Tithing or Giving?  
 
 
 
 
One mark of a false teacher is a desire for wealth (2 Peter 2:3) and the opposite is true of God’s spiritual leader. Money is a serious issue for Christians. Our world is preoccupied with it because it is essential for so many things in this life. We are preoccupied with it because we work for it day after day from morning to evening. We are careful about how much we spend so that we do not run out. We use it at a time of crisis and invest it for a future day. Money is not something most of us want to quickly give away to others. It is easy for money to become a god - to want as much as we can get because it means safety and security. Is that why God has asked us to give some of it back to Him? Some churches teach that God wants every Christian to tithe or give Him ten percent. They quote verses in the Old Testament and say that the tithe is a guideline and we should give more. But that is not what the Bible teaches. Tithing is not for the church today. In this study we will see that tithing is not Biblical giving. Yet, God still wants us to give.
The First Tithe. Abraham is the first recorded person in the Bible who gave a tithe. He had just finished rescuing his son-in-law, Lot, from King Chedorlaomer and several other kings who had taken Lot, his family, his wealth, and possessions. After the rescue Abraham returned and a man by the name of Melchizedek came out to meet him.

And Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine; now he was a priest of God Most High. (NASB) Gen. 14:18

Melchizedek blessed Abraham and in return Abraham gave this man who was both a priest and king a tithe of the spoils of war (Gen. 14:20). The Hebrew word for tithe means a tenth or ten percent. Abraham gave Melchizedek ten percent. He could have also given more than he did - twenty or thirty percent. Abraham did not need to give him anything. Just choosing to give anything was selfless. He showed his respect and humility to this unusual priest. Giving is the result of a desire to benefit another. It also says something about your heart’s love for money.

One of God's Blessings
One of God's Blessings

Jacob’s Tithe. The next person who tithed in the Old Testament was Jacob, the son of Isaac (the son of Abraham). Jacob had a wonderful dream from God in which God promised to bless him. In response, Jacob decided to give God a tithe of everything God would give him (Gen. 28:20-22).

Then Jacob made a vow, saying, “If God will be with me and will keep me on this journey that I take, and will give me food to eat and garments to wear, and I return to my father’s house in safety, then the LORD will be my God. This stone, which I have set up as a pillar, will be God’s house, and of all that You give me I will surely give a tenth to You.” (NASB) Gen. 28:20-22

This tithe was Jacob’s choice. It was not required. It was given from a grateful heart. Jacob gave to God and his choice was ten percent. God did not demand any amount. The gift was Jacob’s choice.
Required Tithes. We find tithing again in the Bible when we come to Numbers, Leviticus, and Deuteronomy. It is here that God demands that Israel give Him tithes.
It Is Mine! The first passage is found in Leviticus 27:30.
 
     
 
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