Tithing is the most controversial topic discussed in our society today; everyone has one or two things to say about tithing.
We have dwelled so much on our belief and personal opinions that we often forget to search for answers in the word of God. The bible is available for all, but we’ve meandered our way through the scriptures just to suit us. However, no matter or we define God’s word; the Holy Spirit is always there to interpret the scriptures for us; we know this, but we are too proud to ask for help and know the truth.
Is tithing from God or a means to exploit the church?
Some people think tithes as a means for pastors or leaders of the church to enrich themselves, so they avoid paying their tithes and also encourage others to stop paying tithes. Let’s search the scripture, shall we?
GEN. 14:19–20 Tithing is a way of acknowledging God “And he blessed him and said,
“Blessed be Abram by God Most High, Possessor of heaven and earth; and blessed be God Most High,
who has delivered your enemies into your hand!” And Abram gave him a tenth of everything.”
In the above scripture, Abram had returned from defeating the armies of the four kings, rescuing his nephew Lot, and reclaiming his possessions, and he’s met by an enigmatic priest of God Most High named Melchizedek. The priest attributes Abram’s victory to God—possessor of heaven and earth, and he blesses Abram.
What Abram simply did here is likely to what we do every day; we go out to work, and at the end of the day we come in with our earnings (possessions), and just like Abram, we give tithes to God via the priest (or pastors). It is a way of showing gratitude to God and returning the glory to Him for enabling us to work and earn.
Deuteronomy 8:18 “But thou shalt remember the Lord thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day.”
Funny how we claim Abraham’s blessings and inheritance, but we do not do what Abraham did to attract God’s blessing. This is where so many people miss it; we quickly quote scriptures of God’s promises to us, but we do not want to follow the path that leads to the blessings. If Abraham is your covenant father, then be ready to do what he did.
GEN. 28:20–22 Tithing as a vow
“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, so that I come again to my father’s house in peace, then the Lord shall be my God, 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.”
The above scripture shows that Jacob responds to a dream he has received from God by building an altar and vowing that, in exchange for God’s care and provision, he would give God a tenth of his belongings.
LEV. 27:30–34 Tithing, the law of Moses
“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. If a man wishes to redeem some of his tithe, he shall add a fifth to it. 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. One shall not differentiate between good or bad, neither shall he make a substitute for it; and if he does substitute for it, then both it and the substitute shall be holy; it shall not be redeemed.”
The above scripture shows how Moses made the tithe as a law. The first 10 percent is called “holy,” or” set apart,” as belonging to God. The Israelites were to return to God what was already his, and in doing so, recognize the Almighty’s provision.
Remember the Israelites where sojourners or slaves in Egypt for over four hundred years, they have forgotten the ways of their fathers, God’s servant Moses, try to teach the people he made it as a law. Tithing is of God; it is not meant to squeeze from God’s people. Remember that God loves and cherish us, whatever He says we should do or not to do is for our benefit.
God is not a beggar: Haggai 2:8, silver and gold are His. We are too small to give to God Psalms 50: 12 “If I were hungry, I would not tell thee: for the world is mine and the fullness thereof.” So relax, God is not after our money, or food. He gave these things to us in the first place, everything God instructs us is because He loves us, He doesn’t want to see us perish.
PROV. 3:9–10. Tithing, the covenant gateway of plenty
“Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the first fruits of all your produce; then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine.”
Mal 3:10- “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.”
Tithing is an ALL in One package; appreciation, vows, commandment, covenant gateway of plenty.! Isn’t it incredible?
What I have is barely enough!
Many people do not give tithe today because what they think what they have is not enough to cater for their needs. Read the scripture below;
“And he sat down opposite the treasury and watched the people putting money into the offering box. Many rich people put in large sums. And a poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which make a penny. And he called his disciples to him and said to them, “Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the offering box. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.”
Many people have been robbed of God’s blessings because of tithing. We feel what we have is not enough to feed ourselves talk less of giving a specific part of it to God. Let me tell you the truth, whatever your 90% of your earnings can’t solve; your 10% will not do it. God didn’t ask for 50%, He is asking for just 10% from what He has given to you.
For instance, as a parent, you always buy your children things, but one of them always come back to offer you a portion of what you give to them, how will you feel? Naturally, that child becomes your favorite!
ENCOURAGE YOURSELF: Do it in love: you can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving. Let everything be done in love; for God is love. The reason we feel reluctant to give our tithe is that there is no love in us. The truth is, anything you give outside love is unacceptable to God. 1st Corinthians 13: 1-10 explains it all. May God give us understanding in Jesus name, AMEN.
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. 9 You are cursed with a curse, For you have robbed Me, Even this whole nation.
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 blessings, That there will not be room enough to receive it.