Bible Study Notes
Tithing, What is it?
Tithing, What Is It?
Many Christians don’t understand the importance of tithing, a basic law of reaping and sowing, the blessings that come with it or where to tithe.
For starters, the word tithe literally means 10% making it impossible to tithe 5%. That is like telling someone you are going to give them $5 and then give them anything less than $5 but still calling it $5.
Secondly, everything, the clothes you wear, the money you make, spend, and save, the homes you rent or own, the cars you drive, everything, in this world belongs to the devil.
John 12:31 describes him as the ruler of this world.
Ephesians 2:2 describes him as the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience.
If he was not the current ruler of this world, then he would not have been able to give all these kingdoms to Jesus.
...the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.” Mathew 4:8.
Again, if they were not the devils to give, then he would not have been able to offer them.
1 John 5:19 tells us that “We know that we are from God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.”
Knowing that the devil owns all of this what can we do about it. The answer is tithing.
The Importance Of Tithing:
Many Christians believe that Jesus never talked about tithing. Not so. Tithing is our reasonable service as pointed out by Jesus.
Luke 11:14 says; “But woe to you Pharisees! For you tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs and pass by justice and the love of God. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone.”
Many Christians skip over the part where Jesus says, “These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone.”
By giving your first 10% to God, you do two things.
1) you are acknowledging that God is your source and not the devil.
2) you are allowing God to sanctify and bless the other 90%.
Your tithe is holy to God and the remainder becomes super charged. Below are a few scriptures to back this up.
And you shall eat before the Lord your God, in the place where He chooses to make His name abide, the tithe of your grain and your new wine and your oil, of the firstborn of your herds and your flocks, that you may learn to fear the Lord your God always.
Honor the Lord with your possessions, And with the first fruits of all your increase; So, your barns will be filled with plenty, And your vats will overflow with new wine.
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 to the Lord.
For every tithe of the herd or flock, whatever passes under the [shepherd’s] staff, the tenth one shall be holy to the Lord.
Tithing is not only and acknowledgement that God is your source. It is an acknowledgment that He cares for you and blesses you because you care for Him. Below are a few promises that God gives specifically regarding your tithes.
Do you Tithe Gross or Net?
A few years back, I was working a sales job with a very good friend who was a fellow Christian. We were the top producers in the company and they put us in the same office to work together. Week after week he would just eek past me on my production. Sometimes by $300, other times by as much as $500. Finally I asked him, "What is that you do that I don't?" He asked me, "Do you tithe?" "You know I do", was my reply. "Ahhh" he said. "but do you tithe net or gross?" "Net" was my reply. "I can't tithe what I don't have can I?" was my excuse. "Well, there you have it" he said. "You are meant to tithe from your first fruits not what is left over after the government takes its share. Change that and watch what happens". From that point on I started tithing gross and either exceeded or matched him in sales every month thereafter.
Where To Tithe:
You are meant to tithe where you are fed. In most cases that is the church you attend. Many people confuse the difference between tithing and giving. As noted earlier, your tithe is 10%. If you give more than 10%, that is called a Free Will Offering and you can give that to whomever you choose such as widows, orphans, outreach programs or other ministries. A Free Will Offering is not mandatory. It is your call.
Blessings That Come From Tithing:
“Will a man rob God? Yet you have robbed Me! But you say, ‘In what way have we robbed You?’ In tithes and offerings. You are cursed with a curse, For you have robbed Me, Even this whole nation. Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, That there may be food in My house, And try Me now in this,” Says the Lord of hosts, “If I will not open for you the windows of heaven And pour out for you such blessing That there will not be room enough to receive it.”
The generous man [is a source of blessing and] shall be prosperous and enriched, And he who waters will himself be watered [reaping the generosity he has sown].
Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow [seed] nor reap [the harvest] nor gather [the crops] into barns, and yet your heavenly Father keeps feeding them. Are you not worth much more than they?
2 Corinthians 9:6
But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.
Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap
So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.
The wicked man does deceptive work, But he who sows righteousness will have a sure reward.
Let us not grow weary or become discouraged in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap, if we do not give in.
Scripture passages were taken from the NKJ V and the Amplified version
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