x346.......Purpose of the tithe//money at apostles feet
In the Old Testament to Israel, the tithe consisted of animals, grain or fruit.
It never consisted of money.
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 tithe was "holy unto the Lord" the tithe had a very specific purpose in the Old Covenant. The tithes of fruit, grain and of the herds was physically used as an offering to God, for sin offerings.
The priest of he OT had to have a continual flow of blood in order to
remain in forgiveness with God. the OT laws required constant
daily sacrifice to God in order to maintain the forgiveness of sin.
The tithe also was used by the priests to live on--they were allowed to eat certain of the offerings for their sustenance as they were being supported by the rest of Israel in their "office"
The priests of the OT had an office of ministry--they were officiated--designated--singled
out from he rest of Israel--by birthright--to
be the tribe that was allowed to minister to God in the tabernacle. They had daily constant work to be done in his capacity--constant
daily sacrifices and offering sot be performed in order to keep up with the requirements of the laws which God had set forth through the word which came through Moses. They were given the right to be supported by this tithe, and to utilize this tithe as the physical offerings which God then required for His forgiveness of the sins of Israel.
So the Bible tell us that the tithe was utilized as God commanded--as a sacrifice for sin--as an offering to God in order to forgive sin.
These requirements and laws are often taught to be applicable to church leaders today. They are called the "office holders" of the church. They are called the "designated authority" within the church. This supposedly then gives them the right to collect the tithe. To operate the church building (which we mistakenly call the "temple" or the "sanctuary" of God--in imitation of the Old Covenant purposes). We then beleive that these "church Levites"--the "priest" of our Christian church has the right to live off the tithe as well. What is not often taught is that the new covenant Bible clearly disallows the Levitical priesthood--tithes and offerings for sin--"office" minsitry"--as well as disallowing one Christian from exercising authority over others.
In the New Covenant, we have another offering for sin.
Heb 9:14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal
Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your
conscience from dead works to serve the living God? 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 10:10 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
The offerings of the OT priests had to be done continually as they could
into complete take away sin. therefore the tithe needed to be
collected consistently in order to support this activity---this is why the tithe was so important to Israel--it supported the offering.
But now the New Covenant clearly says that we no longer need the constant offering to forgive sin--we have something permanent--better--and forever.
1 For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very
image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they
offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect. 2 For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that
the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins. 3 But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again
made of sins every year. 4 For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins. 5 Wherefore when he
cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me: 6 In burnt offerings and
sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure. 7 Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O
God. 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; 9 Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish
the second. 10 By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. 11 And every priest
standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: 12 But this man, after he had
offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; 13 From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his
footstool. 14 For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. 15 Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to
us: for after that he had said before, 16 This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my
laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; 17 And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. 18 Now where
remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin. 19 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of
Jesus, 20 By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; (Hebrews 10:1-20,
In the new Covenant there is "no more offering for sin"
The offering for sin in the Old Covenant was the tithe.
Therefore in the New Covenant--there was no tithe.
(unless we are operating ministry by the Old Covenant rules?!)
(there are 119 verse in the Bible --all Ot accept for 2 in Hebrews--that use the words "sin and offering"--they are all instructions on
how to perform the sin offerings--which were attained by the tithe)