A Haiku - Tithing, a test of obedience.

A Haiku - Tithing

One tenth of increase,

blessings from above and Him.

Given out of thanks.

A land of milk and honey, and so much more....


Olden times and today, the law is unchanged.

In olden times, when increase was most often spoken of inceases of crops, flocks, and herds, the increase spoken of related to tithing was an increase in kind.

Today the increase most often cited is an increase in monetary wealth of some kind.

Whether in those olden times, or in these modern times, the law of tithing remains the same.

Among other possible uses, the tithes were specifically intended that strangers, orphans, and widows should have enough to eat, yet in one of the most prosperous nations on earth, we still have people who are strangers to us, but hungry, orphans unadopted and on our streets hungry, and widows struggling to survive.

Of all the law, perhaps the law of tithing is one frequently broken by being ignored or short-changed.

Tithing is between the given and the Giver, but with so many blessings in our lives, can we ourselves be a cheerful giver, or begrudge giving back at least a tenth of what we have been given?


© 2014 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.

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annart 2 years ago from SW England

Here, in Mediaeval times, the tythes were given from the poor to their rich landlords as a payment for the land they used. Unfortunately the landlords were often very mean and demanded more than the peasants could manage. Your concept is a little different, fortunately, and a good one.

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Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

annart - I read in Deuteronomy about "the third year being the tithing year." As far as I know most Christian churches (and there are many different ones) consider that tithing is an annual obligation. Of course, in biblical times there were also "jubilee years" when all debts were forgiven. Just imagine trying to get a loan during the year or two before that was due to happen!

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Ericdierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

In these days I think that tithing should be meant to include direct charity to those in need. No doubt it would be best to split it up between institutions and direct. That is what we try to do.

Great hub.

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Gypsy Rose Lee 2 years ago from Riga, Latvia

I wonder if tithing includes that Martin's son and daughter-in-law order groceries for us once a month so that we can make ends meet. It is always appreciated because we are always having to spend everything that comes in just to get by. I don't complain I know that the Lord is on our side. However if I ever have anything extra you can bet I would give it to those who are so much more needier. Never saw us as needy just need a bit of help now and then.

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Perspycacious 24 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Marx or (somebody) got it wrong. The quote should have been "From each according to their ability, to others according to their needs."

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