Even Levi, who receives tithes, paid tithes through Abraham, so to speak. For he was still in the loins of his father when Melchizedek met him. – Hebrews 7:9-10 NKJV
“Bring all the tithes… and prove Me now in this," says the LORD of hosts, “If I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it.” – Malachi 3:10 NKJV
Last Sunday my great grandchildren paid tithes (so to speak). No, I don’t actually have any great grandchildren at this point. As of this writing, I have ten grands and two more in the pipeline!
Anyone wanting to win at anything looks for an edge—for that item or tool that will make him successful. Football coaches look for an edge—maybe in special teams or clock management. On our recent fishing trip to the Lake of the Woods, Minnesota, our guides gave us an edge: they had previously felled trees and sunk them so that the walleyes would use them for shelter, and we’d then coax them out to our lures.
There is no bigger playing field than parenting. Anything I can do to ensure God’s blessing on my children is worth doing. Our verses above give a strong hint at one such discipline: tithing. Nearly 40 years ago, I began that important discipline with our finances. It was the right (though inconvenient!) thing to do, but I gave no thought then to the blessings that might accrue to future generations.
Levi was Abraham’s great grandson. When Abraham gave Melchizedek a tenth of the spoils from a battle, Melchizedek blessed him. But apparently the blessing didn’t stop there. Levi—the fourth generation from Abraham—is said to have paid tithes, too! That’s enough for me to anticipate blessing on future generations, just through the giving of my tithe. Have you considered this edge in securing blessing on your descendants?
Cottonwood Community Church
Grand Forks, North Dakota
One-Year Bible Reading
1 Kings 20:1-21:29
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