Some Christians believe that Abraham's tenth to Melchizedek set a precedent for giving 10% of their income in the New Covenant. This belief is problematic for a few reasons: 1. God did not command Abraham to give a tenth of the war spoils to Melchizedek. Abraham more than likely gave a tenth to Melchizedek out of ancient custom. In ancient times, it was custom to give a portion of war spoils to a head of State. Ancient people sometimes gave a tenth, because we have ten fingers, which made it convenient to count in tens. 2. Tithing was not a part of Abraham’s covenant with God. If you study all of the passages about Abraham’s covenant with God, you will see that tithing isn’t mentioned. The Lord never commanded Abraham to give one-tenth of anything as a part of his covenant. This proves that tithing is not an “eternal principle.” If it were, then God would have required it of Abraham. Yet tithing was not included in Abraham’s covenant with God. 3. Abraham did not give a tenth of war spoils to Melchizedek as a means of being blessed or becoming prosperous. Abraham was already blessed and prosperous BEFORE he ever gave a tenth to Melchizedek. This proves that Abraham was blessed and prosperous WITHOUT tithing. 4. God blessed Abraham because of his FAITH – not because he gave a tenth of war spoils to Melchizedek. 5. Genesis 14 is the only mention of Abraham giving a tenth to anyone. We cannot speculate or read into Scripture that Abraham was a “faithful tither” or tithed regularly. His tenth to Melchizedek was a unique one-time event. The Bible does not say that Abraham ever gave a tenth to Melchizedek again. 6. Abraham didn’t give a tenth of his personal income or personal property. He gave a tenth of someone else’s property (war spoils), so his tithe to Melchizedek cost him nothing. He gave away someone else’s property, not his own. 7. Abraham didn’t keep the rest of the war spoils. He gave it back to the original owners (minus the portion that was given to the men who fought with him), because he didn’t want pagan kings to brag that they made him rich. In the next installment, we’re going to dig into Hebrews 7:1-17 and see how Melchizedek foreshadowed Jesus Christ, our King and High Priest. Our Savior is the ultimate reason why Genesis 14 was written down, not because God wanted us to give 10% of our income in the New Covenant!