Jesus receives Tithes-Whether or not
the barley is Abib--The Mosaic delay.
(April 3, 2000)
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MELCHISEDEK AND THE TITHE
"For he testifieth, Thou art a priest forever after the
order of Melchisedek." Hebrews 7:17
"For this Melchisedec....to whom Abraham gave a tenth
part of all." Hebrews 7:1-2
I have heard teachings on all sides of the question of
tithing and I have seen all manner and practices
regarding same. The question is always raised: "Is
the Christian required to pay a tithe."
Various arguments are made. Some place Christians under
a pre-Mosaic type of law. Others argue that Jesus
tithed and established future tithing by his statements.
Others argue that Christ is the end of the law and that
we are not to be judged concerning things of the law.
I simply pass on to you what the Lord has said to me. This
is fresh manna....I have heard it from no one but God.
I am actually quite surprised because it is so simple
and sublime, yet I have never heard this argument made
in favor of the tithe. It goes like this:
Melchisedek was a priest! The first of the priests after
the order of Melchisedek.
Abraham paid a tithe to Melchisedek.
Jesus is a priest forever after the order of Melchisedek.
Therefore, Jesus has the right, forever, to receive tithe
from the sons of Abraham. Those who are led by the
spirit of God are sons of Abraham according to the word.
IS THE BARLEY ABIB?
As I am writing this update, it is now April 5 in
Jerusalem and we will know very shortly whether the
Barley is Abib, or mature. If it is, the true Hebrew calendar
starting point, reckoned according to the Barley harvest,
will commence. If not, it will wait another month. It
could be that the day of the Lord starts this week.
I have reviewed the work of Michael Rood and find it
quite interesting. He is not a prophet and makes no
claim to being one.
Find interesting reading on this subject at his site at
Are you aware of the delaying effect that sin and
resisting the will of God can have on the fulfillment
of God's promises in your life. Just look at the
Children of Israel and Moses!
Acts 7:25 records that "For he supposed his brethren would have understood
how that God by his hand would deliver them: but they understood not."
What an innocuous but powerful little sentence. It says
so much. Moses knew, at age 40, that he was called to
deliver them according to this sentence. It says that
he presupposed that they would have understood it and
have known it too.
Since Israel came out of Egypt 430 years to the day and
since Moses was 80 years old at their departure and
spent 40 years in the desert, we know that this first
opportunity for escape from Israel happened in the
390th year of their captivity. Abraham's promise could
have been fulfilled on time, for God had told him that
Israel would be aflicted in a land that was not their
own for 400 years. (Genesis 15:13)
Yes, the scripture indicates that because the people
lacked understanding of what Moses already knew, they
were 30 years late in coming out of Egypt. And think
of the converse as well. Moses knew of his calling
and anointing at age 40 but was not able to walk in it
for 40 more years.
This speaks to those of you to whom
God has spoken a promise about a ministry or a calling.
Sin, unbelief and lack of understanding by you or by
those to whom you are sent can delay it. Just because
it is slow coming, it may yet have a fulfillment. Wait
for that burning bush.
Stephen L. Bening
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