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What Is The Biblical Tithe?

Money plays a huge part in our relationship with God. You see, God has set you up as a manager over a set amount of resources. Everything is owned by God and you are one of His managers.

As a manager for God, one of your assigned duties is to set aside a portion for Him. From the very beginning, people brought offerings to God (Genesis 4.) They understood that God really owned it all and that they were simply in charge of taking care of it. And part of that job was to offer some of their resources back to God.

The word tithe comes from the Hebrew word ma‛aser which is literally translated as a ‘tenth’ and generally referrs to the portion of one’s income that is set apart for the Lord. As I said above we see offerings being presented to God from the very beginning, however we don’t see the first instance of the true tithe until Genesis 14. After God gives Abraham victory in battle, he offers 10% of the spoils of war back to God.

Later on we see several more instances of the Biblical tithe. This process was written into the Jewish laws. “A tenth of the land’s produce, whether grain from the ground or fruit from the trees, is God’s. It is holy to God.” (Leviticus 27:30 MSG) In addition, the Word goes further to say that you will be blessed for doing so: “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.” (Malachi 3:10 NIV)

What is the Biblical Tithe? Literally it is 10% of what we recieve. Really though, I think it’s much more that that. You see, God doesn’t need our money. In fact, God doesn’t really even want our money. What He wants is our heart. And often our money is very tightly connected to our heart.

February 22, 2007   2 Comments