Authorization Revoked!
by Ronald W Robey
(written February 22, 2019)

Hebrews 7:5 And verily they that are of the sons of Levi, who receive the office of the priesthood, have a commandment to take tithes of the people according to the law, that is, of their brethren, though they come out of the loins of Abraham:

The word “commandment” in Hebrews 7:5 is translated from the Greek “εντολη”, pronounced “en-tol-ay'”. It means, “injunction, i.e. an authoritative prescription:—commandment, precept.”

So, what Hebrews 7:5 is saying is that at the time that the Book of Hebrews was penned, the bloodline descendants of the patriarch Levi had an authoritative prescription, given them by God, to take tithes from their brethren. Their brethren being the remaining eleven tribes of Israel.

However, in verse eighteen of the chapter, the author drops this bombshell of information…

Hebrews 7:18 For there is verily a disannulling of the commandment going before for the weakness and unprofitableness thereof.

Since God wants people to give out of love instead of out of guilt and/or fear, the authoritative prescription to take tithes was found to be weak and unprofitable. It was therefore…

…cancelled.

There is no more an injunction given by God to take tithes. God has given no one authority to take tithes today.