Bible Study

The Truth About Tithing

Tithing is paying a tithe. And a tithe is one-tenth of the annual increase. The Bible tells the truth concerning tithing, but many people listen to affluent TV preachers who misinterpret Bible verses to sustain lavish lifestyles. They don’t teach the truth about tithing. They operate Ponzi schemes, accusing others of wrongdoing based on twisted Bible scriptures. Their prey pays more because they tell them that if they believe, they will receive it.

In the bible, there were two eras where paying tithe was showed. The first begins with Israel wandering in the wilderness. It comes to a close with Jesus’ death. The second begins with the resurrection of Jesus and continues to this day. Phase one of God’s sacrificial system required Israel to tithe agricultural produce and livestock rather than money.

Why was tithing instituted in Israel?

Let’s look at phase one, the time leading up to Jesus’ death and resurrection. God established tithing in the Torah through Moses for several reasons, including to assist Levites who did not get an allotment in the Promised Land.

He chose the Levites to be Israel’s ministers. Aaron’s sons were chosen as priests in the Tent of Meeting, from the Levites. God established three tithes to provide for the Levites, the poor, widows, and orphans, and to teach Israel to celebrate, communicate with, and worship Him: Levitical, Poor, and Festive tithes.

1. The Levitical Tithe

In Numbers 18:21-32, tribes other than Levi were required to give Levites one-tenth of the yields in their agricultural harvests and livestock. Levites worked in the Tent of Meeting in return. Levites tithed from their tenth. Then the LORD said to Aaron in Numbers 18:20-21

“You will have no inheritance in their land, nor will you have any portion among them. I am your portion and your inheritance among the Israelites. Behold, I have given to the Levites all the tithes in Israel as an inheritance in return for the work they do, the service of the Tent of Meeting.”