THE next verse that we will examine is the clincher”. And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law which was 430 years after cannot dis-annull, that it should make the promise of none effect”(Galatians 3:17). What is clearer than this really?
The covenant, that was confirmed before God in Christ. The covenant that was confirmed before of God in Christ was nothing else than the promise of salvation by faith through Grace; the new covenant, the new testament, the new . agreement between God and man.
What is more, the verse says the law of Moses which Pastor Amoda credits with the tithe came 430 years after this covenant and so cannot annul it.
It was under this covenant , and not under law that our father Abraham paid tithe to Melchizedek, Priest of the most high God(Genesis 14: 18). So we see that there was a priesthood before the law of Moses. We also see that tithe was paid under’ this priesthood. Next, we will discover that this priesthood is Eternal. That Christ is a Priest after this order and NOT after the order of the Aaranic Priesthood. Concerning Melchizedek the scripture says:
“For this Melchisedec, king of Salem, Priest of the most high God, who met -Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him;
To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation king of righteousness, and after that also king of Salem, which is King of peace.
Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days nor end of life; but made like unto the son of God; abideth a priest continually(Hebrew 7:1-3).
“For he testified, thou art priest forever after the order of Melchisedec “(Hebrew7:17). First we observe from verse 3 above that Melchizedek is a type of Christ. Secondly, we also observe that his priesthood is eternal. Note that phrase, “Made like unto the son of God“ and abideth a priest Continually.
Then verse 17 says Christ is “a priest forever’ after the order of Melchisedec”.
It is clear then that the priesthood of Melchizedek which is eternal continues in Christ. So the tithing programme at the early stage of this priesthood is still intact and is still in full force at this latter stage of the same priesthood.
I conclude this part on these notes:
Since Abraham paid tithe to Melchizedek, his natural and spirifual offspring must continue to pay tithes to this Priesthood.
* Since the first Priest of this order received tithe, the present priest of the same order, Jesus Christ our Lord, must receive tithe.
*That grace which Pastor John Amoda excitedly touts as the reason for the discontinuation of the tithe is actually the reason for the continuation of the tithe since grace does not lessen the obligation of man to the gospel but actually increases it. The Apostle Paul claims he is what he has become by the grace of God. Yet, inspite of that rich grace he claimed to have “laboured more abundantly than they all”(ICorinthians15:10).
Grace does not reduce obligation, it increases it.
*That there is no priesthood that does not receive something from those under its benefits. The Aaronic Priesthood needed something from people under its benefits. The Melthizedek Christ Priesthood too from those under its benefits.
That Jacob, the grandson of Abraham also paid tithe.
“And this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be God’s house and of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto thee(Genesis 28:22).
If Jacob paid tithe over a hundred years after Abraham did, it shows that tithing was an established practice under the early part of the Melchizedek /Christ Priesthood, and it will continue to be under the latter stages of that priesthood.
The next point is certainly one of the strongest possible arguments in favour of the tithe in this New Testament dispensation of grace.
One of the greatest questions that has agitated the minds of countless millions in the past four millennium is our anchor here. And here is the question: Why did God plant that forbidden fruit and tree in the Garden of Eden, knowing very well that man was most likely going to fail in resisting the temptation of that tree and its fruit? Let’s check out the scriptures.
Rev. Emmanuel OLOWODOLA writes from Lagos.