After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, saying, “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward.”
Let’s unpack ‘these things’—because a lot happened to Abram in a little period of time…
After Lot was captured came the rescue mission (Abram and his 318 trained servants).
After the mission (the battles that should never have been fought had Abram been obedient) came the 180-mile walk home.
After the long walk came the mysterious encounter with Melchizedek.
After meeting Melchizedek came the blessing of Melchizedek.
After the blessing came the response—and Abram gave Melchizedek a tenth of everything he owned!
After the response came the realization—a tenth of everything?!
After the realization came the temptation by the King of Sodom.
After the temptation came the profession of faith.
And after the profession of faith came the precious promise…
“After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, saying, “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward.”
In the midst of his mess, Abram simply responded to the blessing of Melchizedek by giving a tenth (a tithe) of everything he had.
What does it mean to give to the Lord? What does it look like to offer God back what He has given you? And why should we do it? We can learn a lot from this episode in Abram’s life. Listen to our study from Genesis 14:21-15:1 as we look at the importance of giving to the Lord in response to His blessing.