Did Tithing Pass With The Old Testament Law?
There are a number of Christians out there that have been teaching tithing is passed with the law of Moses and the Old Testament. They say we no longer need to tithe and shrug off Malachi 3:8-10 and the origin of tithing itself.
The First Tither
No, tithing did NOT pass with the Old Testament law of Moses. Giving is a part of God’s economic plan to bless His people. Abram’s homestead was attacked, some of his family, employees, women, children were captured by attackers and kidnapped. Rather than sit there and whine, he gave those employees and family with him weapons and pursued their enemy. They won back their people and possessions, but also the riches of other places the marauders had attacked. By faith, Abram went after them, and by faith and action, won a supernatural victory.
God blessed him with so many things for fighting by faith, when he came back he came across a Priest and King of the Most High God named Melchizedek. Abraham (which his name changed to) was so thankful he gave a tithe (10%) of all his income from this victory to the man of God. We don’t know much about Melchizedek, but Hebrews tells us multiple times about Melchizedek. In total we see Melchizedek in Genesis 14:18, Psalms 110:4, Hebrews 5:6, 5:10, 6:20, 7:1, 7:10. The common thread is Jesus is our High Priest according to the order of Melchizedek. Hebrews 7 goes into detail about giving tithes in the New Testament.
Before The Law of Moses (The Pentateuch)
Note the law began with Moses, Moses came AFTER Abraham. Tithing began before the law and continues to this day. Tithing is how you honor God. Those who do not tithe cannot be blessed by God. In fact, Malachi 3:8-1, gives us great insights. Those who don’t tithe are stealing from God and will be cursed in what they do. But those who do tithe
- Support God’s House, the church, and its ministries
- Will be blessed financially
- Receive more than they can even handle and overflow
- Are shielded from the enemy’s attacks on their possessions
- Will do better than unbelievers and non-tithers in the work they do
- Will prosper when everyone else around them is failing
- Will be visually recognized by surrounding people and nations that they are blessed with what they have
- Will live in a delightful land because of these financial blessings
Tithing Is First Fruits
Tithing is talked about in the Bible but it’s a personal choice. Tithers show their obedience and submission to God. They recognize all that they have belongs to God and return the first 10% that comes in to the Lord God Almighty.
Make Sure Of What You Stand On
Tithing began before the Law of Moses with Abraham. If you aren’t doing it, then you’d better if you want God to work in your finances. Honor God and He will honor you. Ignore God, and He will ignore you. It’s better to be blessed than needy.
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