The Law of Tithing


Part 1 - Abraham

Part 2 - Jacob

Matthew 23:23



The law of tithing is found in the following scriptures (not all inclusive):
Leviticus 27:30-34 Known as the Levitical Tithe, or the First Tithe, or the Lord's Tithe
Deuteronomy 14:22-27 Known as the Second Tithe, or Festival Tithe, or Feast Tithe
Deuteronomy 14:28-29 Known as the Third Tithe, or the 3-Year Tithe, or the Poor Tithe, or the Welfare Tithe
Numbers 18:23-28 Ordinances
Malachi 3:7-12 Refers to robbing God of the Lord's Tithes and offerings

Those are the main verses quoted when referring to the tithe. If the law ended at the cross, then none of the above verses apply to the Christian today. In other words, even if we find that tithing, outside the law, is applicable in the New Testament, none of the verses referring to the law would apply, including Malachi 3:7-11 (regarding robbing God).

But the scriptures do tell us that the law ended at the cross. We will cover enough verses below to substantiate that the law, in fact, did end; therefore, the verses referenced above do not apply to Christians today.


Let's look at Matthew 26:26-28 (KJV):
26And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body.
27And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it;
28For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.

Jesus himself said "For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed…" Since the blood of Jesus hadn't yet been shed, he was prophesying, or telling them what was to come.

And Hebrews 9:16-17 (KJV):
16For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator.
17For a testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth.

Therefore you must be careful when reading the four gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) as they took place during the Old Testament up until the death of Jesus. Jesus was born, lived, and died under the Old Testament. Jesus, Himself, was under the law. Jesus lived the law, taught the law, and prophesied that which was coming.

Hebrews 8:13 (KJV):
13By calling this covenant "new," he has made the first one obsolete; and what is obsolete and aging will soon disappear.


Colossians 2:13-17 (KJV):
13And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;
14Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;
15And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it.
16Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:
17Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.

This shows that the written code (the law) was cancelled. In Verse 16 this is repeated by "do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, .......... or a Sabbath day." Verse 17 explains that these laws were "a shadow of the things that were to come," again showing that the laws were done away with. The word "shadow" was translated from the Greek word "skia" which means darkness of error.

Galatians 5:18 (KJV):
18But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.

Galatians 5:18 shows that the law is no longer needed. When you have the spirit to guide, and you have love in your heart, you are at a higher standard than any law. With love in your heart, you won't want to kill, steal, etc. etc.

Hebrews 8:6, 7, 13 (KJV):
6But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises.
7For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second.
13In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away.

The Old Covenant didn't work. Tithing didn't work. Tithing was part of the Old Covenant law that ended when Jesus died on the cross.

Galatians 3:19 (KJV):
19Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator.

Until the Seed to whom the promise referred had come. In other words, until Jesus came and fulfilled the law.

Galatians 3:23-25 (KJV):
23But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed.
24Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
25But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.

Galatians 3:10-14 (KJV):
10For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.
11But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith.
12And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them.
13Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:
14That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

Matthew 23:23 (KJV) reads:
23Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.

Many believe that Matthew 23:23 shows that tithing is still required in the New Testament. This is a common mistake made by those who are confused as to when the New Testament begins. Jesus was speaking to the law keepers who were still under the Old Covenant law.

The Holy Bible is broken down into the Books of the Old Testament and the Books of the New Testament. Here's where the confusion comes in. Too many people believe that the New Testament begins with the first book in the New Testament, which is the Book of Matthew. The fact is, the New Testament doesn't begin until after Jesus died on the cross, which is near the end of Matthew. Matthew 23:23 is still the Old Testament.

The law ended at the cross. Tithing was part of that law; therefore, the law, or command to tithe, ended at the cross.

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