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Abraham Gave Tithes to Melchizedek, and Was Blessed By Him

Genesis 14:18 offers a succinct introduction as to who Melchizedek was. He was the “King of Salem… [and] priest of God Most High”. He blessed Abraham (called Abram at this time) after receiving a tenth of all the goods he recovered from the war between allied kings in the area. This event is listed on the Bible Timeline Poster around 2004 BC.

Melchizedek’s name was not mentioned again till much later. Starting in Psalms 110:4 and several chapters of Hebrews where it is evident that he was known and even revered generations later. In Hebrews 6:20, Jesus was likened to Melchizedek and has become “our eternal High Priest”.

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Abraham and his nephew Lot had stayed together since leaving Ur of the Chaldeans. Temporarily settling in Haran, and moving again to Canaan after Abram received a message from God. They settled amidst Bethel and Ai. The flocks owned by both men increased to the point that the land could not support both of them. Disputes broke out between their herdsmen, and they decided to separate. With Lot moving to the fertile Jordan valley to a place near Sodom (Genesis 13:12) while Abraham settled in Hebron.

“Meeting of Abraham and Melchizedek”

Lot’s proximity to Sodom did not work out for his benefit as war broke out between allied kings of the area. The kings of Shinar, Ellasar, Elam, and Goiim went up against the kings of Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah, Zeboiim, and Bela (Genesis 14). The Kings of Sodom and Gomorrah were defeated and fled. Leaving the people and their properties vulnerable to captivity and plunder which King Kedorloamer and his allies did after their victory. Lot was one of the captives; this news reached Abraham, who promptly gathered his men and went in pursuit of the kings with their captives. He defeated Kedorloamer and his allies north of Damascus. Then freed the captives and returned all the possessions they recovered to the king of Sodom.

Melchizedek was introduced in the following passage as he brought out bread and wine, blessed Abraham, and received the tenth of everything they had recovered.

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20 thoughts on “Abraham Gave Tithes to Melchizedek, and Was Blessed By Him

  1. Did Abram offer a tithe first or Melchzedek bless Abram first?

    1. Melchizedek blessed Abraham first.

    2. Tithing is an act of worshipping God as the your Divine Provider and source of blessings. As He blesses and you acknowledge this through tithing; He blesses again and again.

    3. If Abram gave back everything he recovered from the war to king of sodom… what tithe did he gave to Melchizedek?

  2. Melchizedek bless Abram first in Genesis 14 ;19,and then, Genesis 14; 20 Abram offered a tithe to Melchizedek.

    1. question do ang of apostle paid titles with money in the bible, If yes where in the bible

      1. How many people tithed in the Bible

  3. Since Abraham was a rich man, did he ever offer tithe to anyone before Melchizedec?

    1. That was the first time Abram tithed

  4. Helpful. Quiz who was of high rank. Melchizedek or Abraham.

    1. The one who received the tithe was of higher rank.

    2. Melchizedek. The name Melchizedek means King of Righteousness or my KING is righteous or the PRIEST of the Most High God.
      He was the king of Salem, and Salem was the original Jerusalem.
      Abraham was the first Hebrew patriarch. He had Faith and Trust in GOD and Obeyed Him in a lot of tough things he is asked to do.

  5. I have a question: When Abram paid a tithe to Melchizedek, was he obeying the instruction to tithe from Mosaic Law?

    1. He lived pre mosaic law.

  6. Question, it appears Abraham tithed the plunder from the battle after he returned what was owned by the king of Sodom? Did he tithe his total possessions which he had in Hebron?

  7. I think that is a dangerous text to use for paying or giving tithe. I don’t think a lot of us actually take the time to consider the scripture in whole… We see spoils, we see Abram gave a tenth of “all”. All of which is okay on surface until we also consider that people… actual human beings were also part of the spoils. Are we to follow Abrams lead and make people slaves as well? After all, he did do this before the Law as well!

  8. No
    The law of mosaic never existed then

  9. Tithes, it’s the symbolizes of obedience to God, we’re free from cursed of greed, obedience it’s not slavery, God didn’t want us to be selfish, God is our father doesn’t want us to be errogant like the enemy full of pride of life ist John 2:15 amen

  10. So Abraham didn’t give a 10th of what he personally owned pre battle but a 10th of the spoils from the battle – is this correct?

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