God Has a Shovel
SERIES – From Teething to Tithing
Genesis 13 KJV
1 And Abram went up out of Egypt, he, and his wife,
and all that he had, and Lot with him, into the south.
2 And Abram was very rich in cattle, in silver, and in
3 And he went on his journeys from the south even to
Bethel, unto the place where his tent had been at the
beginning, between Bethel and Hai;
4 Unto the place of the altar, which he had made there
at the first: and there Abram called on the name of the
5 And Lot also, which went with Abram, had flocks, and
herds, and tents.
6 And the land was not able to bear them, that they
might dwell together: for their substance was great, so
that they could not dwell together.
7 And there was a strife between the herdmen of
Abram’s cattle and the herdmen of Lot’s cattle: and
the Canaanite and the Perizzite dwelled then in the
8 And Abram said unto Lot, Let there be no strife, I
pray thee, between me and thee, and between my
herdmen and thy herdmen; for we be brethren.
9 Is not the whole land before thee? separate thyself, I
pray thee, from me: if thou wilt take the left hand, then
I will go to the right; or if thou depart to the right hand,
then I will go to the left.
10 And Lot lifted up his eyes, and beheld all the plain of
Jordan, that it was well watered every where, before
the LORD destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, even as
the garden of the LORD, like the land of Egypt, as thou
comest unto Zoar.
11 Then Lot chose him all the plain of Jordan; and Lot
journeyed east: and they separated themselves the
one from the other.
12 Abram dwelled in the land of Canaan, and Lot
dwelled in the cities of the plain, and pitched his tent
13 But the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before
the LORD exceedingly.
14 And the LORD said unto Abram, after that Lot was
separated from him, Lift up now thine eyes, and
look from the place where thou art northward, and
southward, and eastward, and westward:
15 For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it,
and to thy seed for ever.
16 And I will make thy seed as the dust of the earth: so
that if a man can number the dust of the earth, then
shall thy seed also be numbered.
17 Arise, walk through the land in the length of it and in
the breadth of it; for I will give it unto thee.
18 Then Abram removed his tent, and came and dwelt in
the plain of Mamre, which is in Hebron, and built there
an altar unto the LORD.
Genesis 14:18-20 NLT
18 And Melchizedek, the king of Salem and a priest of
God Most High, brought Abram some bread and wine.
19 Melchizedek blessed Abram with this blessing: “Blessed
be Abram by God Most High, Creator of heaven and
20 And blessed be God Most High, who has defeated
your enemies for you.” Then Abram gave Melchizedek
a tenth of all the goods he had recovered.
• WORLDLY in his DESIRES
• WRONG in his DECISIONS
• WEAK in his DEVOTIONS
Hebrews 7:1-7, 15-17 NLT – 1 This Melchizedek was king of
the city of Salem and also a priest of God Most High. When
Abraham was returning home after winning a great battle
against the kings, Melchizedek met him and blessed him.
2 Then Abraham took a tenth of all he had captured in
battle and gave it to Melchizedek. The name Melchizedek
means “king of justice,” and king of Salem means “king of
peace.” 3 There is no record of his father or mother or any
of his ancestors—no beginning or end to his life. He remains
a priest forever, resembling the Son of God. 4 Consider then
how great this Melchizedek was. Even Abraham, the great
patriarch of Israel, recognized this by giving him a tenth
of what he had taken in battle. 5 Now the law of Moses
required that the priests, who are descendants of Levi, must
collect a tithe from the rest of the people of Israel, who are
also descendants of Abraham. 6 But Melchizedek, who was
not a descendant of Levi, collected a tenth from Abraham.
And Melchizedek placed a blessing upon Abraham, the
one who had already received the promises of God. 7
And without question, the person who has the power to
give a blessing is greater than the one who is blessed. 15
This change has been made very clear since a different
priest, who is like Melchizedek, has appeared. 16 Jesus
became a priest, not by meeting the physical requirement
of belonging to the tribe of Levi, but by the power of a life
that cannot be destroyed. 17 And the psalmist pointed this
out when he prophesied,
“You are a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek.”
Leviticus 27:30 NLT – One tenth of the produce of the land,
whether grain from the fields or fruit from the trees, belongs
to the Lord and must be set apart to him as holy.
Malachi 3:8-10 KJV – 8 Will a man rob God? Yet ye have
robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee?
In tithes and offerings. 9 Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye
have robbed me, even this whole nation. 10 Bring ye all
the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in
mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD
of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven,
and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room
enough to receive it.
Tithing is for:
Deuteronomy 14:22-23 NLT – 22 “You must set aside
a tithe of your crops—one-tenth of all the crops you
harvest each year. 23 Bring this tithe to the designated
place of worship—the place the Lord your God
chooses for his name to be honored—and eat it there
in his presence. This applies to your tithes of grain, new
wine, olive oil, and the firstborn males of your flocks and
herds. Doing this will teach you always to fear the Lord
Matthew 6:21 NLT – Wherever your treasure is, there the
desires of your heart will also be.
Psalm 116:12-14 KJV – 12 What can I offer the Lord
for all he has done for me? 13 I will lift up the cup of
salvation and praise the Lord’s name for saving me. 14 I
will keep my promises to the Lord in the presence of all