Last week we studied where Paul said in Colossians 2:16 to not let any one judge us in meat or in drink or in respect of a holy day or a new moon or Sabbath days. These statutes were all under Israel’s laws which we the Body of Christ are not a part of presently. Paul was given new information about a new dispensation a new gospel with a new purpose and destiny as a new apostle apart from the original 12 apostles to the 12 tribes of Israel and the works of the law.
We will discuss in great length here the confusion of the subject of tithing. What is tithing? Who is supposed to give it and so on? Is it a gift or is it mandatory? We find in Deuteronomy 14 the tithe was given as a tax. We all know a tax is compulsory and not a free will gift. The first tithe (10 percent tax) was given to the Levites and is described in Deuteronomy 14:27 as they were going to be the priests in Israel and God would run the nation of Israel through the tribe of Levi. Agriculture means were to be given to them because they had no inheritance of land. There are no Levites today to give this tithe to. The pastors of churches today are certainly not Levites because they are not part of Israel’s earthly kingdom. The second tithe is found in Deuteronomy 14:22 and is a festival tithe for the festivals God instructed every male in Israel to attend three times a year according to Deuteronomy 16:16, which were: Passover, Pentecost and Tabernacles. This second tithe, according to Deuteronomy 14:22-26, even had conditions for the folks. If the way was too long, they could sell their tithe, take the money and buy whatever they wanted. Verse 26 is very clear on this. The third tithe in Deuteronomy 14:28 was to be given every third year so it would be three -1/3 percent per year and was a welfare tithe. Again, these were not gifts but commands to do.
All the information we as the body of Christ needs are in Paul’s letters to us, Romans through Philemon. If we were to add up the tithe Israel was responsible for it would total 30 percent. Quite a difference from what I heard for years in church buildings and always felt like there was something not quite right about it. Next week we will go into detail of how Abraham did tithe one time and what he tithed and apparently some use this as a model for the body of Christ to tithe today which is incorrect. We also will bring in how our apostle presently tells us to give in this age of grace we live in.
The gospel that saves."I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; by which also ye are saved, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures,” 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 KJB Grace to all.