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Should Christians Celebrate Secular Holidays?

Written by Chris. Posted in Discipleship & Study, Journal

truth_about_holidays  There are quite a few holidays in the world that people celebrate. But why? Well, to remember something special happened on those days. We celebrate birthdays to remember the beginning of our life in the world. We celebrate for job promotions, people being born again, etc… But what about traditional celebrations? Where did they originate from and what are we really celebrating? After reading through this and watching the media, you should be able to make an informed decision yourself about what you celebrate.

Why Does The Bible mention Unicorns?

Written by Chris. Posted in Discipleship & Study, Journal

unicornAfter reading through some scriptures in the Bible on the topic covering unicorns, I had some questions. And who wouldn’t? I grew up to believe unicorns were mythological and, in some respects, evil magic stuff… In any case, it’s in the Bible. So, if we believe the bible to be true, they must be true as well. After researching unicorns in the Bible, I came across a post on the Creation Today website by Nathan Hoffman. After reading it, I believe he may be spot on about unicorns. After speaking with Mr. Hoffman, he allowed me repost this. It is a good read, and the video is excellent. Below is both.

Biblical Priorities

Written by Chris. Posted in Discipleship & Study, Journal

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Biblical Priorities

Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.” – 1 Corinthians 13:8

I was writing an article about hard choices and priorities while reviewing some verses when God openly smacked my brain with this verse. In fact, I had to step away and meditate on this verse for a bit as I felt so compelled to look into even more. The article I was writing (but just deleted) was about hard decisions. God just showed me a different approach. Isn’t His way always better? 1 Corinthians 13 is a pretty short chapter and after I read it, most of what I was trying to relate was summed up here.

 

1 Corinthians 13: “1Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not love, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. 2And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not love {charity}, I am nothing. 3And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not love {charity}, it profiteth me nothing. 4Love {charity} suffereth long, and is kind; love {charity} envieth not; love {charity} vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, 5Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil, 6Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; 7Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. 8Love {charity} never faileth; but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. 9For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. 10But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. 11When I was a child, I spoke {spake} as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 12For now we see in a mirror {through a glass}, darkly; but then face to face; now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. 13And now abideth faith, hope, love {charity}, these three; but the greatest of these is love {charity}.”

   Why do we complicate what God has made so simple? Why do we seek worldly advice and objects above God’s promises? Why do we not turn to God as our first for answers, protection, provision, healing, etc…?

  1. Love God above all else.Mark 12:30-31 states “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.” It is of the up most importance to love God above all else, at all times. Sounds simple, but only a real warrior can do it.
  2. Give everything to God. He gave his only son for you, He gave everything. In the most famous verse John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Give God everything or you cannot say you honestly tried.
  3. Your first ministry is at home. Let’s get this out of the way. If you don’t like it then tough marbles! Your family is more important than anything else, even yourself. 1 Timothy 5:8 states: “But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.” That’s pretty straight forward. Before you begin to get involved in ministry to help others, volunteer at church, work, spend time with friends, have personal time, etc… God states it’s more important to provide for your own home first. In fact, God wants you to love you family above all else. Proverbs 11:29 states: “He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind: and the fool shall be servant to the wise of heart.” Be wise.
  4. Honor and Respect your spouse.Ephesians 5:33 states: “Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.” Rid yourself of pride, respect their heart, pray fiercely together, love openly (honest and open compassionate communication) and compromise to God’s will for both of you.
  5. Spend quality time to raise your children right. Proverbs 22:6 states: “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Invest quality time in your children as much as you can. Ephesians 6:4 also adds: “And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.”
  6. Honor your Father and Mother. Ephesians 6:2Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;)” You don’t have to submit to their every demand, but to be respectful and honor them. Seek how God wants to direct your life. If your parents disagree with your decisions (based on your direction from God), you can still honor their views by verbally validating their expressed opinions and thank them for their love toward you.
  7. The world Lies and your heart is easy to consume the lies. God knows this, so he warns us in Proverbs 3:5: “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.”

Sure we all want to be successful; but, by whose standard? The world’s or God’s? Where you place your time and effort will reveal your true intentions (Luke 12:24). Everything else is in vain outside the will of God (“A Song of degrees for Solomon. Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.” – Psalm 127:1). God showed me that speaking in tongues, prophecy, teaching, preaching, knowledge, even wisdom, etc… is nothing without love. Love is established at home, first. Once you commit your life to the above scriptural ideas then are you qualified to step out into the world as a missionary. I was recently faced with the decision to choose a path that would have been harmful to my family (big worldly gain for me) or a righteous path (humbled place). Keeping your faith hinged and centered on Christ will make these decisions easier.

Read verses 4-8 above again for the Bible’s definition of love. Are you displaying love? Are you really loving God and your family or just providing surface level gestures to get by? Yes, the righteous path can be and usually is harder. God never promised an easy way. Note to self, deception can be easily disguised as “opportunity.” The righteous path is always more rewarding. A quick summary of priorities should be: 1) God, 2) Spouse, 3) Family, 4) All other stuff. Train hard and work smart to create habits to Love God, love your family, love yourself and love others.

 


 

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Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.” – 1 Corinthians 13:8

I was writing an article about hard choices and priorities while reviewing some verses when God openly smacked my brain with this verse. In fact, I had to step away and meditate on this verse for a bit as I felt so compelled to look into even more. The article I was writing (but just deleted) was about hard decisions. God just showed me a different approach. Isn’t His way always better? 1 Corinthians 13 is a pretty short chapter and after I read it, most of what I was trying to relate was summed up here.

 

1 Corinthians 13: “1Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not love, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. 2And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not love {charity}, I am nothing. 3And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not love {charity}, it profiteth me nothing. 4Love {charity} suffereth long, and is kind; love {charity} envieth not; love {charity} vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, 5Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil, 6Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; 7Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. 8Love {charity} never faileth; but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. 9For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. 10But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. 11When I was a child, I spoke {spake} as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 12For now we see in a mirror {through a glass}, darkly; but then face to face; now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. 13And now abideth faith, hope, love {charity}, these three; but the greatest of these is love {charity}.”

   Why do we complicate what God has made so simple? Why do we seek worldly advice and objects above God’s promises? Why do we not turn to God as our first for answers, protection, provision, healing, etc…?

  1. Love God above all else.Mark 12:30-31 states “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.” It is of the up most importance to love God above all else, at all times. Sounds simple, but only a real warrior can do it.
  2. Give everything to God. He gave his only son for you, He gave everything. In the most famous verse John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Give God everything or you cannot say you honestly tried.
  3. Your first ministry is at home. Let’s get this out of the way. If you don’t like it then tough marbles! Your family is more important than anything else, even yourself. 1 Timothy 5:8 states: “But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.” That’s pretty straight forward. Before you begin to get involved in ministry to help others, volunteer at church, work, spend time with friends, have personal time, etc… God states it’s more important to provide for your own home first. In fact, God wants you to love you family above all else. Proverbs 11:29 states: “He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind: and the fool shall be servant to the wise of heart.” Be wise.
  4. Honor and Respect your spouse.Ephesians 5:33 states: “Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.” Rid yourself of pride, respect their heart, pray fiercely together, love openly (honest and open compassionate communication) and compromise to God’s will for both of you.
  5. Spend quality time to raise your children right. Proverbs 22:6 states: “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Invest quality time in your children as much as you can. Ephesians 6:4 also adds: “And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.”
  6. Honor your Father and Mother. Ephesians 6:2Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;)” You don’t have to submit to their every demand, but to be respectful and honor them. Seek how God wants to direct your life. If your parents disagree with your decisions (based on your direction from God), you can still honor their views by verbally validating their expressed opinions and thank them for their love toward you.
  7. The world Lies and your heart is easy to consume the lies. God knows this, so he warns us in Proverbs 3:5: “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.”

Sure we all want to be successful; but, by whose standard? The world’s or God’s? Where you place your time and effort will reveal your true intentions (Luke 12:24). Everything else is in vain outside the will of God (“A Song of degrees for Solomon. Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.” – Psalm 127:1). God showed me that speaking in tongues, prophecy, teaching, preaching, knowledge, even wisdom, etc… is nothing without love. Love is established at home, first. Once you commit your life to the above scriptural ideas then are you qualified to step out into the world as a missionary. I was recently faced with the decision to choose a path that would have been harmful to my family (big worldly gain for me) or a righteous path (humbled place). Keeping your faith hinged and centered on Christ will make these decisions easier.

Read verses 4-8 above again for the Bible’s definition of love. Are you displaying love? Are you really loving God and your family or just providing surface level gestures to get by? Yes, the righteous path can be and usually is harder. God never promised an easy way. Note to self, deception can be easily disguised as “opportunity.” The righteous path is always more rewarding. A quick summary of priorities should be: 1) God, 2) Spouse, 3) Family, 4) All other stuff. Train hard and work smart to create habits to Love God, love your family, love yourself and love others.

 


 

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Biblical Tithing

Written by Chris. Posted in Discipleship & Study, Journal

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Biblical Tithing

For years, the debate about tithing has ensued. Some believe tithing is a requirement, some agree tithing is no longer a scriptural mandate under the New Testament covenant. If you believe God wrote the bible as the infallible, unchangeable truth; let’s look there to find our final answer. Keep an open mind and heart as we dive into this. Be sure to seek the context of each scripture, as it usually never stands alone, but is part of a bigger picture.

Summary

  1. Tithing is an Old Testament command.
  2. Tithing is 10% of the increase of the field (flock or harvest).
  3. Tithing was of fruit, seed, and meat only.
  4. There was a money system in Biblical Days, but money was never a tithe.
  5. Tithing may have been the tenth (last tenth) of the increase.
  6. There are four different types of tithes.
  7. Tithing was for the Levites, Fatherless, Widows and Poor.
  8. The law is still in effect, but Jesus fulfilled it’s requirements.
  9. We do not sacrifice animals or give burnt offerings, why do we still believe in the tithe?
  10. If Jesus’ blood saves, we are free from all requirements of the law.
  11. We are all the church and the body of Christ.
  12. Tithing is not required or even applicable.
  13. Giving is from our own heart is good.

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Most Christians are taught a tithe is a tenth of one’s first (firstfruits) from their gross overall income. So, let’s look up these key words. A search of “tithe” or “tithes” in the KJV Bible reveals 32 verses which refer to either of these two words. “Tithe” is found 32 times in the scripture while “tithes” is found 21 times. The word “tenth” in the bible is found in 6 times in 30 verses. “Firstfruit” is found 2 times in 2 scriptures while “firstfruits” is found 30 times in 30 verses (refer to the Operation Cross Training study on “First”). By the end of this text, we will look at every verse dealing with tithing for its meaning within context and its application to our new covenant lives. Each relevant verse will be reviewed in a timeline order.

 

In the Beginning: Cain and Able

In Genesis 2, Cain and Able are introduced, and Cain ends up killing his brother Able. God was not pleased with Cain’s offering as he was with Able’s offering. Cain and Able are a good example of providing an offering to the Lord, but it never specifies there was a required tithe or giving. Be sure when you search the scriptures; don’t mistake examples of free will offerings for required giving.

Abram (Abraham) Tithes His Spoils of War

Before we begin, in Genesis 17:5 it states “Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee.” God changed Abram’s name to Abraham. Melchizedek was later called by the named Melchisedec (refer to the Operation Cross Training study on “Who was Melchizedek”). Another interesting side note (Genesis 14) is that there has just been a battle between nine armies (five on one side, four on the other). The four armies wiped out the five armies and took Abraham’s brother (Lot) hostage. Abraham took 318 of his shepherds (who were also trained to defend the flock, so they had some fighting skills) to battle the four powerful armies. For Abraham to take only 318 shepherds and defeat 4 armies was definitely a victory from the Lord.

After the war (upon Abram returning home) the first mention of the word tithes is found in Genesis 14:18-20, “And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he (Melchizedek) was the priest of the most high God. And he (Melchizedek) blessed him (Abram), and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth: And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine (Abram) enemies into thy (Abram) hand. And he (Abram) gave him (Melchizedek) tithes of all.”

Forward to Hebrews 7:1-4 where it states: “For this Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him (Abraham); To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of peace; Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually. Now consider how great this man (Melchisedec) was, unto whom even the patriarch Abraham gave the tenth of the spoils (gains from war).”

  1. By cross-referencing the verses, the tithe was given to Melchizedek, and this tithe was a tenth or 10 percent.
  2. In verse 4, it reveals this tenth was only from the spoils of war (the increase he gained from winning the war). The only mention of Abraham ever giving any type of tithe was to Melchizedek, not of his personal income, personal property or livestock, but of the spoils of war.
  3. It never says Abraham was mandated by God to tithe, but he decided on his own accord to give Melchizedek this tithe after Melchizedek blessed him upon returning from war. Abraham decided on his own to make a covenant and willingly give a tithe (from the increase of war) to Melchizedek.
  4. This covenant was a one-time tithe, not a continual tithing.
  5. Hebrew 7:2 states, “Abraham gave a tenth part of all.” Later, in Hebrews 7:4 it states: “Abraham gave the tenth of the spoils.” If I said, the 50th, or the second, you would never assume I meant the first, right? It could be possible that Abraham never meant the first tenth, but the last. It could mean the tenth tenth. Abraham possibly gave the last tenth of his increase. It’s something to think about as we study on.

Jacob’s Covenant

Genesis 28, the latter part of the chapter, describes a dream and promise God gave to Jacob.

Genesis 28:13-15 states, “And, behold, the LORD stood above it, and said, I am the LORD God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed;And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed.And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of.

Jacob then awakes and declares in Genesis 28:20-22, “And Jacob vowed a vow, saying, If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat, and raiment to put on,So that I come again to my father’s house in peace; then shall the LORD be my God:And this stone, which I have set [for] a pillar, shall be God’s house: and of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto thee.

  1. There is no mention, in the Bible, of Jacob tithing anything prior to this incident. He wasn’t or he would have no reason to make this covenant. If he was, then he would have had to say, “I will tithe another tenth, so I may tithe a twentieth.” Jacob was not currently tithing a tenth in the first place when God spoke to Jacob (in a dream). Proof that: Tithing is not required to hear from God.
  2. God promised him a huge inheritance without expectation (before Jacob stated he would tithe). Tithing does not give you inheritance and it’s not required to increase blessings, protection or provision. Jacob wouldn’t tithe until he was blessed first.
  3. Jacob decided to make a covenant with God “Jacob vowed a vow” to give the tenth to God only IF God delivered the promises set forth in Jacob’s dream. This is the opposite of what we are taught today. We are taught to tithe money faithfully and God will bless us in return. Jacob only promised to tithe ten percent if God gave to him first. Proof that: Faithful tithing for God to bless us is not biblical.
  4. Jacob only promised to tithe of the increase he was to receive “…and of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto thee …”
  5. Jacob never promised to give the first tenth. Jacob said, “…and of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto thee.”If I said, the 50th, or the second, you would never assume I meant the first, right? When he said, “the tenth” he meant, the last tenth. Jacob never meant the first tenth either. He meant the tenth tenth. The tenth, which Jacob gave was the last tenth of his increase. I didn’t make it up, it’s plainly stated in the Bible.
  6. This covenant was a continual tithing for Jacob, not a onetime tithing.
  7. Who was Jacob giving the tithe to and how? Jacob’s name was changed in Genesis 32:24-29 “And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day. And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob’s thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him. And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me. And he said unto him, What is thy name? And he said, Jacob. 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. And Jacob asked him, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, thy name. And he said, Wherefore is it that thou dost ask after my name? And he blessed him there.” Many scholars believe since there was no mention of Jacob actually fulfilling the tithe, the children of Israel fulfilled Jacob’s tithe through the Levite tithe. Read on about the Levite tithe.

Law of Moses: Tithes and Offerings

There are many laws of Moses, 613 to be exact. We will only be dealing with the laws pertaining to tithes and offerings. Sacrifices, burnt offerings, who can enter the temple, etc… are also included in Moses’ law, but that’s for another lesson. We will start with who the tithes were for, how, why, where, when, etc…

Levite Priesthood Chosen

After Moses brought his people (God’s chosen people – the Israelites) out of Egypt, they endured 40 years of roaming the wilderness. Read through the Old Testament and discover how almost each time these people faced any type of difficult circumstance, they would turn their backs on God and Moses. God kept His chosen people in the wilderness for 40 years to show them He is their one and only provider, He does miracles, and He is the one true God. We pick up this story at the mount of Sinai, where Moses ascended to the top of the mountain and enters a cloud to speak to God. While Moses is at the top of the mountain, receiving instructions from God on the laws and commandments, the people (different tribes of Israel), at the bottom become restless and even believe something bad happened to Moses. Through their disbelief again, they urge Aaron (Moses’ brother) to build a golden calf to be worshipped. God, in all His glory, sends Moses back down the mountain with two tablets written by the hand of God (10 Commandments). Moses speaks to God and pleads God not to destroy the Israelites for their turning their backs on God again. When Moses arrives at the bottom of the mountain and sees God’s chosen people worshipping a false God (golden calf), he becomes angry and throws the tablets down, breaking them. He then stands at the gate and declares for those who will stand with the Lord to come to him. Exodus 32:26 “Then Moses stood in the gate of the camp, and said, Who is on the Lord‘s side? let him come unto me. And all the sons of Levi gathered themselves together unto him.” The only tribe of Israel to stand on the Lord’s side were the Levities.

Because the Levites removed themselves from the worship of a false god and stood with Moses, he declared them to be wholly given to him. Numbers 8:16-18 “ For they are wholly given unto me from among the children of Israel; instead of such as open every womb, even instead of the firstborn of all the children of Israel, have I taken them unto me. For all the firstborn of the children of Israel are mine, both man and beast: on the day that I smote every firstborn in the land of Egypt I sanctified them for myself. And I have taken the Levites for all the firstborn of the children of Israel.” Moses goes on to declare his to his brother Aaron in Numbers 8:19 “And I have given the Levites as a gift to Aaron and to his sons from among the children of Israel, to do the service of the children of Israel in the tabernacle of the congregation, and to make an atonement for the children of Israel: that there be no plague among the children of Israel, when the children of Israel come nigh unto the sanctuary.” Long story short, in Numbers 18:1-7 and Exodus 32 it describes the duties of the Levites, which are to “bear the iniquity of the sanctuary.” Moses and Aaron also see through the process of cleansing the Levi tribe.

  1. All this back story to explain that the Tribe of Levi was chosen by God to become the priest of the tabernacle for Israel.
  2. The Israelites again and again failed to follow God. They kept seeking other God’s when they felt far from God and continued to sin.

Levitical Priesthood Duty

Once the Israelites reached the Promised Land, every tribe received and inheritance of the land according to Leviticus 20:23-24 “And ye shall not walk in the manners of the nation, which I cast out before you: for they committed all these things, and therefore I abhorred them. But I have said unto you, Ye shall inherit their land, and I will give it unto you to possess it, a land that floweth with milk and honey: I am the Lord your God, which have separated you from other people.”

The tribe of the Levities received an inheritance of the Lord according to Numbers 18:20-23 “And the Lord spake unto Aaron, Thou shalt have no inheritance in their land, neither shalt thou have any part among them: I am thy part and thine inheritance among the children of Israel. And, behold, I have given the children of Levi all the tenth in Israel for an inheritance, for their service which they serve, even the service of the tabernacle of the congregation. Neither must the children of Israel henceforth come nigh the tabernacle of the congregation, lest they bear sin, and die. But the Levites shall do the service of the tabernacle of the congregation, and they shall bear their iniquity: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations, that among the children of Israel they have no inheritance.”

Aaron, his house, his sons house and his father’s house were chosen by God to bear the sins of iniquity in Numbers 18:1-5; it states “And the Lord said unto Aaron, Thou and thy sons and thy father’s house with thee shall bear the iniquity of the sanctuary: and thou and thy sons with thee shall bear the iniquity of your priesthood. And thy brethren also of the tribe of Levi, the tribe of thy father, bring thou with thee, that they may be joined unto thee, and minister unto thee: but thou and thy sons with thee shall minister before the tabernacle of witness. And they shall keep thy charge, and the charge of all the tabernacle: only they shall not come nigh the vessels of the sanctuary and the altar, that neither they, nor ye also, die. And they shall be joined unto thee, and keep the charge of the tabernacle of the congregation, for all the service of the tabernacle: and a stranger shall not come nigh unto you. And ye shall keep the charge of the sanctuary, and the charge of the altar: that there be no wrath any more upon the children of Israel.

  1. The Levities had no inheritance of land, they relied on the other tribes of Israel to give a tenth for the Levites service. Instead of an inheritance, they received the tithe of the land.
  2. In Numbers 18:23, the Levites were commanded to bear the iniquity of the sins of Israel. This is why they were required in Numbers 8:18-26 to “make an atonement” for the children of Israel. They were purified and cleansed to do the work of the tabernacle.
  3. Only the Levites, Aaron, his house, his father’s house or hi sons house could enter the sanctuary. If anyone else besides the Levities entered the tabernacle, they were put to death. If any other tribe attempted the Lord’s work, they were to be killed. Only the Levites were able to “keep charge of the sanctuary” (and altar) for God to withhold his wrath on Israel.

Levitical Law on Tithes

In Nehemiah, Numbers, and Deuteronomy (to name a few), it outlines the Levitical laws. These laws (613 of them) were put into effect by Moses from the direction of God on the mount of Sinai. It would be a great benefit to you to read through theses chapters to see the laws Moses put into place.

Nehemiah 10:37-38 states “And to bring the firstfruits of our ground, and the firstfruits of all fruit of all trees, year by year, unto the house of the Lord: Also the firstborn of our sons, and of our cattle, as it is written in the law, and the firstlings of our herds and of our flocks, to bring to the house of our God, unto the priests that minister in the house of our God: And that we should bring the firstfruits of our dough, and our offerings, and the fruit of all manner of trees, of wine and of oil, unto the priests, to the chambers of the house of our God; and the tithes of our ground unto the Levites, that the same Levites might have the tithes in all the cities of our tillage. And the priest the son of Aaron shall be with the Levites, when the Levites take tithes: and the Levites shall bring up the tithe of the tithes unto the house of our God, to the chambers, into the treasure house.”

Nehemiah 12:44 “And at that time were some appointed over the chambers for the treasures, for the offerings, for the firstfruits, and for the tithes, to gather into them out of the fields of the cities the portions of the law for the priests and Levites: for Judah rejoiced for the priests and for the Levites that waited.”

Nehemiah 13:5 “And he had prepared for him a great chamber, where aforetime they laid the meat offerings, the frankincense, and the vessels, and the tithes of the corn, the new wine, and the oil, which was commanded to be given to the Levites, and the singers, and the porters; and the offerings of the priests.”

Nehemiah 13:12 “Then brought all Judah the tithe of the corn and the new wine and the oil unto the treasuries.”

Numbers 18:24-28 “But the tithes of the children of Israel, which they offer as an heave offering unto the Lord, I have given to the Levites to inherit: therefore I have said unto them, Among the children of Israel they shall have no inheritance. And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Thus speak unto the Levites, and say unto them, When ye take of the children of Israel the tithes which I have given you from them for your inheritance, then ye shall offer up an heave offering of it for the Lord, even a tenth part of the tithe. And this your heave offering shall be reckoned unto you, as though it were the corn of the threshingfloor, and as the fulness of the winepress. Thus ye also shall offer an heave offering unto the Lord of all your tithes, which ye receive of the children of Israel; and ye shall give thereof the Lord‘S heave offering to Aaron the priest.”

Deuteronomy 12:6 “And thither ye shall bring your burnt offerings, and your sacrifices, and your tithes, and heave offerings of your hand, and your vows, and your freewill offerings, and the firstlings of your herds and of your flocks: And there ye shall eat before the Lord your God, and ye shall rejoice in all that ye put your hand unto, ye and your households, wherein the Lord thy God hath blessed thee.

Deuteronomy 12:11 “Then there shall be a place which the LORD your God shall choose to cause his name to dwell there; thither shall ye bring all that I command you; your burnt offerings, and your sacrifices, your tithes, and the heave offering of your hand, and all your choice vows which ye vow unto the LORD:”

Deuteronomy 12:17 “Thou mayest not eat within thy gates the tithe of thy corn, or of thy wine, or of thy oil, or the firstlings of thy herds or of thy flock, nor any of thy vows which thou vowest, nor thy freewill offerings, or heave offering of thine hand:”

Hebrews 7:5-9 “And verily they that are of the sons of Levi, who receive the office of the priesthood, have a commandment to take tithes of the people according to the law, that is, of their brethren, though they come out of the loins of Abraham: But he whose descent is not counted from them received tithes of Abraham, and blessed him that had the promises. And without all contradiction the less is blessed of the better. And here men that die receive tithes; but there he receiveth them, of whom it is witnessed that he liveth. And as I may so say, Levi also, who receiveth tithes, payed tithes in Abraham.”

2 Chronicles 31:5-6 “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.”

  1. Israel was required to bring the firstfruits of the ground, fruit of the trees, firslings of the heard and flock, dough, wine and oil to the preist that minister in the house of God. Not all Levites were high priest who ministered in the house of God. The firstfruits offerings were for the high priest only. The high Priest, starting with Aaron, were Aaron’s sons (his family). Exodus 23:19 “The first of the firstfruits of thy land thou shalt bring into the house of the LORD thy God. Thou shalt not seethe a kid in his mother’s milk.”
  2. Deuteronomy 26:12: The tithe was to be given to “the Levite, the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, that they may eat within thy gates, and be filled;”
  3. Numbers 18:24-28: The Levites had different vocations within the priesthood. When they received a tithe, the Levite priest gave a tithe of the tithe (10%) to the high priest (house of Aaron). This was also referred to as the heave offering.
  4. Deuteronomy 12:22 explains the tithe was only of the increase, and only of the seed,” tithe all the increase of thy seed, that the field bringeth forth year by year.”
  5. Even though there is a standard money system (shekel), there is never a mention of money being produced as a tithe. Not once.
  6. Freewill offerings are mentioned. Freewill offereings are above and beyond what it lawfully required by the law to be fulfilled for salvation.
  7. Deuteronomy 12:6: The tithe was for you to rejoice an worship in the Lord with others who have no inheritance.
  8. Deuteronomy 12:17: God is giving a command to not eat the tithe within the gates (only the Levites were allowed there). He’s pretty serious (earlier stated he would put to death a man) about not entering the temple unless you were a Levite.

Tithe and Money

Deuteronomy 14:22-29 “Thou shalt truly tithe all the increase of thy seed, that the field bringeth forth year by year. And thou shalt eat before the Lord thy God, in the place which he shall choose to place his name there, the tithe of thy corn, of thy wine, and of thine oil, and the firstlings of thy herds and of thy flocks; that thou mayest learn to fear the Lord thy God always. And if the way be too long for thee, so that thou art not able to carry it; or if the place be too far from thee, which the Lord thy God shall choose to set his name there, when the Lord thy God hath blessed thee: Then shalt thou turn it into money, and bind up the money in thine hand, and shalt go unto the place which the Lord thy God shall choose: And thou shalt bestow that money for whatsoever thy soul lusteth after, for oxen, or for sheep, or for wine, or for strong drink, or for whatsoever thy soul desireth: and thou shalt eat there before the Lord thy God, and thou shalt rejoice, thou, and thine household, And the Levite that is within thy gates; thou shalt not forsake him; for he hath no part nor inheritance with thee. At the end of three years thou shalt bring forth all the tithe of thine increase the same year, and shalt lay it up within thy gates: And the Levite, (because he hath no part nor inheritance with thee,) and the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, which are within thy gates, shall come, and shall eat and be satisfied; that the Lord thy God may bless thee in all the work of thine hand which thou doest.”

  1. The only mention of tithes and money in the Bible is in Deuteronomy where God commands an Isrealite to turn in his increase from the year for money if he is unable to carry the increase to where God has directed him to worship and provide his tithes and offerings. Deuteronomy 14:24-25: “And if the way be too long for thee, so that thou art not able to carry it; or if the place be too far from thee, which the Lord thy God shall choose to set his name there, when the Lord thy God hath blessed thee: Then shalt thou turn it into money, and bind up the money in thine hand, and shalt go unto the place which the Lord thy God shall choose.” God directs you to turn your money back into food when you arrive.
  2. You were to purchase whatever your soul lusteth after. Deuteronomy 14:25-27: “And thou shalt bestow that money for whatsoever thy soul lusteth after, for oxen, or for sheep, or for wine, or for strong drink, or for whatsoever thy soul desireth: and thou shalt eat there before the Lord thy God, and thou shalt rejoice, thou, and thine household, And the Levite that is within thy gates; thou shalt not forsake him; for he hath no part nor inheritance with thee.”
  3. God really just wants you to be a giver and worship him with a happy heart of giving, communing and feasting together with those less fortunate (no inheritance) so he can bless the work of your hand.

 

Jubilee & Laws for Redeeming Tithes

In Leviticus 27 the chapter discusses vows and tithes. In essence, it describes the Levitical Law and the penalty of redeeming seed, livestock, land and man from the priest (what was given to God). Previous chapters discuss, redemption, Jubilee, obedience and punishments for redeeming items vowed for the Lord. This chapter discusses the penalties for redemption and basically adding a fifth to the price for redeeming a tithe before the Jubilee. This was part of the Levitical Laws given from God to Moses for the children of Israel (this law was later fulfilled by Jesus and is no longer required). For the specific use of the words tithes, we pick up in verse 29.

Leviticus 27:29-32 states: “And all the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land, or of the fruit of the tree, is the Lord‘s: it is holy unto the Lord. And if a man will at all redeem ought of his tithes, he shall add thereto the fifth part thereof. And concerning the tithe of the herd, or of the flock, even of whatsoever passeth under the rod, the tenth shall be holy unto the Lord. He shall not search whether it be good or bad, neither shall he change it: and if he change it at all, then both it and the change thereof shall be holy; it shall not be redeemed. These are the commandments, which the Lord commanded Moses for the children of Israel in mount Sinai.”

  1. A tithe that was only of the Land (seed or fruit) if redeemed by the man who vowed it was required to add (in shekels) a fifth (20%) more of the price a priest valued the seed or fruit.
  2. When it came to the flock or herd, it wasn’t the first tenth but the last tenth that was to be holy unto God “whatsoever passeth under the rod, the tenth shall be holy unto the Lord.” It was the tenth tenth (last one under).
  3. The Irealities were not to judge that which was given to God as holy. If they did and attempted to change it (for example, a strong ox was to be given, but they wanted to keep the strong ox and give a weaker ox), then to keep the law, both ox were required to be given.

Leviticus 27:26 states: “Only the firstling of the beasts, which should be the Lord‘s firstling, no man shall sanctify it; whether it be ox, or sheep: it is the Lord‘s”

  1. This verse refers to the fact that it was not a tithe of the whole beast of the field, but just the new beast (only a tithe of the increase). The firstling(s) were the increase. As described in verse 32, the tenth firstling was to be tithed to the Lord as holy.

How to complete the Tithe

Deuteronomy 26:12-19 “ When thou hast made an end of tithing all the tithes of thine increase the third year, which is the year of tithing, and hast given it unto the Levite, the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, that they may eat within thy gates, and be filled; Then thou shalt say before the Lord thy God, I have brought away the hallowed things out of mine house, and also have given them unto the Levite, and unto the stranger, to the fatherless, and to the widow, according to all thy commandments which thou hast commanded me: I have not transgressed thy commandments, neither have I forgotten them. I have not eaten thereof in my mourning, neither have I taken away ought thereof for any unclean use, nor given ought thereof for the dead: but I have hearkened to the voice of the Lord my God, and have done according to all that thou hast commanded me. Look down from thy holy habitation, from heaven, and bless thy people Israel, and the land which thou hast given us, as thou swarest unto our fathers, a land that floweth with milk and honey. This day the Lord thy God hath commanded thee to do these statutes and judgments: thou shalt therefore keep and do them with all thine heart, and with all thy soul. Thou hast avouched the Lord this day to be thy God, and to walk in his ways, and to keep his statutes, and his commandments, and his judgments, and to hearken unto his voice: And the Lord hath avouched thee this day to be his peculiar people, as he hath promised thee, and that thou shouldest keep all his commandments; And to make thee high above all nations which he hath made, in praise, and in name, and in honour; and that thou mayest be an holy people unto the Lord thy God, as he hath spoken.”

God loves a humble heart. James 4:10 states: “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.”

Amos 4:4 “Come to Bethel, and transgress; at Gilgal multiply transgression; and bring your sacrifices every morning, and your tithes after three years:”

  1. God speaks of the Israelite people not returning to him. He mentions sacrifices and tithes as a ritual the people do to gain grace, but their hearts are not turned toward God, so it’s ineffective.
  2. Before the tithe was to be complete, a prayer was to be completed where you brought a humble heart before God.
  3. This goes back to the heart. God is more concerned about presenting a humble heart.

Transition of Priest

2 Chronicles 31:12 “And brought in the offerings and the tithes and the dedicated things faithfully: over which Cononiah the Levite was ruler, and Shimei his brother was the next.”

  1. This verse simply refers to the transition from one high priest to another. That is all.

 

Stepping away from God

Before examining these verses, keep in mind the following verses are under the Levitical Law and applied to that law.

Malachi 3:8-10: “Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation. Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.”

Matthew 23:23: “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.”

Luke 11:42: “But woe unto you, Pharisees! for ye tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass over judgment and the love of God: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.”

Luke 18:12: “I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.”

  1. God is speaking to men and advising them of the wicked ways they have robbed Him, by not allowing the Levitical priest to continue in his work. Since they were the only ones who could make atonement for the sins of the whole nation. Without a tithe, the Levites could not manage to survive, and the whole system collapse. Israelites, once again had become stiff-necked and walked away from God.
  2. You can measure to the greatest amount of your property to tithe, and spend ample time doing so, but if you cannot keep the whole law, expecially the more important part, then you fail in God’s eyes. Remember, it’s not what you think is important; it’s what God thinks is important.
  3. God mentions the storehouse, and “mine house.” As the theme has always been, God is more interested in the Israelites having a heart humbled toward Him for His house than He is for keeping the law.
  4. Having a humble heart will go further to justify you in God’s eyes. Paying tithes did not justify you. Jesus is speaking in reference to a parable about the publican and the Pharisee. He ultimately states that attempting to follow the law, but leaving out any of it and being proud about your work (the Pharisee) will not inherit the kingdom of God. If you humbly fall to your face and asked God for mercy (the publican), you will leave justified.
  5. With the Israelites continually walking away from God, God’s love created a new way to fulfill the law.

Jesus Fulfilled the Law

God sent his one and only son (John 3:15-17), Jesus to be born a human, live a sinless life, die on the Cross, and rise again three days later. He completed the ultimate sacrifice so we could find salvation. Jesus came “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.” – Matthew 5:17 to fulfill the law.

Colossians 2:14: “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;

John 1:17: “For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.”

Read Hebrews 7:5-28, where Jesus became the last priest and in there it is states “For there is verily a disannulling of the commandment…”

Galatians 3:23-25: “But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed. Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.

The law of Moses (levitical Law) is not destroyed, it is not removed, it is still intact for the children of Israel. The Levitical priest were to be washed, cleaned and purified to perform the sanctuary duties of atonement and bear the sins of iniquity. This sounds familiar to what Jesus did for us. God knew the people would not be able to sustain (they continued to rob Him of their salvation, many times). The Lord sent Jesus, who was already pure, to be the ultimate tithe, sacrifice and offering for our sins (atonement and to bear the sins of iniquity). Jesus came to fulfill all the requirements of the Law. Salvation can be acquired simply by humbling your heart to believe in Christ, His birth, death, and being baptized into His resurrection. Again, the law still exist, but there are no more Levites, and there is no need for Levites as Jesus is the eternal high priest who has fulfilled the entire law (“Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.” – Hebrew 6:20). Jesus is the final high priest, the final priest in the order of Melchisedec.

Jesus is the church. He has fulfill the duties of the Levites forever. John 2:19-22: “Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up. Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days? But he spake of the temple of his body. When therefore he was risen from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this unto them; and they believed the scripture, and the word which Jesus had said.” God never changes “Malachi 3:6 “For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.” And God desires we still keep His commandments expressed in James 2:10 “For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become accountable for all of it.” The laws are still valid, but we have no need for animal sacrifice, Passover blood, burnt offerings, Levitical priest, tithing, etc… If a tithe was required, don’t you need to follow the whole law and offer sacrifices and burnt offerings? Not any more, because Jesus has fulfilled that for us. There are no curses, as the law has been fulfilled. If you can be cursed for one thing you did not do, then what was the blood of Jesus for? Really, if it can’t cover everything, then it is not perfect and everything falls apart. But, the good news is that it not only can cover everything, but it does cover everything.

 

Overview

There are 3 types of tithes in the bible:

  1. Abrahams offer of a one-time tithe to Melchizedeck of Abrahams increase from his war earnings.
  2. Jacobs own covenant of a continual tithe to God, if God blessed Jacob first. This eventually came about through the children of Israel (Levitical tithe).
  3. The Levitical Tithe which was only from the increase of the land (seed, fruit, livestock), to be shared (worshipped to God) with the fatherless, poor, Levites, widows and those with no inheritance. This tithe was eternally fulfilled when Jesus (a pure, clean, perfect man) was sacrificed on the cross for atonement of our iniquity; no longer requiring a Levite Tribe to make atonement for the children of Israel.

Things to ponder:

  1. Who tithed in the Bible? Abraham, Jacob and the people of Israel and the Pharisees.
  2. Who didn’t tithe in the Bible? Jesus, Paul, David, Sampson, the Disciples, Adam, Eve, Cain, Able, Ester, Joseph, Elijah, Isaac, etc…
  3. Under the law of Moses, God commanded that only the Levites collected tithes (there are no Levite priest today (Numbers 18:21)).
  4. Tithes were only of the increase of food or livestock products from the land.
  5. Money was and has never been a tithable commodity. I believe God knew people would become corrupt from money (“For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.” – 1 Timothy 6:10) as happened in Matthew 12:12-13 “And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves, And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.”
  6. Believing converts were never asked to tithe anything to the Ekklesia (church).
  7. Tithing in the Ekklesia (church) first appears centuries after completion of the scriptures.
  8. The tithe comes from the “land,” not the air or the sea. Fishermen were not required to tithe fish, carpenters not required to tithe for their earnings.
  9. In the Levitical Law, of “herds or flocks” it was the “tenth” that passed under the rod that was holy and dedicated to God.

Giving

“Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.” – 2 Corinthians 9:7 Giving is a whole other subject, and God loves a cheerful (out of the love from your heart) giver. Don’t confuse not being bound to tithing through the fulfillment of Jesus and relate it to not giving. Giving is good. Look at the Operation Cross Training study on “Biblical Giving” for more information.

 

A Simple Question

Clearly, tithing is not a requirement anymore. Jesus has fulfilled the law (not done away with it). So, to sum up this study let’s remember a very simple yet powerful verse: John 14:15: “If ye love me, keep my commandments.”

Can you show me where and how God commands me to tithe?

 


References from KJV:

Genesis 14:20 And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he gave him tithes of all.

Leviticus 27:30 And all the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land, or of the fruit of the tree, is the LORD’S: it is holy unto the LORD.

Leviticus 27:31 And if a man will at all redeem ought of his tithes, he shall add thereto the fifth part thereof.

Leviticus 27:32 And concerning the tithe of the herd, or of the flock, even of whatsoever passeth under the rod, the tenth shall be holy unto the LORD.

Numbers 18:24 But the tithes of the children of Israel, which they offer as an heave offering unto the LORD, I have given to the Levites to inherit: therefore I have said unto them, Among the children of Israel they shall have no inheritance.

Numbers 18:26 Thus speak unto the Levites, and say unto them, When ye take of the children of Israel the tithes which I have given you from them for your inheritance, then ye shall offer up an heave offering of it for the LORD, even a tenth part of the tithe

Numbers 18:28 Thus ye also shall offer an heave offering unto the LORD of all your tithes, which ye receive of the children of Israel; and ye shall give thereof the LORD’S heave offering to Aaron the priest.

Deuteronomy 12:6 And thither ye shall bring your burnt offerings, and your sacrifices, and your tithes, and heave offerings of your hand, and your vows, and your freewill offerings, and the firstlings of your herds and of your flocks:

Deuteronomy 12:11 Then there shall be a place which the LORD your God shall choose to cause his name to dwell there; thither shall ye bring all that I command you; your burnt offerings, and your sacrifices, your tithes, and the heave offering of your hand, and all your choice vows which ye vow unto the LORD:

Deuteronomy 12:17 Thou mayest not eat within thy gates the tithe of thy corn, or of thy wine, or of thy oil, or the firstlings of thy herds or of thy flock, nor any of thy vows which thou vowest, nor thy freewill offerings, or heave offering of thine hand:

Deuteronomy 14:22  Thou shalt truly tithe all the increase of thy seed, that the field bringeth forth year by year.

Deuteronomy 14:23  And thou shalt eat before the LORD thy God, in the place which he shall choose to place his name there, the tithe of thy corn, of thy wine, and of thine oil, and the firstlings of thy herds and of thy flocks; that thou mayest learn to fear the LORD thy God always.

Deuteronomy 14:28 At the end of three years thou shalt bring forth all the tithe of thine increase the same year, and shalt lay it up within thy gates:

Deuteronomy 26:12 When thou hast made an end of tithing all the tithes of thine increase the third year, which is the year of tithing, and hast given it unto the Levite, the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, that they may eat within thy gates, and be filled;

2 Chronicles 31:5 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 31:6 And concerning the children of Israel and Judah, that dwelt in the cities of Judah, they also brought in the tithe of oxen and sheep, and the tithe of holy things which were consecrated unto the LORD their God, and laid them by heaps.

2 Chronicles 31:12 And brought in the offerings and the tithes and the dedicated things faithfully: over which Cononiah the Levite was ruler, and Shimei his brother was the next.

Nehemiah 10:37 And that we should bring the firstfruits of our dough, and our offerings, and the fruit of all manner of trees, of wine and of oil, unto the priests, to the chambers of the house of our God; and the tithes of our ground unto the Levites, that the same Levites might have the tithes in all the cities of our tillage.

Nehemiah 10:38 And the priest the son of Aaron shall be with the Levites, when the Levites take tithes: and the Levites shall bring up the tithe of the tithes unto the house of our God, to the chambers, into the treasure house.

Nehemiah 12:44 And at that time were some appointed over the chambers for the treasures, for the offerings, for the firstfruits, and for the tithes, to gather into them out of the fields of the cities the portions of the law for the priests and Levites: for Judah rejoiced for the priests and for the Levites that waited.

Nehemiah 13:5 And he had prepared for him a great chamber, where aforetime they laid the meat offerings, the frankincense, and the vessels, and the tithes of the corn, the new wine, and the oil, which was commanded to be given to the Levites, and the singers, and the porters; and the offerings of the priests.

Nehemiah 13:12 Then brought all Judah the tithe of the corn and the new wine and the oil unto the treasuries.

Amos 4:4 Come to Bethel, and transgress; at Gilgal multiply transgression; and bring your sacrifices every morning, and your tithes after three years:

Malachi 3:8 Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.

Malachi 3:10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.

Matthew 23:23 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.

Luke 11:42 But woe unto you, Pharisees! for ye tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass over judgment and the love of God: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.

Luke 18:12 I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.

Hebrews 7:5 And verily they that are of the sons of Levi, who receive the office of the priesthood, have a commandment to take tithes of the people according to the law, that is, of their brethren, though they come out of the loins of Abraham:

Hebrews 7:6 But he whose descent is not counted from them received tithes of Abraham, and blessed him that had the promises.

Hebrews 7:8 And here men that die receive tithes; but there he receiveth them, of whom it is witnessed that he liveth.

Hebrews 7:9 And as I may so say, Levi also, who receiveth tithes, payed tithes in Abraham.

 


 

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