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Tithing–

29 Jun

Ugh! I just had a really awesome post on tithing…but of course it disappears. Basically, I was trying to say that God is really working on my heart when it comes to tithing. I also wanted to say thank you to a God who blesses and provides, even when I doubt, over and over again! Praise the Lord.

Instead of running my mouth about tithing, I will just post some scripture 🙂

2 Chr 31:5

q The Israelites generously gave the firstfruits of their grain, new wine, oil and honey and all that the fields produced. They brought a great amount, a tithe of everything.

Malachi 3:10

New International Version (NIV)

10 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 there will not be room enough to store it.

2 Corinthians 9:7-

Let each one do just as he has resolved in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

Do you see that God is not angerly telling us to tithe, like the government demands us to pay taxes. Tithing is an act of worship. God does not need our money. The amount of money you choose to give is between you and God.

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3 Responses to “Tithing–”

  1. Berenice June 30, 2012 at 12:52 am #

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  2. Gary Arnold July 1, 2012 at 9:56 pm #

    2 Corinthians 9:7 in the New Testament contradicts tithing in the Old Testament.

    Malachi 3:7 (KJV) “Even from the days of your fathers ye are gone away from mine ORDINANCES, and have not kept them. Return unto me, and I will return unto you, saith the LORD of hosts. But ye said, Wherein shall we return?”

    ORDINANCES NAILED TO THE CROSS:
    Colossians 2:14 (KJV) “Blotting out the handwriting of ORDINANCES that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;”

    Don’t confuse giving with tithing. Tithing was a payment, like a tax.

    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 to the yearly feasts.
    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.

    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 a tenth. The New Testament teaches the principle of equal sacrifice instead of a tenth. Equal sacrifice is much harder to achieve, if not impossible, than giving a tenth.

    • Jess July 2, 2012 at 12:52 am #

      Gary-I appreciate your perspective. No matter how you look at it tithing/giving, My point is still the same. I’m really not concerned with what others do, I’m more concerned about my heart, attitude and relationship with the Lord.

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