I was reading through Romans 4 today, and a few thoughts popped into my head about a couple of verses that I’d like to share.

Romans 4 teaches us that Abraham was justified by God because of his faith in God.

What does Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”

Romans 4:3 (NIV)

Paul also declares, “to the one who works, wages are not credited as a gift but as an obligation” (Romans 4:4 NIV). As we continue through Romans 4, the issue of circumcision comes up.

Is this blessedness only for the circumcised, or also for the uncircumcised? We have been saying that Abraham’s faith was credited to him as righteousness. Under what circumstances was it credited? Was it after he was circumcised, or before? It was not after, but before!

Romans 4:9-10 (NIV)

When I read these verses, I thought about tithing and the law. Some people say we shouldn’t tithe because it’s part of the law fulfilled by Christ. However, just as Abraham was justified by his faith before the coming of the law and circumcision, he also tithed before the law.

And praise be to God Most High, who delivered your enemies into your hand.” Then Abram gave him a tenth of everything.

Genesis 14:20 (NIV)

This man, however, did not trace his descent from Levi, yet he collected a tenth from Abraham and blessed him who had the promises.

Hebrews 7:6 (NIV)

Therefore, when a Christian tithes, they aren’t trying to fulfill the law. That’s already been done.

“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.”

Matthew 5:17 (NIV)

In Romans 4:4, Paul brings up the issue of wages for working versus faith. Wages are given as an obligation, Paul says. While there is no obligation for a gift. If we were to tithe because it’s part of the law, we’d receive whatever our work was worth; Not just for the tithe, but for everything we do in trying to fulfill the entire law. However, since we cannot fulfill the law, our works would be wasted. However, if we tithe out of thanksgiving, that’s completely different. If we do it out of faith, then that’s good too!

Well, that’s all I have today. Thank you for stopping by! I pray this day finds you well.