Tithes And Offering
What does the Bible really say about tithing? It’s popular in Christian churches to teach that we must tie 10% of our paycheck to the church. But is that really what the Bible teaches? I find it quite ironic and hypocritical, that the churches who teach that the law is abolished are the same ones that teach you must pay your tithe from your income.
This teaching is quite popular because it ensures a steady income for the pastors. But is it biblical? What does the Bible actually tell us about tithing? The Torah instructions concerning the tithe are always about produced grain and livestock,
Tithes and offering Scriptures in the New Testament
“And all of the tithe of the land, whether the seed of the land or the fruit of the tree is the Lord it is holy to the Lord. And concerning the tie that herd and of the flock of whatever passes under the rod, the 10th one shall be holy to the Lord”
notices the 10th animal that you tithe on. This means if you only have nine cows, you do not give a tide of your cows. And if you have 19 sheep, you are only required to give one of them as the tide.
Some people will argue that the tide was when we produce in animals at that time, because they didn’t have money. But that is completely untrue. We see in Genesis that money was commonly used, Abraham had gold and silver, and he purchased a plot of land to bury Sarah when she died.
“And he spoke to f1 in the hearing of the people of the land, saying, if you will give it please hear me, I will give you money for the field, take it from me and I will bury my dead there”
Also, when Joseph was working for Pharaoh, he sold food for the money.
“And when his brothers came to buy food, he had their money placed back into their bags. Then Joseph gave a command to fill their sex with grain, to restore every man’s money to his tech, and to give them provisions for their journey. Thus, he did for them”
We also know that when the census was taken, it was required that each person give one half shekel as an offering to the Lord. It was not based on how much wealth a person had, but it was a flat tax that everyone paid.
“When you take the census of the children of Israel for their number, then every man shall give a ransom for himself to the Lord, when you number them, that there may be no plague among them, when you number them. This is what everyone among them who are numbered, shall give half a shekel according to the shekel of the sanctuary, a shekel is 20 years, the half shekel shall be an offering to the Lord, everyone included among those who are numbered from 20 years old and above shall give an offering to the Lord, the rich shall not give more and the portion not give less than a half a shekel, when you give an offering to the Lord, to make an atonement for yourselves”
So we see in this particular instance, that God specifically asked for money. But this was not a tide. This was a specific case in which money was requested by God for taking a census. However, money was not to be taken for ties. In fact, there is an exception that has made this specifically mentioned money, and how to speak how it is to be used concerning the time.
“But if the journey is too long for you, so that you are not able to carry the time, 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, then you shall exchange it for money. Take the money in your hand and go to the place which the Lord your God chooses. And you shall spend that money for whatever your heart desires, for oxen or sheep, for wine or similar drink, or whatever your heart desires, you Shelly there before the Lord your God,
and you shall rejoice, you and your household”
So we see that the only time money can be used in connection with ties is when the journey is too far to carry your produce, and your cattle, then you can sell your ties for money, and take the money on your journey so that you can buy food and beverage for your time. Notice also that this time is to be eaten by you. Because it is for you to celebrate the feasts of the Lord such as Passover, Pentecost and timber tabernacle.
Even in the New Testament, when it mentions ties, it is always in connection to produce not money. What do you scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites, for you pay a tithe of mint and unease and Kumon. And you have neglected the weightier matters of the law, justice and mercy and faith. These you ought to have done without leaving the others undone.
“But woe to you Pharisees! for you tithe MINT and RUE and all manner of HERBS, and pass by Justice and the Love of God. These you ought to have done without leaving the others undone”
So if your preacher asks you for a time, I guess you can give him a salad. Because the only time mentioned in the New Testament was items from a garden. So what is the purpose of the time? Why did God tell Israel to tithe? And who was the time for? The Bible explains that the tide was given to the Levi’s to eat because they did not receive a land inheritance. All the other tribes were given land so that they could grow crops and raise livestock. But the Levites were appointed to serve in the temple and did not have any land to grow food of their own. So God set up the ties as a way to provide food for the Levites,
“speak thus to the Levites and say to them, when you take from the children of Israel, the ties which I’ve given you from them as your inheritance, then you shall offer up a heave offering of it to the Lord a 10th of the time. You may eat it in any place, and you are to you and your household, for it is your reward for your work in the tabernacle of meeting”
The tithe was for the Levites. It was not given to the rabbi’s or the teachers unless of course they were Levites. In fact Jesus never receives ties from anyone because he was not a Levite. Even today, Jewish rabbis do not collect ties because they understand that the ties are for the Levites serving the temple, not the rabbi’s. So why do so many preachers impose and require ties from their congregations? There are two main reasons that I found in most cases the preachers inherited lies to and he does not realize that he’s taking illegal ties. He does it because it is the way it has been done for for centuries. These preachers need to have their eyes open to the truth.
However, in some cases, the preachers greedy and deceptive, deliberately twisting the scriptures to their advantage and manipulating people into giving them 10% of their income.
These men are wolves in sheep’s clothing. They prey on the poor telling them if you give from your pocket, God will bless you with wealth. They also like to prey on this on the emotions of the people by twisting the words of Malachi concerning the ties. However, when we look at the context of what Malachi was saying, we see that he was talking about ties of produce and grain in the storehouse.
“Will a man Rob God, yet you have robbed me. But you say in what way have we robbed you? In tithes and offerings. You are cursed with a curse for you have robbed me, even this whole nation. Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And try me in this says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such a blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it”
Malachi is not talking about blessing us with money. As a prosperity preachers claim. He is talking about what God about God blessing us with an abundance of produce and livestock. the biblical tie this part of the temple service and is meant for the Levites and the poor. The title was never given to the rabbi’s or the teachers. However, there is an need for financial support for ministry. And the Bible does speak about this type of giving.
1 Corinthians 9:6-14
“Or is it only Barnabas and I who have no right to refrain from working? Whoever goes to war at his own expense? Who plants a vineyard and does not eat of its fruit? Or who tends a flock and does not drink the milk of the flock? Do I say these things as a mere man? Or does not the law say the same also? For it is written in the law of Moses. You shall not Muslim ox while he treads out the grain is the oxen God is concerned about? Or does he say? Or does he say it all together? For our sakes? For our sakes no doubt this was written that he who plows should plow and hope and he who thrushes in hope should be a protector of this hope. If we have sown spiritual things for you, is that a great thing? If we reap material things”
“if others have, if others are partakers of this right over you? Are we not even more? Nevertheless, we have not used this right, but endure all things less we hinder the gospel of Christ. Do you not know that those who minister the holy things eat the things of the temple, and those who serve at the altar partake of the offerings of the altar, even though the Lord has commanded that those who preach the gospel should live from the Gospel”
If there’s a ministry that you like, that is helping you to grow in your faith, then you should support that ministry, because without adequate support, that ministry will not be able to sustain itself.
However, this type of support is not a tide. If someone is dedicating their life to teaching and spreading the truth about the Bible. Is it too much to ask that those who have benefited from their ministry to give a donation to help support the work of that ministry? We should be people who are willing to give and help others in need, especially if they are doing God’s work, but you are not obligated to give 10% of your income.
Any gifts you give to support a ministry is a love gift, and you are free to give any amount you desire. This type of giving is not compulsory, but it’s done out of a desire to help support the ministry. I hope this article has helped to clear up the subject of tithing and has given you a new perspective on giving to support a ministry.