God and Money

Touchy subject huh?  Most people get turned off when a man of “the cloth” discusses money or tithing. I know in my experience there are people who are forever turned off by church when a priest/ pastor preaches on tithing and giving money to the collection plate. However tithing is repeatedly mentioned in the Bible.

“3. THE TITHE IS INTRODUCED AS LAW (LEV. 27:30–34)

Every tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land or of the fruit of the trees, is the Lord’s; it is holy to the Lord. If a man wishes to redeem some of his tithe, he shall add a fifth to it. And every tithe of herds and flocks, every tenth animal of all that pass under the herdsman’s staff, shall be holy to the Lord. One shall not differentiate between good or bad, neither shall he make a substitute for it; and if he does substitute for it, then both it and the substitute shall be holy; it shall not be redeemed.”

Here we see Moses giving the tithe as a law. The first 10 percent is called “holy,” or set apart, as belonging to God. The Israelites were to return to God what was already his, and in doing so, recognize the Almighty’s provision.”

There’s more:

“This is a list of all 17 bible verses about tithing from both the Old and New Testament scriptures.

Genesis 14:20 – In this bible verse, Melchizedek comes out to meet Abraham, as Abraham gives him a tithe of the spoils of his victory.
Genesis 28:20-22 – After the vision of God’s renewed covenant, Jacob initiates a covenant with God vowing to give him a tithe of what he receives from the promised land.
Leviticus 27:30-32 – The specifications of tithing is introduced into the law of Moses.
Numbers 18:20-32 – The tithe is dedicated the Levites for the work in the tabernacle.
Deuteronomy 12:5-11 – God gives instructions for what to do with the tithe once Israel crosses the Jordan.
Deuteronomy 14:22-29 – God gives instructions on how to disperse and exchange the tithe.
Deuteronomy 26:12-15 – God gives instructions on how Israel should sanctify the tithe before they can ask for a blessing.
2 Chronicles 31:5-12 – The children of Israel do what’s right under the reign of Hezekiah, and bring the tithes to the designated places.
Nehemiah 10:37-38 – Israel obeys God and brings the tithes to the storehouse.
Nehemiah 12:44 – Officers were appointed to watch over the tithes in the storehouse.
Nehemiah 13:5-12 – Nehemiah cleanses the storehouse and kicks Tobiah out of the room that was designated to store the tithe. He then restores order.
Amos 4:4 – God commands Israel to bring back the tithe and reiterates the curse that is upon them if they don’t.
Malachi 3:8-10 – God reprimands Israel for not delivering the tithe, and reiterates the blessings and curse that would be in result of whatever decision they chose.
Matthew 23:23 – Jesus rebukes the Pharisees for not obeying the weightier matters of the law along with tithing.
Luke 11:42 – A parallel bible verse of Matthew 23:23 as Jesus rebukes the Pharisees for not obeying the weightier matters of the law along with tithing.
Luke 18:12 – A Pharisee brags about his obedience to the law and tithing.
Hebrews 7:5-9 – Abraham’s tithe is used to illustrate a change concerning the priesthood.
There are many other bible verses that relate to giving, offerings, or first fruits; but the bible references above are all of the only verses that strictly refer to tithing.”

Today our Pastor discussed giving back to God what was already His to begin with. I know this as truth. Everything I have is from The Lord. Everything down to my handbag and shoe collection. However I am guilty of not tithing. It wasn’t until today when Pastor John gave his message and explained how we leave our hand open to receive more from God when we follow the law of tithing did I really get it. I give God what “I can” what I can afford. I do give joyfully but I do not give sacrificially as commanded. This is something I want to change. I want to invest all I can in His kingdom and follow His law that was written so long ago. I want to be blessed by The Lord most high so that I can give back to Him what is already His. To set apart a percentage and watch how He uses my offerings in amazing ways.

God is so good. I’ve seen His work so many times in my life and in the lives of others. There is none higher. I owe Him my life.

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