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What is a Tithe?
A tenth of your income. Leviticus 27:30, “Every tenth of the land’s produce, grain from the soil or fruit from the trees, belongs to the LORD; it is holy to the LORD.”
Why should I tithe? Tithing is a way of teaching us that God must be our first priority. Deuteronomy 14:22-23, “You shall tithe all the yield of your seed that comes from the field year by year…., that you may learn to fear the LORD your God always.”
When should I tithe? We are to return the tithe to God first—before we start spending money on other things. Proverbs 3:9-10, “Honor the LORD with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce; then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine.”
Returning the tithe to God helps us remember that He is the owner of everything. Psalm 50:10-12, “For every beast of the forest is Mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills. I know all the birds of the mountains, and the wild beasts of the field are Mine. If I were hungry, I would not tell you; for the world is Mine, and all its fullness.”
God is the source of all our wealth. Deuteronomy 8:18, “Remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth.”
Jesus endorsed tithing. Matthew 23:23, “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cumin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness. These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others.”
God promises to bless us if we are faithful in tithes and offerings. Malachi 3:10, ““Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house, and try Me now in this,” says the LORD of hosts, “If I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it.””
We should give to God’s work willingly. 2 Corinthians 9:7, “So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.”
You can’t out-give God. Luke 6:38, “Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.”
God says we rob Him if we don’t give tithe and offerings. Malachi 3:8, “Will a man rob God? Yet you have robbed Me! But you say, ‘In what way have we robbed You?’ In tithes and offerings.
We should give in proportion to the blessing God has given us. Deuteronomy 16:17, “Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the LORD your God which He has given you.”