You must be in fellowship prior to your Bible study, so that the spiritual information you receive can become a source, of blessing to your soul and produce spiritual growth.
8 And [kai] here [hode] [men] men [anthropos] that die [apothnesko] receive [lambano] tithes [dekate]; but [de] there [ekei] he receiveth them, of whom it is witnessed [martureo] that [hoti] he liveth [zao].
9 And [kai] as [hos] I may so say [epos] [epo], Levi [Leui] also [kai], who [ho] receiveth [lambano] tithes [dekate], payed tithes [dekatoo] in [dia] Abraham [Abraam].
10 For [gar] he was [en] yet [eti] in [en] the loins [osphus] of his father [pater], when [hote] Melchisedec [Melchisedek] met [sunantao] him [autos]. KJV-Interlinear
8 And in this case mortal men receive tithes, but in that case one receives them, of whom it is witnessed that he lives on. 9 And, so to speak, through Abraham even Levi, who received tithes, paid tithes, 10 for he was still in the loins of his father when Melchizedek met him. NASB
The Levitical priests served for only twenty five years, then they were forced into a mandatory retirement. Or at least that was the rule. Many centuries after Moses wrote the Levitical code, it was more or less ignored.
Even if the priests served out their entire life, they would still cease to be priests upon the day of their death. All human beings die sooner or later.
The Levitical priesthood was temporary at its best.
So, the Israelites paid tithes to priests that eventually died. Their monetary gifts went to something that was temporary. And of course that is true with us all. If you pay an offering to any church, study group, or whomever, then you pay to something or to someone who will eventually die. You are not investing in that organization or person with an eternal investment, but with a temporary one.
Offerings do not buy you spirituality, nor anything in the spiritual realm. Does that mean that we shouldn't give? No. Our giving, is to support and promote something that we believe in - the continued study of the Word of God, both for ourselves and for others.
Melchizedek is a type, an example, a picture for us to view so that we can learn a spiritual lesson concerning Christ.
Melchizedek lived before Abraham's offspring. Therefore all of Abraham' offspring, even for generations down the line, paid their tithes through the actions of Abraham. Abraham paid to Melchizedek, therefore Melchizedek was the greater of the two.
Melchizedek was not a part of he Levitical priesthood, therefore the Levitical priesthood was an inferior priesthood to that of Melchizedek.
Melchizedek's death was never recorded, only a small portion of his life was revealed, therefore in principle, Melchizedek never died. His role as High Priest never ceased. Being a picture of Christ, then we can see the eternal nature of Jesus Christ's role as our High Priest.
He will always be our High Priest. His role in that position will never end. This gives each one of us who have believed in Him, an eternal and secure position and place in the presence of, and standing, before God the Father.
We will always have an audience with God. We will never lose that privilege.
Man is mortal. Man will cease. Jesus Christ is eternal and will never cease. Though we pay man in order to be in obedience to Gods wishes, we invest not in some worldly enterprise of another, but we invest in the teaching of the Word of God for our own personal spiritual growth as well as that of others.
For with spiritual growth to the point of spiritual maturity, comes the bulk of the promised blessings which God has given to mankind. Not advancing to spiritual maturity means that we will lose out on many if not all of those promises.
Our life here on this earth is not our ultimate destiny nor the target of the bulk of Gods blessings. Our life in eternity is the vastly greater portion of our life, therefore eternity is the timing of the vastly greater portion of our receipt of Gods promises.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
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Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.