If you pay your tithes, God wants you to eat them! That’s what it says in Deuteronomy. Read this 8-minute Bible lesson for more facts.
Updated: Thursday, October 6, 2022
STM Bible Lesson
Lesson focus: Deuteronomy 14:22-23 [read Deuteronomy 14:22-29 (22-23)]. Bible lesson background: The regulations about the tithe of the crops and livestock—which were to be eaten in a meal of fellowship at the central sanctuary—were connected to the preceding food laws (Deuteronomy 14:3-21). Eating the tithes in the Lord’s presence was another way in which the Israelites were to express their unique relationship to and dependence on the Lord in reference to their food. The Bible Knowledge Commentary
Why are you refusing to accept the work that Jesus did to free you/us from the law of Moses and this tithing system? That Law was to remain in place until Christ came [Romans 3:19 (ISV) read Romans 3:9-20 (19)].
The Jewish law [law of Moses] had many commands and rules. But Christ ended that law. Christ’s purpose was to make the two groups of people become one new people in him. By doing this Christ would make peace. Ephesians 2:15 (ICB) [read Ephesians 2:14-18 (15); Galatians 3:10-14 (10); Colossians 2:11-23 (14); Hebrews 8:7-13 (13)].
- Tithes [a requirement in the law of Moses] were to be eaten.
- They [the tenth] were to come from the soil [land; Canaan] that God had promised [Jacob] to give them [Jacob’s descendants, AKA the children of Israel].
- Jesus brought that law and its requirements to an end.
“But none of the offerings may be eaten at home. Neither the tithe of your grain and new wine and olive oil, nor the firstborn of your flocks and herds, nor anything you have vowed to give the Lord, nor your freewill offerings, nor the offerings to be presented to the Lord by waving them before his altar. 18 All these must be brought to the central altar where you, your children, and the Levites shall eat them before the Lord your God. He will tell you where this altar must be located. Rejoice before the Lord your God in everything you do.“ Deuteronomy 12:17-18 (TLB)
I pray that you have enjoyed this Bible lesson. Blessings to you and your loved ones—♥ Tim. ☺
Related studies/lessons/snacks for further Spiritual growth:
- Note: parenthesis (#) encloses the key verse(s).
- Genesis 28:10-22 (13); Exodus 6:1-13 (8). Leviticus 27:1-34 (30). Deuteronomy 12:1-28 (17-18), 14:1-29 (22-23), and 26:1-15 (12); Numbers 18:8-32 (13, 25-29, and 31). Malachi 3:1-12 (6 and 10)
- Romans 3:9-20 (19); Ephesians 2:14-18 (15); Galatians 3:10-14 (10). Colossians 2:11-23 (14); Hebrews 8:7-13 (13)