Prerequisite #1

Genesis - Abraham

Genesis - Jacob

The Levitical Tithe - Intro

Prerequisite #2

Prerequisite #3

Levitical Tithe - Background

The Levitical Tithe - Basics

The Levites

The Levitical Tithe - Advanced

Malachi - Robbing God

The Other Tithes

Church History of Tithing



How many times have you heard a preacher say you are required to tithe on the first tenth of your income? Or, the "firstfruits"? Or that you tithe the best? This is not correct.

Let's review Leviticus 27:30, 32, 33 (NIV):
30 "'A tithe of everything from the land, whether grain from the soil or fruit from the trees, belongs to the LORD; it is holy to the LORD.

Notice in verse 30 it says a tithe of everything from the land. It doesn't say the first tenth. A tithe is a tenth. Any tenth.

32 The entire tithe of the herd and flock-every tenth animal that passes under the shepherd's rod-will be holy to the LORD.

Notice that verse 32 is specific in that the tithe is the tenth animal, not the first.

33 He must not pick out the good from the bad or make any substitution.

And notice in verse 33 that you give the tenth whether it be good or bad.

The tithe was the tenth, not the first. The tithe was the tenth whether it be good or bad.

The scriptures are clear. God's tithe was on crops and animals which are assets, not income, and which came from God's labor, not man's labor. Yet preachers all over the world are teaching that you tithe on income (not assets), from man's labor (not God's labor). The scriptures say the tithe is Holy to the Lord. Man's labor (wages) are not Holy to the Lord.

Again, in God's Word, the biblical tithe was always on the miracles of God, or from the labor of God, or from God's increase, never from what man had made or earned from his own labor.

True biblical tithes were always on only crops and animals, only from farms and herds and flocks, of only Israelites, who only lived in God's Holy land, the boundary of Israel, only under Old Covenant terms, and the increase could only be gathered from what God miraculously increased. This definition is fundamental to understanding the doctrine of tithing in the Word of God.

Let me say it again. The biblical tithe was NEVER on anything that man made or earned from his own labor. God NEVER required man to give back to Him anything that man, himself, worked for. The biblical tithe was ALWAYS on items from God's own labor - the fruits and vegetables and new born animals; miracles, or gifts from God, from God's labor, NOT man's labor. You'll never understand the concept of God's tithe unless you fully understand that God was asking for a tenth back of something He gave to man, NOT something that man made or earned with the help of God. God NEVER asked or required man to go out and work, and then give to God a tenth of what man made or earned.

Man has taken the scriptures and reversed the concepts. The scriptures say you tithe on crops and animals which are ASSETS that come from GOD'S LABOR. Man teaches you tithe on INCOME, which comes from MAN'S LABOR. You will find in the History section that man changed this basic principle during the second half of the 1800's.

Numbers 18:21 (NIV):
21 “I give to the Levites all the tithes in Israel as their inheritance in return for the work they do while serving at the Tent of Meeting.

The biblical principle here is that the tithe belongs to God, and He gave it to the Levites, who served at the temple.

The tithing teacher says you pay the first tenth of your gross income to The Lord, and you bring it to the church. The scripture says you pay a tenth of your crops and every tenth animal to The Lord, and you take it to the Levites.

Levitical tithes were received by the Levites who were only servants to the priests. And the Levites in turn gave only one tenth of the tenth they received, to the priests. We read this in Numbers 18:26, 28. Therefore, the scripture clearly says that the Levites, the servants to the priests, had the tithe, and they only gave to the priests a tenth of the tithe. We see this also found in Nehemiah 10:38 (NIV):
38 A priest descended from Aaron is to accompany the Levites when they receive the tithes, and the Levites are to bring a tenth of the tithes up to the house of our God, to the storerooms of the treasury.

Nehemiah 10:37 (KJV) reads as follows:
37 And that we should bring the firstfruits of our dough, and our offerings, and the fruit of all manner of trees, of wine and of oil, unto the priests, to the chambers of the house of our God; and the tithes of our ground unto the Levites…..

In Nehemiah 10:37 we learn that the first-fruits were to be taken to the temple, and the tithes were to be taken to the Levites. The first-fruits have nothing to do with the tithe.

Now let's continue to Malachi - Robbing God by clicking here.

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