock and of their fat. And the LORD respected Abel and his offering, (5) but He did not respect Cain and his offering. And Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell.
D. Jesus Christ was the firstborn (only begotten of the father).
He was God’s only Son. Yet He gave Him to us for our sins. And He gave Him out of faith. In other words He died for us before we knew Him.
Rom 5:8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
E. The disciples met on the First Day of the week after Jesus was risen from the dead.
Illustration: Here are 10 one-dollar bills on this table. Now my first question is, How much is a tithe? 10% good. Ok next question is which on is the tithe. Which one should be first? The one that you spend first.
#2 The Principle of the Tithe 10%
A. God has always expected His people to be good stwards with what He has given them. Genesis 2 Adam & Even
B. Tithing is an Old Testament principle that transcends into the New Testament.
Abraham tithed to Melchizedek – Genesis 14 (Note: Melchizedek is a type of Christ)
Mystery of Tithing
Heb 7:1-10 For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the Most High God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him, (2) to whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all, first being translated "king of righteousness," and then also king of Salem, meaning "king of peace," (3) without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but made like the Son of God, remains a priest continually. 4 Now consider how great this man was, to whom even the patriarch Abraham gave a tenth of the spoils. 5 And indeed those who are of the sons of Levi, who receive the priesthood, have a commandment to receive tithes from the people according to the law, that is, from their brethren, though they have come from the loins of Abraham; 6 but he whose genealogy is not derived from them received tithes from Abraham and blessed him who had the promises. 7 Now beyond all contradiction the lesser is blessed by the better. 8 Here mortal men receive tithes, but there he receives them, of whom it is witnessed that he lives. 9 Even Levi, who receives tithes, paid tithes through Abraham, so to speak, 10 for he was still in the loins of his father when Melchizedek met him.
Jacob promised a tithe to the Lord Genesis 28:22