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Hebrews 7:6

Nov 15, 2018   //   by Charlie Garrett   //   Daily Writing, Epistles, Epistles (written), Hebrews, Hebrews (written), Writings  //  9 Comments

Thursday, 15 November 2018

…but he whose genealogy is not derived from them received tithes from Abraham and blessed him who had the promises. Hebrews 7:6

The words, “but he” are speaking of Melchizedek. In order to show his greatness, he is being contrasted with Abraham – a figure known in history as the man of great faith, the father of the Hebrew nation, and the example of patience and perseverance in the face of testing. Despite holding such high esteem among the faithful of Israel, the author says that Melchizedek – who in the previous verse received a tenth of the spoils – isn’t descended from Levi. As he says, “but he whose genealogy is not derived from them.”

The Greek word is genealogeó. It is used only this once in Scripture, and it is the basis for our modern word “genealogy.” Israel was to pay tithes to the Levites, and the Levites, in turn, gave a tithe to the priests. This was a mandate of the law, not an inherent right. And yet, Melchizedek “received tithes from Abraham.” There was no law mandating this, and yet Abraham felt it was appropriate to offer a tenth of the spoils of battle in this way. And this, despite the fact that Melchizedek was not of the Levitical order to whom the law mandated that Israel’s tithes be given.

But what is being said here? It, on the surface, appears to be placing the horse in front of the cart… Levi descended from Abraham, not the other way around. However, we’ll see the impeccable logic of what the author is intending in the verses ahead.

However, in addition to giving a tenth of the spoils, it was Abraham, not Melchizedek, who received the promises from God. Despite this, it was Melchizedek who blessed Abraham. As it says, Melchizedek “blessed him who had the promises.” This was recorded in verse 7:1 when the author stated the facts previously recorded in the Genesis account.

On the surface, this may seem appropriate – after all, Abraham was the one with the promise of blessing from God. However, the author will use the same type of impeccable logic concerning the blessing from Melchizedek in the verses ahead. What we think is backwards or unrealistic is actually something which contains truths which are inescapable when presented from God’s perspective.

Not to get too far ahead, but what is happening in this verse is that in accepting the tithes from Abraham, he was accepting the greater position which was accorded to him by Abraham. In turn, he then blessed Abraham. In accepting the blessing, Abraham was acknowledging he was in a lesser position to Melchizedek. But, as we have seen, Abraham had the promise of God, establishing him as a great man indeed. In fact, he is considered as the father of faith to this day. However, the exchange here demonstrates that Melchizedek is greater than Abraham.

Life application: It is because of the account set before us, and countless other magnificent accounts which arise, that we study the Bible not just once, but for an entire lifetime. Colleges and seminaries are devoted to the Word of God because it is an inexhaustible resource. We can’t simply ignore it, neglect Bible studies and sermons, and expect to be able to comprehend all that the Bible contains. Instead, we need to read, study, listen to, contemplate, pray over, and cherish the Bible each and every day. If we fail in this regard, we can never grow from milk to solid food.

Heavenly Father, You are great and greatly to be praised. And Your word is an amazingly wonderful source of wonder and delight. It is inexhaustible in what it reveals. Layer upon layer of wisdom is revealed in it as we slowly and meticulously search out its pages. And with each layer comes another interconnected item of wonder. Thank You for Your glorious, precious, and superior word! Amen.

9 Comments

  • thank YOU for your WORD LORD amen and thank you charlie

  • Amen to reading and studying the bible daily. It’s scary the number of people I am running into these days that say they are Christians but chastise you if you have a different view from the Most. I find the mid and post trib rapture believers are becoming belligerent to any other view then theirs! I made a pre trib Comment on a YT channel the other day and was roundly attacked by a person that called me a pre trib fibber…hadn’t heard that one before. But that was fine it’s his view and I left it at that but he/she didn’t. Next thing I knew they were trolling my YT page and leaving disparaging remarks…. Wow this is a Christian saying its my way or the high way! There is no more dialogue with them anymore because the know the bible perfectly now and nothing will change their minds on their views! They will push their views on you but want nothing to do with your views or even when you try to share scripture with them that clearly shows their errors. Yes I keep looking up and rejoicing because I know we are another day closer to home but the darkness the evil the lies of this world are getting overwhelming! The more overwhelmed I become the more I go to the bible for comfort and understanding. I as I believe many of us are we feel like we are having an out of body experience as we look around us at the encroaching darkness that is covering this world! It’s almost to much for our minds to handle if not for Jesus and our life manual the Bible I think we would all be lost now. We need to stay strong now, watchful, full of antisapation and excitement for the lords coming for us, it’s only moments away Amen

    Soooo I have a case of auto fingers again thank you lord for using me as a tool for sharing your words with others. I know 95% of this came from you as I have to go back and read this myself to see and understand what you shared here with us.

    Please my friends understand I can not take any credit for this, this is just something that happens to me from time to time and it pretty much amazes me too. My original intent was to just say Amen read the bible daily…then the fingers take over wow. I know I explained this to Charlie but I want my friends here to know I am not show boating or trying to upstage Charlie God forbid it’s just somthing that happens and somthing that I am constantly learning from myself. As I said I am nothing more than a tool for the lord all honor and glory belongs to him!

    We ARE another day closer to home Amen
    Grace mercy and peace on you and yours
    God bless my friends

    • ❤️

    • Gordon, type away, your comments are always well taken. You are right about the belligerence. It is getting much worse since early discussion boards, and now social media. Everyone is a specialist, but nobody wants to actually study the word. We have been reduced to a world full of finger-pointers.

    • Left long winded reply but don’t think it went through, but after all was said the point I was trying to make is , what brand of rapture saves unbelievers? Our faith is a stumbling block not a football bat for beating people with. What GOOD NEWS is a rapture for the unsaved? What fellowship is based on tomorrow? Yesterday is gone , today never leaves, and tomorrow never comes, so I hope you and everyone else is blessed and blesses others Today!

      • I hate when I type something and then lose it! Doh. You are right. TODAY is the Day. May people open their eyes TODAY!

  • BLESS GOD PRAISE JESUS!

  • I have to say, these are such extraordinary writings for extraordinary times! Hallelujah!

    • Thank you so very much!!

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