A conversation with a tithing enquirer (maybe it will help those still siting on the fence)
Him: Tithing precedes the Law. Recorded hundreds of years before the law was given.
Me: Circumcision preceeded the law by hundreds of years before the law was given.
Him: Jesus Christ encouraged paying of tithes.
Matthew 23:23 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.
Me: Is there a law Jesus discouraged people from doing?
Him: After his death, burial and resurrection, some laws and ordinances became unnecessary. Just like the sacrifice of animals for the forgiveness of sins
Me: You said some laws, the Bible says all laws (Hebrews 7:12). Which one should I believe?
Him: Christ receives the tithe of believers, unlike in the law where the Levites does.
Hebrews 7:8 And here men that die receive tithes; but there he receiveth them, of whom it is witnessed that he liveth.
Me: That “he” is Melchizedek, not Christ. “Here” is the levitical priesthood. There (preceding here) is talking about Melchizedek. “receiveth them” is not in the original Greek so that we can stop thinking it is a present continuous.
Him: Jesus Christ came in similitude of Melchizedek, He Lives Forever!
Hebrews 7:15 And it is yet far more evident: for that after the similitude of Melchisedec there ariseth another priest,.
So, it is a present continuous term.
Who inserted the words “receiveth them”?, since its not in the original Greek scripts
Me: My brother, are you aware that some words in KJV are in italics. And that those words are not in the original Greek (or Hebrews)? But are put there to facilitate reading? This is general knowledge we get from reading the forewords of Bibles.
“He liveth” is about Melchizedek. Please read Psalm 110:4. That psalm is what the writer of Hebrews was referencing. Melchizedek is a priest forever, that is why they said “he liveth”. And that is why Jesus is prophetically a priest in the order of Melchizedek, who ever liveth to make intercession for us.