Tithe Of Mint, Dill And Cummin
Matt 23:23 "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cummin..." Why did they tithe of mint, dill & cummin? Were these expensive spices? If the scribes and Pharisees were tithing of spices why do chruches today receive tithes of money?
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---Ryan on 9/4/06
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10% is a good starting point, just as 6 days of work is a good foundation.
And one may even call it a "tithe" in a general sense if it is 10%, since "tithe" is the Hebrew for 10%.
But to relate this to the Levitical tithe of crops and livestock, for the feeding of the Levites, widows, and orphans, is quite unbiblical.
The book of Hebrews related the one-time tithe of Abraham toward an "eternal" priest to the on-going Levitical tithe.
Heb 7:12 For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law.
---micha9344 on 4/21/14|
Hello, my own belief, like the word says Mal.3:10,
at church,my friend "Alice"husband wasn't saved, he wouldn't give her a dime to put in church, but she cooked homemade dinners, sold them..gave all $ proceeds to the church.
Love of Jesus! Elena9555
---Elena9555 on 4/21/14|
---barry on 12/9/10
So how much do you give. Is this an argument to give more or less, sacrificially or tipping. The 10% is a good starting point for most people because it is both a sacrifice, commitment, and signficant.
---Scott1 on 4/21/14|
It actually means that Pharisees tried to follow the rules of the scriptures and even gave tithes of mint, anise and cummin( petty things like spices)not only their earnings. However, according to this verse they had neglected important things related to law, judgement, mercy and faith.
---boaz on 4/21/14|
NO where in the bible does it say that tithing is 10% of your income. When JESUS was yelling at the Pharisees about tithing spices, but not Loving, JESUS was still a Jew under law. HE was not talking to Christians. Abraham tithed 10% of his spoils he recieved from war. Abraham was already a rich man before he made this 1 time tythe. Do not let Preachers say to you "tithing is a benchmark of where you should start", they all say that. Giving is from the heart where GOD directs you to give. Follow your heart, don't follow this false teaching of man. If you listen closely to 10 tithing pastors they all say the same thing. Trust GOD Pastors. People are studying this for themselves and finding out the truth, it is not hidden lies anymore.
---barry on 12/9/10|
Churches/pastors today want money because the car dealer,mortgage companies,grocery stores,jewelers,furriers,travel agencies do not take cummin, dill and mint for payment. Cold hard cash is needed and highly desired. And will always be the payment of choice. Just let him(pasotr) tell you all about in Malachi chap 3,a cccording to him(pastor)
---Robyn on 12/29/09|
The spices are common household seasonings for food, and so requiring parishoners to give ten percent of these to the ministers and teachers showed how frenetic and hypocritical they were and lost their way of God and have gone to worthlessnes.
---Eloy on 11/30/09|
Even up to today, condemned hypocrites substitute obedience to God (ie: caring for souls) with performings of customs (ie: caring for money): God's law is not money, but God's law is love first to God and then love to your neighbor as yourself.
---Eloy on 11/29/09|
If we had obeyed God's commandments we would have stayed close to the land and we would have all our needs met. Instead we came into new inventions and employment to pay for them and are ensnared in a lifestyle that is destroying the world and our bodies.
Jesus said to tithe, but do not forget judgment, mercy and faith. (Matthew 23:23)
Correction is needed for all. Jesus said to live by EVERY word of God. (Matthew 4:4) He said, If they believe not Moses and the prophets, neither will they believe though one rise from the dead. (Luke 16:31) If Jesus walked into a Christian church today with these words, he would be rejected.
---MarieDevine on 11/29/09|
">>why do chruches today receive tithes of money?<<
I say because they do not understand the definition of "Tithe". In the OT, it was always food and came from farmers and herders. If they could not carry the food, they were told to sell it travel to the temple, and then use the money to buy a food tithe. As for spices, I think that was a comment on legalism. Spice is not really food per se, but the Pharisees were so legalistic they even tithed 10% of their spices too - but still had other spiritual problems apart from the law.
---obewan on 11/6/08|
Among other things I have heard Pentecostal preachers declare:
1. You cannot eat your tithe or give it to anybody
2.You PAY tithe, you don't GIVE tithe
but from Deut.12:6-7 & 14:22-29 the instruction is for your tithe and offerings (if you are still under the Law) to be eaten by
a)you and your household
Shall we rather obey God or man? Remember if we are neither hot nor cold He will spit us out. But then we refuse to study the Bible ourselves and we hold men in esteem
---Oghenemaro on 11/6/08|
The Pharisees (priests) were full of greed. They tithed in spices and kept all the money for themselves insead of using it for the sick, the poor, the homeless and the hungry. Gold was the most valuable of metals and they had much of it. They could have given Judas gold, however they purchased Christs' death with six pieces of silver.
---Ken on 6/4/08|
Back in those days>>A tithe or tenth of all produce was, by the Mosaic law, to be given for the use of the priests and Levites. Several species of mint grow in Palestine. Dill grew both wild and cultivated, its fruits being used for medicine. The seeds of cummin, were used as spice in seasoning. Yes, the Pharisees were most careful in keeping the law, except these people had a rotten heart. Woe to them!
---catherine on 5/28/08|
The Pharisees were trying to follow the Biblical principle of tithing to the letter, which doesn't say money, but to tithe of all your increase. So even the food they grew they'd tithe. Jesus' opinion about tithing is answered in the last part of this verse, Matthew 23:23 "...you pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone."
---Todd1 on 5/28/08|
Tithing is purely voluntary and not mandatory. It should come from a cheerful and willing heart. You are in essence asking God to invest 10% of your income in the mission field on your behalf.
---Chinyere on 5/28/08|
Chinyere: Thanks for your beautiful and well-said post. Tithing is voluntary and not mandatory. Now we can go and make our choices. You summed it up very well....thank you and God bless you
---Robyn on 6/11/07|
Churches today ask the congregation for their tithes -- the church is acting as though it is still living before the Cross. Tithing was a part of the Mosaic Law which Jesus did away with on the Cross. "God loves a cheerful giver" (2 Corinthians 9:7). One can hardly give cheerfully when compelled to do so. One can only truly give cheerfully when free from the Law.
---Helen_5378 on 6/10/07|
Donna2277. No not every Jew tithed. Tithes are defined as: from the land, of the seed of the land or the fruit of the tree, and the herd and the flock. If you did not have these you did not tithe of them. A fisherman that did not have herds or farms did not tithe.
---Ryan on 9/5/06|
Amen, Bruce. That's the meaning I've always taken from the passage. It's about the letter of the Law vs. the Spirit. Tithing of herbs, in this passage, was just an example.
---Donna2277 on 9/5/06|
Ryan-- Obviously Christians are not required to tithe. Have I been mis-taught all these years that Jews were required to tithe? Were carpenters and fishermen exempt? Never thought of it before, but there is no record of Jesus tithing. Was it only agricultural products that were accepted?
---Donna2277 on 9/5/06|
I beleive Jesus was condemning them for their being obsessed with the minutia of the law (mint, dill and cummin were very common herbs) but not keeping the spirit of the law. Just read the second part of the verse.
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."
---Bruce5656 on 9/5/06|
I'm not familliar with cummin but i do know that mint and dill grow very easily and are not expensive. It doesn't surprise me that the pharisees would tithe of something that wasn't worth much anyways.LOL.
The OT. tithe was of the increase which was mostly produce but it could be money if that was your increase.
---john on 9/5/06|
Donna2277, of what did a jewish carpenter tithe of? Of what did a jewish fisherman tithe of? Are you sure all jews tithed?
---Ryan on 9/4/06|
Jack, why was tithing based on agricultural produce? Did God have a reason for this specific form of tithe?
---Ryan on 9/4/06|
The Pharisees were so particular about every detail of the law that they tithed even spices: mint, dill and cumin..often while neglecting human compassion.
Yet today those who are obsessed by the law may elevate it above concern for others.
In Jesus day all Jews were required to tithe. It was essentially a "tax" to support the temple. Similarly, churches today use the "tithe" as a means of support, even though it is no longer required by God.
---Donna2277 on 9/4/06|
Tithing was based on agricultural produce, which would include these spices that grew in one's garden.
Leviticus does make provision for selling this tithe of produce, taking the money, and spending it on alcoholic drinks, rather than bringing it to the cultic shrine (eventually Jerusalem) where it might spoil on the way.
---Jack on 9/4/06|
Chinyere, where does the bible say a tithe is 10% of your income?
---Ryan on 9/4/06|