Genesis 27, 28
In our reading today we have the second time that tithing is mentioned in Scripture. The first of course is with Abraham, Jacob’s grandfather in Genesis 14. In this instances we see an interesting part of the equation. Jacob set the parameters. Genesis 28:20-22 “And Jacob vowed a vow, saying, If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat, and raiment to put on, 28:21 So that I come again to my father’s house in peace; then shall the Lord be my God: 28:22 And this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be God’s house: and of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto thee.” There were three parts to Jacob’s vow that Jacob requested for God to do: One: If God will be with me and will keep me in this way that I go, Two: and will give me bread to eat and raiment to put on. Three: That he, Jacob returns to his father’s house in peace. We must realize that Jacob did not wait until he returned in peace to his father’s house to begin believing the Lord was his God and begin tithing. It began immediately. Personally, I believe that a person should begin tithing when they become get born again. Tithing is an act of faith that says we are putting God in control of our finances.
In our reading today we have an incident where Jesus cast devils out of a couple of individuals (Matthew 8:28-32). The Bible says they were so “fierce” that no one would pass by that way. In other Gospel accounts it says that one of these individuals had many times been bound with chains and he would break the chains ( Mark 5:4). These individuals were possessed with devils. The Greek word translated “fierce” is “chalepós”, and it means, hard to bear, troublesome, dangerous, harsh, fierce, savage. The people who lived nearby avoided the area and rightly so, to avoid having a run in with these guys. These men were in bondage, but the devils who bound them were no match for Christ Jesus. He cast the devils out of them with his words (Matthew 8:32). Saints, that same authority has been given to us in the New Covenant (Ephesians 1:15-23; Mark 16:16-18). We have been seated in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. It is our task to enforce the victory that Christ won, sharing the Gospel with everyone, and setting them free in Christ.