And he (Melchizedek) blessed him and said,
“Blessed be Abram by God Most High,
Possessor of heaven and earth;
and blessed be God Most High, who has delivered your enemies into your hand!”
And Abram gave him a tenth of everything. Genesis [14:19]-20
When Abram returned from rescuing his nephew, Lot, he was blessed by Melchizedek, God’s priest. Then he did something unexpected. He gave Melchizedek a tenth of the spoil he had taken in his great victory.
There is not a clear explanation given in the text for Abram’s tithe, and it’s left for us to conclude that it was a spontaneous response to Melchizedek’s blessing. In other words, Abram was so overwhelmed by the blessing he felt from God and Melchizedek that he looked at everything he had with him, separated out 10%, and joyfully gave it without human prompting.
Have you ever felt so blessed you were compelled to give? Maybe you were served particularly well by a waiter, so you gave a generous tip. Perhaps you were cared for particularly well by a friend, so you baked them a batch of your famous double-chocolate cookies. In both cases, you gave joyfully.
Do you feel the same way when you think about God? In Hebrews 7, Jesus is compared to Melchizedek in that he serves as our perfect High Priest, who has been made perfect forever, and presents us blameless before God. What kind of generosity should such blessing beget?
Thank you, Jesus, for laying down your life to serve as my perfect High Priest, restoring my relationship with God and giving me eternal hope. Now, please use me and all I have for your purposes. Amen.