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18 Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine; he was the priest of God Most High. 19 And he blessed him and said:

“Blessed be Abram of God Most High,
Possessor of heaven and earth;
20 And blessed be God Most High,
Who has delivered your enemies into your hand.”
And he gave him a tithe of all.

21 Now the king of Sodom said to Abram, “Give me the persons, and take the goods for yourself.”

22 But Abram said to the king of Sodom, “I have raised my hand to the Lord, God Most High, the Possessor of heaven and earth, 23 that I will take nothing, from a thread to a sandal strap, and that I will not take anything that is yours, lest you should say, ‘I have made Abram rich’— 24 except only what the young men have eaten, and the portion of the men who went with me: Aner, Eshcol, and Mamre; let them take their portion.”

We can learn so much from Abram here.  He trusted in God, and God delivered his enemies to him.  He was grateful so he gave back.  That’s the tithe part.  He didn’t take stuff that wasn’t his, and he asked that his men be given what they deserve.  This is such a great example and Jesus tells us the same thing.  He said: “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you” (Matthew 6:33).   If we look to God first He will provide everything we need.  Then we need to give back just like Abram.  Paul the apostle said:  “remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive'” (Acts 20:35).  Next Abram didn’t take or want things that didn’t belong to him.  Jesus told us: ” Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses” (Luke 12:15).  The truth is we came into this world with nothing and we will leave with nothing.  Jesus said: “For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? ” (Matthew 16:26).  Focusing our life on God and the needs of others will ultimately bring us the treasure we need.  Jesus said: “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal;  but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:19-21).  Jesus gives us the answers we need.  Abram was an example of this.  But if you’re still confused and don’t know what to say…just say Jesus!