Read Part 1 of Questions and Ponderings about Tithing…

Tithing Practices According To The Mosaic Law:

Deut 12:6-7 There you shall take your burnt offerings, your sacrifices, your tithes, the heave offerings of your hand, your vowed offerings, your freewill offerings, and the firstborn of your herds and flocks. 7 And there you shall eat before the Lord your God, and you shall rejoice in all to which you have put your hand, you and your households, in which the Lord your God has blessed you. (NKJV)

  1. Apparently the tithe was to be eaten by the person bringing the tithe. So God must have meant for people to be partakers of their own tithe. So why are we taught to give it away and why do we never eat it?
  2. If the tithe was to be an edible commodity, why do we tithe money?

Deut 12:17-18 You may not eat within your gates the tithe of your grain or your new wine or your oil, of the firstborn of your herd or your flock, of any of your offerings which you vow, of your freewill offerings, or of the heave offering of your hand. 18 But you must eat them before the Lord your God in the place which the Lord your God chooses, you and your son and your daughter, your male servant and your female servant, and the Levite who is within your gates; and you shall rejoice before the Lord your God in all to which you put your hands. (NKJV)

  1. Again the tithe is described as grain, wine, oil and animals. Now we know they had money in those days, (see Deut 14:24-26) so the argument that this tithe was because of pre-monetary systems, doesn’t hold water.
  2. The tithe was to be eaten in celebration with one’s entire household and servants. This time the clergy is mentioned, but note the following: Is the person bringing the tithe supposed to share it with the Levite who is in his house, or with the Levite in whose house he is?

Lev 27:30-33 And all the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land or of the fruit of the tree, is the Lord’s. It is holy to the Lord. 31 If a man wants at all to redeem any of his tithes, he shall add one-fifth to it. 32 And concerning the tithe of the herd or the flock, of whatever passes under the rod, the tenth one shall be holy to the Lord. 33 He shall not inquire whether it is good or bad, nor shall he exchange it; and if he exchanges it at all, then both it and the one exchanged for it shall be holy; it shall not be redeemed.’” (NKJV)

  1. Was the tithe described here referring to plants and animals again? I see a pattern… Do you see a pattern?
  2. Does it mention anything about precious minerals like gold or silver? I know we get gold from the land, but this verse makes reference to seed and fruit meaning crops produced through cultivation. No mention of precious metals.

Tithing and Money:

Deut 14:22-26 “You shall truly tithe all the increase of your grain that the field produces year by year. 23 And you shall eat before the Lord your God, in the place where He chooses to make His name abide, the tithe of your grain and your new wine and your oil, of the firstborn of your herds and your flocks, that you may learn to fear the Lord your God always. 24 But if the journey is too long for you, so that you are not able to carry the tithe, or if the place where the Lord your God chooses to put His name is too far from you, when the Lord your God has blessed you, 25 then you shall exchange it for money, take the money in your hand, and go to the place which the Lord your God chooses. 26 And you shall spend that money for whatever your heart desires: for oxen or sheep, for wine or similar drink, for whatever your heart desires; you shall eat there before the Lord your God, and you shall rejoice, you and your household. (NKJV)

  1. What is to be truly tithed again? Oh yes, grain, wine, oil and animals…
  2. How was it tithed? By eating it in a celebration. Basically this is the tithe: “Hey guys, look how much God blessed me this year! Let’s have a party to say thanks!”
  3. If the place where the tithe was to be eaten was far away, what was the person bringing the tithe supposed to do? Sell his tithe and travel with the money. That is probably where the idea for traveler’s checks originated…
  4. Could he then just tithe the money? Nope, he had to first go buy animals or wine or whatever. I like that. Tithe whatever your heart desires by celebrating with God.
  5. So if he had to sell his tithe for money, travel and then buy WHATEVER HIS HEART DESIRES before the tithe is eaten, does that not mean money was not an acceptable tithe? Why couldn’t he just give the Levite the money? Because God said so…
  6. In all these verses, did it once mention anything about receiving a blessing because you tithe? So why do people teach it? All these verses says to tithe what you have been blessed with. So by that reasoning, you only need to tithe after your breakthrough comes, not in order for it to come. Sela – Think about that…

When was the tithe to be made?

Deut 14:28-29At the end of every third year you shall bring out the tithe of your produce of that year and store it up within your gates. 29 And the Levite, because he has no portion nor inheritance with you, and the stranger and the fatherless and the widow who are within your gates, may come and eat and be satisfied, that the Lord your God may bless you in all the work of your hand which you do. (NKJV)

Deut 26:12-13 When you have finished laying aside all the tithe of your increase in the third year — the year of tithing — and have given it to the Levite, the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, so that they may eat within your gates and be filled, 13 then you shall say before the Lord your God: ‘I have removed the holy tithe from my house, and also have given them to the Levite, the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, according to all Your commandments which You have commanded me; (NKJV)

Amos 4:4 Bring your sacrifices every morning, and your tithes after three years (KJV)

  1. Every how often was a tithe to be brought out? 1. Every 3 years or 2. Every month and twice in October? I pick door number one…
  2. Who was the edible tithe to be shared with? Note shared with and not given to…

Let me end this here by saying that I do believe giving is a good thing to do. A not so  good thing to do is to relate to God based on your giving instead of Jesus. That is relating to Him based on your ability, or through the Law. Not smart. What I personally don’t like about tithing otherwise could probably be semantics but why do we call giving money tithing if it clearly resembles nothing of the sort? The only similarity between the true practice of tithing and what the modern church teaches is the 10% part. Other than that the substance, the frequency, the receiver and most unfortunately, the motives have all changed. Personally I like to give. If I can meet a need, I try to meet it. Whether that is through buying a homeless man a meal, giving a $1000 to single mom to help her pay her bills, making a donation to help finance a church’s running costs or mission or whatever way I can show the goodness of God to my fellow man. In that way I regard it as a sacrifice, because chances are I won’t get anything back for it financially. I also prefer to give anonymously and I am not motivated by tax-breaks for donations either. But that is how I do it. It doesn’t mean you have to do the same thing. I use what God has given me to bless others. If He chooses to give me more, then I will have more to give. If I have no money, I still have time, love, hope, inspiration, faith, healing, prophecy and things like that to give away. It’s like I have always said, “God would much rather have you than your checkbook.”

In the Part 3 I will look at the Malachi Misunderstanding… Watch this space :)

God blessed you, so go bless somebody else.


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13 Responses to Questions and Ponderings about Tithing… Part 2: Tithing and the Law

  • Angel says:

    Awesome! You know a while ago the Lord revealed pretty much the same thing about tithing and told me this — Freely Give as you have Freely Received. Not tithe or give to get, not tithe because obligated (or out of fear), give because I am already BLESSED and want to BLESS OTHERS.

    Your blog encourages me. And let me tell you. Holy Spirit is really smart, He knows who is in need, who needs to be blessed, etc… more than we do in our natural state. When we give as He leads with a joyful heart with no other expectation than to see others be as blessed as we have been blessed, it shifts the atmosphere, it brings healing, it brings breakthrough, it allows people to see Jesus’ heart for them and gives them a beautiful picture of the Kingdom of God.


  • Tom says:

    Nice work.
    Yeah, there seems to be a lot of misunderstanding about the original purpose of the tithe.
    It wasn’t a church donation, it was holiday pay.
    The Feast of Booths was right after the harvest, the idea being that they celebrate the end of the hard work of harvest and the increase God gave them in said harvest.
    So they were instructed to travel to Jerusalem and celebrate the end and increase of harvest in the sight of the Lord, with their family, but also with the Levite and the widow – sounds related to the tithing instruction doesn’t it?
    They were to put aside a tenth of their harvest so that they could blow it all at their yearly camping holiday in Jerusalem, sharing it with those who didn’t have a harvest.

    Funny how that part of the Law gets overlooked so often, when its such a cool part.

    “And the LORD said, ‘Thou shalt party. Thou shalt party HARD’”

  • Cornel says:

    Good question Jan.

    There is no scripture that specifically says He paid tithes. He did pay the temple tax but that was not the same thing as tithing. The law required every man over the age of 20 to pay half a shekel in gold as temple tax in order to provide for the upkeep of the temple. (See Ex 31:12-14 & Ex 30:16). This was also only to paid once annually, usually during the census time. That is actually why there were money changers. By law, only a half shekel of gold was accepted. If you had other currency or coins, you had to change it into a half shekel before it could be paid. I think Jesus probably chased those guys out of the temple because they were cheating in the exchange of the value of other currencies.

    Interesting side note: Since Jesus was not from the tribe of Levi, He isn’t actually able to receive the tithe on behalf of people. So if you want to justify tithing through the law, you will actually break the law by tithing to Jesus.

  • Jan says:

    yes, if Jesus was not a farmer, as far as I understand it he couldn’t tithe. You could only tithe crops etc. Stuff you can eat. You cant eat the produce of a carpenter.

  • Dan says:

    wow. this is ridiculously good. I got linked to this website from the Revival or Riots guy and I have to say. I am enjoying reading all these teachings that are taking all the traditions, practices and things I’ve been raised to believe, and kicking them to the curb! I’ve never had so much anticipation for being offended. :]

  • Jessejino says:

    Tithing is False teaching.

    Jesus Christ is the fulfillment of the law…he did not abolish, but rather fulfilled the law.

    When He said the last words at the cross…”It is Finished!”

    Tithes was under the law…included in the 633 Mosaic Laws that the Israelites had trouble obeying.

    Some would insists that it was practice before the Mosaic law was instituted during the time of Abraham.


    But so as circumcision and obviously circumcision is no longer a right passage to salvation.

    Tithing was instituted for different reason.

    Malachi 3:10 was address to the corrupt Levites and Priest at the time Jerusalem was rebuild under Nehemiah’s leadership.

    Jesus said; “The time will come when true worshipers will worship God in Spirit and in Truth…and the truth is…the Laws are fulfilled when Jesus came, died and rose from death.

    We are no longer under the written law but rather the Spiritual laws.

    Tithes is 10 percent, God wants 100 percent unconditional, no strings attached.

    He doesn’t want us to give and expect something in return.

    He wants a cheerful giver. It’s not the amount that counts…it’s the willingness from the heart to give.

    Giving is essential, matter of fact it is a must so that the Church workers may continue their task of the mission called by Jesus Christ to preach His gospel to the ends of the earth.

    But giving under obligation is not what God wants us to practice.

    Jesus clearly stated this when He appreciated the poor widow giving all what she had happily…it may only be a penny but it’s one hundred percent willingly given from the heart.

    Apostle Paul advocated that we do not give something that we don’t have. 2 Corinthians 8:10-13 (New International Version, ©2010)

    10 And here is my judgment about what is best for you in this matter. Last year you were the first not only to give but also to have the desire to do so.

    11 Now finish the work, so that your eager willingness to do it may be matched by your completion of it, according to your means.

    12 For if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what one does not have.

    13 Our desire is not that others might be relieved while you are hard pressed, but that there might be equality. I don’t think Apostle Paul, who wrote a third of the New Testament and not a single time mentioned tithes, advocated ten percent when he said this.

    2 Corinthians 9:6-7 (New International Version, ©2010)

    Generosity Encouraged

    6 Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.

    7 “Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

    So be a cheerful giver…we must give back to support our Church workers and activities.

    No set percentage if your heart is willing to give more than 10, 50 or even 100 percent as long as you can afford and cheerfully giving it then by all means do so.

    There is a very well written and detailed presentation about this subject.

    A very good e-book written to end all arguments on Tithing.

    It’s a short precise and unbiased written e-book entitled Tithing is False Teaching?

    Available in publishing. It’s a good read and good gift for Christmas.

    Cheers and Have a Merry Christmas.


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