Tithing not for Christians

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In the book of Deuteronomy Chapters 12 & 14 we read of the statutes and the judgements which the children of Israel shall observe. I would like to bring your attention to the Jewish way of giving.

The children of Israel were to take the burnt offerings and their sacrifices, tithes and heave offerings, and the things that they vowed, and were to bring them to places where God commanded them to worship Him.

They were also to bring with them their sons and daughters and servants, both men and women, and not forgetting the Levites, the priests of God. They were told to go to a place that the Lord had chosen for them to worship Him, with a big feast. They were all to eat the tithe and everything else including the unclean and the clean.

Forbidding them only, not to eat blood, for there is life in the blood. If the place was too far for them to travel, where God wanted them to have this feast, then they were to turn all their tithes and offerings into money, and were to spend it all on anything that they wanted, in the place that God had chosen for them and there, they shall rejoice before their God with their whole household, for God loves a cheerful giver.

Now this is what the tithes and offerings were for, so that they could have a good time worshipping the Lord.

The Lord said to them do not forsake the Levites, or the stranger, and the fatherless and the widows, which are within thy gates. At the end of three years, you are to bring the tithes of your increase for them, so that the Lord may bless you in all the works of thy hand. Now this is the teaching on how the children of Israel, yes, the Jews, were to give to God.

Now we come to the statutes and the judgements which speak of the way that Christians shall give to God. We have a simpler and much easier way of giving, for at the cross, Jesus fulfilled all the righteous demands of the Law, and a new and living way is now set out for us, as it is written in the letter of 2 Corinthians 9 v 7, which the Holy Ghost teaches us how we are to give,

“Every man according as he has purposed in his heart, so let him give, not grudgingly, as out of necessity, for God loveth a cheerful giver.” “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus who walk not after the flesh but after the Spirit,” {Romans 8 v 1}.

The Bible says that we are to be spiritually minded, yes, led by the Spirit in all aspects of our lives, for as it is written, “ For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.” So let the Holy Ghost show you how much you are to give, He will never put a burden on your giving instead, it will be the greatest blessing that you will ever get through this way of obedience, by being led by the Spirit.

This truly is being spiritually minded as it is written

“But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law,” {Galatians 5 v 18}.



Published on July 29, 2008 at 8:26 am  Leave a Comment  

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