Is Tithing Scriptural
Giving back to God
Tithing Before The Law
Dear reader, God has always had a portion that is His and His alone, and I believe a good place to start this message today would be to go to the book of Genesis and read about our first man Adam being told that he can eat of all the trees in the garden but one and the day he did, he would surely die.
Dear reader, we can find all through history that God has always had his part, from the first tree in the garden to the next city after Jericho which was Ai where Achan hid the wedge of gold. (Joshua 7: 20-24)
Beloved, we can do some old history research and find God allowing man in the outer and the inner court of the temple but the Holy place was off limits except for the high priest to enter once a year offering the blood of the innocent lamb as a substitute for man’s sins to be passed over for one more year.
According to the scriptures, God allows us to keep ninety per cent of what we earn and he does not put stipulations on how we should spend it.
Beloved, God asks for ten per cent of our earned wages to fund his gospel.
Saints, the Lord knows that if we are faithful in our tithes we are showing him love and he has all our heart for he said in his word "if we love him, we will keep his commandments."
Beloved, a good many people give to God after they have paid everything else however Moses taught that if we give off the top then it is the same as if we gave the whole check.
Tithing During The Law
Dear saints of God, Moses in the Word of God declares that the tithe is Holy unto the Lord.
Numbers 18:8-19 (KJV)
8 And the Lord spoke unto Aaron, Behold, I also have given thee the charge of mine heave offerings of all the hallowed things of the children of Israel; unto thee have I given them by reason of the anointing, and to thy sons, by an ordinance forever.
9 This shall be thine of the most holy things, reserved from the fire: every oblation of their's, every meat offering of their's, and every sin offering of their's, and every trespass offering of their's which they shall render unto me, shall be most holy for thee and for thy sons.
10 In the most holy place shalt thou eat it; every male shall eat it: it shall be holy unto thee.
11And this is thine; the heave offering of their gift, with all the wave offerings of the children of Israel: I have given them unto thee, and to thy sons and to thy daughters with thee, by a statute forever: every one that is clean in thy house shall eat of it.
12All the best of the oil, and all the best of the wine, and of the wheat, the first fruits of them which they shall offer unto the Lord, them have I given Thee.
13 And whatsoever is first ripe in the land, which they shall bring unto the Lord, shall be thine; every one that is clean in thine house shall eat of it.
14 Everything devoted in Israel shall be thine.
15 Everything that openeth the matrix in all flesh, which they bring unto the Lord, whether it be of men or beasts, shall be thine: nevertheless the firstborn of man shalt thou surely redeem, and the firstling of unclean beasts shalt thou redeem.
16 And those that are to be redeemed from a month old shalt thou redeem, according to thine estimation, for the money of five shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary, which is twenty gerahs.
17 But the firstling of a cow, or the firstling of a sheep, or the firstling of a goat, thou shalt not redeem; they are holy: thou shalt sprinkle their blood upon the altar, and shalt burn their fat for an offering made by fire, for a sweet savour unto the Lord.
18 And the flesh of them shall be thine, as the wave breast and as the right shoulder are thine.
19 All the heave offerings of the Holy things, which the children of Israel offer unto the Lord, have I given thee, and thy sons and thy daughters with Thee, by a statute forever: it is a covenant of salt forever before the Lord unto thee and to thy seed with thee.
Beloved, notice in verse (19) that the heave offering belongs directly to the minister who is to oversee the ministry to the poor and upkeep our Father’s house including taking care of the retired ministers that sacrificed their life for the ministry and will somebody show me when God made the statement about it being a statue forever will have an expiration date?
Saints, only two times in the bible will you find references to a covenant of salt and one of the can be found in the book of (2 Chronicles 13:5) speaking concerning the secure priesthood of King David.
Beloved, even today the Apostle Paul shows that it is the duty of Churches to maintain their ministers and they that do not work should not eat. (2Thesaalonians 3:10)
Saints, let us now look at our giving and how we should give remembering that God stated in his Holy word (2 Corinthians 9:7) by the Apostle Paul, that God loves a cheerful giver.
Beloved in reference to the tithe, only a small portion of ones tithe should be given into other ministries however it is scriptural to give a love offering, if we feel led to do so.
Saints, if God really told you to give to another ministry and you are behind on your bills then it would have to come out of the tithe because God says he hates “robbery for burnt offering." (Isaiah 61:8)
Beloved, It is like this: The tithe is the Lord’s! He does not want you to rob Him by paying your bills with it! In the Old Covenant the Lord says if you were to borrow it then you were to pay it back with twenty percent interest. (Not to many ministers would tell you that). (Leviticus 27:31)
Saints, God knows our heart and He understands our giving. Did He not say that He that considereth the poor and giveth unto them lendeth unto the Lord. (Proverbs 19:17)
Beloved, God also does not want you to rob other people or businesses you have an agreement with, to give God an offering. God is just; and with justice comes righteous judgment!
God loves judgment! And with right judgment comes great wealth.
Saints, I need to jump in here and say that there may be a time arise that the Lord may have you make a pledge to give to His work and you do not have the funds he told you to pledge but you step out on an act of faith and make the pledge informing the people over the cause that you do not have the funds at this time but you are stepping out on your faith and believing God that the funds will be there when it is time for the pledge to be collected.
I have witnessed God come through many times on this Act of Faith.
Beloved, the Word declares this statement in this passage and in others to such as “Who Is Robbing God?”
Saints, do you not see in today’s body of Christ that we have been devastated as a whole?
Sure there is great wealth in the body usually by those who have the use of judgment. Let’s face it, there are many voices, and the only one that can bring judgment to these voices is you.
Beloved, the enemy of our soul comes as a thief as stated in the book of John chapter ten.
“The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” What do you think he (Satan) wants to steal most if your soul is in the hands of Christ?
The Tithe of Divine Portion
Dear reader, all through the word and history of man we find that God has always had a portion that is His and His alone. Saints, like I mentioned in the start of this message, God has always had his part from the first tree in the garden where man could eat from all the trees but one and it was off limits. Beloved, just think about it for a second, Man was only charged with keeping one law and he broke it bringing sin on the whole human race.
Beloved, God all through history has always had his part and we can do some old history research and find God allowing man in the outer and the inner court of the temple but the Holy of Holies was off limits except for the high priest to enter once a year offering the blood of the innocent lamb as a substitute for man’s sins to be passed over for one more year.
Beloved, God has always had what we call the tithe of divine portion throughout the history of dealing with his people.
Saints of God, , we are to pay our tithe into our Local assembly to Celebrate God’s goodness to us so that the ministry and the meek of our community will have food to eat, clothes to wear, and places to live.
1. The tithe of the tithe is where we discover the heave offering referred to as a Covenant of Salt.
2. God allows us to keep ninety per cent of what we earn and he does not put stipulations on how we should spend it.
3. God asks for ten per cent of our earned wages to fund his gospel.
4. God knows if we are faithful in our tithes we are showing him love and he has all our heart for he said in his word "if we love him, we will keep his commandments." (John 14:15-31)
Saints, a good many people give to God after they have paid everything else however Moses taught that if we give off the top then it is the same as if we gave the whole check.
In Business With God
Dear reader, you may ask how can we know that we will be blessed if we do what his word says?
Beloved, please allow me to explain to you how tithing works and how you can get a return on your investment.
Saints, let me began by giving an illustration that should bring some insight to our study.
Beloved, go with me now as I start by pretending that I am planning to get into a business adventure. Let's say it is a contracting business and I am new in town. I do not know anyone and need to get a business started to meet the needs of my family.
Dear reader, I arrange a meeting with a well known contractor and ask him to use his influence to open some doors for me. Beloved, I have proven to him with my references and records that I was successful in the business I had established in the other town. saints, the man knows deep down inside that he has customers he is unable to service and some help from the right person would certainly keep his customers happy but he just cannot trust his customers to anyone especially someone he does not know.
Beloved, after some time, I have convinced him that I am capable of doing the work and he agrees to give me some work and I also promise the man that if he will use his power including his resources to get me the some jobs, I will pay him a percentage of what the jobs bring in, to which he agrees.
Beloved, later one of his customers notice him in town and runs to thank him for referring them to me, informing him that they are very pleased with my work and commending him for trusting them with me.
Saints, the man now has a smile on his face and cannot wait to arrange a meeting with me to thank me for servicing his customers and has made the decision to trust me with some of his better clients.
Beloved, the man used his influence to open doors for me to establish my name and keep him in good standing with his customers. saints, he now gets his percentage and I have open doors of opportunity to make my work and professionalism known in this town which will serve to open other and much larger doors for my business to grow which I could never have attained without his help.
Dear saints of God, this is a small representation of how the same principle works in the Kingdom of God and did you know that in the common feast, the people could eat the unclean and drink strong drink, (Deuteronomy 14: 26) now that will not sit to well with the religious system of our day.
Beloved, when we give God his part out of a joyful heart in funding His work on Earth, He uses His influence to open doors that we could have never got open. He has discovered that He can trust us therefore He opens more ways for us to be blessed because the scripture says that God loves a cheerful giver.
Saints, today, churches are having to remortgage their loans and even go into foreclosure because people do not see the need to pay their tithes because ministers are telling them it is a bondage and not a requirement in the New Testament Church.
Church, it is a very sad day when some people calling themselves Christians, can purchase a new car, go to movies and live a luxurious lifestyle but never see the need to give God His part, to fund his ministry that his work can go on and lives can be changed for eternity.
Beloved, we discovered earlier in this study, that our God made provisions for His ministers including the upkeep and maintenance of His church to be carried out and he expressed it through the Lord’s Tithe which is referred to as being Holy to the Lord. Church, we also discovered in this message that it is referred to as a Covenant of Salt which like the priesthood of David is forever.
Dear saints of God, may I pause in this message and ask you a very important question concerning giving back to God and honoring the need to tithe into your local church?
1. How is giving back to the one that gave you life and had a plan for your life written in his books before creation, not worthy of your giving back a portion of what you have been blessed with for the upkeep of his work of redemption for his greatest creation (mankind) considered to be bondage, when God has chosen you to be a partner in that process that he may bless your coming in and your going out?
Church, I close this study with some thoughts that I think will show God’s intent in allowing us to be involved with His work on Earth especially in our giving.
Beloved, we already examined the scriptures in how God has always had His part starting with the first tree in the garden to the first city after Jericho where God instructed Joshua that everything in that city was to be declared Holy unto the Lord, then we find Achan hiding the golden wedge and the Egyptian garment bringing God’s wrath upon the people.
Later beloved, We find Christ was watching the woman give the two mites.
Beloved, you might say where are you going with all of this, well beloved, I am glad you asked and I will answer your question with a question; did not Christ after rising from the dead give an offering to God as a first fruit offering of the Old Testament saints which is in direct parallel to the law which states that the man of the harvest must bring a first fruit offering to be blessed by the priest so the whole field can be harvested?
Beloved, may we take time now and reflect on some important scriptures that I think will enhance our message concerning the importance of the tithe.
(Lev. 23: 17-17) (Acts 263:2) (Corinthians 15:20)
Lev 2315 And Ye shall count unto you from the morrow after the Sabbath, from the day that ye brought the sheaf of the wave offering; seven Sabbaths shall be complete:
16 Even unto the morrow after the seventh Sabbath shall ye number fifty days; and ye shall offer a new meat offering unto the Lord.
17 Ye shall bring out of your habitations two wave loaves of two tenth deals; they shall be of fine flour; they shall be baken with leaven; they are the first fruits unto the Lord.
Acts 26:23 (KJV)
23 That Christ should suffer, and that he should be the first that should rise from the dead, and should shew light unto the people, and to the Gentiles.
I Co. 15:20 20 But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the first fruits of them that slept.
Saints of God, we find in the scriptures that many of the Old Testament saints got up and was seen in the Holy City. Beloved, the scriptures teach that Paradise was moved to heaven when Christ arose and that he presented those that were in Paradise which was then in the heart of the Earth as a first fruit offering to God.
Notice church, that after Christ ascended into heaven, the blessed Holy Spirit was sent to the Earth and it was exactly ten days later.
Saints, we discover in the word of God concerning the one thousand year Millennial Reign of Christ on Earth where Christ will sit upon the throne of David and rule with a rod of iron. Beloved, it also says that the nations that fail to honor him shall have no rain fall upon their land so you tell me where not giving the lord what is due him has ceased. (Isaiah 2:4) & (Isaiah 42:1) (Revelation 20:4-7) (Revelation 19:11-16) (revelation 20:6)
Beloved, we just discovered in the above scriptures that Satan will be bound and Christ will be sitting upon the throne of David ruling for one thousand years of peace however, there will still be Nations upon this planet and they will be required to come to Jerusalem and honor the Lord.
Church, according to these scriptures, there will most likely be some people refuse to do so for it is stated in His word that those Nations that fail to comply, will receive no rain upon their land.
The bottom line saints is this; the people that do not come to honor the Lord will not be able to grow their crops, therefore think about it beloved, there will be people on Earth in their human mortal bodies and children will be born during this one thousand years.
Inclosing dear saints, this shows me that God always has had His part from the very beginning and it would be a blessing for us to honor Him in our giving for after all saints, look at all he went through to rescue and purchase us, "His prized possession."
Saints, we are supposed to be the Lord’s body here on earth and willingly yield our bodies a living sacrifice which is our reasonable service and God desires to use our hands and feet to reach out to the needy therefore beloved, to accomplish this, we must reach out to the hurting and the culture around us with the good news that we serve a Risen Savior.
Beloved, in the closing of this very important message concerning the importance of the tithe, let me say that on some occasions, God will have us give out of our need to get us to the place where he can richly bless us however we should try the spirits and make sure it is the right one speaking to us.
Saints, there are some way we can know if it is God speaking in our heart to give and one of the ways is to look for his peace. We can know by listening to that still small voice and making sure there are no checks in our spirit. Beloved, I am talking about looking for the peace of God to come upon us before we act on someone word stating that God wants us to give to their fund or project.
Beloved, if you try the Spirits and you have the peace of God upon you then by all means give what comes into your mind to give, and remember, we cannot out give Almighty God who will open doors for us that we could never get open.
Church, it is time to get past the Sanctuary of Worship and enter in to a wonderful relationship with Christ who is not flesh and blood but an Eternal Being. Saints, nothing should ever be allowed to take the place of being in His presence and there should never be a question in our mind when it comes to our relationship with Him.
Dear reader, I am talking about people, places, and things including family which are temporal and will come to an end but our place of being in direct relationship with Him will determine how much He can trust us with in the world to come.
Church, we need to come into a place of Holy Reverence for who He is and what He has done for us that we might be called sons and daughters of the Most High God therefore let get past regular worship which is filled with man-made us forms and agendas which exemplify the flesh more than the Creator.
Saints of God and fellow peers, may we catch a glimpse of (Joel 2:17) when church becomes more than good meetings and good preaching. Beloved, this scripture speaks of weeping between the porch and altar before God, It is when we get tired of church in the norm and the world being able to sit comfortably in our meetings with no conviction of their sin including their way of life.
In closing saints, may we take care of the widows and strangers including our worn out retired ministers and enter in to that most holy place seeking His presence with our whole heart for saints, when we do this in humble submission to his will and his Spirit, we are guaranteed by His word that He shall be found.
Saints, I read books concerning great men of renown such as J.D. Rockefeller and J.R. Kraft stating that the greatest investment they have had on their money was when they gave to fund the work of God.
Church, more on this subject can be found on my latest book "Spiritual Understanding of the Tithe" which can be found on Amazon and downloaded for free from our website: (www.witheredhand.org)
Be Blessed and Be A Blessing
Jerry W. Hulse Ph.D
Miracle Life Church International
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