- Hebrews 7:6-10
- Heb 7:6 (KJB)
- But he whose descent is not counted from them received tithes of
Abraham, and blessed him that had the promises.
- (Gen 14:19 KJV) And he blessed him, and
said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and
earth: Melchisedec's genealogy is not from the
tribe of Levi since the tribe of Levi did not come into existence for about
another 150 years neither was Melchisedec the forerunner of the tribe of
Levi because Levi came through Jacob who came through Isaac who came through
Abraham. Yet, Melchisedec was an eternal priest and blessed Abraham who had
the promises. The great promise Abraham had was the Lord Jesus Christ would
come through his physical lineage creating an eternal spiritual lineage.
- Heb 7:7 (KJB)
- And without all contradiction the less is blessed of the better.
- As God blesses His children, we know that those who receive the blessing
are the lesser of the two as God is the greater. In the case of Abraham and
Melchisedec, we see that Abraham received the blessing from Melchisedec
making Melchisedec the greater of the two.
- Heb 7:8 (KJB)
- And here men that die receive tithes; but there he receiveth them,
of whom it is witnessed that he liveth.
- This verse is speaking of the Levitical priesthood in that each one
serves their time on earth but death ends their service and then someone
else is appointed to take their place in service. Abraham paid tithes to
Melchisedec who was living. Now this is an interesting contrast between the
two priesthoods. Tithes are given to the Levites when they are living and,
of course, no tithes can be given them when they are dead but we are being
told that Melchisedec lives. The word “liveth” in the Greek is in the
present tense and not the past or perfect tense. This would mean that at the
time of the writing of Hebrews that Melchisedec was still alive. Keep in
mind that in verse 3 we are told that he had no “end of life.” This is why I
believe deeply that Melchisedec was the Lord Jesus Christ Himself.
- Heb 7:9 (KJB)
- And as I may so say, Levi also, who receiveth tithes, payed tithes in
- Levi was a descendant of Abraham through Jacob and so in a manner Levi
had received tithes and had paid tithes to Melchisedec. Of course, there was
about 600 years between Melchisedec and the Levitical priesthood receiving
tithes in the time of the Mosaic law. So this was a non-literal paying of
tithes since Levi had not been born yet. This verse shows us that the
priesthood of Melchisedec was far greater than the priesthood of Aaron. It
teaches us that Levi, being a temporal priesthood, was in deference to the
eternal priesthood of Melchisedec. The lesser paying tithes to the greater.
As the people of Israel brought the tithes to the storehouse of the Temple
or Tabernacle in response to God’s method of funding the Levitical
priesthood and the offerings of the people for various reasons from sin to
thanksgiving, so the true born again believers operate the same way. The
storehouse is not necessarily the local church but it can be a missionary
organization or some type of outreach ministry. However, if someone belongs
to a local church which has a good missions program then they should be
supported but that does not mean every penny has to go to them. The
responsibility of the believer is to send forth the gospel to the ends of
the earth till the Lord returns and this is partially done by sending
offerings to ministries preaching the true gospel.
- Heb 7:10 (KJB)
- For he was yet in the loins of his father, when Melchisedec met him.
- As Levi was still in the loins of Abraham and was not to be born for
about another 150 years. Yet because God is eternal, He sees the beginning
from the end and saw that the temporary Levitical priesthood was lesser than
the eternal priesthood of Melchisedec. The only way one priesthood can be
greater than the earthly priesthood is if it is speaking of the Lord Jesus
Christ. The priesthood of the believer is also an eternal one but the
difference is that every believer had a beginning of days.