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Blessed be Abram!

by Jean-Louis Coraboeuf

"Melchizedek blessed him and said: Blessed be Abram of God Most High, Possessor of heaven and earth... And Abram gave him a tithe of all... But Abram said to the king of Sodom, I have raised my hand to the Lord, God Most High... I will not take anything that is yours" (Genesis 14:17-24).

After Abram had returned victorious from his enemies, Melchizedek, king of Salem, came to bless him. Abram recognized him as the messenger of God Most High and gave him a tithe of everything, which represents a total submission. Because he had God Most High's favour, Abram could reject all the wealth of the king of Sodom who came to him later.

When we accept Christ into our lives, our enemies are defeated. Jesus Christ then appears to us as High Priest according to the order of Melchizedek (Hebrews 7:21) to bring us the favour of God who has all the heavenly and earthly riches. Our commitment to Him will be manifested in our total submission through tithing. And when the king of Sodom comes with worldly riches, then we can resist the temptation.