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TITHES AND OFFERINGS BIBLE VERSES STUDY

WHAT ARE TITHES AND OFFERINGS?

WHAT DO TITHES AND OFFERINGS HAVE TO DO WITH CHRISTIANS?

Tithes and offerings are something that God's people have been giving to Him and His cause throughout the Bible. Some say that the Old Testament laws are now history and that means Christians no longer need to give tithes ...

Is this TRUTH?

Are we not to obey Old Testament laws?

Let's go find out, shall we?

TITHES AND OFFERINGS STUDY ON TITHES AND OFFERINGS BIBLE VERSES MEANING WITH TITHES AND OFFERINGS BIBLE VERSES MESSAGE ON TITHES AND OFFERINGS BIBLE VERSES BLESSINGS

Did you know ...

Statistics reveal that 44% of the population attend regular religious services and that a mere 5% of those Christians gave tithes. Perhaps this is why the Church is going downhill as they are having to either close down due to financial negligence or even worse ... Get funded by big business and/or government assistance which then places them under worldly rule. Perhaps it was these type of stats back in the day, that made God say these words:

Malachi 3:8-9
Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee?
In tithes and offerings. Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation.

God is saying that His people were robbing HIM by not giving tithes. It clearly states that God cursed people for not giving tithes. In TRUTH, everything you have is because of God. In return, God asks that you give back to Him and His cause. When you support the ministry that you are part of, you are giving to God and His cause so that He can spread His message to others by way of these ministries.

After God expressed His anger, God challenges His people ...

"PROVE ME NOW"

See if giving tithes will not have me bring blessings upon you.

Malachi 3:10
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.

God made it crystal clear ...
Those who gave tithes would receive blessings.

TITHES AND OFFERINGS PROMISE OF TITHES AND OFFERINGS BLESSINGS GIVES TITHES AND OFFERINGS HOPE

This failure to do as God has asked has prevented many Christians from hearing the Word of God as those called to serve Him are unable to do so due to lack of finances just as it was in the Bible.

When the children of Israel neglected to bring in the tithes to the priests who provided them with the Word of God, they had no other choice than to leave their service to the Lord and go work in the fields to support themselves. It took a man of God standing up and saying something about it to get the people to do as they were told by God.

Nehemiah 13:10-12
And I perceived that the portions of the Levites had not been given them: for the Levites and the singers, that did the work, were fled every one to his field. Then contended I with the rulers, and said, Why is the house of God forsaken? And I gathered them together, and set them in their place. THEN brought all Judah the tithe of the corn and the new wine and the oil unto the treasuries.

Perhaps this is why so many Christians today are not experiencing blessings in their Christian walk. What do you suppose would happen if people actually did tithe like God says that they should. If the ministries that serve God actually received the tithes that they are supposed to, imagine how many more souls could have been reached.

Where did the concept of tithes and offerings come from?

TITHES AND OFFERINGS ORIGINS ON TITHES AND OFFERINGS PRACTICE

The answer is that it has been this way from the beginning. It began way back in the Book of Genesis ...

There was a time period when Cain and Abel brought their sacrifices to the Lord. God was pleased with Abel's offering, but not Cain's.

 Genesis 4:3-5
And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD. And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering: But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell. And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen? If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.

Jacob (which would have his name changed to Israel) promised God 10% of what he had.

Genesis 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.

God commanded that this become the standard ...

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. And if a man will at all redeem ought of his tithes, he shall add thereto the fifth part thereof. 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. 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. These are the commandments, which the LORD commanded Moses for the children of Israel in mount Sinai.

God chose people that He wanted to work only for Him and God would have the people bring 10% of what they made to these chosen people so they could focus solely on the business of God.

Numbers 18:20-22
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. 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.

God gave a detailed explanation of how He wanted His people to give tithes to the people He chose to serve Him by sharing His Word with them. Again He promised blessings if they would.

Deuteronomy 14:22-29
Thou shalt truly tithe all the increase of thy seed, that the field bringeth forth year by year. And thou shalt eat before the LORD thy God, in the place which He shall choose to place His name there, the tithe of thy corn, of thy wine, and of thine oil, and the firstlings of thy herds and of thy flocks; that thou mayest learn to fear the LORD thy God always. And if the way be too long for thee, so that thou art not able to carry it; or if the place be too far from thee, which the LORD thy God shall choose to set His name there, when the LORD thy God hath blessed thee: Then shalt thou turn it into money, and bind up the money in thine hand, and shalt go unto the place which the LORD thy God shall choose: And thou shalt bestow that money for whatsoever thy soul lusteth after, for oxen, or for sheep, or for wine, or for strong drink, or for whatsoever thy soul desireth: and thou shalt eat there before the LORD thy God, and thou shalt rejoice, thou, and thine household, And the Levite that is within thy gates; thou shalt not forsake him; for he hath no part nor inheritance with thee. 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: 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.

The Bible is clear that such an offering must be given willingly.

1 Chronicles 29:6-9
Then the chief of the fathers and princes of the tribes of Israel and the captains of thousands and of hundreds, with the rulers of the king's work,
offered willingly, And gave for the service of the house of God of gold five thousand talents and ten thousand drams, and of silver ten thousand talents, and of brass eighteen thousand talents, and one hundred thousand talents of iron. And they with whom precious stones were found gave them to the treasure of the house of the LORD, by the hand of Jehiel the Gershonite. Then the people rejoiced, for that they offered willingly, because with perfect heart they offered willingly to the LORD: and David the king also rejoiced with great joy.

Many Christians that seek ways of not having to part with their offerings as instructed have chosen to suggest that the commandment to give these required offerings ended with the Old Testament in a vain attempt to free themselves from their spiritual obligation to God.

However ... This command by God did not end with the Old Covenant as we can see in the New Testament.

 

NEW TESTAMENT TITHES AND OFFERINGS LAWS AND TITHES AND OFFERINGS BLESSINGS
 

Our Lord Jesus spoke fondly of a woman who gave her offerings in the New Testament.

Mark 12:41-44
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. And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing. 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: 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.

Paul gave instructions on how the Christians were to set the money aside each week. This is why each Sunday, people put money in collection plates at Church.

 1 Corinthians 16:1-2
Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so do ye. Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.

Paul made it clear that the offerings were to be given cheerfully and willingly.

 2 Corinthians 9:5-15
For as touching the ministering to the Saints, it is superfluous for me to write to you: 
Therefore I thought it necessary to exhort the brethren, that they would go before unto you, and make up beforehand your bounty, whereof ye had notice before, that the same might be ready, as a matter of bounty, and not as of covetousness. But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him
give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work: (As it is written, He hath dispersed abroad; He hath given to the poor: His righteousness remaineth for ever. Now He that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness;) Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God. For the administration of this service not only supplieth the want of the Saints, but is abundant also by many thanksgivings unto God; Whiles by the experiment of this ministration they glorify God for your professed subjection unto the gospel of Christ, and for your liberal distribution unto them, and unto all men; And by their prayer for you, which long after you for the exceeding grace of God in you. Thanks be unto God for His unspeakable gift.

The followers all gave the Apostles their tithes and it was distributed to everyone as needed.

Acts 2:44-47
And all that believed were together, and had all things
common; And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need. And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.

 

Acts 4:32-35
And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common. And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all. Neither was there any among them that lacked: for as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the prices of the things that were sold, And laid them down at the apostles' feet: and distribution was made unto every man according as he had need.

 Here is a stern warning about deceiving with offerings.

 Acts 5:1-11
But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession, And kept back part of the price, his wife also being privy to it, and brought a certain part, and laid it at the apostles' feet. But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land? Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God. And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and gave up the ghost: and great fear came on all them that heard these things. And the young men arose, wound him up, and carried him out, and buried him. And it was about the space of three hours after, when his wife, not knowing what was done, came in. And Peter answered unto her, Tell me whether ye sold the land for so much? And she said, Yea, for so much. Then Peter said unto her, How is it that ye have agreed together to tempt the Spirit of the Lord? behold, the feet of them which have buried thy husband are at the door, and shall carry thee out. Then fell she down straightway at his feet, and yielded up the ghost: and the young men came in, and found her dead, and, carrying her forth, buried her by her husband. And great fear came upon all the church, and upon as many as heard these things.

Paul gives us a lil similitude ...

 1 Corinthians 9:7-14
Who goeth a warfare any time at his own charges? who planteth a vineyard, and eateth not of the fruit thereof? or who feedeth a flock, and eateth not of the milk of the flock? Say I these things as a man? or saith not the law the same also? For it is written in the law of Moses, Thou shalt not muzzle the mouth of the ox that treadeth out the corn. Doth God take care for oxen? Or saith he it altogether for our sakes? For our sakes, no doubt, this is written: that he that ploweth should plow in hope; and that he that thresheth in hope should be partaker of his hope. If we have sown unto you spiritual things, is it a great thing if we shall reap your carnal things? If others be partakers of this power over you, are not we rather? Nevertheless we have not used this power; but suffer all things, lest we should hinder the gospel of Christ. 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? Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel.

Paul is saying that those who God has called to share the Word of God are to be taken care of so they can continue to do so.

What of charity ...

 1 Peter 4:8
And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.

Many like to say ... Well I will pray for the Church and that is enough. Hear the words of James ...

 James 2:15-17
If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.

We know that God uses His people to bless others. James is saying it is not right to throw a quick verbal blessing and walk away but rather to do something about it.

So, why do some folks say what they say that we are no longer under the LAW TO GIVE?

Cuz we are NOT !!!

This ONE verse speaks volumes ...

John 1:17
For the law was given by Moses,
but GRACE and TRUTH came by Jesus Christ.

No ... The law has not changed, but rather the way God's law is placed within us has.

Jesus brought in a New Covenant which is not based on works but LOVE.

See New Covenant Study at this link:
NEW COVENANT

This New Covenant is all about GRACE.

 Ephesians 2:8-9
For by GRACE are ye saved through Faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.

 

Galatians 2:21
I do not frustrate the GRACE of God. For if righteousness comes by the LAW ... Then Christ is dead in vain.

 

Galatians 5:4
Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from GRACE.


To make it a lil clearer for those who are just starting down the Christian walk path ...

If a man and woman were married and they stayed together out of OBLIGATION or LAW ... It would NOT be the same as if they fell in LOVE and EVERYTHING they did ... They did cuz they WANTED to. NOT cuz they had to.

THIS ... Is the New Covenant.

This applies to giving to the Lord as well.

We do not HAVE to give to the Lord. We are supposed to choose to.

Then the LAW is fulfilled by LOVE.

To those who can hear ...

 

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