x438......Hebrews 7-10---the offering done away with!
19* Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast,
and which entereth into that within the veil; 20* Whither the
forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec. 1* ¶ 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;
Jesus is a priest--a high priest---but the Order by which he attains
His priesthood is not by the Levitical priesthood. )this is one of
the things that upset the priests and Pharisees of His day--Jesus had no scriptural right to minister--He also chose people who were not
Levites--Peter--Matthew--who were not Levites to be His apostles)
4* Now consider how great this man was, unto whom even the patriarch Abraham gave the tenth of the spoils.
Abraham gave Melchisedeck a tithe-he gave a tenth part of the spoils of his recent victory.
5* And verily they that are of the sons of Levi, who receive the office
of the priesthood, have a commandment to take tithes of the
people according to the law, that is, of their brethren, though they come out of the loins of Abraham: 6* But he whose descent is not
counted from them received tithes of Abraham, and blessed him that had the promises. 7* And without all contradiction the less is
blessed of the better. 8* And here men that die receive tithes; but there he receiveth them, of whom it is witnessed that he liveth. 9*
And as I may so say, Levi also, who receiveth tithes, payed tithes in Abraham. 10* For he was yet in the loins of his father, when
Melchisedec met him. 11* ¶ If therefore perfection were by the Levitical priesthood, (for under it the people received the law,) what
further need was there that another priest should rise after the order of Melchisedec, and not be called after the order of Aaron? 12*
For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law. 13* For he of whom these things are spoken
pertaineth to another tribe, of which no man gave attendance at the altar. 14* For it is evident that our Lord sprang out of Juda; of
which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning priesthood. 15* And it is yet far more evident: for that after the similitude of
Melchisedec there ariseth another priest, 16* Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an
endless life. 17* For he testifieth, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.
Melchisedeck is greater than Abraham--and the Levitical priests. The
Levites had yet to be born--they were still "in Abraham's loins".
and yet Abraham paid tithe to him-- 7* And without all contradiction the
less is blessed of the better. Tithe is paid for the "less to the
better"--from the lesser people to the greater. Question: if we pay
tithe today as Christians we aren't saying that someone (pastor bishop--leader)
is greater than another within our church? doesn't this contradict what
Jesus aid about servant leadership in Luke 22:25-26? What about what Jesus
said that He desired that we all be one--as He and the Father are one?
How can we be
"one" and have some who are greater than others? The Levites were the officiated designated "delegated authority" within Israel to collect a tithe. The tithe was holy unto God--it was given to the Levites to make offerings for sin to God. The Levites also lived off the tithe since they had no herds or crops themselves. In he OT the Levites had many many rituals that needed to be done every day--blood sacrifices--burnt offerings etc. IN order to keep Israel in forgiveness of their sin. This was the purpose of the tithe
Le 27:32* And concerning the tithe of the herd, or of the flock, even
of whatsoever passeth under the rod, the tenth shall be holy unto
Jesus is now our high priest. His offering--His tithe" was His own blood at the cross--which forgive once for all. There is now no longer any need for the continuance of the Levitical priesthood--of the continual offerings--and therefore the tithe.
18* For there is verily a disannulling of the commandment going before for the weakness and unprofitableness thereof. 19* For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did; by the which we draw nigh unto God. 20* And inasmuch as not without an oath he was made priest: 21* (For those priests were made without an oath; but this with an oath by him that said unto him, The Lord sware and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec:) 22* By so much was Jesus made a surety of a better testament. 23* And they truly were many priests, because they were not suffered to continue by reason of death: 24* But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood. 25* Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them. 26* For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens;
The Levitical priesthood was weak--it was without the vow of God, it offered a weak sacrifice--the blood of animals cannot forgive sin--it was only a representation of the blood of Jesus which forgives and is pure. The Levites were imperfect because they were mortal--they died--they had to keep on offering the sacrifice over and over to fulfill the Law--Christ fulfilled all the Law in Himself and His pure blood. Jesus lives forever to continually pray for those who beleive--to continually make intercession for us. His priesthood is unchangeable. The Levites need to make offerings for their own sin as well as the sin of the people--Jesus having no sin-- has a better priesthood.
27* Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice,
first for his own sins, and then for the people's: for this he did
once, when he offered up himself. 28* For the law maketh men high priests which have infirmity; but the word of the oath, which was
since the law, maketh the Son, who is consecrated for evermore.
The offering for sin in the New Covenant is the blood of Jesus--not
the blood of the tithe animals--not the offerings of grain or fruit.
the offering of the New Covenant is the blood of Jesus.
1 Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum: We have such
an high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of
the Majesty in the heavens; 2 A minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man. 3 For every
high priest is ordained to offer gifts and sacrifices: wherefore it is of necessity that this man have somewhat also to offer. 4 For if he
were on earth, he should not be a priest, seeing that there are priests that offer gifts according to the law: 5 Who serve unto the
example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith
he, that thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount. 6 But now hath he obtained a more excellent
ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises. 7 For if that first
covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second.
Jesus is our high priest--He ministers for us He makes offerings for
our sin in the true tabernacle--not one made by human hands but
the true holy of holies that is in heaven. The Levites and their ministry were but a shadow of the true ministry of Jesus in heaven for our
sin. He makes His offerings and gifts in heaven for us now.
8 For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith
the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel
and with the house of Judah: 9 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to
lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord. 10 For this is
the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them
in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people: 11 And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and
every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest. 12 For I will be merciful to their
unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more. 13 In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first
old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away.
Jesus' blood has brought the New Covenant. The old is meant to pass
away--we are not to live by the laws and rules of he OldCovenant--except
for those which establish the New. The New Covenant explains the purposes
and uses that the Old covenant has for New covenant believers. Put simply--the
law is not what we have to live up to now--it rather has the purpose of
showing us or exposing to us our sin--that we may repent and be forgiven
by the better sacrifice of the blood of Jesus. We then have the right to
be priests unto God in the earth and serve Him. We have the right to enter
in the holy place spiritually with our prayers.
1 Then verily the first covenant had also ordinances of divine service, and a worldly sanctuary. 2 For there was a tabernacle made; the
first, wherein was the candlestick, and the table, and the shewbread; which is called the sanctuary. 3 And after the second veil, the
tabernacle which is called the Holiest of all; 4 Which had the golden censer, and the ark of the covenant overlaid round about with
gold, wherein was the golden pot that had manna, and Aaron's rod that budded, and the tables of the covenant; 5 And over it the
cherubims of glory shadowing the mercyseat; of which we cannot now speak particularly. 6 Now when these things were thus
ordained, the priests went always into the first tabernacle, accomplishing the service of God. 7 But into the second went the high priest
alone once every year, not without blood, which he offered for himself, and for the errors of the people: 8 The Holy Ghost this
signifying, that the way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest, while as the first tabernacle was yet standing: 9 Which was a
figure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the service perfect, as
pertaining to the conscience; 10 Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them
until the time of reformation. 11 But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect
tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; 12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood
he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.
The Old Covenant needed a worldly sanctuary--it needed a physical temple--an altar of sacrifice, and "ordinances of divine service" rules and regulations by which the Levites preformed their ministry. The Levites where the only ones in Israel who had the God-given right to minister. they were the "some of ministry--the "delegated authority--they had the 'office of ministry" They were officiated--designated by the law of the OT to be the only ones who could do ministry unto he Lord. But there is a clear change in this regard in the New covenant--
Rev 1:6* And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father;
to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
Re 5:10* And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.
We are here clearly all called to be "priests" unto God in the NT.
13 For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer
sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: 14
How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience
from dead works to serve the living God? 15 And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the
redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal
inheritance. 16 For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator. 17 For a testament is of force after
men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth. 18 Whereupon neither the first testament was dedicated
without blood. 19 For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and of
goats, with water, and scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book, and all the people, 20 Saying, This is the blood of the
testament which God hath enjoined unto you. 21 Moreover he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle, and all the vessels of the
ministry. 22 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission. 23 It was
therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with
better sacrifices than these. 24 For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but
into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us: 25 Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest
entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others; 26 For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world:
but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. 27 And as it is appointed unto men
once to die, but after this the judgment: 28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall
he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.
The blood of Jesus is meant to cleanse us completely--immediately--that we may now "serve the living God" This again gives us the understanding that we are made priest unto God by the blood of Jesus. This "service" this priesthood" is for all Christians--into just for some--not just for a select group of Levites or a specific tribe of Christianity. The work of serving God is for all--to "purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?" It is to all who accept Christ as Lord and Savior. It is the blood of Christ that purges us from our dead works--and release us to serve God in our anointing.
1 For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect. 2 For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins. 3 But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year.
The offerings are being done away with in the New covenant in order to establish the New covenant.
4 For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins. 5 Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me: 6 In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure. 7 Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God. 8 Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law; 9 Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second.
We are perfected--by the blood. Our sin completely forgiven--forever--we
are perfect forever in God's sight by he blood of Jesus. (as long as we
do not fall from grace--as long as we continue to walk in faith and dont
put ourselves under the law again.
Gal 5:4* "Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace. But we are not all
prefected---but only those who are sanctified".
How to be sanctified? How to be made holy? answer: serve God: " But now being made free from sin, and become servants (Greek: "doulos"--often tranlsated as "ministry" in KJV)to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. (Romans 6:22)
10 By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body
of Jesus Christ once for all. 11 And every priest standeth daily
ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: 12 But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; 13 From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool. 14 For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. 15 Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before, 16 This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; 17 And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. 18 Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.
18 Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.
This verse says clearly that now, under the blood of Jesus--there is no more need for offering for sin. The tithe was the supply for the offering for sin--therefore there is no more need for the tithe. The simple fact is that there is no tithe in the new Testament. Jesus never collected a tithe (He certainly had no right to as He was not a Levite!) The church of the NT Bible did not collect a tithe. Their giving was not limited by a tithe--and they realized they had no need for sin offering to be made. They had a much more powerful way of giving--they were lead of the Spirit to give--and they gave directly as the Spirit lead. WE cannot, I beleive, call ourselves the "Spirit-lead chruch" and collect a tithe which is clearly of the law and not of the spirit, and which limits the Spirit lead giving which would occur in a truly "Spirit-lead" church.
19 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by
the blood of Jesus, 20 By a new and living way, which he hath
consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; 21 And having an high priest over the house of God; 22 Let us draw near
with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.
23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) 24 And let us consider one another
to provoke unto love and to good works: 25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but
exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching
This is the command of 1Corinthans 12-14--the description of the New
Covenant church--in which the gifts of the Spirit and the gifts of
ministry and the empowerment of love are the function of the church. We need to provoke one another--(literally to irritate one another!!) toward good works--toward serving God. When we are together (which we should have the availabillity every day of the week--not just Sunday mornings) we should be doing these things---and all of us--not just some of us.
26 For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge
of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, 27 But a certain
fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour
the adversaries. 28 He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under
two or three witnesses: 29 Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall
he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath
counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy
thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace? 30 For we know him
that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the
Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people. 31 It is a fearful thing
to fall into the hands of the living God. 32 But call to
remembrance the former days, in which, after ye were illuminated, ye endured a great fight of afflictions; 33 Partly, whilst ye were made a gazingstock both by reproaches and afflictions; and partly, whilst ye became companions of them that were so used. 34 For ye had compassion of me in my bonds, and took joyfully the spoiling of your goods, knowing in yourselves that ye have in heaven a better and an enduring substance. 35 Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward. 36 For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. 37 For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry. 38 Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. 39 But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.
If we understand these things--and we sin--that is to say we do not
continue in he works that Lord has given us to do, and we fall from
faith--then we have no more sacrifice for sin. Again we see--the offering of the NT is not a continuous tithe--but rather the "once for all" offering of Jesus' blood.
No more offering for sin is necessary--no more blood of animals and offering of grain for sin--therefore--no more tithe.