The scriptures refer to Abraham as “the father of all those who believe” (Rom. 4:11). The scriptures also reveal that all those who believe in Jesus Christ “are children of Abraham” (Gal. 3:7, N.I.V.). We are his spiritual seed.
Abraham set the spiritual example and established the scriptural pattern for us when he offered to Melchizedek (Gen. 14:20). The Bible depicts Melchizedek as a clear type of Jesus Christ. He is called the “king of peace, without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but made like the Son of God, remains a priest continually” (Heb. 7:2,3). Christ is also referred to as “a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek” (Heb. 7:17).
Since father Abraham gave tithes to Melchizedek, who is a strong type of Christ, his godly example demonstrates a spiritual pattern of obedience for every New Testament believer to follow.