by Angelic | Apr 20, 2017
Angelic: People often want God to bless them financially when they don’t practice the laws of tithing.
Russ: It is also the other way around. People expect God to bless them because they "tithe" while living unmarried and not serving Him.
Angelic: I am writing this article to give you information on how tithing works and what the purpose of it is to begin with.
Russ: Since you do not know what the HOLY tithes was, you cannot know how it works.
Angelic: For starters, tithing was a practice that Abraham regularly did. He gave 10% of everything that he owned to God (Hebrews 7:2).
Russ: Wrong on both remarks. .First, it was uncircumcised Abram, not Abraham. Second, the Bible does not say he did it regularly. Third, he only gave 10% of "all" the pagan-source spoils of war. The Bible does not tell us WHY Abram tithed; the law of the land required tithes from spoils of war be given to one's local king-priest.
Angelic: Jesus also told us to give to God what is God’s and to Caesar what is Caesar (Mark 12:17).
Russ: First, Jesus literally said NOT to give to God man's money with man's images and writing on it; nobody obeys Jesus there. Second "that which belongs to God" was always only FOOD from inside HOLY Israel. The tithe could not come from what man produced or from outside Israel. Jesus, Peter and Paul did not qualify as tithe-payers.
Angelic: Other verses about tithing are: Leviticus 27:30 – Commands that the Israelites should give all of their tithe to God.
Russ: Sixteen (16) of these verses describe the HOLY tithe as only FOOD from inside HOLY Israel. None say otherwise.
Angelic: Malachi 3:10 – Tells us to bring our tithes to God’s house.
Russ: 1000 years after Leviticus 27 the HOLY tithe was still only food -- as Malachi 3:10 states. Why cannot you understand the literal Word of God?
Angelic: If we do, the Bible says that he will bless us so much that we will not even know where to put all of his blessings. Malachi 3:8-10.
Russ: Again, the literal blessings are blessings of food, rain and plentiful harvest --- not money.
Angelic: The scripture says that we are actually robbing God if we do not give him out tithes.
Russ: Not "we" Gentiles; only O.T. Israelites under the Old Covenant. According to Nehemiah 13:5-10 those robbing God were the priests stealing the Levites' portion of the tithe.
Angelic: Proverbs 3:9-10 – You will get blessed if you give your tithe to God. You will find your finances growing when you give to God.
Russ: Prov 3:9-10 is not about tithing; it is about freewill offerings of food from inside HOLY Israel. Tithes and firstfruits are never the same thing in God's Word. Why do you change God's Word?
Angelic: In the New Testament, it does not command us to tithe.
Russ: Correct. God did not forget to include it.
Angelic: The only time that tithing is mentioned is when Jesus tells us to give God what is his. I assume this to mean that he was talking about giving God what our tithes and offerings.
Russ: Yes, tithes of food before Calvary.
Angelic: After Jesus died, the apostles never commanded the early Christians to give 10% of their wealth. In fact, they often told people to give from their hearts with a grudge. Christians are not under the law of the Israelites. We...
Russ: After Calvary all believers are priests and priests did not tithe (Numb 18:25-28).