In the days of the OT, before the 1st Advent of Christ, tithes were paid to the oldest living patriarch (Melchizedek). When the Levitical priesthood was instituted, the tithes were given to them.
The tithes in the OT were NOT of money. It was the increase of the fruits of the land and livestock.
In the NT, the priesthood expired because Christ became our High Priest. We pay our tithes to Him. The tithes are NOT of money, or the increase of the land and livestock. There was no priesthood to give these things to.
The only thing that changed was the expiration of the priesthood and the oblations and rituals that went with the priesthood. Our tithes today are of our time and devotion to learning and proclaiming His Truths, and by loving our brethren.
The priests got physical tithes in the ancient days.
Yahweh gets our spiritual tithes today.
Today we must give from our abundance to those of our kinsman that are less fortunate or in need.
There is nothing 'wrong' with tithing money, if that is the way you wish to give. Yahweh would rather have your time and allegiance.
The “church” doctrine of tithing is NOT scriptural and as you will see in all the verses in this study, that money is never the context.
From H6240 ten; a tenth; especially a tithe: - tenth (part), tithe (-ing).
A primitive root (identical with H6238 wealth riches); to accumulate; but used only as denominative from H6235 accumulation; to tithe, that is, take or give a tenth: -
After Abram successfully rescued Lot and his family and slaughtered the enemy.
This Melchizedek at this time was Nahor, the oldest living patriarch. Adam was the first of the order of Melchizedek, Noah was the eighth. Melchizedek means preacher of righteousness.
The book of Jasher has:
16:11 And Adonizedek king of Jerusalem, the same was Shem, went out with his men to meet Abram and his people, with bread and wine, and they remained together in the valley of Melech.
12 And Adonizedek blessed Abram, and Abram gave him a tenth from all that he had brought from the spoil of his enemies, for Adonizedek was a priest before God.
The book of Jasher is Israelite literature and backs up scripture. One thing to be aware of though, is that the KJV and other books like Jasher are based off of the Masoretic texts. These are revisions and manipulated texts which the Jews tampered with. One great discrepancy is the chronology of the patriarchs. The Jews version has the time of Adam to Abraham about 600 years shorter, and the same from Abraham to Christ. This is to try to prove that Christ did not come yet.
Shem would not have been alive at the time of Abraham. The oldest living patriarch would have been Nahor, Abraham's older brother. Nahor would have been the oldest and highest preacher of righteousness in the order (office) of Melchizedek.
The blue text is from an article by L. Ray Smith (although wonderful research and commentary, Ray is incorrect in his belief that the Jews are descended from Judah, one of Jacobs sons. The true identity of the Jews can be easily and clearly traced from Cain, and later from Esau who married into the family of Cain, hence Canaanite and Edomite Jews)
Abraham went to war on behalf of Sodom (SODOM, mind you), to rescue his nephew, Lot. He then gave 10% of these spoils of war to Melchizedek, and allowed Sodom to keep 90%, while he himself kept NOTHING!
Jacob and his family were headed back to the land where Isaac dwelt. Esau was also around and Jacob knew Esau hated him. Yahweh came to Jacob in a dream and reassures him of the divine covenant with his fathers and with him. That Yahweh will always be with him and his seed, forever.
Back then the people associated their gods with the land. Yahweh is everywhere.
Bethel means House of El. El is short for Elohiym. The family of God.
This stone (pillar) is the very stone that was carried by the Israelites wherever they dwelt. The Stone of Destiny. It was later carried to Ireland, then Scotland and ultimately Britain. This stone was in the presence of the kings of Israel and rests under the coronation chair of the British throne. All the kings of Israel were anointed over this stone. Queen Elizabeth II is a descendant of David. QEII is not a Jew, she is a white woman. Although she married a Jew.
First Jacob truly recognizes God as God. He then begins to proposition God. He states that "IF" God will do this and "IF’ God will do the other things, "THEN" Jacob says, "shall Yahweh be my God." Jacob concludes his proposition to God, should God meet all of his requirements, by saying that of all the things that God will first give to Jacob, Jacob will give God back a tenth. Now don’t laugh. God honored Jacob’s proposition, and furthermore, God continued to honor this same principle of tithing all through Israel’s history. As Paul said, "Now what have you which you did not obtain?" (I Cor. 4:7) All that we possess comes from God.
And so, once more, we learn that Israel was not to tithe on what they did not first possess, unlike those today who teach that it is required to tithe on that which one does not already possess.
God is not partial and God is not a hypocrite. This example of Jacob proves that God doesn’t expect a tithe until He blessed the tithe payer first.
Let’s ask ourselves a reasonable question: Just how did Jacob actually give a tithe to God? Did he personally hand it to God? No, no one has ever even seen God. Did Jacob tithe to an angel? No, angels do not need and can’t use tithes. Did Jacob send his tithe to Heaven by Celestial Express? No. Did he take it to the local church? No, there was no local church. Did he take it to the Temple? No, there was no temple. Did he give it directly to one of the Levitic priests? No, there were no Levites as yet. Well how then did Jacob tithe to God? Was it even possible? Yes, there were actually two different ways that Jacob could tithe to God:
1. "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 Yahweh your God, and ye shall rejoice in all that ye put your hand unto, YE and YOUR HOUSEHOLDS, wherein Yahweh thy God hath blessed thee"(Deut. 12:6-7).
2. "And even though there were no Levites in Jacob’s day, nonetheless, there were "...the STRANGER, and the FATHERLESS, and the WIDOW, which are within thy gates, shall come, and SHALL EAT AND BE SATISFIED; that Yahweh thy God may bless thee in all the work of thine hand which thou doest" (Deut. 14:29).
That’s how God acknowledged a tithe from Jacob: By partaking of a portion himself and his family in communion and thanksgiving to God, and by sharing his fortune with those who were unfortunate, poor, strangers, etc.
Vows and tithes
Verses 2-33 concerns a dedication of men, women, beasts, land, etc., to Yahweh. The priest would estimate the value in temple shekels of what was dedicated. This was the price for redeeming the thing dedicated.
No selling or redeeming things devoted to Yahweh.
It seems in verse 31, if a man buys back of his tithes, he must pay an additional 20%.
Apparently they were able to buy back their tithes. Either way the priests would receive a tithe, or the value of the tithe + 20%.
In verse 32, as the herd or flock are counted, every tenth one is Yahweh's.
We learn a great deal about tithing in this section of Scripture:
The tithe comes from the "land," not the air or the sea. Fishermen were not required to tithe fish.
It was the "seed" or agricultural products from the fields that was holy to God and tithable.
Products from "trees" were to be tithed. This not only included the fruit, but oils, etc.
Of "herds or flocks" it was the "tenth" that passed under the rod that was holy and dedicated to God.
Another interesting point is this. If a herdsman had but nine cattle, he didn’t tithe his cattle at all! Also notice that God did not even require the best of the cattle, just the tenth one to pass under the rod even if it was the runtiest of them all. Remember, we are talking about tithing and not sacrificing (animals for sacrifice always had to be without blemish.)
Aaron and the Levitical priesthood.
Salt is a preserver. The law. By following Yahweh's laws and statutes, and speaking and acting with salt, those receiving the word (salt) will be preserved.
The Levites were responsible of seasoning the people with salt (the word).
The Levites were the mediators for the people to Yahweh.
After the Levites received the tithes from the people, the Levites then tithed 10% of the tithe they received from the people to Yahweh.
According to the above Scriptures, could just anyone claim to be a representative of God and therefore have Israel pay tithes to him? Let’s read it again, "But the TITHES of the children of Israel ... I have given to the Levites to inherit." Now in order to be a priest one not only had to be of the tribe of Levi, but he also had to be of the family of Aaron.
Since the priesthood expired upon the death of Christ, no man or “church” can claim tithes.
Christ is our High Priest and we must pay our tenth to Him. How do we do this?
We also pay with our time.
Because He would rather have allegiance than dollars and sacrifices.
Yahweh gives the Israelites instructions for when they enter the Promised land while wandering in the wilderness.
Eventually, the Temple at Jerusalem.
Yahweh had specific commands regarding the the payment of tithes. In the OT they were brought to the Temple.
Farm products could be sold and turned into money when long travel was necessary. But at the destination where God placed His name, the money was spent on food for the Levite, stranger, fatherless, poor, etc. It was not presented to the Levites as a monetary gift.
The tithes at the end of the third year were for the poor and needy. Yahweh's orders are set to teach those that have, to give.
The Church would prefer you not know the following:
The tradesmen who made the baskets for harvesting, did not tithe.
The cobblers, who made the shoes for the servants of the field, did not tithe.
The carpenters, who made the wagons used for harvesting the fields, did not tithe.
The potters, who made the jugs for carrying water to the servants in the fields, did not tithe.
The women, who made the garments for the field-workers, did not tithe.
And certainly, the servants who worked in the fields for wages, did not tithe.
Here are the simple facts regarding the Biblical teaching of tithing:
ONLY LANDOWNERS TITHED
ONLY PRODUCTS OF THE LAND WERE TITHED
ONLY LEVITES COULD RECEIVE THE TITHES
Hallowed things are the food items set aside for tithing.
Chapter 8 is when Israel demands a king and Yahweh warns them what will happen.
This is the beginning of the transition from a Theocracy, Yahweh as our King, to a Monarchy, man as our king.
Yahweh gives us life and blessings when we give our tithes to Him.
Man gives us oppression and death when we give our tithes to him.
Evidently the corrupt priesthood was slack in bringing the tithes to the temple as commanded by Yahweh. Joash, who was a good king, re-instituted the tithing practices.
Hezekiah returned to Yahweh and destroyed the pagan worship sites and appointed the Levites to their courses. They were blessed because they returned to The Way and they paid their tithes for it.
It is interesting that at this time, the northern House of Israel and most of the southern House of Judah were already and/or still being carried off into captivity by the Assyrians. Because Hezekiah returned to Yahweh, Jerusalem was spared. The remnant of Judah would be the tenth part that passed under the rod of the Assyrians. They were set aside for Yahweh, meaning not taken in the invasion.
The remnant of the House of Judah in Jerusalem eventually returned to paganism and race-mixing, and the next couple kings did evil in the sight of Yahweh. Soon after, Yahweh sent the Babylonians to take the rest of the Israelites captive. After they were purged in captivity, a remnant (10%) of Judah returned to Jerusalem and rebuilt the walls, city and temple. And returned to The Way.
The Ammonites and Moabites were children of incest by Lot and his daughters. And also...
God's promises and covenants were made to the children of Israel, not the other races, not the Jews and not the “church”. Yahweh demands we remain separate from these peoples. Yahweh loved America when it was a white Christian nation. Now it is a multiracial, multicultural, multigod cesspool of pagan traditions and values that is not recognizable to Yahweh.
It appears as though Eliashib did not do right by Tobiah.
Eliashib was stealing from the people, and that, is stealing from Yahweh.
The next part of Amos' prophecy chastises the idolaters:
The Septuagint has: '...every third day.'
Bethel was the seat of idolatry of one of the two golden calves set up by Jeroboam I, the other being Dan. Gilgal was a center for the prophets, and often criticized by Hosea.
Leaven was forbidden in such offerings.
The Septuagint reading is quite different: Amos 4:5
In the Masoretic Text (KJV), it seems the children of Israel publicly proclaimed the acts of their own idolatry, without shame.
The Septuagint version seems to be saying that the law would be read publicly and that the sin of the children of Israel would be openly confessed.
The punishment for disobedience will be the Assyrian invasion.
Israel would meet (call) their God by experiencing His judgment, which He pronounces here through the prophet.
The Septuagint version has “prepare to call on thy God.”
And so the children of Israel ate the "bread from heaven" in the wilderness. There was sufficient quantity, but it lacked quality. It did not possess the quality of True LIFE—they all DIED in the desert except for Caleb and Joshua in that generation. The spiritual fulfillment of this type of physical bread in the desert is that Jesus Christ is "The True Bread of LIFE." Likewise, the quantity of bread being offering by the priests on the altar of God was not the problem, but rather the quality of those offerings.
The spiritual bread (the spiritual food for the people) being offering in the Church today is not lacking in quantity, but rather quality. There is "bread," yes, but it is "polluted bread." The opposite of "polluted" is "pure." God’s religion is PURE. The denominations we have today are polluted.
God used a physical, outward, visible, type of sick, lame, and blind sacrifices, which He then calls polluted bread to show Israel and their priests what He was really angry with, namely, their "polluted" hearts, minds, and spirits! Malachi’s prophecy is about the sin WITHIN, not sacrifices WITHOUT!
THE MYSTERY OF MALACHI REVEALED
It is the book of Malachi that today’s clergy uses as their main authority for promulgating the doctrine of "Christian tithing." Christian tithing means that everyone must give 10% of their gross income (which is in the form of MONEY, 99%+ of the time), or they will be "cursed with a curse." It will be well worth your time to read the real meaning of Malachi’s prophecy.
Mostly one will hear only three verses of Malachi quoted by those attempting to wrest a doctrine of Christian tithing from this prophecy.
Here are the "cursing" verses:
"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" (Malachi 3:8-9).
Here is the "blessing" verse:
"Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat [bread] in Mine house, and prove Me now herewith, says Yahweh 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" (Malachi 3:10).
Their interpretation of these proof texts are as follows: Rob God of His ten percent of your salary and be CURSED, or pay God ten percent of your salary and be BLESSED.
Before we go any further, just who is cursing whom in this Malachi prophecy? Does God, indeed, say, "You are CURSED with a curse" (Mal. 3:9)? This definitely sounds as if it is GOD Who is doing the cursing, doesn’t it? But say, did you notice that the word "are" in your Bible is in italics? That means that the word was supplied by the translators and was not in the original manuscripts. Remove it, and the verse says: "You cursed…" rather than"You are cursed…"
Is it God, or Israel, who is doing the cursing in this verse?
The Sopherim (Jewish Scribes) understood this verse to say that it was Israel "cursing God" rather than "God cursing Israel." I have a few translations that make this correction:
"With the curse YOU are cursing [me], and me YOU are robbing—the nation in its entirety."
"With a curse you curse Me, and Me you are defrauding—the nation, all of it" (Mal. 3:9,Concordant Version of The Old Testament).
Brenton's Septuagint has: Malachi 3:9
We must always keep in mind that when the Bible says "tithes" it means products from the land—as grains and cattle. But when the Priests of Christendom say "tithes," it always means money. Because the clergy prefers to be paid in money, it therefore, became necessary to change the Biblical use of the word "tithes" to now include money. And if "money" can now be shown to be a tithable commodity, guess what? Abracadabra, hocus-pocus, open sesame—every believer, of every occupation in the whole world (not just the farmers as in the Law of Moses), now is required to pay ten percent of his income to the Church. They increased their base of productivity a hundred fold.
What then is the 21st Century application of this Malachi Prophecy? Are we now to tithe money? Let’s read Malachi 3:10 very carefully:
WHAT were they robbing God of? "tithes AND offerings." Tithes of what? Products from the land—grains and cattle.
WHERE were they to bring the tithes? To the "storehouse" [Hebrew: ‘garner’-- a granary for grain].
WHY did God want these tithes of the land brought to the "storehouse" (the granary)? "That there may be meat [bread] in Mine house [God’s house, Not the granary]."
If there is no spiritual application of these statements and we rather take them literally, there appears to be a contradiction here. Why should the people bring the tithes to the "storehouse" (a granary for storing grain) when what God wanted was "bread in His house," (the tabernacle/Temple, and not the "storehouse")? The only food in God’s house—the tabernacle, was a dozen loaves of bread. And that bread was for the Priests only, not for the tribe of Levi. Since there were only twelve loaves of bread in the Tabernacle/Temple of God, are we to believe that the whole nation of Israel did not bring enough grain to the storehouse to make even twelve loaves of bread?
The 12 loaves would represent the twelve tribes of Jacob.
God does not contradict Himself, there needs to be something other than a need for enough grain from the whole nation of Israel to make twelve loaves of bread! Just what does God mean, "that there may be meat [bread] in Mine house?" Is God really reprimanding Christians of the 21st Century through Malachi’s prophecy to bring our checkbooks to church, "that there may be money in Mine house?" Yet this is the teaching of the Church regarding Malachi’s message. What is the Truth?
Does God ask Israel to bring all the tithes and offerings into the storehouse, or treasury, or granary, so that there will be "tithes and offerings in Mine house?" No. God says so, "that there may be meat in Mine house?" We know that they did not bring the tithes and offerings into the holy place of the tabernacle. Only bread was kept in the holy place. The "bread" in the holy place was a type of something future, just as everything that happened to Israel and all of their offerings and ceremonies were a type of something future (I Cor. 10:11). He must indeed be spiritually blind who cannot see that the "bread" in the holy place foreshadows "The True Bread of Life—Jesus Christ."
When we Israelites seek and follow Christ, we are preserved and have life.
If God wanted more money in His house, why did Jesus do what He did in the House of God?
"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 MONEY changers… 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"(Matt. 21:12-13).
THE CHRISTIAN “CHURCH” INTERPRETATION OF BRINGING IN THE TITHE
Then ask these same pastors what kind of blessings you will receive for obeying this procedure, and they will probably tell you stories where people received huge amounts of material goods and even huge amounts of more money. This is their interpretation of God "opening the windows of heaven and pouring out a blessing." And there are ministers by the tens of thousands at this very moment preparing more stories and more yarns on how blessed one will become in every imaginable physical, earthly, and material things for giving them (they would say, giving God) your money.
Is this really how God wants us of the 21st Century to apply Malachi’s prophecy to our lives? I speak as a fool.
This prophecy has absolutely nothing to do with tithing money to the Church.
Does God suggest somewhere in this prophecy that there isn’t enough "money in His house?" Is Jesus Christ coming back to this earth to judge these "priests" because the "people" failed to bring enough money to the storehouse so that there would be money in God’s house? Is it a lack of money that concerns God in this prophecy? No, it is both the people and the priests who have corrupted themselves according to this prophecy. But like always, God holds the priests to a much higher standard and therefore they receive the greater condemnation. There are two groups of judgments in this prophecy:
 "Behold I will send My Messenger… But who may abide the day of His coming? And who shall stand when He appears? For He is like a refiner’s fire, and like fullers’ soap: and He shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and He shall PURIFY the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto Yahweh an offering in righteousness" (Mal. 3:1-3).
 "And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against false swearers, and against those that oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow, and the fatherless, and that turn aside the stranger from his right, and fear not Me, says Yahweh of hosts" (Mal. 3:5).
It is amazing how the clergy make most people think that the only thing of value in the book of Malachi are these three verses on "robbing God" and "receiving a blessing."
To help us understand how the priests of Malachi’s prophecy may have been living so as to bring upon them the condemnation of God’s judgments:
"And the priest’s custom with the people was, that, when any man offered sacrifice, the PRIEST’S servant came, while the flesh was in seething, with a flesh hook of three teeth in the hand;
And he struck it into the pan, or kettle, or caldron, or pot; all that the flesh hook brought up the priest took for himself. So they did in Shiloh unto all the Israelites that came thither.
Also before they burnt the fat, the priest’s servant came, and said to the man that sacrificed, Give flesh to roast for the PRIEST; for he will not have sodden flesh of thee, but raw.
And if any man said unto him, Let them not fail to burn the fat presently, and then take as much as thy soul desires; then he would answer him, Nay, but thou shall give it me now: and if not, I will take it by force.
Wherefore the sin of the young men was very great before Yahweh: for MEN ABHORRED the offering of Yahweh." (I Sam. 2:13:17).
In tithing, we get a return on our investment. That return is Yahweh and His abundant blessings.
BRINGING GOD YOUR SPIRITUAL TITHES
WILL REAP A SPIRITUAL BLESSING
"Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat [bread—pure and fine bread—not polluted bread of a carnal mind filled with evil deeds and doctrines], and prove Me now herewith, says Yahweh of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of HEAVEN [‘For the bread of God is He which come down from heaven… For I came down from heaven… I am the bread which came down from heaven… John 6:33, 38, 41] and pour you out a blessing [Jesus Christ, The Bread of Life is this blessing], that there shall not be room [‘Now unto Him that is able to do EXCEEDING ABUNDANTLY ABOVE ALL THAT WE ASK OR THINK’ Eph. 3:20] to receive it" (Mal. 3:10).
God is saying to us: "Give Me your pure bread offerings of a "broken heart, contrite spirit, and attitude of obedience," and I will give you, "The TRUE BREAD OF LIFE from HEAVEN."
The sacrifices spoken of in Malachi were not suitable for God’s house. They offered
"POLLUTED BREAD" and we saw some of the many sins that constituted this polluted bread. Here are the only sacrifices that are fit for God’s storehouse:
"The sacrifices of God are A BROKEN SPIRIT: a broken a CONTRITE HEART…" (Psalm 51:17).
And in Psalm 34:18 David reverses the order:
"Yahweh is nigh unto them that are of a BROKEN HEART; and saves such as be of a CONTRITE SPIRIT."
It is all about attitude: REPENT, HUMBLE YOURSELF, and OBEY! Then follows the Blessing:
People always want to do physical things to prove their spirituality. But God doesn’t want your physical things. God wants a broken heart and a contrite spirit and a willingness to OBEY
Now the New Testament.
From G575 of separation and G1183 exact or receive; to tithe (as debtor or creditor): - (give, pay, take) tithe.
Feminine of G1182 tenth, ten; a tenth, that is, as a percentage or (technically) tithe: - tenth (part)(of anything), tithe.
From G1181 a tenth, a percentage; to tithe, that is, to give or take a tenth: - pay (receive) tithes.
And just what kind of a blessing did Jesus pronounce on these Pharisees for their "tithe of the mint and herbs"? No blessing, just a startling "WOE"!
Hath what? On the surface it seems money. Money makes money.
The message is occupy and build the kingdom until I return. Use the Word and produce results. Don't sit around in your own 'pew' “just believing”.
Our time, dedication and devotion to proclaim The Way and build the kingdom is the type of tithing He wants us to give. Our active allegiance (faith).
This is the type of tithing we must do today. The foundation of tithing was laid in the OT, and was a schoolmaster for a NEW 'type' of tithing from the death of Christ unto His return. Help plant, grow, build, establish and proclaim the kingdom of God.
And just what kind of a blessing did Jesus pronounced on this Pharisee for his "tithe"?
No blessing, no justification, just a promise that people like him will be "abased" (Ver. 14).
The Pharisee boasted that he was not a sinner, and proclaimed his own righteousness through his fulfillment of tithes and his fasting, which are in that manner no better than rituals – things which men perform merely to display their own justification, as if they could save themselves through that display.
This also goes for those who, by their own declaration, claim they are “saved”. Salvation means preservation, which means that it is 'ongoing', if you 'practice' His example. Scripture does not teach “once saved, always saved”.
What does being an utter hypocrite and passing over "Judgment and the Love of God" have to do with "tithing?" That’s the whole point. These gross sins have virtually nothing to do with tithing!
Tithing to Jesus was so absolutely insignificant to the gross sins of failing to properly Judge the widows and orphans and fatherless and poor, and to not show any Love of God toward them. Tithing was the smallest most inconsequential thing Christ could think of to show the utter hypocrisy of this Pharisees. They were very meticulous about tithing (a law of virtually no spiritual consequence whatsoever,) and yet… and YET they would do the tithe thing and neglect judgment, love and mercy.
Now please don’t all write me at once telling me that I have missed the whole point of these two sets of Scripture by not realizing that it was their very gross sins that will bring "woes’ and "abasements" on them, and not that they are being condemned for what they did do correctly, namely "tithe." That is quite true. However, it appears that most have missed the very reason why Jesus gives two examples of two Phariees, who were gross sinners deserving the worst possible chastisements, and then says that they were both tithe-payers.
Christ’s attention to the fact that they were both meticulous tithe-payers proved the hypocrisy of these two Pharisees. They would pay strict attention to very minor details of a law, and yet totally abandon the very reason and purpose for the whole existence of the law—LOVE, MERCY, JUDGMENT
It’s all about the SPIRIT--not water, foreskins, and money!
God doesn’t need or want ten percent of anything we have. God wants one hundred percent. Christ died for ALL OF YOU, and He wants ALL OF YOU, not just a percentage! God doesn’t want your money; He wants YOU!
You are already bought and paid for in full by Christ Jesus -- don’t try to add your two cents. We are now to live on a standard far above what we ever knew before Christ called us to become new creatures in the spirit. This can only be done through the power of God’s spirit. Our flesh is profiting NOTHING.
"Yet you are not in flesh, but IN SPIRIT, if so be that God’s spirit is making its home in you"(Rom. 8:9).
One living in the spirit is not all concerned about physical things of the letter and of the flesh. The apostle Paul wasn’t called to "baptize," "circumcise," or "collect tithes." The kingdom of God is not food and drink. Paul’s whole ministry was proof of that--see my (L. Ray Smith) paper, "Paul’s Splinter in the Flesh."
If people feel they need to give something to God, something physical, something they can see and feel good about, then try this:
"I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove that which is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God" (Rom. 12:1-2).
The first day of the week is after the Sabbath.
“Churches” today use this verse for the Sunday collection.
Paul never took money. He was cared for. He was not telling them to give him money, but to put aside a contribution for the poor in Jerusalem.
Paul even went so far as to let the congregation approve of who, of their assembly, will bring the contributions to Jerusalem.
The apostles, Christ, and Paul never tithed and did not teach tithing.
21 Now He who is establishing us with you in the Anointed, and anoints us, is Yahweh.
'Christ' is 'christos' in Greek. It means, anointed. It does not always refer to Christ, but often the group, the anointed seed of Israel.
After the death of Christ, the priesthood oblations and rituals expired. The law (10 commandments) were not “done away with”, but the mediators (priesthood) to Yahweh came to an end. The New Covenant is an extension of the Old and He wrote the law on our hearts. It is now up to us to come through Yahshua Christ, now our High Priest, to make spiritual sacrifices, and not to men. Christ does not want money.
We gave men (the priesthood) our tithes of the increase of the land and animals. Now we give to Christ our tithes of obedience, time and devotion, along with providing for our poorer brethren. Our duty and tithe is to help build the kingdom and proclaim Yahweh.
14 But thanks to Yahweh, who is always leading us among the Anointed in triumph, and the essence of the knowledge of Him is being made manifest through us in every place.
15 Seeing that we of the Anointed are a sweet fragrance to Yahweh, among these being preserved and among those being destroyed;
17 For we are not as the many, selling the word of Yahweh in trade, but as from sincerity, rather as from Yahweh. Before Yahweh we speak in respect of the Anointed.
Paul is speaking of the evangelists of that day who charged or collected money for speaking in God's name (Yahweh), just like today with Joel Osteen, Billy Graham, John Hagee and many others. Peddlers.
PED'DLE, v.i. To be busy about trifles.
1. To travel about the country and retail goods. He peddles for a living.
PED'DLE, v.t. To sell or retail, usually by traveling about the country.
TRI'FLE, n. A thing of very little value or importance; a word applicable to any thing and every thing of this character.
TRI'FLE, v.i. To act or talk without seriousness, gravity, weight or dignity; to act or talk with levity.
1. To indulge in light amusements.
To trifle with, to mock; to play the fool with; to treat without respect or seriousness.
To trifle with, to spend in vanity; to waste.
To trifle away, to no good purpose; as, to trifle with time, or to trifle away time; to trifle with advantages.
TRI'FLE, v.t. To make of no importance.
These false preaching peddlers today, selling the word of God, gaining personal wealth, and leading the flock astray with their false doctrine lead the people into a ditch.
He cultivates us and when we abide in obedience, we have increase. Our increase of His 'earnest' is paid back to Him when we have and perform allegiance (faith).
If the Corinthians were really willing to give of their abundance, as they started to do before, they would have been saving up for a year, since this is the second visit to Corinth.
Fulfill what you started.
Paul was preaching about giving of the increase of their wealth to help and support the poor and needy. Brotherly love. This is tithing.
Is “just believing” considered work?
Paul is teaching that if you give to others sincerely, Yahweh will give to you.
Righteousness is following the law. If you love your brethren, which is the context here, you are following all the laws. By loving our brethren, we are doing exactly everything Yahweh wants us to.
11 In every way being enriched in all sincerity, which through us accomplishes gratitude to Yahweh.
The “churches” use this verse for supporting their doctrine of collection.
Quite different in the Greek:
13 Through the proof of this service honoring Yahweh, upon the submission of your agreement to the good message of the Anointed (the group), and sincerity of the partnership for them and for all,
Ephesians 1:12 For which we are to be in praise of His honor, who before had expectation in the Christ,
The purchased possession is the seed of Abraham. Not anybody and everybody. The promises were made to the seed of Abraham.
The “churches” say 'everyone' is redeemed. But the scriptures say only Israelites.
Melchizedec is an office without a father, without descent, etc.
Paul is using Melchisedec as a model of Christ. David was this too. This is the role we should seek.
NLT: 7:9 In addition, we might even say that these Levites--the ones who collect the tithe--paid a tithe to Melchizedek when their ancestor Abraham paid a tithe to him (Melchizedek).
Aaron, who was Moses brother, was a Levite. Aaron and his sons were the priesthood from the Exodus on. They held the duties of the priesthood and made atonement for the people. John the Baptist was the last of the priesthood. Christ is now our High Priest.
Instead of man-then-priest-then Yahweh. We now have man-then-Christ-then-Yahweh.
The gift is the blessings of the covenant made with Abraham that through obedience we receive. The end result is deliverance.
As stewards of the household of Yahweh, we all have our own gifts of service. Those of us that have knowledge and understanding of our history, heritage and God must minister the same to our kinsman.
The law of tithing in the OT was a schoolmaster and foreshadow of brotherly love and the law written on our hearts and our duty as stewards of the household of Yahweh.
Almost none of us have farms anymore and we work for wages (Jewish fiat currency). If we can't give the fruits of the land, and Yahweh doesn't want our $, what then shall we give? How about more of our time, provide for the needy, spread the knowledge and understanding of our heritage to our people.
Peter describes the church in the latter days:
"Motivated by greed, they will exploit you with their counterfeit arguments" (Berkely Version).
"…in their lust they will exploit you with cunning arguments" (Moffatt Translation).
"In their greed for MONEY they will trade on your credulity with sheer fabrications"`(The New English Bible).
ALL PHYSICAL TYPES FORESHADOW SPIRITUAL REALITIES
Everything that happened in the Old Testament was a TYPE of future, spiritual things.
"Now ALL these things happened unto THEM for examples: and they were written for OUR admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come" (I Cor. 10:11).
The Increase of what?
Seed, corn, wine, oil, dough, honey, firstlings of the flock or herd, fruit of the tree, seed of the land, all the field brings forth, offerings, spoils of war, and all.
The Pharisees gave of mint, anise, cummin, rue, and all manner of herbs.
Mint-sweet smelling, garden mint
Anise-dill 1a) a used plant used as a spice and for medicine
Cummin- a cultivated plant in Palestine with seeds that have a bitter warm taste and an aromatic flavour
Rue-a shrubby plant about 2 feet (60 cm) high, of medicinal value
All manner of herbs-any pot herb, vegetables.
Note: Money is not listed. Neither is gold or such.
Although part of the spoils of war would have included gold and gems and metals.
Perhaps the offerings from the people were coinage and such.
But not once is money inferred.
10% of every minute = 6 seconds
Is it possible that those who give Yahweh 144 minutes a day are those of the 144,000?
How much time do you give to Yahweh?
1 hour every Sunday = 52 hours per year.
How much time do you give TV?
How much time do you work out?
How much time do you do anything else?
We give Yahweh entirely too little time. 10% of 8760 hours (per year) = 876 hours.
52 hours per year in church is 0.59360730593607% of 8760 hours in a year.
That means the average “christian” gives God
That is just over ½ a percent.
*No wonder our people know little of the truth, and a lot of false doctrine.
Parables that expand on the type of tithing Yahweh wants.
Besides offerings and spoils of war, everything else is from something planted, raised,
This parallels the purpose and duty we have as the children of Yahweh.
It is our job to preach the kingdom of righteousness (God, Heaven).
As 'sowers of the word' we teach the history, heritage, traditions, laws and model of The Way.
The Way (Christianity) is what the family of the race of Adam must follow in order to have life.
When we have true knowledge and understanding we know The Way.
When Christ spoke to mixed multitudes, He spoke in parables. He explains why when He is alone with His disciples.
The 'them' were not His sheep. The message is intended for the lost sheep of the House of Israel.
After the divorce, the children of Israel were scattered across the Greco-Roman world and also migrating north and west into Europe. They lost and/or forgot their heritage. The gospel is the message to these same Israelites that forgot who they were.
Those who do not grasp the truth of the Word are most susceptible to false doctrines and calumnious lies.
Root in the Word comes only through study of the Word itself, along with practice (doing).
Materialistic, prefers the cares of this age, or society.
Our duty is to preach the kingdom of righteousness.
When we cultivate the word in our brethren we grow the kingdom. We have an increase in righteousness. By our deeds we are contributing our payment of knowledge and understanding to the unlearned. When they respond, the word bears fruit.
The people of Judaea, and even the apostles, were persuaded that the Kingdom of Yahweh would materialize immediately with the manifestation of the Messiah.
'...that he would know what they did while engaged in business.'
From the servants own mouth he was judged: the servant admitted knowing what his master would expect, but still neglected any attempt to meet that expectation. Therefore the servant was judged for his negligence.
Again, our duty is to preach the kingdom of Yahweh to our kinsman, build the kingdom. Yahweh gave us these scriptures, the prophets and the apostles which represent the pounds given to each servant. He left us His word and expects us to plant it, cultivate it, grow it and care for it. We plant His word in our brethren.
Notice this telling bit of history from the Encyclopedia Britannica, "Tithes in Christendom—The earliest authentic example of anything like a law of the State enforcing payment appears to occur in the capitularies [ecclesiasticals] of Charlemagne at the end of the 8th or beginning of the 9th century. Tithes were by that enactment to be applied to the maintenance of the bishop, clergy, the poor, and the fabric of the church. In the course of time the principle of payment of tithes was extended FAR BEYOND its original intention. Thus they became transferable to laymen and saleable like ordinary property, in spite of the injunctions of the third Lateran Council; and they became payable OUT OF SOURCES OF INCOME [not just farming and herding, but other trades and occupations and salaries paid in the form of money] NOT ORIGINALLY TITHABLE." (1963, volume 22, page 253, ‘TITHES’).
The Catholic Church knows its own history. Here is how tithing got back into the Church after being absent for nearly five centuries:
"As the Church expanded and various institutions arose, it became necessary to make laws which would insure the proper and permanent support of the clergy. The payment of tithes was adopted from the Old Law... The earliest positive legislation on the subject seems to be contained in the letter of the bishops assembled at Tours in 567 and the [canons] of the Council of Macon in 585."—The Catholic Encyclopedia.
They "extended" their base of tithe collecting to eventually include all forms of income. All Christian scholars know that although money was in wide use in ancient Israel, it was never a titheable commodity. But modern Christian pastors of God’s sheep don’t want tithes of goats or oil or corn—they want money—cold hard cash. God has a word to the "shepherds of the sheep," and it is the very same message that He had for the Levites in the book of Malachi. And it is this:
"My people have been lost sheep [Why? How did they get that way?] their SHEPHERDS have caused them to go astray" (Jer. 50:6).
Was Israel consciously aware of the fact that they were being led astray by their spiritual leaders? Not most, and neither is the world of Christendom today aware that they are being lead astray by their spiritual leaders.