Is tithing commanded in the Bible?
Tithing is giving to God, by giving to people who need.
Matt 25:37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee
an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? 38 When saw we thee a
stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? 39 Or when saw we thee
sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? 40 And the King shall answer and say
unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the
least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
And we shouldn't be stingy about it, or do it for others to see us doing it. -
Mark 12:41 And Jesus sat over against the treasury, and beheld how the people
cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much. 42 And there
came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing .
43 And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto
you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into
the treasury: 44 For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her
want did cast in all that she had, even all her living.
Luke 10:33 But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when
he saw him, he had compassion on him, 34 And went to him, and bound up his
wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him
to an inn, and took care of him. 35 And on the morrow when he departed, he took
out two pence , and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him;
and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee. 36
Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among
the thieves? 37 And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto
him, Go, and do thou likewise.
If we love God, we should give to others who have less than us. -
Mark 12:29 And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O
Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: 30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God
with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all
thy strength: this is the first commandment. 31 And the second is like, namely
this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself . There is none other commandment
greater than these.
Deut 26:12 When thou hast made an end of tithing all the tithes of thine
increase the third year, which is the year of tithing, and hast given it unto
the Levite, the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, that they may eat
within thy gates, and be filled;
Even Abraham gave tithe's:
Heb 7:1 For this Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him;
2 To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of peace;
3 Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually.
4 Now consider how great this man was, unto whom even the patriarch Abraham gave the tenth of the spoils.
Malachi 3:8 Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have
we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. 9 Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye
have robbed me, even this whole nation. 10 Bring ye all the tithes into the
storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith,
saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour
you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.
We are no longer under the Old Testament law. Very true. But the point of my note
is; Tithing is giving to God, by giving to people who need. Giving to those who
need is like giving it directly to Jesus, as He said in Matt 25.
And of the tithe given to the Levites, a tenth of that was even given as tithe...
Num 18:26 Thus speak unto the Levites, and say unto them, When ye take of the
children of Israel the tithes which I have given you from them for your
inheritance, then ye shall offer up an heave offering of it for the LORD, even a
tenth part of the tithe.
As I said, we are no longer under the law. Does that mean we are not under the
law of love? Love is the fulfillment of the law (Gal 5:14), because if we truly love God
and love others we will not do those things that God hates, and we will do those
things that please Him and help other people.
As Jacob said:
Gen 28:22 And this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be God's house:
and of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto thee.
I will give a tenth to the Lord and will never begrudge it.
James 1:27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To
visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself
unspotted from the world.
I choose to give a tenth because I love Jesus and I'm not doing it to obey the
"law" I'm doing it for the Lord out of love and generosity in thanks.
2 Cor 9:7 Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.
A note about today's tithe doctrine in most churches:
I am cautious about the tithing that the church says we should do, by giving only
to the church (all of our tithe), because there are so many so called preachers
that are guilty of "filthy lucre" (shameful greed) and I find it very hard to
find any that are truly men of God, who do not compromise on doctrine in order to
please their congregations.
Tithe is biblical, but giving to those who need is a great place to give it.
Giving to those who are hungry and don't have means is giving to the Lord.