Tithing: Man Wants Money But What Did God Want? This is the first lesson in the “Understanding Tithes” series.
Tithing: God Did NOT Command Anyone To Tithe MONEY!
IMPORTANT: This lesson is not intended to encourage you to stop giving to your place of worship!
STM Bible Lesson
Lesson focus: Malachi 3:8-10. Bible lesson background Malachi 3:8-12: So many in the church believe they are required to pay tithes. Malachi 3:10 is one of the primary passages of Scripture used to support this. I, too, at one point believed that God required the church to pay tithes. Fortunately, one day God revealed the truth and set me free from this false teaching.
If you think this message (prophecy) in Malachi applies to you, consider checking the first verse.
Israel was commanded to tithe, but not the church
Verse 6, also helps us know to whom God is speaking. This time the reference is “sons of Jacob” (like “children of Israel” or “Jews”). The audience did not change, the prophecy is still TO Israel.
Don’t forget, that God changed Jacob’s name to Israel in Genesis 32:28.
And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed Genesis 32:28 (KJV).
The tithe robbery—was it money?
What was it that Israel kept from God? Was it money? Let’s find out what they were supposed to give God.
The first mention of what to tithe
Eating the tithe
Tithe all the increase of thy seed
A little more detail of what they tithed
What man wants vs. what God wanted
Man says you must tithe your money. But God wanted tithes from the following:
All of your increase
Man says that we must pay tithes of “ALL OF YOUR INCREASE”. But God said “Thou shalt truly tithe all the increase of thy seed“…
“Thou shalt truly tithe all the increase of thy seed, that the field bringeth forth year by year” [Deuteronomy 14:22 (KJV)] and “And as soon as the commandment came abroad, the children of Israel brought in abundance the firstfruits of corn, wine, and oil, and honey, and of all the increase of the field; and the tithe of all things brought they in abundantly.” [2 Chronicles 31:5 (KJV)]
The Bible mentions money regarding tithing. However, God did not require that anyone pays tithes with money [Deuteronomy 14:22-29].
When the children of Israel had to travel a long distance to pay tithes. They could exchange tithes for money. Next, they had to go to the chosen place where they were to give their tithe. Once there, they could purchase, using the money, whatever they wanted to eat and/or drink. Then they (and ‘the Levite’) had to eat and/or drink it “before the Lord”.
Selling the tithe
Tithing in the New Testament
Jesus used the word ‘tithe’ twice and ‘tithes’ once! Each time He was speaking to Pharisees about the law.
‘PHARISEES (FARE-ih-seez) “the separate people”; they followed the Jewish religious laws and customs very strictly. Jesus often spoke against them for their religious teachings and traditions (from the New Century Version Dictionary).
1. Jesus mentioned “tithe”
2. Jesus mentions “tithes” in a parable
You be the judge. Did Jesus say, teach, or imply that the church should pay tithes? More importantly, did He say anything about tithing money?
Also in Hebrews
The only place (other than in Matthew and Luke) in the New Testament that mentions ‘tithes‘ or ‘tenth’ as in paying tithes is in the book of Hebrews. The tenth is used in reference to Abraham giving a tenth of the recovered items to Melchisedec [Hebrews 7:2 and 4]. Tithing is mentioned in Hebrews 7:5, 6, 8, and 9. You decide if any of them tell you to tithe money.
Descendants of Levi collect tithes
That is all; the New Testament says nothing more about tithes or tithing.
Make no mistake, money did exist during this time. In fact, God commanded the children of Israel to pay a mandatory amount of money as ransom for their lives. But it was not used in or for tithing.
The Temple Tax
Clearly, it is safe to say God did not command anyone, including you, to tithe money! Let’s review what was revealed.
Now that you have completed this lesson you can continue tithing if you want. But are you convinced that God does not require that you (the church) tithe MONEY?
Remember, God did NOT command anyone to tithe MONEY! Thank you for taking the time to read this Bible lesson. I urge you to make full use of it. Blessings to you and your loved ones—♥ Tim. ☺
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