Tithing is a very controversial topic. There are people who are for it and people against it. And with the the controversy everyone has an opinion on it.
What is tithing? It is defined as: The tenth part of income that is given back to God.
Pretty simple, right?
If you earned $1.00 you’d give $.10 to God in gratitude. It’s not calculus. 🙂
First and foremost the Bible talks about 3 tithes:
- The Levitical, or Sacred, Tithe
- The Tithe of the Feasts
- The Tithe for the Poor
The Sacred Tithe
The Sacred Tithe was given to the Levites and priests for their service to the Temple. It was the one traced back to Abraham when he gave Melchizedek a tithe of all.
The Tithe of the Feasts
In the Old Testament, God ordained that His people keep His seven holy days–not to mention celebrating the Feast of Tabernacles in a temporary dwelling place.
These were not only holy occasions but they also served as mini-vacations. If you ever been to lengthy church functions or “mini-vacays,” you know that there are expenses.
How is this all gonna be paid for?
Simple. With the Tithe of the Feasts.
The second tithe–or Tithe of the Feasts–was saved by the individual for the purpose of being spent on personal use.
Moses told the people that instead of altars and high places throughout the country, they should bring their tithes and eat before God. THIS tithe was set apart for the family, a vacation that glorified Him specifically.
It was God’s will for His people to enjoy abundance and joy in His Presence. This second tithe was a representation of that.
The Tithe for the Poor
The third tithe–or Tithe for the Poor–was a special tithe set aside for orphans, widows, the fatherless, and the strangers. Unlike the first tithe which was paid year by year, the third tithe was paid only on the increase earned during the third and sixth year of a seven-year period.
With the nation of Israel, God wanted there to be three focuses:
- Himself–the Sacred Tithe
- The Family–the Tithe of the Feasts
- The Misfortunate–the Tithe for the Poor
Resources for Learning About Tithing
On this page are resources for understanding the concept of tithing. As time goes on more will be added.
You are about to read a definitive guide about tithing–What it is and what it is not. What the Bible SAYS it is and what other people THINK it is. At the end of the day only youcan make up your mind about this. You are the only person who can choose whether you will be for it or against it.
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