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Explain Biblical Tithing

Tithing. Is it Old Testament, New Testament, or neither? Scriptures show that it began before the Old Testament. Opinions according to SCRIPTURES?

Moderator - Take the Financial Bible Quiz to stick with scriptures. Tithing began and ended with the Law of Moses. Two examples of a ONE time tithe was given before the Law. The New Testament tells us to be Givers. Nobody follows the tithing laws today - not even a Jew because it's next to impossible to follow the rules of the Law of tithing.

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A young man gave his life to Christ and was taught to tithe 10%. He made $50. a week. He found tithing no problem. As the years pasted, he was making $150,000 a week, tithing became a problem. Should he tithe from the $150,000 a week or should he go back to making $50. a week were tithing was no problem?
---Rev_Herb on 5/16/08

The origin of the law is love. All the law therefore is fulfilled by love. A purpose of love was to expose sin. Tithing, offerings, sacrifices, firstlings were about values; what is first, what is important. The priests failed in putting God first. "Gain" was first.
Giving tithes in an idolatrous fashion to institutional and orgainizational obedience is sin. The principle of the law leads us to Christ. In Christ we are the sacrifice. Using the law to serve men is darkness.
---jhonny on 5/15/07

Here is a secret quiet way to give.-- should you be presented with a situation where someone is in true need. Give to that situation as much as you possibly can, with no expectation of being paid back, no government record so you can escape taxes, and you will find that God will put in your heart the knowledge that your actions please Him.
---mima on 5/13/07

a servant, you are absolutely correct. Tithe came from increase as stated in Deut. what was tithed is defined in Leviticus, we must use the scriptures in conjunction with each other to establish the whole picture. The tithe was from the excess of the land, seed, flock, and herd. One scripture cannot negate another to do so would show inconsictency in the word, which we know is impossible.
---Ryan on 7/11/06

Deut 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:

Tithe was based upon "increase", not seed. In whatever form "increase" came, that was to be tithed upon, whether seed, animals, or gifts. The levites did not normally farm or ranch, but they tithed on the tithes they received. All increase come from God.

Yet, you are welcome to disregard Scripture if you wish.
---a_servant on 7/11/06

Ryan, I listened to a talk given by visiting missionaries some years ago. They showed us slides of the local people bringing their offerings on the Sunday morning. One brought 2 carrots, another an onion etc. These were kept by the missionary to feed his wife and family for the week. We were told that what they brought was in excess of the 10% of what they had. To us it looked almost nothing but they were giving sacrificially.
---M.P. on 7/11/06

Here in Leviticus we have the explination of tithe. of the land (crops), the seed of the land or of the fruit tree, the herd and the flock. Nowhere in this discription of tithing do I see money. Where was the tithe changed from these to money? Who changed God's law?
---Ryan on 7/11/06

Lev 27:30 'Thus all the tithe of the land, of the seed of the land or of the fruit of the tree, is the LORD'S; it is holy to the LORD. Lev 27:32 'For every tenth part of herd or flock, whatever passes under the rod, the tenth one shall be holy to the LORD.
---Ryan on 7/11/06

Let us continue to look at pre-law practices of Abram. If we are going to structure worship based on what Abram did than we must not pick-and-choose, we must remain consistent with all his practices. Abram also offered sacrifices, so to remain consistent with pre-law practices let's start sacrificing as well. Anyone see how rediculous this can get?
---Ryan on 7/11/06

The moderator is absolutely correct. Abram did tithe, this does predate the law. Let's examine the situation closely. Abram did not tithe of his personal income or assets. The tithe he gave was from the spoils of the war he engaged in to save his nephew. So if a Christian goes to war and receives spoils than he must tithe from those spoils to the high priest of the land. This is the lesson learned from this story.
---Ryan on 7/11/06

Notice that Heb 7 says "a change of law" v. 12, not an elimination of law.

The type of priesthood was changed, which caused the sin sacrifice to be eliminated.

The requirement to tithe was not eliminated.

Tithing was never a sin sacrifice. It was part of the "heave" offerings (Num 18), which was one type of 'thanksgiving' offering.
---a_servant on 7/10/06

Num 18:8 . . . I also have given thee . . . mine heave offerings . . . unto thee have I given them by reason of the anointing, and to thy sons, by an ordinance for ever.

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:

When God says the tithes are an inheritance forever, is God lying?

Since Jesus is now the High Priest, tithes are now His inheritance, forever.
---a_servant on 7/10/06

Heb 7 explains that tithing to the living Priest continues - v. 8 . . . but there he receiveth them . . . "receiveth" is present tense.

The change of law referred to sin sacrifices, no longer required because of the sacrifice of the Lamb.

v. 12 For the priesthood being changed, made necessary a change also of the law.

v. 27 Who needeth not daily . . . to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people's: for this he did once, when he offered up himself.
---a_servant on 7/10/06

The Law has changed! Read Heb.7. Titheing was made law. It was for the Levitical priesthood. The Levitical priesthood is abolished and of necessity there is a change of the law also. Go read it now. We have 2 laws. Love God and our fellow man. Were there is no law, sin is not imputed. There is no law that teaches me, a Gentile under grace, to tithe.
---john on 7/10/06

When Jesus and the apostol were asked if they would pay the temple tax, Jesus said yes to the apostol lest they should offend them. If you keep one law are you keeping the others also?
---Thomas_D. on 7/10/06

Christians are ALWAYS under God's Law. The new covenant never abrogated God's Law, nor our duty to obey.

Eze 36:27 And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes . . .

Jer 31:33 . . . I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.

Mt 22:40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

Jn 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
---a_servant on 7/10/06

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A servent--When Jesus lived, men were still under the Law. The temple was still right there in Jerusalem and tithes were required.
It was only after His death that the New Covenant came into effect. A "non-tither" may give even more than 10% because he gives "as God has prospered him" (I Cor. 16:2)
---Donna2277 on 7/8/06

Moderator, I read & saw that tithing began before the law. So it should still be carried out today. Let's lay that aside for a minute. Question, why do you think that many people don't like to give period? There's no excuse for it.

Moderator - Not giving is unbiblical also. Keep in mind a giver can give more than 10%. Some have the Gift of Giving as mentioned in Romans and give more than 10%.
---Rickey on 7/7/06

I wonder to what degree, if not all, that the false prosperity gospel has a bearing on tithing being proclaimed and taught.
---Helen_5378 on 7/7/06

Moderator, tithing was not an old testament law. Tithing began before the law did. Tithing wasn't a law, but obedience. Tithing was in Genesis, but the law wasn't until Exodus.

Moderator - Better reread the Laws because it is a Biblical fact tithing was part of the Law.
---Rickey on 7/7/06

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Jacob promised to God he would tithe but who would he have given it to?
---Thomas_D. on 7/7/06

Moderator, you are not right in stating that tithing began and ended with the law of Moses. What do you think Cain and Abel were doing with the firstfruits? And what about the woman who gave everything she had in the NT (the widow's mite)? People today need to strive to give their part. Jesus did not abolish tithing. Where did you get such an idea? What are you thinking? Please contact me and explain!

Moderator - The New Testament teaches Giving not tithing. Nobody on this planet tithes, they are giving. It is impossible to follow the Old Testament tithing Laws.
---Amy9384 on 7/6/06

Tithing was established before the Law was established. 'Tithe' means a tenth (Strongs #4643).

Gen 14:18 And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God.
19 And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth:
20 And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he gave him tithes of all.
---a_servant on 7/4/06

Mt 23:23 . . . ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin . . . these ought ye to have done . . .

Lk 11:42 But woe unto you, Pharisees! for ye tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs . . . these ought ye to have done . . .

Jesus recognized the need for tithing.

Lk 24:27 And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.

Jesus taught from the OT. Modern disrespect for the OT is arrogant disrespect for God.
---a_servant on 7/4/06

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Since tithing began before the Old Testament did don't you think that tithing is for today? According to scripture it is an act of worship or homage toward God.
---Rickey on 7/3/06

Biblical tithing is the Old Testament only and because it was part of the Old Covenant it has been done away with by Jesus on the Cross. Hebrews 10:9 "...He takes away the first that He may establish the second". Colossians 2:14 "having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the Cross". In the New Testament "God loves a cheerful giver" (2 Corinthians 9:7).
---Helen_5378 on 7/3/06

The young man had to be giving 10% not tithing because there is no Jewish temple and blood sacrifices today. Maybe the young man is in the third year of the tithe when you eat your tithe according to tithing rules.
---Moderator on 7/3/06

good, moderator! tithing revenue gathering! only time mentioned after resurrection, Paul got house fellowships to get finances together for persecuted brothers in jerusalem. suggested they put 10% aside until he arrived, then he and whoever else was chosen by each group was to take it to them. The true believers are the temple of Yahuweh today!! "church" buildings are reenactment of sun temple ideology! called babylon in rev. 18.we all must come out!! and leave false doctrines!!
---dave on 7/3/06

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I wonder how tithing became a problem to this young man. In my view 10percent is too little actually.
---pkay on 7/3/06

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