What Does The Bible Say About Tithing?

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August 8, 2021

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What Does The Bible Say About Tithing?

Maybe you currently attend services and are active in your Christian community – but are you doing everything that you can be?

Most practicioners in our community provide a portion of their income to their local church, but many of them don’t have a “set amount” that they contribute. 

To understand what Tithing means, you must discover what the Bible says about it. There is a tremendous amount of historical evidence in the Bible that speaks directly to the idea of donation to the Church, in the form of tithing.

But not all tithing was financially based in the Bible.

Tithing in the Bible simply means a 10% of your income instructed by God to be brought in to his storehouse, which the priest receives on his behalf.

You’ll notice the word tenth as first used in the Bible in Genesis 14: 18-20 when Abraham paid tithe (tenth) to Melchizedek, the king of Salem and a priest of God most high.

Tithe appeared 36 times in the entire Bible and you must note that our Lord Jesus Christ endorsed Tithing in the new testament to help you understand that it doesn’t stop with the old testament to clear some controversial argument around it.

God requires we pay tithe of everything to him. You can see in Leviticus

 30 “‘A tithe of everything from the land, whether grain from the soil or fruit from the trees, belongs to the Lord; it is holy to the Lord. Leviticus 27: 30. 

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In this article, you’ll find all you possibly need to know and answer your questions about Tithing in the Bible.

Where Is Tithing Mentioned In The Bible?

The tithe was mentioned about 36 places in the Bible, first accounted in Gen 14: 20.

It may interest you to know that tithe was practiced before the law in Gen 14:18-20 in the account of Abraham giving a tithe to Melchizedek.

18 Then Melchizedek, king of Salem, brought out bread and wine. He was the priest of God Most High, 19, and he blessed Abram, saying, “Blessed be Abram by God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth.

 20 And praise be to God Most High, who delivered your enemies into your hand.” Then Abram gave him a tenth of everything. Gen 14:18-20 NIV

This was an account in the Bible when Abraham went to war with 318 men born in his household to fight the four kings who conquered Sodom and captured Lot, Abraham’s nephew.

God gave Abraham victory over those four kings. Abraham, in gratitude to God who by his strength could he conquer these kings, paid tithe to Melchizedek, a high priest of God who had no history.

We also see in Malachi 3:10-12 where tithe was mentioned.

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. 11 I will prevent pests from devouring your crops, and the vines in your fields will not drop their fruit before it is ripe,” says the Lord Almighty. 12 “Then all the nations will call you blessed, for yours will be a delightful land,” says the Lord Almighty.

We also see in Leviticus 27:30

30 “‘A tithe of everything from the land, whether grain from the soil or fruit from the trees, belongs to the Lord; it is holy to the Lord. Leviticus 27: 30

How Much Are You Supposed To Tithe? Why This Amount?

Tithing is called tenth, which means 10% of what you have.

We’ve seen folks come up with the idea of paying 20% or more as tithe.

Regardless of whatever extra you add to 10%, it’s just an extra amount and won’t be seen as tithe. Paying less or more than 10% is not a tithe. If you decide to add to it, then it’s called tithe and extra. Paying lower than expected is not a tithe as well. Since God commanded that we bring 10% of our income or what we have, all he is receiving is just your tithe.

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How Should Someone Nowadays Interpret This?

Before you interpret and apply Tithing to this modern day, you must accept the fact that Jesus endorsed it in the new testament.

Tithing is also a covenant. It is an expression of worship and so must be kept.

You don’t have a choice whether to pay or not. You’re obliged to pay your tithe faithfully as a sign of reverence and genuine worship to God who has indeed blessed you.

Most people argue that tithe ended with the law and did not apply to the new testament. What do you think? Is it true?

Thinking about this, you should first, as yourself, Jesus abolish the law, or did he fulfill it? Let’s check two striking scriptures. Matt 23:23 and Luke 11:42

23 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill, and cumin. 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. Matt 23:23

We see Jesus repeating the same statement in Luke 11: 42

42 “Woe to you Pharisees, because you give God a tenth of your mint, rue, and all other kinds of garden herbs, but you neglect justice and the love of God. It would be best if you had practiced the latter without leaving the former undone.

Jesus was addressing an issue about the teachers of the law

TYPES OF TITHE

Not all tithing if based in pure financial terms. For those that don’t have money, there are other options to tithe.

There are three kinds of Tithing the Jews practiced. We have:

· Levitical or sacred tithe.

· Feast tithe.

· Poor tithe.

REASONS FOR PAYING THE TITHE

We pay tithe for two reasons, to show gratitude for all that God has given us and return Him a portion of what we have received, and we pay tithe because it shows our covenant with God as Christians.

30 “‘A tithe of everything from the land, whether grain from the soil or fruit from the trees, belongs to the Lord; it is holy to the Lord. Leviticus 27: 30

WHERE DO YOU PAY YOUR TITHE

You pay tithes into the house of God where you receive blessings from, could be your church or fellowship organization where you are daily fed and blessed with the word of God.

The Bible instructed we should bring the tithe into the storehouse of God in Malachi 3: 8.

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.

 You don’t pay your tithe to a man or a priest. However, you can give a seed offering to a priest. But your tithe goes to the house of God, where you worship regularly.

WHEN DO WE PAY OUR TITHE

There isn’t any specific time mapped out for paying tithe. However, In this contemporary world, we are used to receiving our paychecks (salaries) at the end of the month. Some receive daily, weekly, and so you can decide how you choose to pay your tithe. What matters is knowing the reason why you’re paying tithe and being faithful in keeping it.

CONSEQUENCES OF NOT PAYING TITHE

They rob God in their tithe and offering. (Malachi 3: 8-9)

BLESSINGS OF TITHING

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. 11 I will prevent pests from devouring your crops, and the vines in your fields will not drop their fruit before it is ripe,” says the Lord Almighty. 12 “Then all the nations will call you blessed, for yours will be a delightful land,” says the Lord Almighty.

Through ONE ACT OF OBEDIENCE of Tithing, God promises TEN BLESSINGS.

Keep in mind that these were written in the context of the time of the Bible, so many of them may not exactly translate to your day to day life. But it is the fundamental idea that counts.

(1) It enables you to prove your faith in God as your SOURCE.

(2) It enables you to prove God in your finances.

(3) God promises to open the windows of heaven upon you.

(4) God will pour out blessings upon you.

(5) There shall not be ROOM ENOUGH to receive the overflowing blessings.

(6) God will REBUKE DEVOURERS for your sake.

(7) Devourers and parasites will not destroy your harvests.

(8) There shall be NO MISCARRIAGE or losses; neither shall your vines cast their fruits before the time.

(9) All Nations shall CALL YOU BLESSED.

(10) You shall be a DELIGHTSOME LAND.

The Improper Use Of The Tithe (Deuteronomy 26: 13 – 14)

13 Then say to the Lord your God: “I have removed from my house the sacred portion and have given it to the Levite, the foreigner, the fatherless and the widow, according to all you commanded. I have not turned aside from your commands, nor have I forgotten any of them.

14 I have not eaten any of the sacred portions while I was in mourning, nor have I removed any of it while I was unclean, nor have I offered any of it to the dead. I have obeyed the Lord my God; I have done everything you commanded me.

Most people practice this instead of tithe. The sacred tithe belongs to God. It is separate from other kinds of Tithing.

You should not give your tithe to the poor. There is a special kind of tithe the Jews practiced for it.

The Proper Use Of The Tithe

(Malachi 3: 8-12 / Leviticus 27: 30)

Finally, you must understand that the reason for paying tithe is not for God to bless you, he would.

But the true reason for paying tithe is for showing gratitude to God.

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