The Law of Tithing
OUTSIDE THE LAW:
Part 1 - Abraham
Part 2 - Jacob
SUMMARY AND CONCLUSION
Genesis 14:20: Abraham gave him tithes, not paid him tithes. The KJV could have chosen the word "paid" but they didn't. The Hebrew word translated into tithes simply means a tenth. It is a mathematical term, not a religious term.
Hebrews 7:2, 4: Again, the word used is gave, not paid. In these verses, instead of using the word "tithe," the word "tenth" is used.
Hebrews7:9: Here the word "payed" is used when referring to Levi - the Levitical tithe was law; therefore, there was a debtor-creditor relationship. You pay a debt. The definition of tithe in this verse is to pay or receive tithes.
Abraham gave a free-will gift amounting to ten percent of the war spoils. There was no debtor-creditor relationship; therefore, it was free-will and not required. Jacob's vow to tithe was also voluntary. There is nothing in the scriptures to indicate there was any obligation for either Abraham or Jacob to tithe. Therefore, if you bring either or both of these two examples forward into the New Testament, at most it only shows an example of free-will giving. But neither example supports spirit-lead giving as taught in the New Testament. Nowhere in the New Testament is a tithe, or ten percent, used as being required, or even as being used as an example, guideline, goal to reach, or a starting point. The ten percent idea goes against New Testament teaching.
SUPPORT FOR THE CONCLUSION:
The definition of tithe in Matthew 23:23, relating to an obligation to tithe, is in sharp contrast to the definition of tithe in reference to Abraham and Jacob. The obligation to tithe creates a debtor-creditor relationship whereas merely giving a tenth (or tithe) is voluntary.
This completes Part 2 of Tithing Today. If you wish to study the Alternative to Tithing in the New Testament, continue to Part 3 by clicking here.