1. “Melchizedek king of Salem brought bread and wine” . . . “Abraham gave him a tithe of all” (Gen. 14:18, 20). Among the “Melchizedek priesthood” in Idaho Falls, why no kings? no wine? and no tithes given to them?
2. “Be angry, and do not sin” (Ps. 4:4) Challenging verse, isn’t it.
Just as Samuel anointed David to become king long before he ascended the throne, (1 Samuel 16 http://bit.ly/x5NbMg ), Latter-day Saint holders of the Melchizedek Priesthood can be anointed, in the temple of our God, to become kings, long before the fact. In this life, it is our responsibility to be a servant to all (Matthew 23:11 http://bit.ly/uKHIdW, and to “the least of these, my brethren” (Matthew 25:40 http://bit.ly/x5CNku ).
Through such service we become, in fact, kings and queens, nursing fathers and mothers, to Israel (Isaiah 49:23 http://bit.ly/zNRnPe , 1 Nephi 21:23 http://bit.ly/z4KQnz , 2 Nephi 6:7 http://bit.ly/wFcsC2, 2 Nephi 10:9 http://bit.ly/wtrZOZ ). If we are faithful to our covenants, the day will come when Christ will make us kings and priests upon the earth, which will be the eternal abode of the Saints. (Revelation 5:10 http://bit.ly/xShnfy ).
As for tithes, you err. In the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Lord’s steward for receiving tithes is the presiding High Priest in the ward, after the Order of Melchizedek, who is the bishop. Tithes are disbursed by revelation from God, through the Council on the disposition of the tithes, which consists of High Priests after the Order of Melchizidek who preside over the entire Church: namely the First Presidency, the Quorum of Twelve Apostles, and the Presiding Bishopric. (http://bit.ly/zfVBmP ). Christ bestowed these keys on Joseph Smith through Peter, James, and John. (Doctrine and Covenants 27:12 http://bit.ly/iI4n9o )
Where did you receive authority to receive and disburse sacred offerings made to God?
As for wine, you are doubtless aware that Christ made a Nazarite vow at the Last Supper: “I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.” (Matthew 26:29 http://bit.ly/wYVXsb ). Latter-day Saints are under the same obligation – for the time being.
But the day will surely come when the Saints of all ages are invited to that great and festive reunion of the Saints with the Father and the Son, where I am quite certain that we will all drink of the most wonderful new wine. You are invited, too. (Doctrine and Covenants 27:5-14 http://bit.ly/w8wBwr )
Tracy Hall Jr
Tracy, your response generates more questions.
In your conception of LDS kings in future days, will they exhibit like Melchizedek position, authority, and action as the king-priest in Psalm 110? How can this be? Also, what authority do LDS give to Jesus? Is He the sovereign, ruling King over all glories?
If the LDS High Priests are stewards of tithes, do they consider Jesus, Melchizedek High Priest, as a steward of tithes? To be the object of tithes, doesn’t this point to something much more considerable than stewardship?
I have never heard that Jesus took the Nazarite vow at the Last Supper. Does that mean all the elements of a Nazarite vow to LDS people?