THE FIRST VOW (Continued)
Scripture Reading: Genesis 28:20-22
20 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,
21 So that I come again to my father's house in peace; then shall the Lord be my God:
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.
Of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto thee. Thus ends the vow. Jacob sought God for His Presence, His Power and His Provision before proceeding in the way. In Father’s house there is great inheritance. Jacob knew with full assurance that at Father’s house he would be given something. However, he did not mention God giving him anything until God’s house had been established in his life. It is out of this understanding that all things belong to God that Jacob declares, I will surely give the tenth unto thee.
In his definition of the meanings of numbers in the Bible, E.W. Bullinger said of the number ten that it implies that nothing is wanting; that the number and order are perfect; that the whole cycle is complete. The tenth is holy unto God. That means it is sacred and set apart. Oh how backwards many have this principle in the church today. Many think this speaks only to natural finances and while writing checks often write off all the other powerful things God gives. That which is holy unto God and has come out of that which He alone has given is often traded for a carnal lottery. So much is forfeited. Often when people "tithe," they feel they have "paid" for whatever they receive from God and expect Him to keep multiplying material goods.
What about the spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 1:3)? What about demonstrating a life of power according to God’s Word bringing glory to Him that the world may know that His Son has completed the whole cycle whereby we can go unto perfection (Hebrews 6:1)? In Christ Jesus dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily and ye are complete in Him (Colossians 2:9-10). When will the church give Him the true sacredness and separateness that Christ exacted for us in His obedience unto the death of the Cross and in His Resurrection from the dead with all power in heaven and earth? As Jacob declared so will this writer, "Of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto thee."