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The Tithe.
What is it?
Is Tithing for today?
Are there promises from God surrounding the Tithe?
Should we give to receive?
Are we ever told to test God?

In this episode, we examine the profound significance of giving—a cornerstone of our relationship with God, deeply rooted in the teachings of the Bible.

Tithing is an age-old practice that transcends mere generosity and is rooted in a divine principle etched in the Torah. This principle isn’t just a relic of ancient times; it’s a guiding light for believers across the Christian Church, shaping our understanding of giving, honoring God, and extending love to others.

🔍 Join us as we explore:
▶ The profound significance of tithing in Biblical teachings
▶ Unveiling the true essence of giving in the Christian faith
▶ Discovering the beautiful connection between tithing, generosity, and our devotion to God
▶ Delving into Old Testament Scriptures to glean wisdom for our lives today

Get ready to dive deep into these enriching insights that resonate with believers of all ages. It’s not just a study—it’s a journey of discovery and transformation.

Let’s dive into the Torah and the Tithe!


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Start [0:00]
▶ Everyone knows you SHOULD be a GIVER! [2:06]
▶ What is the Tithe? [5:44]
▶ Are Christians free from the Law of Tithing? [9:05]
▶ Abraham and Melchizedek on the Tithe: [10:17]
▶ Jacob’s Vow on the Tithe: [14:28]
▶ The Lord’s tithe: The Law Code on Tithing [17:14]
▶ The Levite’s Tithe: The Law Code on Tithing [19:15]
▶ Benevolent Tithe: The Law Code on Tithing [21:41]
▶ How to Bring the Tithe [29:54]
▶ God must be HONORED: Returns Exiles / Backslidden [35:49]
▶ Does God honor and bless you if you tithe? [37:40]
▶ Does Jesus Commend the Tithe? [42:25]
▶ Did the New Testament Church of Acts practice tithing? [47:22]
▶ What if you don’t want to tithe? [52:07]
▶ The Way God Works through Giving [57:20]
▶ Should Pastors be paid? [1:00:23]
▶ The Paradox of Generosity [1:03:07]
▶ Tithing summary [1:04:38]

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When Christians Agree with Everyone?
Atheism: “Let us try to teach generosity and altruism, because we are born selfish.” —Richard Dawkins
Buddhism: “Teach this triple truth to all: A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity.” —Siddhartha Gautama (Buddha)
Confucianism: “He who wishes to secure the good of others has already secured his own.” —Confucius
Hinduism: “They who give, have all things; they who withhold have nothing.” —Hindu Proverb
Islam: “You shall never be truly righteous until you give in alms what you dearly cherish.” —Qur’an Al-Imran

Everyone knows you SHOULD be a GIVER!


“Tithe” Heb: “Maasar” – “Tenth Part” or “Payment of a tenth part”


Questions Answered Today:

  1. What did the Israelites actually bring to God in tithe? What was to be their motivation?
  2. What did Jesus say about the Tithe?
  3. How does this apply to New Testament / New Covenant Believers?
  4. Should we Tithe or do less/more than the Old Covenant people?

Scene One: Abraham and Melchizedek:
Genesis 14:18–20 (ESV) And Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. (He was priest of God Most High.) 19 And he blessed him and said, “Blessed be Abram by God Most High, Possessor of heaven and earth; 20 and blessed be God Most High, who has delivered your enemies into your hand!” And Abram gave him a tenth of everything.

Scene One (B): Abraham & King of Sodom:
Genesis 14:21–23 (ESV) And the king of Sodom said to Abram, “Give me the persons, but take the goods for yourself.” 22 But Abram said to the king of Sodom, “I have lifted my hand to the Lord, God Most High, Possessor of heaven and earth, 23 that I would not take a thread or a sandal strap or anything that is yours, lest you should say, ‘I have made Abram rich.’

Scene Two: Jacob’s Vow
Genesis 28:20–22 (ESV) Then Jacob made a vow, saying, “If God will be with me and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat and clothing to wear, 21 so that I come again to my father’s house in peace, then the Lord shall be my God, 22 and this stone, which I have set up for a pillar, shall be God’s house. And of all that you give me I will give a full tenth to you.”

Scene Three: The Law Code Re: Tithing
First – the Lord’s tithe – 10%

Leviticus 27:30–32 (ESV) “Every tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land or of the fruit of the trees, is the Lord’s; it is holy to the Lord. 31 If a man wishes to redeem some of his tithe, he shall add a fifth to it. 32 And every tithe of herds and flocks, every tenth animal of all that pass under the herdsman’s staff, shall be holy to the Lord.

Scene Three: The Law Code Re: Tithing
Second – the Levite’s Tithe – 10%

Deuteronomy 14:22–26 (ESV) “You shall tithe all the yield of your seed that comes from the field year by year. 23 And before the Lord your God, in the place that he will choose, to make his name dwell there, you shall eat the tithe of your grain, of your wine, and of your oil, and the firstborn of your herd and flock, that you may learn to fear the Lord your God always…. 26 And you shall eat there before the Lord your God and rejoice, you and your household.

Scene Three: The Law Code Re: Tithing
Third – Benevolent Tithe 10% – every 3rd year

Deuteronomy 14:28-29 (ESV) “At the end of every three years you shall bring out all the tithe of your produce in the same year and lay it up within your towns. 29 And the Levite, because he has no portion or inheritance with you, and the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow, who are within your towns, shall come and eat and be filled, that the Lord your God may bless you in all the work of your hands that you do.

Scene Three: The Law Code Re: Tithing
Third – Benevolent Tithe 10% – every 3rd year

Deuteronomy 26:12–15 (ESV) “When you have finished paying all the tithe of your produce in the third year, which is the year of tithing, giving it to the Levite, the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow, so that they may eat within your towns and be filled, 13 then you shall say before the Lord your God…
15 Look down from your holy habitation, from heaven, and bless your people Israel and the ground that you have given us, as you swore to our fathers, a land flowing with milk and honey.’

Scene Three: The Law Code Re: Tithing
Third – Benevolent Tithe 10% – every 3rd year

Numbers 18:21–24 (ESV) “To the Levites I have given every tithe in Israel for an inheritance, in return for their service that they do, their service in the tent of meeting, 22 so that the people of Israel do not come near the tent of meeting, lest they bear sin and die. 23 But the Levites shall do the service of the tent of meeting, and they shall bear their iniquity. It shall be a perpetual statute throughout your generations, and among the people of Israel they shall have no inheritance. 24 For the tithe of the people of Israel, which they present as a contribution to the Lord, I have given to the Levites for an inheritance. Therefore I have said of them that they shall have no inheritance among the people of Israel.”

Scene Three: The Law Code Re: Tithing
Third – Benevolent Tithe 10% – every 3rd year

Numbers 18:25-28 (ESV) And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 26 “Moreover, you shall speak and say to the Levites, ‘When you take from the people of Israel the tithe that I have given you from them for your inheritance, then you shall present a contribution from it to the Lord, a tithe of the tithe. 27 And your contribution shall be counted to you as though it were the grain of the threshing floor, and as the fullness of the winepress. 28 So you shall also present a contribution to the Lord from all your tithes, which you receive from the people of Israel. And from it you shall give the Lord’s contribution to Aaron the priest.

In Sum: Israel Offered:

10% to their governmental structure. 10% to their worship center.

3% to the poor and distressed.


How to Bring the Tithe
Exodus 36:2–7 (ESV) And Moses called Bezalel and Oholiab and every craftsman in whose mind the LORD had put skill, everyone whose heart stirred him up to come to do the work. 3 And they received from Moses all the contribution that the people of Israel had brought for doing the work on the sanctuary. They still kept bringing him freewill offerings every morning, 4 so that all the craftsmen who were doing every sort of task on the sanctuary came, each from the task that he was doing, 5 and said to Moses, “The people bring much more than enough for doing the work that the LORD has commanded us to do.” 6 So Moses gave command, and word was proclaimed throughout the camp, “Let no man or woman do anything more for the contribution for the sanctuary.” So the people were restrained from bringing, 7 for the material they had was sufficient to do all the work, and more.

Exodus 12:33–36 (ESV) The Egyptians were urgent with the people to send them out of the land in haste. For they said, “We shall all be dead.” 34 So the people took their dough before it was leavened, their kneading bowls being bound up in their cloaks on their shoulders. 35 The people of Israel had also done as Moses told them, for they had asked the Egyptians for silver and gold jewelry and for clothing. 36 And the LORD had given the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians, so that they let them have what they asked. Thus they plundered the Egyptians.

Scene Four: Returns Exiles / Backslidden
God must be HONORED

Malachi 1:8 (ESV) When you offer blind animals in sacrifice, is that not evil? And when you offer those that are lame or sick, is that not evil? Present that to your governor; will he accept you or show you favor? says the Lord of hosts.

Malachi 1:14 (ESV) Cursed be the cheat who has a male in his flock, and vows it, and yet sacrifices to the Lord what is blemished. For I am a great King, says the Lord of hosts, and my name will be feared among the nations.

Scene Four: Returns Exiles / Backslidden
The Tithe is Honored by God

Malachi 3:10–11 (ESV) Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the LORD of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need. 11 I will rebuke the devourer for you, so that it will not destroy the fruits of your soil, and your vine in the field shall not fail to bear, says the LORD of hosts.

Three Points from Malachi 3:10-11
The tithe blessed the house of God with food.

The tithe led to heavenly blessing.
God would “open the windows of heaven”.

The tithe would bring God’s protection from disaster. “I will rebuke the devourer” – V. 11.


Does Jesus Commend the Tithe?
Jesus criticizes the Pharisees for being meticulous about tithing herbs while neglecting more important matters of the law like justice and the love of God.

Matthew 23:23 (ESV) “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.

Luke 11:42 (ESV) “But woe to you Pharisees! For you tithe mint and rue and every herb, and neglect justice and the love of God. These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others.

Does Jesus Commend the Tithe?
Pharisee and Tax Collector Parable

Luke 18:11–13 (ESV) The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thus: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.’ 13 But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’

Luke 18:14 (ESV) I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”

Does Jesus Commend the Tithe?
Hebrews and Melchizadek:
Hebrews 7:5–9 (ESV) And those descendants of Levi who receive the priestly office have a commandment in the law to take tithes from the people, that is, from their brothers, though these also are descended from Abraham. 6 But this man who does not have his descent from them received tithes from Abraham and blessed him who had the promises. 7 It is beyond dispute that the inferior is blessed by the superior. 8 In the one case tithes are received by mortal men, but in the other case, by one of whom it is testified that he lives. 9 One might even say that Levi himself, who receives tithes, paid tithes through Abraham,

Does the Church practice Tithing in Acts?
No. They do WAAAAAAY more.

Acts 2:45 (ESV) And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need.

Acts 4:34–37 (ESV) There was not a needy person among them, for as many as were owners of lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold 35 and laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need. 36 Thus Joseph, who was also called by the apostles Barnabas (which means son of encouragement), a Levite, a native of Cyprus, 37 sold a field that belonged to him and brought the money and laid it at the apostles’ feet.

Does the Church practice Tithing in Acts?
No. They do WAAAAAAY more.

Acts 20:35 (ESV) In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ”

2 Corinthians 8:1–4 (ESV) We want you to know, brothers, about the grace of God that has been given among the churches of Macedonia, 2 for in a severe test of affliction, their abundance of joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part. 3 For they gave according to their means, as I can testify, and beyond their means, of their own accord, 4 begging us earnestly for the favor of taking part in the relief of the saints—

But I don’t want to tithe!
That’s up to you.
When you don’t tithe – you are a taker. Someone is paying the bills for your benefit. The Church will be funded. God will provide.
You will never see the provision and protection of Heaven.

The Way God Works Through Giving:
2 Corinthians 9:6–11 (ESV) The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 7 Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work. 9 As it is written, “He has distributed freely, he has given to the poor; his righteousness endures forever.” 10 He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. 11 You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God.

The Way God Works Through Giving:
2 Corinthians 8:3–5 (ESV) For they gave according to their means, as I can testify, and beyond their means, of their own accord, 4 begging us earnestly for the favor of taking part in the relief of the saints— 5 and this, not as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and then by the will of God to us.

Tithing/Giving Should Support Local Ministry
1 Corinthians 9:11–12 (ESV) If we have sown spiritual things among you, is it too much if we reap material things from you? 12 If others share this rightful claim on you, do not we even more? Nevertheless, we have not made use of this right, but we endure anything rather than put an obstacle in the way of the gospel of Christ.

Tithing/Giving Should Support Local Ministry
Galatians 6:6–8 (ESV) Let the one who is taught the word share all good things with the one who teaches. 7 Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. 8 For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.

Tithing/Giving Should Support Local Ministry
1 Timothy 5:17–18 (ESV) Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor (“times”), especially those who labor in preaching and teaching. 18 For the Scripture says, “You shall not muzzle an ox when it treads out the grain,” and, “The laborer deserves his wages.”

Giving is good for you.
“Americans who do not give away 10 percent of their income run the significant risk of ending up less happy than they might have otherwise been. In fact, as a group they are less happy. So, whatever Americans lose by giving away 10 percent of their income is offset by the greater likelihood of being happier in life Rather
than leaving generous people on the short end of an unequal bargain, practices of generosity are actually likely instead to provide generous givers with essential goods in life—happiness, health, and purpose—which money and time simply cannot buy. That is an empirical fact well worth knowing.”
“The Paradox of Generosity,” Christian Smith and Hilary Davidson

What Can We Conclude:
– Giving is a universal good.
– We should be considerate of where we give.
– Tithing is a good standard (start).
– Churches/Ministrys should be supported by those who receive ministry.
– Beyond the tithe is the heart of God.
– Where are you?


Questions for Further Study:

  1. How does the concept of tithing go beyond mere acts of generosity, according to the teachings of the Torah?
  2. In what ways does Jesus address the practice of tithing, and how does it relate to the principles of justice and love in the Christian faith?
  3. Why is it important for New Testament believers to understand the heart behind tithing and generosity, considering the example set forth by Jesus and the early Church?
  4. Reflecting on the different scenes presented in the Bible regarding tithing, what insights can we gain about the motivations and attitudes towards giving?
  5. How does the principle of tithing in the Old Testament align with the broader theme of stewardship and God’s provision for His people, and how does this principle still apply to believers today?


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