x345......The Tithe Is Holy Unto the Lord/ /must be destroyed--

Le 27:30* 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.

Le 27:32* 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.

The Bible tells us that the tithe that Israel was commanded to give--was "holy unto the Lord". This statement has often been used by our modern-day leaders to say that this is a command from God--that 1/10 of what we earn is "holy unto God" which, they say, means that it is meant to be given to the church leaders as a tithe.

But what the Bible is saying here is that the tithe was the holy offering to be given to God as the offering for sin. In order for sin to be forgiven--something which is holy must be offered to God--as a payment--as a propitiation for the sin which has been committed.

God gave Israel the blessing of considering 1/10 of their herds and their crops as being "holy unto Him"--and thus it is clean to be offered to God as a sin offering.

A holy thing must be offerred to God for sin--as the sin "payment"

In the NT we have a better offering--


Eph 5:2* And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.

Heb 10:8 Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law;

Heb 10:10* By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

Heb 10:11* And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins:

Heb 10:14* For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.

Heb 10:18* Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin


The New Testament clearly tells us that we have this "once-for-all offering" of the body and blood of Jesus at the cross, as our offering for sin. This offering was certainly a "holy offering"---Jesus was completely holy--perfect and pure--without any sin. As the book of Hebrews states, the OT offerings (which came from the tithe)--were not able to completely cleanse Israel from sin.

In the OT the "holy unto God" offering of the tithe--was able to be offered unto God--being considered holy, but not truly being holy. It only worked for a season--the offerings had to be done continually by the Levites in the temple, in order for Israel to be forgiven of sin.

In the NT, Jesus, the holy One--is the offering unto God--for the sins of the entire world--for all sin that ever was or ever will be.


Heb 4:15* For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.

Heb 9:28* So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.

With the result that in the new covenant--there is to be no more offering--

Heb 10:18* Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin


The tithe offering was destroyed itself in order to forgive sin.

The tithe was collected from Israel, the 1/10 of the herd and the crop--which was "holy unto the Lord"--it was then taken into the temple, handled only by the Levites--the priestly tribe of Israel--and physically destroyed (the animals killed and the blood spilled and very often burnt).

This "holy thing" was sacrificed--killed and blood spilled--as a substitute--in order to take the wrath that should be counted against the sin of Israel. This was the functioning purpose of the tithe that Israel payed.

In the NT Jesus offered Himself--holy and pure in the truest sense--for all sin--once for all--Jew and Gentile alike. He was destroyed and His blood spilled--just as the tithe offering had been done.


The tithe fed the priests

It has been said that we should pay tithe to the ministers of the NT in our day and age--and they have the Biblical right to make their living from that tithe--the reasoning being that in the OT, the priests--the Levites, ate a portion of the tithe offering after it had been offered to God in the temple.

This is yet another reasoning which makes us believe that "the ministry"--the leaders of Christian churches are in fact the modern day tribe of Levi to rule the church.

5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, 6 And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. (Revelation 1:5-6, KJV).

But the NT tells us clearly that we are all--all believers--made kings and "priests"--unto God. (the priest of the OT were washed in blood--this was one of the things which signified their priesthood. ) But now we as Christians say that we are ALL washed in the blood of Jesus--which forgives our sin--and qualifies ALL of us to be priests unto God the Father--the same title which the Levites held in Israel. We are ALL invited to partake of the altar--to eat the bread of the sacrifice--something which only the Levites could do in the OT. Jesus told ALL to eat Him as bread and as meat--He was specifically referring to His new covenant sacrifice--which invites all who beleive to be "kings and priests" unto the Lord. (new covenant ministry: a "gift given unto every one of us")

Eating

the Levites ate the tithe--they made their living--they supported themselves from the tithe offering after it was sacrificed to God.

But Jesus invited us all to eat of His flesh!

"I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world. The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying, How can this man give us his flesh to eat? Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him."(John 6: 51-56)

the eating of the flesh of the sacrifice was only allowed for the priests--the Levites. This flesh was the tithe.

We are taught that it is only the leadership--"the ministry" which can live off the tithe--yet we are all called to eat the flesh of Jesus--to eat it as meat and bread.

The eating of the flesh of Jesus is meant to be a confirmation of the ministry--the priesthood of all Christians.