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)
- 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?
- 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)
- 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.
- 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)
- Was the tithe described here referring to plants and animals again? I see a pattern… Do you see a pattern?
- 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)
- What is to be truly tithed again? Oh yes, grain, wine, oil and animals…
- 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!”
- 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…
- 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.
- 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…
- 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 14:28-29 “At 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)
- 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…
- 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.