Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
December 31 Scripture Selection: Malachi 1-4
Food for Thought: Mal. 3:10
As benefit for the New Testament believers, we can claim all the promises of the Old Testament with none of the ill-effects of the curse of the Old Testament because, thanks to the ultimate sacrifice of Jesus, we are free from the curse of the law (Gal. 3:13). Totally free! None of the curses apply, but all of the blessings still do—and even greater ones now (Heb. 7:22). So every good thing that comes from tithing to the Lord belongs to those who do today, not because they have to tithe, but because they choose to.
Though the Law instructed the people to tithe, the practice of tithing began centuries before the Law was in effect. The first documented record of it is found in Genesis 14:13-20 (also mentioned in Heb. 7:1) when Abraham tithed to Melchizedek, the high priest and king of Sodom. The practice continued through the generations as noted in Genesis 28:10-22 when Jacob vowed to give the Lord a tenth of all He provided as a show of Jacob’s devotion and dedication to the Lord as his God. Tithing is a way of demonstrating the unreserved covenant connection with God and reverence to Him.
Now, as New Testament believers, we have a relationship with the Father through Jesus Christ, our High Priest, Who receives our tithes to offer them before the throne. Hebrews 7:8 says, “Here mortal men receive tithes, but there he receives them, of whom it is witnessed that he lives.” Therefore, tithing is still a very important, solemn practice, and one that continues to be a channel by which the Lord multiplies the blessings back to the ones who give by faith.
Tithing is an excellent way to manifest our complete trust in the Lord that He will provide everything needed for our life. It shows our understanding that He is worthy, regardless of our financial condition, and that we have a covenant with Him. Because of our connection with Him, we know beyond a shadow of a doubt that He will never leave us, nor forsake us (Heb. 13:5). He is good, and He is our great Provider. He is our Source, and our trust is not in ourselves.
Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):
Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):
Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):
Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):