Tithing to recognize that blessings come from God

Genesis 28:20-22 And Jacob vowed 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 raiment to put on, So that I come again to my father’s house in peace; then shall the LORD be my God: And this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be God’s house: and of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto thee.

Tithing is a part of the Old Testament Jewish law and many would like to do away completely with the idea. I do believe in grace giving. We do not give because we have to or even should. We give because God has blessed our lives and we want to!

I just thought that it was interesting in my devotional reading today that Jacob decides to give God a tithe-tenth because he recognizes that it is God who is blessing him.

This is prelaw days. This is not a Jewish tax to take care of the tabernacle, temple or priests at this point. I do not even know how he goes about tithing or where he takes the tithe. I only know that he told God that he would give because he was seeing God work in his life.

I also know that Jacob is scheming here. He is bartering with God by promising to give to Him if He will be blessed. Many people begin giving with wrong motives but somewhere in your life you need to begin giving.

You need to realize that it is God that provides all that you have. You need to honor Him by giving to Him the first fruits, the first part, the tenth, even more than a tenth. Give! Honor God!

Recognize that God is the source of all that you have and all that you will ever have.

Let me say before I leave this that I quit tithing a long time ago. I have been giving much more than a tithe for a long time. I give out of a heart of love for Him. I recognize that all I have comes from Him. I give because I want to.

But a tithe would be a good place for you to start giving.

6 thoughts on “Tithing to recognize that blessings come from God”

  1. Statistics are shocking on how few church members tithe. I agree the tithe is a good place to start but how is it we grow in every other area of our Christian lives except in the area of giving? Could it be because money is closer to our heart than God?

    Matthew 6:24 “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.”

    I believe when a person examines their finances they will see God’s place in their lives.

    2 Corinthians 8:7 “Therefore, as ye abound in every thing, in faith, and utterance, and knowledge, and in all diligence, and in your love to us, see that ye abound in this grace also.”

    A natural growth in the grace of liberal giving takes place in our lives as we grow in faith. When our giving is based on our love for God, giving will no longer be an area of contention within ourselves. Giving will “prove the sincerity of your love.” 2 Corinthians 8:8b

    Brother Austin, thank you for bringing up the topic of the tithe/giving.

  2. Reply: While money is common in Genesis and essential for sanctuary worship, money is not included in 16 texts which describe the contents of the tithe. Tithes were always only food from inside national Israel. Evan an Israelite could not bring tithes from outside Israel and Gentiles could not tithe at all. Neither were tithes used for mission work.

    You wrote: … and many would like to do away completely with the idea.

    Reply: Because it is never repeated to the Church after Calvary in terms of grace and faith. Those who received the Levitical tithe in the OT were not allowed to own or inherit property.

    You wrote: I do believe in grace giving.

    Reply: Galatians is about Paul cursing those who add principles of law back to grace. He asked “who has bewitched you?” (1:8-9; 3:1)
    You wrote: We do not give because we have to or even should. We give because God has blessed our lives and we want to!

    Reply: These are solid NT giving principles. OT tithing was a commandment given to food producers inside Israel and had nothing to say about motives.
    You wrote: (Jacob) This is prelaw days.

    Reply: So was idol worship, child sacrifices, temple prostitution and mandatory tithing of spoils of war to one’s local priest-king. Being pre-law does not make something moral or eternal.

    You wrote: This is not a Jewish tax to take care of the tabernacle, temple or priests at this point.

    Reply: OT tithes could not be used for temple building and maintenance or for mission work. Temple expenses were freewill and mission work was not done.

    You wrote: You need to honor Him by giving to Him the first fruits, the first part, the tenth, even more than a tenth. Give! Honor God!

    Reply: There is something inherently wrong with this approach. (1) Tithes were not the same as firstfruits (Neh 10:35-37). (2) Firstfruits were very small token offerings which are insufficient to run God’s NT program (Deu 26:1-4). (3) A definition of tithe to include money is unscriptural and the word should be changed to “sacrificial freewill giving.” (4) 2nd Cor 8:12-15 teaches equality giving. Many should give more (than 10%) but those who sacrificially give less (than 10%) are still not cursed or made to feel inadequate in the church and not allowed to hold church office.
    You wrote: Recognize that God is the source of all that you have and all that you will ever have.

    Reply: This is true but it is not the underlying reason behind OT giving to support Levitical priests. Those Levites have been replaced by unpaid ushers, deacons, choir, musicians and others. The temple and priesthood are now within believers.
    You wrote: Let me say before I leave this that I quit tithing a long time ago.

    Reply: You never really gave a biblical tithe of food from inside Israel. You gave a freewill offering of more than 10% but that was not tithing.
    You wrote: I have been giving much more than a tithe for a long time.

    Reply: This is sacrificial freewill giving at a higher level than required of food producers in the OT. It is commendable but do you admit that some cannot give that much unless they stop paying for medicine, food and shelter?
    You wrote: I give out of a heart of love for Him. I recognize that all I have comes from Him. I give because I want to.

    Reply: Those are solid NT giving principles. They have nothing in common with OT tithing.
    You wrote: But a tithe would be a good place for you to start giving.

    Reply: This is the puppet response of so many who never think it through. “Good place to start, standard, minimum, training wheels, etc” are mere pulpit-repeated platitudes without any biblical foundation because 10% was only such “good place to start” for food producers inside OT Israel. Not even Jesus, Peter and Paul qualified as tithe-payers because what they earned or produced was not tithe-able. That is the fact from God’s Word.

    Most of us can and should give more because we want to see souls saved for God’s kingdom. But that does not authorize us to do so using abolished principles from the OT (2 Cor 3:10; Heb 7:5, 12, 18, 19).

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    Russell Earl Kelly

  3. I appreciate your taking the time to correct me on so much of the article. I do not push or manipulate our people to give. Rarely is it mentioned and the intent of the article was not to coerce people nor add to a means of salvation.

    Sorry about my puppet response.

    I certainly do not want to argue or fight with you.

  4. I don’t see why a certain person here is so argumentative. While I know the NT Christian is not commanded to tithe, why not use 10% as a jumping off point and go from there?

    There is nothing wrong with that.

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