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 fatherâ€™s house in peace; then shall the LORD be my God: And this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be Godâ€™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.