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At a community social event awards were being given and a reception was to follow. From my seat on the far side of the auditorium, I could see a glimpse of the cake through the cracks in the moveable room partitions. It was sitting on a table in the assembly room, many yards away.
Obviously it was a big cake, because I could tell what it was from that great of a distance. But it didn’t look like a seriously very large cake. I made a mental note that a lot of people were going to go home—cake-less.
After the ceremony, I got in line to get my slice of cake. I hoped they had another cake hiding somewhere in the back because the dessert I’d seen wasn’t going to feed half the people, much less all the guests. Then, as I rounded the corner of the partition into the area where the cake was, I discovered the cake was—-HUGE.
It stood nearly as tall as my head and was so big around I couldn’t reach around it, not even if I held hands with a couple of friends! It was not sitting on a table, as I’d originally thought, but rather on a special platform that had been constructed to look like a table.
When in the auditorium, I’d viewed the cake from a great distance and it had looked small. When I stood closer to the confection, its actual size was revealed. Sometimes, it seems like God is small —because where we’re standing makes God look small.
The Children of Israel had a name for God that shows how BIG He is, Yahweh (Jehovah). The Hebrew meaning of the word is, “He who is at one with the limitless, unbounded universe because He has created it.” Wow, that is quite—a description of our Lord.
The word, name, Yhwh, (Tetragrammaton) with this particular BIG meaning, is in the Bible only four times. (Exodus 6:3, Psalms 83:18, Isaiah 12:2 and Isaiah 26:4) The Jewish people held that BIG name for God in such respect that some claim that it was spoken just once a year and then only when they were in the temple at Jerusalem.
They believe that “BIG God name” is so Holy that they won’t even write it down; using only symbols to represent it. They would not even say that word in prayer because it was so Holy! God, Himself, in all of His magnificence and glory, was defined by that one name. Yet, that powerful, unwrite-able, unspoken—name, was, in their eyes, not adequate to describe the greatness of God.
Sometimes, because we’re so busy with work, family, life, even church, we stand at a distance and don’t see how BIG God really is. Situations and circumstances that I have no control of seem so huge because I have placed “that” between God and me. According to scripture, God is so BIG that when he approaches, the mountains tremble (Nahum 1:5) He created the universe and calls the stars by name. (Isaiah 40:26)
My God is so magnificent that He wraps Himself in light, as if the light was a garment to be worn. The clouds are his chariot and He rides on the wings of the wind. (Psalms 104:1-3) As I move in closer to my Lord, the problem doesn’t change, but my point of view does. How BIG do I allow God to be in my life? It’s up to me. How close do I want to get?.
Jeremiah 10:6 No one is like you, O LORD; you are great, and your name is mighty in power.
Prayer: My Lord, you are very great, you created the universe and call the stars by name. Help me to focus on your power and strength when I’m afraid. Help me to accept your sovereignty over every circumstance and simply —trust you. Thank you for your faithfulness. Amen.
Exodus 6:3 I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob as God Almighty, but by my name the LORD I did not make myself fully known to them.
Psalms 83:18 Let them know that you, whose name is the Lord, that you alone are the Most High over all the earth
Isaiah 12:2 Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid.The Lord, the Lord himself, is my strength and my defense he has become my salvation
Isaiah 26:4 Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal.
Nahum 1:5 The mountains quake before him and the hills melt away.The earth trembles at his presence, the world and all who live in it.(
Isaiah 40:26 Lift up your eyes on high And see who has created these stars, The One who leads forth their host by number, He calls them all by name; Because of the greatness of His might and the strength of His power, Not one of them is missing.
Psalms 104:1-3 Praise the Lord, my soul. Lord my God, you are very great; you are clothed with splendor and majesty. The Lord wraps himself in light as with a garment; he stretches out the heavens like a tent and lays the beams of his upper chambers on their waters. He makes the clouds his chariot and rides on the wings of the wind.
Sometimes, It’s All About me!
My grandson, Max, was the only one at school today; his brother and sister were sick. When I picked him up after school and asked how he was, he grinned from ear to ear and said, “I’m just GREAT! This morning, I had Mom all to myself.”
He proceeded to tell me about his extravagant morning of individualized attention. He said usually, in the morning, his mom is all about getting stuff ready and he gets cereal or something microwaved.
But this morning, with both his brother and his sister in bed with fevers, and his mom off work to take care of them, it was, and I quote, “all about Max.” He said “Mom was all over me. She was saying, ‘Max, do you need anything? Max how are you doing, are you ready to go yet?’”
He further revealed that breakfast this morning had been HOMEMADE FRENCH TOAST with hot syrup, not just syrup out of the bottle, served to him personally. He said he didn’t have just one piece, but as many as he wanted! He declined to say how many pieces that was.
As we turned into his neighborhood, he leaned back in the seat and sighed, “Tomorrow, if I’m still the only one well, I’m gonna ask for some bacon to go with my French toast–.” In today’s busy world, individual attention is always a special treat!
One of the many things that I love about being a Christian is that our God cares for us personally. Even though God’s grace is extended to all people, it requires an individual response to His invitation. Once I respond to this invitation for relationship, God’s Holy Spirit brings me intimacy and “God” becomes MY God.
We are created for personal relationship with God but satan does everything he can to spoil that intimacy with our Lord. When Jesus hung on the cross, He was paying the individual, personal price for my sin. It was, “All about ME.”
John 1:12 To all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you for loving me so much that you died on the cross to pay for my sins. Help me to fully understand how much you love me. I accept your payment for my sins and ask you to help me to live for you every day. Amen.
I have mouth trouble. Sometimes, my tongue beats my eyeballs black and blue in the on-going quest for mouth control! Mercy!
Did you know that humans are the only one of God’s creations that can express their thoughts in words? Some birds can be trained to mimic words and animals can be taught to respond to specific commands. But, only man has been given the ability to verbalize his feelings and thoughts.
The Bible has a lot to say about talking; ranging from a heart condition to words of witness. (Matt. 12:34) What you say reflects what’s really in your heart.
We are to make a place in our hearts that gives reverence to Jesus as Lord and from that understanding, always be ready to share that knowledge with others (evangelism.) (I Peter 3: 15)
Just as in life choices, we have word choices. It takes a conscious effort, a willful act, to use our mouth to build up instead of tear down. (Psalms 19: 14) God doesn’t control my mouth, and neither does the devil; I do.
The Word says the tongue is full of evil and impossible to tame. (James 3:7-8) In other words, it’s a “me” problem that requires that I must consciously commit my mouth to the rule of Christ.
Our mouth is to be used to edify or build up those around us; to encourage, not to tear down. The Word says in James 3:9-10 that it is wrong to use the same mouth that speaks mean words to worship God. I Thessalonians 5:11 says that we are to encourage and build each other up, not tear each other down.
The battle for mouth control is on-going and serious. In Matt. 12:36, God’s Word says that we’ll be held accountable for every careless word we speak.
God does not see teasing or demeaning words as “it’s ok, everybody is doing it.” He sees it as a lack of obedience that cancels our relationship with Him. The Sunday School Child’s song, “be careful little mouth what you say—“ actually isn’t childish at all, it’s a sign of spiritual maturity.
James 1:26 If anyone considers himself to be religious and yet does not keep a tight reign on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, help me to think before I speak. Help me to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit so that I say only those things that lift up and encourage. I love you and thank you. Amen.
Matt. 12:34 You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks.
I Peter 3: 15 But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,
Psalms 19: 14 May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.
James 3:7-8 All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and creatures of the sea are being tamed and have been tamed by man, but no man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.
James 3:9-10 With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be.
I Thessalonians 5:11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing
Matt. 12:36 But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken.
I Timothy 2:15
There is a cooking term that, when used, will help any recipe you make come together smoothly. Mise en place (pronounced MEEZ-ahn-plahss). It’s French and it means, in common English terms, “to put in place” or “put everything in its place.” Being a simple person who has never been to France, never spoken French and at this point in life, I’m fairly certain I never will, I remember this term simply as, “Get Your Mess In Place.”
French or not, this idea is a time saver and a head ache preventer. There is nothing more frustrating than being all ready to bake or make only to find out half way through the process, you don’t have enough of one of the ingredients or that you loaned “that” pan to your cousin, Thelma. By “getting your mess in place” before you start, you will never suffer this frustration.
Planning a time for Bible study is a lot like planning a meal. As with meal preparation, Bible study requires a plan. You set a time to start preparing a meal because without a plan, supper doesn’t happen. In like manner, plan a time to spend in Bible study and prayer.
Then, like getting ready to prepare supper, make sure you have your “mess in place” gathering all the “tools” you need, like a Bible that you can easily read, a concordance and a devotional or Bible study book.
If you planned your meals the same way you plan your spiritual food, what kind of diet would you be be eating? Don’t just read a few Psalms every day and walk away feeling well fed. That’s like eating dessert every night instead of meat and vegetables. It is important to study God’s Word so we know what God’s will is for our life, what His promises are for our safe keeping and how to handle everyday life situations. (II Timothy 3: 14-17)
As with a healthy diet, a healthy spiritual life requires discipline, planning and, of course, action. You can have a shelf full of great cookbooks, a cabinet full of the best equipment—but if you don’t take the time to get all the ingredients and tools out and then actually —use them. You go hungry.
Like any other life maintenance, study and conversation with other cooks are very important. And of course, like you would share a recipe or tell your friends about a good meal, share your faith.
Prayer: Father God, thank you for sending me your Holy Spirit to help me study your Word. Show me how to organize my day so that I plan a time of Bible study with the same faithfulness that I do my every day routines. Thank you for wanting to talk to me and to listen to me. I love you. Amen.
II Timothy 2:15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.
II Timothy 3:14-17 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.
When I was a young woman, my mother and I would often go to Fenton Art Glass, world famous for their beautiful hand painted and blown glass. One trip stands out in my memory because it was for my 25th birthday. My mom bought me a vase to commemorate the day with each other.
The beautiful glass vase that we chose together sits in a window in my home today, catching the sunlight and reflecting it in rainbows. Every time I look at it, my heart smiles in remembrance of the day spent together and the laughter we shared.
As Christians, we spend time with God to find direction, strength and wise counsel before we make any life decisions. Whenever we doubt God’s direction or forgiveness, we can take our mind back to the exact moment when we met with God and reaffirm His direction for our lives. We have a definite memory to stand on, a reference point that we can point to and say, “I know it’s real, right here is where it happened!”
Just as you enjoy time spent with your parents or children and friends this Christmas, God treasures the time we spend with Him! Make a memory in your heart when God speaks to you through his Word, preaching, or His Spirit.
Treasure that memory as a point of acknowledgement and recognition whenever you doubt our heavenly Father’s love or direction. God wants to be an every day God; He’s interested in every area of your life. Say His name often in your heart, hold awareness of Him close.
Psalm 77: 11-12 I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago. I will remember all your works and meditate on all your mighty deeds.
Prayer: Father, help me to want to know you more. Show me how to make time in my busyness to spend time with you. I want to have memories of times you and I share together and talk, memories of your presence in my life. Thank you for wanting to spend time with me. Amen
Have you noticed how hard it is to keep New Year’s resolutions? Why is that? Psychologists have thought maybe it is because people are all caught up in the excitement of starting over. They want to change their bad habits into good ones, symbolic of the turning of the year; New Beginnings.
Everyone knows that if you keep doing the same thing over and over, you will always have the same results. Time for change, this time, THIS time, I will do (whatever) different.
That ideology makes sense to me so, in light of my—enlightenment– I have determined that what I resolve to do, will be done. This year, I plan to lose weight, save more money and spend more time with Jesus. To achieve my New Year’s goals of losing weight and building my savings account; I will exercise more and eat less, I will save more and spend less. (rolling my eyeballs) Both plans look so easy on paper.
Since I’m in control of my thoughts and my actions; I’m the only one that can decide what is changed and then discipline myself so that change happens. Just like planning a time to go to the gym or planning to save money; I must plan time for Jesus.
Now, that I acknowledge the goals and have made the plans, on to the hard part. The final step of my New Year’s resolutions is to carry out the plan. When my life is so busy, without the discipline to do the plan; nothing will change. If nothing changes, I’ll be right here, next year, setting the same goals–again. (siiiigh)
Recognizing the need for change is step one. Making a realistic plan to accomplish that change is step two. Now, the most difficult of all; step three, the discipline of DOING it. I will set a time to exercise daily, make sensible food choices and arrange to set cash aside in a savings account every pay day. As I actively plan more time for the things of God; I set a time, “this hour of the day,” so my plan is carried out.
To serve God is not troublesome; like my other goals, it is simply a matter of planning and then, the follow through of doing. I’ve noticed that I’m more likely to do the things that are really important to me; an attitude adjustment may be in order.
This year, as the New Year begins, I’m going to not only plan but do whatever re-arranging is necessary, to keep my New Year’s resolutions. Looks good on paper, feels good to my heart as I read what I just wrote. Carrying out my plan in the business of everyday life—will take discipline. Lose weight. Save money. Spend time with God. I have the plan. I have the goal. Not starting tomorrow, starting—now.
John 3:30 He must increase but I must decrease.
Prayer: Father God, help me to cultivate the fruit of self-control. Show me ways that I can discipline my lifestyle to reflect your presence in my life. I love you and want to serve you in every area of my life. Amen.
My daughter’s birthday is in a holiday month. Every now and then, the holiday falls on the exact same day as “her day.” Her 13th birthday was one of those times.
Since I love to cook, holiday meals are a time to go all out; I bake and cook till I have enough food to feed a small city. In the midst of all the cooking prep, we stood looking at the chocolate cake, the pies and the cookies. Turning to me, my daughter said, “Mama, where’s my birthday cake?”
I told her the chocolate cake could be for her birthday. With a look of dismay she said, “But mama, that’s for everybody, it isn’t for ME.” Of course, she was right. I hugged her and got my mixing bowl out.
Life can be busy! Sometimes, it’s so easy to get caught up in ‘doing’ things that we “include” God too. God created us for companionship with Him, relationship not just here on earth, but throughout eternity in His presence.
Has the business of life taken you away from your relationship with Jesus? Oddly, including a quiet time for conversation with the Lord doesn’t cram our day up. Those moments spent with the Lord give us strength for the day, peace from the busyness and relief from the stress.
Talk with the Lord, just like you talk to your friends and family. He loves you so much! He literally created you for the pleasure of your company. Christianity isn’t a religion, it’s a relationship. He made a place in your heart that only He can satisfy. Make time; take time, just for– Him.
Scripture: Hosea 6:6 I want you to show love, not offer sacrifices. I want you to know me more than I want burnt offerings
Prayer: Father God, help me to always remember how much you love me. Touch my heart so that I want to make time for you, no matter how busy my life is. I love you. Amen.
MERCY, NOT REASON
I Peter 1:3-5
As I sit on my patio, the sunshine is warm and comforting. This is good, I need comforting right now. Prayers for understanding have been futile. Leaning back to let the soothing warmth of the sun bathe my face, I try to focus on my Lord’s provision instead of life’s trials.
With forced effort, I remind myself that it is often easier to see God’s presence in the aftermath than it is during the storm. Closing my eyes tight, I struggle to run ahead in time and view today from the rearview mirror of tomorrow. No revelation is found. A yard lizard crawls out of the shadows and crouches on the leaves in the sunshine.
If I could just “pray through,” as the old preachers say, if I could just “grab hold of the horns of the altar and not let go”—I would find relief. But, exhausting prayers have been made– to no avail. Perhaps, after all, there was no lesson that could be had?
Could there be no spiritual truth to be gleaned; are some things in life simply events? The lizard looked up at me, as if it heard my silent questions. I angrily threw a wadded up tissue at it, but, as it seemed with my prayers, was ignored for my effort.
As I sat, spent from crying, exhausted from the pain of questioning a silent God, I watched the lizard sit still in the sunlight, soaking up the heat. In weary resolve, I set aside the searching and in silence, watch the yard lizard stretch as his body warmed. In introspect, I begin to realize that I don’t have to know “Why?” all I have to know is that—God is. He said it Himself, “I AM.” (Exodus 3:13-15)
Why must I demand to know answers for everything? Exhausted with the vanity of searching; I simply let go. No more looking for reason; just simply, a cry for relief. In total surrender, I no longer seek logic, just—- mercy.
As if a floodgate has been opened, my pain is released! The intimate, Spirit led, awareness that He is God and He does not have to explain Himself to me washes away the confusion. The release from my emotional pain is — stunning.
He is God and He does all things well, working them for my good, not necessarily so that I “feel good.” The lizard, warmed by the sunshine runs off into the grass. And I, warmed by God’s sovereign presence, finally—rest.
I Peter 1:3-5 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade—kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.
Prayer: Father, help me to realize that everything in my life doesn’t have to be understood by me. Give me insight to understand lessons that are to be learned out of every day experiences. Show me how to worship you for your sovereignty over all things, whether I understand them or not. Thank you for your great mercy. Amen.
Exodus 3:13-15 Moses said to God, “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what shall I tell them?” God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you.’”
God also said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites, ‘The LORD the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob—has sent me to you.’ This is my name forever, the name by which I am to be remembered from generation to generation.
Granny and Puss Harvey
One afternoon, my son in-law’s Granny was watching a TV evangelist while holding her cat, Puss Harvey, on her lap. Puss was sick and Granny was deeply concerned. The TV preacher’s sermon was very timely; how important our pets are in our old age. He said that God even cared for the sparrows, so it was scriptural that God cared for our beloved pets.
The TV preacher announced that if your pet was with you and sick, hold it against the TV screen and he’d pray for that pet. Granny grabbed Puss Harvey, held him against the television and agreed in prayer for healing. The prayer finished, the Televangelist proclaimed that if you REALLY wanted to INSURE that your pet was healed, send an offering of $100. Granny pointed at Puss Harvey and said, “Puss, you gonna DIE!”
Of course, “Granny” did take her pet to the veterinarian and was faithful in her monetary support of her local church where she attended. It’s so easy to get the wrong attitude toward giving; especially when we rely on televangelists to interpret the scriptures for us. The scripture does say, in both the Old and New Testaments, to tithe and to give offerings. (Genesis 14:20, Genesis 28:20-22, Leviticus 27:30-32) (I Corinthians 16:2, II Corinthians 9:7)
The tithe is such an important part of our covenant with God that not only are there instructions to give the tithe, but specifics about how the tithe is to be used and cared for. (Numbers 18:21, Deut.12:5-11, Deut. 14:22, Deut. 26:12, Nehemiah 12:44.) In the Old Testament, we also find what happens when the tithe is misused or neglected and the blessings that ensue when the tithe is used properly and given faithfully (Malachi 3:8-10)
In Hebrews 7:5-9, Abraham’s tithe is used to illustrate the significance of changing over from the Old Testament priesthood to the New Testament blood covenant. The New Testament mentions tithing as a part of what is required but specifically states that the tithe is not the ONLY thing that is required of God’s people if they want to prosper (Matt. 13:23).
The ‘tithe thing’ is one of the most often given grievances people have against the church. Yet, people have no complaint against social clubs, gyms, recreation parks, and organizations that require money in order to attend, participate or join. Oddly, people agree that cost is part of upkeep for having a nice facility and great programs; but they have issues with funds being requested at a house of worship. (?)
Unlike worldly gathering places, God does not say if you don’t tithe, you can’t come to church. The scripture does say if you do tithe, you will be blessed and if you don’t you remove God’s blessings. The choice is ours, either way; we are still covered with the blood of Jesus, forgiven f our sins and welcomed into fellowship. Since I want all the blessings God offers, I pay my tithes plus more.
Galatians 6:7 Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.
Prayer I love you, my Lord. Open my eyes to see that everything that I have comes by your blessings. Help me to understand the principle of giving and to give with a willing and thankful heart. Teach me to be generous and to realize that it is impossible to out give your blessings.
Genesis 14:20 And blessed be God Most High, who delivered your enemies into your hand.” Then Abram gave him a tenth of everything.
Genesis 18:20-22 Then Jacob made a vow, saying, “If God will be with me and will watch over me on this journey I am taking and will give me food to eat and clothes to wear so that I return safely to my father’s house, then the LORD will be my God and this stone that I have set up as a pillar will be God’s house, and of all that you give me I will give you a tenth.”
Leviticus 27:30-32 “‘A tithe of everything from the land, whether grain from the soil or fruit from the trees, belongs to the LORD; it is holy to the LORD. If a man redeems any of his tithe, he must add a fifth of the value to it. The entire tithe of the herd and flock—every tenth animal that passes under the shepherd’s rod—will be holy to the LORD.
I Corinthians 16:2 On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with his income, saving it up, so that when I come no collections will have to be made.
II Corinthians 9:7 Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
Numbers 18:21 I give to the Levites all the tithes in Israel as their inheritance in return for the work they do while serving at the Tent of Meeting.
Deuteronomy 12:5-7 But you are to seek the place the LORD your God will choose from among all your tribes to put his Name there for his dwelling. To that place you must go; there bring your burnt offerings and sacrifices, your tithes and special gifts, what you have vowed to give and your freewill offerings, and the firstborn of your herds and flocks. There, in the presence of the LORD your God, you and your families shall eat and shall rejoice in everything you have put your hand to, because the LORD your God has blessed you.
Deuteronomy 14:22 Be sure to set aside a tenth of all that your fields produce each year. Eat the tithe of your grain, new wine and oil, and the firstborn of your herds and flocks in the presence of the LORD your God at the place he will choose as a dwelling for his Name, so that you may learn to revere the LORD your God always.
Deuteronomy 26:12 When you have finished setting aside a tenth of all your produce in the third year, the year of the tithe, you shall give it to the Levite, the alien, the fatherless and the widow, so that they may eat in your towns and be satisfied.
Nehemiah 12:44 At that time men were appointed to be in charge of the storerooms for the contributions, first fruits and tithes. From the fields around the towns they were to bring into the storerooms the portions required by the Law for the priests and the Levites, for Judah was pleased with the ministering priests and Levites.
Malachi 3:8-10 “Will a man rob God? Yet you rob me. “But you ask, ‘How do we rob you?’ “In tithes and offerings. You are under a curse—the whole nation of you—because you are robbing me. Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.
Hebrews 7:5-9 Now the law requires the descendants of Levi who become priests to collect a tenth from the people—that is, their brothers—even though their brothers are descended from Abraham. This man, however, did not trace his descent from Levi, yet he collected a tenth from Abraham and blessed him who had the promises. And without doubt the lesser person is blessed by the greater. In the one case, the tenth is collected by men who die; but in the other case, by him who is declared to be living. One might even say that Levi, who collects the tenth, paid the tenth through Abraham,
Matthew 13:23 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former.