I have found that almost no one knows what I am talking about when I use the phrase “Tithing Feast”!
All my Christian brothers seem to think that God gave everything to Israel and then demanded 10% back and, if you are a good Christian, you will give back to God 10% of any increase of wealth you acquire, because that is what He demanded of Israel. Is that what you think about Tithing?
Scripture says that God gave Israel Tithing so that they would learn to revere Him. (Deu 14:23 NIV) “Eat the tithe of your grain, new wine and oil, and the firstborn of your herds and flocks in the presence of the LORD your God at the place he will choose as a dwelling for his Name, so that you may learn to revere the LORD your God always.”
Knowing this, because Scripture says it, I ask myself; “How does God, withholding 10% of what He has given to me, teach me to revere Him?” Well, it doesn’t. Because the Bible is true and man is not, it was apparent to me that I did not understand Tithing.
Tithing has been mixed up with “tenth”. The Tithe was really an example of how good God is to His children. It is a ritual not a ratio. Tithe is a proper name for a ritual and should be capitalized. You cannot understand the basic lesson of Tithing if you view Tithing as it is taught by man. The amount that God specified was only to determine what was His. He did not give it to Israel in the first place. It was His and they were only to take care of it.
We, because we are only human, and therefore self-centered and greedy, tend to look at the Tithe as God wanting 10% back from what He had given us. That is not at all what Tithing is about.
Because we have the Mind of Christ (1 Cor 2:16) and therefore can know what He thinks, let us consider Tithing from His point of view.
Christ looks at Israel and says (to anyone who will listen), “My father gave Israel 9 times more than He kept for Himself and they still stole from Him!” Nine times wasn’t enough to those who wanted everything.
What is even more amazing is that God did not keep anything for Himself. Two out of three years God gave His part to Israel to enjoy with a feast and the third year He gave it to the poor. Think about that, God gave His children twice as much as He gave the poor: a double portion! And two out of three years, His Children were to splurge all of His wealth on a feast in His honor! They were to enjoy His share!
If you view Tithing as the world views it, it is all about money and obligation. However, if you view Tithing as God meant it, it is all about how wonderful our Father really is.
If you have never heard this view, or understanding, of the Tithe, then understand this. You have only yourself to blame. You have considered men as your teachers and listened to them without question. You have not been Bereans and checked with Scripture to see if what was said is true.
Even though that is true, it does not release those who call themselves teachers, from guilt. Those who claim to teach Scripture should be teaching all of it, and if they taught all about Tithing everyone would know about the Tithing Feast and they would understand what a blessing it was, instead of viewing it as an obligation.
Because men believe in money, more than they believe in God, the true meaning of the Tithe has been twisted and almost lost to understanding. Leaders think money is the key to spread the Gospel, when it is really faith that is the key.
If you study and think about Tithing and reach a proper understanding of it, you will realize that no one can Tithe today. You may well give ten percent to the Church, but where will you eat the Tithe?
If I have not stepped on everyone’s toes yet, then consider this. Israel was only to take the Tithe to the storehouse the third year. If you give your tenth every year, then you are giving two to three times the amount that God asked of His children for the Tithe. Could too much money have helped corrupt the Church?
Don’t take my word for anything. Be a Berean and test what I say, using Scripture as the standard. Stop sitting in the pews like a knot on a log, not questioning what is said or taught. Take your questions to the Spirit, which lives within you and find His answer, in His Word (Scripture).