The importance of Tithes


Before we start spending, we are to honor God by giving Him his part first. It’s in the Bible, Proverbs 3:9, TLB. “Honor the Lord by giving Him the first part of all your income.”

What part of our income has the Lord claimed as His? It’s in the Bible, Leviticus 27:30, TLB. “A tenth of the produce of the land, whether grain or fruit, is the Lord’s, and is holy.”

Tithing is a way to teach us that God must be our #1 priority. It’s in the Bible, Deuteronomy 14:22-23, TLB. “You must tithe all of your crops every year. Bring this tithe to eat before the Lord your God at the place He shall choose as His sanctuary; this applies to your tithes of grain, new wine, olive oil, and the firstborn of your flocks and herds. The purpose of tithing is to teach you always to put God first in your lives.”

How was the tithe used in Israel? It’s in the Bible, Numbers 18:21, TLB. “You priests may own no property, nor have any other income, for I am all that you need. As for the tribe of Levi, your relatives, they shall be paid for their service with the tithes from the entire land of Israel.”

Christ endorsed tithing. It’s in the Bible, Matthew 23:23, NIV. “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill and cummin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter without neglecting the former.”

How does Paul say the gospel ministry is to be supported? It’s in the Bible, I Corinthians 9:13-14, TLB. “Don’t you realize that God told those working in His temple to take for their own needs some of the food brought there as gifts to Him? And those who work at the altar of God get a share of the food that is brought by those offering it to the Lord. In the same way the Lord has given orders that those who preach the Gospel should be supported by those who accept it.”

On what fundamental basis does the requirement of tithe paying rest? It’s in the Bible, Psalm 24:1, TLB. “The earth belongs to God! Everything in all the world is His!”

Where does wealth come from? It’s in the Bible, Deuteronomy 8:18, NIV. “But remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you the ability to produce wealth.”

In addition to the tithe what are we told to bring to his courts? It’s in the Bible, Psalm 96:8, NIV. “Ascribe to the Lord the glory due His name; bring an offering and come into His courts.”

God says we rob Him if we don’t give tithe and offerings. It’s in the Bible, Malachi 3:8, NIV. “Will a man rob God? Yet you rob Me. But you ask, ‘How do we rob You?’ In tithes and offerings.”

How does God suggest we test His promised blessings? It’s in the Bible, Malachi 3:10, NIV. “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house. Test Me in this, says the Lord Almighty, and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.”

Give with joy, because you want to please God. It’s in the Bible, II Corinthians 9:7, NIV. “Each man should give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”

God says your gift should honestly reflect how much you’ve been given. It’s in the Bible, Deuteronomy 16:17, NIV. “Each of you must bring a gift in proportion to the way the Lord your God has blessed you.”

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3 Responses to The importance of Tithes

  1. Gary Arnold says:

    You use TLB as your reference, but that is not a translation of the scriptures. It is like a commentary.

    NO ONE, absolutely NO ONE pays the Biblical tithe today.

    THE FIRST TITHE
    Leviticus 27:30-33 defines this tithe as a tenth of crops and animals in herds and flocks.
    Numbers 18 gives the ordinances, or instructions, for this tithe, and commands this tithe be taken to the Levites.
    Purpose of this tithe: to support the Levitical Priesthood.

    SECOND TITHE
    Deuteronomy 14:22-27: aka The Festival Tithe – a tenth of crops, plus add to that the firstborn animals, and take for the yearly feast.
    Purpose of this tithe: “that thou mayest learn to fear the LORD thy God always”

    THIRD TITHE
    Deuteronomy 14:28-29: aka The Three-Year Tithe aka The Poor Tithe – a tenth of crops, kept at home, and invite the Levites, widows, orphans, stranger to eat.
    Purpose of this tithe: to feed the poor.

    Now, tell me. Which of the above three tithes commanded by God does anyone follow today?

    The ONLY people in the Old Testament that were commanded to tithe were those who INHERITED THE PROMISED LAND WITH EVERYTHING ON IT. They got the land, house, animals, crops, etc. ALL FREE AND CLEAR. No mortgage payment or rent to pay. And THEY were commanded to tithe on the crops and animals and take it to the Levites who INHERITED the tithe INSTEAD OF the promised land with everything on it. No one else tithed. Wage earners did not tithe. Jesus did not tithe as a carpenter. Paul did not tithe as a tent maker. Peter did not tithe as a fisherman.

    Proverbs 3:9 (KJV) “Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase:”

    The verse reads HONOUR the Lord with thy substance (wealth), not give to the Lord your wealth. The verse does not say honour the Lord with a tenth of your wealth, or give to the Lord a tenth of your wealth.

    How does one honor the Lord with their wealth? I believe the best way I can honor the Lord with my wealth is to be a good steward of that wealth and use it to glorify the Lord the best I can.

    The verse reads AND with the firstfruits of all thine increase. In other words, HONOUR the Lord with the firstfruits of all your produce, or crops (Hebrew word definition). Doesn’t say give to the Lord the firstfruits of your produce, or crops. That comes later in the Word.

    For those who say that all thine increase can also mean all your income, read the next verse:

    Proverbs 3:10 (KJV) “So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.”

    Verse 10 makes it clear that increase in verse 9 is referring to the crops and not income.

    Leviticus 23:10 (KJV) “Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye be come into the land which I give unto you, and shall reap the harvest thereof, then ye shall bring a sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest unto the priest:”

    The above verse tells us that the Children of Israel were commanded to take the firstfruits of their harvest to the priests.

    Numbers 18:21 (KJV) “And, behold, I have given the children of Levi all the tenth in Israel for an inheritance, for their service which they serve, even the service of the tabernacle of the congregation.”

    The above verse tells us that the Children of Israel were commanded to take the tithe to the Levites.

    Nehemiah 10:37 (KJV) “And that we should bring the firstfruits of our dough, and our offerings, and the fruit of all manner of trees, of wine and of oil, unto the priests, to the chambers of the house of our God; and the tithes of our ground unto the Levites, that the same Levites might have the tithes in all the cities of our tillage.”

    Nehemiah 10:37 confirms that the firstfruits were taken to the Temple for the priests, and the tithe was taken to the Levites who lived in the Levitical cities.

    OLD TESTAMENT – THE FIRST OF THE FRUITS SHOULD GO TO GOD
    Proverbs 3:9 (KJV) “Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase:”

    NEW TESTAMENT – THE WORKER SHOULD BE FIRST TO RECEIVE A SHARE OF THE FRUIT
    2 Timothy 2:6 (KJV) “The husbandman that laboureth must be first partaker of the fruits.”

    When was the last time you heard a pastor say that you should spend the FIRST part of your income on yourself and your family?

    1 Timothy 5:8 (KJV) “But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.”

    The New Testament makes it clear that we are to use the FIRST of our income to take care of ourselves and our family. We are talking about needs, here, not just anything we want. Then we should give generously from what is left.

  2. Deafinition says:

    Hi Gary. It is absolutely clear that God said you must pay one tenth of your earnings, to give to the house of the Lord. How do the pastors make a living? God will bless us if we give offerings and tithes.

    That was in the old testament that those people couldn’t afford to give whatever they have, therefore God said to give of their crops or herds. Today we should give money and offerings to the church, AND THE REST TO THE POOR. Jesus said, Matthew 23:23, NIV. “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices, mint, dill and cummin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law, justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter without neglecting the former.”

    I only speak of the truth & God’s words from the Bible. This is my own personal way of repaying God for his works. This is God’s world and we are robbing Him. Everybody have their own way of giving tithes. But i do it in the glory, faithfulness and righteousness of our heavenly Father.

  3. Gary Arnold says:

    @Deafinition,

    First, in Matthew 23:23 Jesus was speaking to the Scribes and Pharisees who were still under the Old Testament law. The Scribes and Pharisees were lawyers and teachers, yet Jesus didn’t tell them they should tithe on their income. There is absolutely no scripture were God ever commanded anyone to tithe on their income.

    You need to get out of TLB and into an accurate translation of the scriptures. TLB was the first Bible I read, and even when I advanced to the NIV I found that TLB added words, changed words, and even added extra verses! It’s nothing more than a commentary written in Bible style.

    God’s commands to tithe were on HIS miracles – the crops and animals, and never on man’s income. The Israelite farmers had income from the sale and/or barter exchange of their crops and animals, but the income was not tithed on. Only the assets from God’s miracles were tithable.

    The tithe could not be paid with money, but the Temple Tax (tribute in KJV) had to be paid with money. That proves they had money at that time. Even wages are mentioned as far back as Genesis.

    If you read my free book you will see where man made an erroneous assumption which led to an erroneous conclusion. No Christian Church taught anyone to tithe on their income until around 1870. Do the research.

    Tithing, as taught in many churches today, is not Biblical. Please do some research on the history of tithing in the Christian Church so that you will see how man have cheapened God’s tithe by replacing God with man in the tithing formula.

    The Church and pastors are to be supported by free-will giving. The New Testament teaches generous, sacrificial giving, from the heart, according to our means. For some, $1 might be a sacrifice, while for others, even giving 50% of their income might not induce a sacrifice. In the Old Testament, ONLY the farmers tithed, and it was equal percentage (a tenth). The New Testament teaches the principle of equal sacrifice instead of equal percentage. Equal sacrifice is much harder to achieve, if not impossible, than giving ten percent.

    One more thing – tithing was NEVER the first of anything. It was the TENTH, not the first. See Leviticus 27:30-32 – every TENTH animal, not the first.

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