THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20
Scripture: Numbers 18:19, 26, Genesis 28:20-22
Numbers 18:19 says, “All the heave offerings of the holy things, which the children of Israel offer to the Lord, I have given to you and your sons and daughters with you as an ordinance forever; it is a covenant of salt forever before the Lord with you and your descendants with you.” Verse 24 says, “For the tithes of the children of Israel, which they offer up as a heave offering to the Lord, I have given to the Levites as an inheritance; therefore I have said to them, ‘Among the children of Israel they shall have no inheritance.’” God so much wanted His leadership wholly committed to Him that He was not about to let them do other jobs because He wanted their time for eternal purposes. The tithe was established as a covenant of salt forever, and when we connect it with the truth of Genesis 28 it shows us what the true foundation is for walking with the Judicial Christ. Genesis 28:20,21 says, “Then Jacob made a vow, saying, ‘If God will be with me, and keep me in this way that I am going, and give me bread to eat and clothing to put on, so that I come back to my father’s house in peace, then the Lord shall be my God. And this stone which I have set as a pillar shall be God’s house, and of all that You give me I will surely give a tenth to You.” The tithe as a covenant of salt guarantees that every person who participates in it gets five things. First, it promises God will be with us. And if God is with us, who can be against us? Second, it promises God will keep us in the way we are going. That is divine protection – no one can take us out before we finish our race. Third, it promises God will give us bread to eat. That is divine provision. Wherever we go and wherever we find ourselves, we will find foundational provision. Fourth, it promises God will give us clothing to put on appropriate to our gifting and calling. Fifth it promises God will bring us back to our Father’s house in peace. He guarantees our destiny. Those five things are guaranteed by a covenant of salt to every person who says yes to the tithe. When we say yes to the tithe, we enter the covenant that foundationally positions us to access God’s dominion as we assume and walk out our Davidic call. If we want dominion we have to participate the tithe. The very first test every believer faces is called the money test and it is whether or not we are going to obey God in our giving. Saying yes to the first covenant of salt qualifies us for participating in the second – dominion to David and his seed – which is Christ in us!