Day 2

The Scripture

Then Melchizedek, king of Salem, brought out bread and wine—he was a priest of El Elyon. He blessed him and said, “Blessed be Abram by El Elyon, Creator of heaven and earth, and blessed be El Elyon, who gave over your enemies Into your hand.” Then Abram gave him a tenth of everything.” (Genesis 14:18–20, TLV)

Heart Thoughts

Many people don’t know how to secure God’s blessing in their life.  Have you ever seen someone experience a great outpouring of God’s blessing on their life only to lose the blessing before they get a chance to enjoy it? It seems like the blessing is snatched right out from underneath their nose. Many times, the reason the blessing is snatched away is they believe the blessing was meant for personal purposes only and not divine worship.

Yeshua one time told a story about a man who was blessed tremendously by God. The man received a blessing on the crops of his field. He believed the blessing was only for himself so he decided he would build bigger barns to enjoy the bigger blessing and he said, “O my soul, you have plenty of goods saved up for many years! So take it easy! Eat, drink, and be merry” (Luke 12:19).  Yet, God did not agree with his attitude toward the blessing and called him to a personal meeting in heaven that I don’t think went very well (Luke 12:20).  Yeshua said this is one parable is a timeless truth that is as timeless as the rising of the sun and the going down of the same, “So it is with the one who stores up treasure for himself and is not rich in God” (Luke 12:21).

Abra[ha]m was the opposite of the man in Yeshua's parable. Yeshua and Abra[ha]m give the same principle two different ways: The way to secure God’s blessing is to invest in God. To give a tithe, as an act of worship is to invest in God. Abra[ha]m knew this apart from the Law (Torah) and apart from the Gospel.  Abra[ha]m received the blessing of a tremendous victory over his enemies and he also received the blessing of Melchizedek.  There was no Law (Torah) requiring a tenth, there was no Gospel motivation of the cross (see 2 Cor 8:9). Abra[ha]m was motivated out of chovos halevavos, “Duties of the Heart.” His heart’s desire was to offer back in worship what was given to him and in so doing he was acknowledging that his blessing was not by his own effort, his own will but by the Lord God, the Creator of the Heaven and the Earth.

When we give back to God a tenth of the blessing he has given to us we secure the blessing and keep the devourer from eating it up. Today, don't loose the blessing but secure the blessing through worship God with your tithe.

Prayer

May the Lord God, El Elyon Himself, richly bless you and send blessing and prosperity on you.  May he grant you a great victory over your enemies today. May you know beyond any shadow of a doubt that your new High-Priest Yeshua has already blessed you with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places. I pray today that you would be so overwhelmed by God’s abundant goodness that it causes your cheeks to blush and your heart to swell with godly pride in all your Heavenly Father has done for you.

For the Feed

Don’t let your blessing get snatched away, secure it down today.  Like Abra[ha]m, make giving a matter of the heart and not just a matter of checking off a box on a list of do this and don’t do that. Let your blessing be protected and enlarged by investing back the tithe into God’s Kingdom. Do it simply because your heart is overflowing with joy and gratitude for all of God’s victories and goodness in your life.