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July 18, 2018

ZION GLOBAL - TITHE



TITHE
THE RUDIMENT OF TITHE
BY ZION GLOBAL










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HIGHLIGHTS:
·       MEANING
·       THE FIRST TITHE
·       THE TITHE INTRODUCED AS LAW [MOSAIC LAW]
·       JACOB’S TITHE – TITHE IN THE OLD TESTAMENT
·       TITHE IN THE NEW TESTAMENT
·       TYPES OF TITHE
·       THE PRINCIPLE OF PLENTY
·       TITHE AND GIVING
·       WHAT DOES TITHE TEACHHES
·       REWARD FOR PAYING TITHE
·       TITHE RECIEVER


Introduction
Before we look at what the Bible says about tithing, we need to know that everything we have belongs to God. 100% of our income belongs to God! Everything we have is a gift from God—our homes, cars, bank accounts, IRA’s, 401K’s, income, all of our material possession including the cash in our pockets. If it wasn’t for God’s grace, we wouldn’t have any of these things.
When we realize that everything we have belongs to God and we are mere stewards of his resources, it makes it a little easier to think about how we use the money he has entrusted into our care. Notice I said it makes it a “little” easier, not a “lot” easier. Even when we realize this, many people are like me; we don’t like other people telling us what to do with our money. There is something in our sinful nature that tells us that we’ve worked for everything we have and nobody has the right to tell us what to do with our money, including God.


MEANING
According to Oxford advanced learners dictionary, tithe is a tenth of the goods that something produced or the money that they earned, that was paid as tax to support the church. Significantly, tithe means 1/10 (10%).
It’s from the law of Moses (Mosaic Law) requiring 10% of Israelite’s first fruits because God provided the harvest, this first part was returned to him to say thank you.
It also provided for Levitical priesthood and the needy.





THE FIRST TITHE
GENESIS 14: 19-20
{14:19} And he blessed him,
and said, Blessed [be] Abram of the most high God,
possessor of heaven and earth: {14:20} And blessed be the
most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy
hand. And he gave him tithes of all.

In the text above, Abram just returned frow war, defeating the army of four kings, rescuing his nephew(Lot). He met a priest of God – Melchizedek.
In gratitude, he gave 1/10 to the priest. He did that not, not to invoke God’s blessing but to respond to the blessing.




THE TITHE INTRODUCED AS LAW [MOSAIC LAW]
LEVITICUS 27: 30-34
And all the tithe of the land, [whether] of the
seed of the land, [or] of the fruit of the tree, [is] the
LORD’S: [it is] holy unto the LORD. {27:31} And if a man
will at all redeem [ought] of his tithes, he shall add thereto
the fifth [part] thereof. {27:32} And concerning the tithe of
the herd, or of the flock, [even] of whatsoever passeth under
the rod, the tenth shall be holy unto the LORD. {27:33} He
shall not search whether it be good or bad, neither shall he
change it: and if he change it at all, then both it and the
change thereof shall be holy; it shall not be redeemed.
{27:34} These [are] the commandments, which the LORD
commanded Moses for the children of Israel in mount Sinai.

We see Moses giving the commandment as a law. Tithe is like giving to God what he owns already. Since he owns all we have, we shouldn’t find it difficult to give him part of what is his.
REDEEM- To exchange sth such as shares or
vouchers for money or goods.
And if need be you want to redeem your tithe for money, 5% must be added. Livestock/farm produce shouldn’t be selected – Remember Cain and Abel, Abel presented the best of the sheep to God while Cain presented the bad ones.





JACOB’S TITHE – TITHE IN THE OLD TESTAMENT

GENESIS 28: 13-22
{28:13} And, behold, the
LORD stood above it, and said, I [am] the LORD God of
Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon
thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed; {28:14}
And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt
spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north,
and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the
families of the earth be blessed. {28:15} And, behold, I
[am] with thee, and will keep thee in all [places] whither
thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will
not leave thee, until I have done [that] which I have spoken
to thee of.
{28:16} And Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and he said,
Surely the LORD is in this place; and I knew [it] not.
{28:17} And he was afraid, and said, How dreadful [is] this
place! this is none other but the house of God, and this [is]
the gate of heaven. {28:18} And Jacob rose up early in the
morning, and took the stone that he had put [for] his
pillows, and set it up [for] a pillar, and poured oil upon the
top of it. {28:19} And he called the name of that place
Bethel: but the name of that city [was called] Luz at the
first. {28:20} And Jacob vowed a vow, saying, If God will
be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will
give me bread to eat, and raiment to put on, {28:21} So that
I come again to my father’s house in peace; then shall the
LORD be my God: {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.
NB: CONDITIONAL VOW


GENESIS 14: 19-24
{14:19} And he blessed him,
and said, Blessed [be] Abram of the most high God,
possessor of heaven and earth: {14:20} And blessed be the
most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy
hand. And he gave him tithes of all. {14:21} And the king
of Sodom said unto Abram, Give me the persons, and take
the goods to thyself. {14:22} And Abram said to the king of
Sodom, I have lift up mine hand unto the LORD, the most
high God, the possessor of heaven and earth, {14:23} That I
will not [take] from a thread even to a shoelatchet, and that I
will not take any thing that [is] thine, lest thou shouldest
say, I have made Abram rich: {14:24} Save only that which
the young men have eaten, and the portion of the men which
went with me, Aner, Eshcol, and Mamre; let them take their
portion.
NB: ABRAM GAVE ALL OUT


LEVITICUS 27: 30-34
And all the tithe of the land, [whether] of the
seed of the land, [or] of the fruit of the tree, [is] the
LORD’S: [it is] holy unto the LORD. {27:31} And if a man
will at all redeem [ought] of his tithes, he shall add thereto
the fifth [part] thereof. {27:32} And concerning the tithe of
the herd, or of the flock, [even] of whatsoever passeth under
the rod, the tenth shall be holy unto the LORD. {27:33} He
shall not search whether it be good or bad, neither shall he
change it: and if he change it at all, then both it and the
change thereof shall be holy; it shall not be redeemed.
{27:34} These [are] the commandments, which the LORD
commanded Moses for the children of Israel in mount Sinai.


TITHE IN THE NEW TESTAMENT
Most christain believe that tithe was only mentioned in the old testament, they believed the law of tithing is limited to the old testament.
Here are some verses in the new testament that talks about tithe…


MATTHEW 8: 4
{8:4} And Jesus
saith unto him, See thou tell no man; but go thy way, shew
thyself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses
commanded, for a testimony unto them.
Which gift did moses commanded? Its in LEVITICUS 27: 30-34 where he introduced tithe as law.


MATTHEW 23: 23
{23:23} Woe 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.
Paying tithe doesn’t meant you are doing what God want. LUKE 18: 9-14 says {18:9} And he spake this parable unto
certain which trusted in themselves that they were
righteous, and despised others: {18:10} Two men went up
into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a
publican. {18:11} The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with
himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men [are,]
extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.
{18:12} I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I
possess. {18:13} And the publican, standing afar off, would
not lift up so much as [his] eyes unto heaven, but smote
upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.
{18:14} I tell you, this man went down to his house
justified [rather] than the other: for every one that exalteth
himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall
be exalted.



HEBREW 7: 1-2
{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; {7:2} 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;



1 CORINTHIAN 9: 13-14
{9:13} Do ye not know that they which minister
about holy things live [of the things] of the temple? and
they which wait at the altar are partakers with the altar?
{9:14} Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which
preach the gospel should live of the gospel.
NB- WHAT ARE THE THINGS OF THE TEMPLE?




TYPES OF TITHE
*      LEVITICAL TITHE – This is the 10% tithe.
*      FESTIVAL TITHE – Tithe were also made to support jubilee festival.
DEUTERONOMY 12:5-7
{12:5} But unto
the place which the LORD your God shall choose out of all
your tribes to put his name there, [even] unto his habitation
shall ye seek, and thither thou shalt come: {12:6} And
thither ye shall bring your burnt offerings, and your
sacrifices, and your tithes, and heave offerings of your hand,
and your vows, and your freewill offerings, and the
firstlings of your herds and of your flocks: {12:7} And there
ye shall eat before the LORD your God, and ye shall rejoice
in all that ye put your hand unto, ye and your households,
wherein the LORD thy God hath blessed thee.
*      CHARITY TITHE – To take care of widows, orphan etc
DEUTERONOMY 14:28-29
{14:28} At the end of three years thou shalt bring forth all
the tithe of thine increase the same year, and shalt lay [it] up
within thy gates: {14:29} And the Levite, (because he hath
no part nor inheritance with thee,) and the stranger, and the
fatherless, and the widow, which [are] within thy gates,
shall come, and shall eat and be satisfied; that the LORD
thy God may bless thee in all the work of thine hand which
thou doest.



NB:- STILL, THEY WERE WILLING TO GIVE MORE AND MOSES HAD TO COMMAND THEM TO STOP
EXODUS 36: 2-7
{36:2} And Moses called Bezaleel and
Aholiab, and every wise hearted man, in whose heart the
LORD had put wisdom, [even] every one whose heart
stirred him up to come unto the work to do it: {36:3} And
they received of Moses all the offering, which the children
of Israel had brought for the work of the service of the
sanctuary, to make it [withal.] And they brought yet unto
him free offerings every morning. {36:4} And all the wise
men, that wrought all the work of the sanctuary, came every
man from his work which they made;
{36:5} And they spake unto Moses, saying, The people
bring much more than enough for the service of the work,
which the LORD commanded to make. {36:6} And Moses
gave commandment, and they caused it to be proclaimed
throughout the camp, saying, Let neither man nor woman
make any more work for the offering of the sanctuary. So
the people were restrained from bringing. {36:7} For the
stuff they had

-      GIVING 10% ISNT TOO MUCH








THE PRINCIPLE OF PLENTY

PROVERBS 3: 9-10
{3:9} Honour the LORD with thy
substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase:
{3:10} So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy
presses shall burst out with new wine.

When you honour him, he will fill your barn with plenty plus givers never lack plus the reward of giving is receiving. Why not challenge him to know if he keeps his words?





TITHE AND GIVING
Looking at these two words biblically, we can understand that the Old Testament uses tithe while the New Testament uses giving.
In the Old Testament, its 10% but in the New Testament, you can give more than 10%, you are to give as you are able.

2CORINTHIANS 9: 6-7
{9:6} But this [I say,]
He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he
which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. {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.

2CORINTHIANS 8 also talks about Christian giving.

























WHAT DOES TITHE TEACHHES
·        OBEDIENCE – ISAIAH 1: 18-20
{1:18} Come
now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though
your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow;
though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
{1:19} If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good
of the land: {1:20} But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be
devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the LORD hath
spoken



·        TRUST – PROVERBS 3: 9-10
{3:9} Honour the LORD with thy
substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase:
{3:10} So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy
presses shall burst out with new wine.




·        PRIORITY – HAGAI 1: 7-9
{1:7} Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Consider your ways.
{1:8} Go up to the mountain, and bring wood, and build the
house; and I will take pleasure in it, and I will be glorified,
saith the LORD. {1:9} Ye looked for much, and, lo, [it
came] to little; and when ye brought [it] home, I did blow
upon it. Why? saith the LORD of hosts. Because of mine
house that [is] waste, and ye run every man unto his own
house.








REWARD FOR PAYING TITHE
·        Tithe open doors of blessing from God
·        Blessing is poured out – Not only financially
·        The devourer (Satan) is rebuked
·        Angels are dispatched




TITHE RECIEVER

NUMBERS 18: 1-2
sons and thy father’s house with thee shall bear the iniquity
of the sanctuary: and thou and thy sons with thee shall bear
the iniquity of your priesthood. {18:2} And thy brethren
also of the tribe of Levi, the tribe of thy father, bring thou
with thee, that they may be joined unto thee, and minister
unto thee: but thou and thy sons with thee [shall minister]
before the tabernacle of witness.



NUMBERS 18: 20-21
{18:20} And the LORD spake unto Aaron, Thou shalt
have no inheritance in their land, neither shalt thou have any
part among them: I [am] thy part and thine inheritance
among the children of Israel. {18:21} And, behold, I have
given the children of Levi all the tenth in Israel for an
inheritance, for their service which they serve, [even] the
service of the tabernacle of the congregation.






DEUTERONOMY 12: 19
{12:19} Take heed to
thyself that thou forsake not the Levite as long as thou livest
upon the earth.











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