x349.......Tithing---what does the Bible say?--really!
The tithe was part of the old covenant
The tithe was given to the priests--tot the 'office of the high priest"---the
designated people --those of the tribe of Levi, who were the
only group of Israel who were allowed to be ministers unto the Lord. Only the Levites were allowed by the law to be priests--to serve
God in he sanctuary--to make the offerings and sacrifices. And they received from God the tither from all the other tribes of Israel
in order to support their ministry.
In the New Covenant--we are all made kings and priests unto God through the blood of Jesus--
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)
therefore the tithe of the New covenant does not belong to a specific
group of people who are "the ministry". the New testament is
by doctrine and example that ministry is given to every one of us--"unto every one of us grace has been given according to the measure of the gift of Christ." (Eph 4) In he New covenant, ministry is not an "office"--but rather the gift of the anointing. Ministry is the function of Christians everywhere--not rulership titles of a chosen few.
the tithe of the New covenant belongs to all--that is to say that all should give freely to one another as the need arises.
This was lived out by the very earliest church after the day of Pentecost.
This very earliest church had no specific group of leaders--the
authority of man had not entered into the move of God. And money was distributed to all by all--since they all understood that they
were all made priests unto God. There was no longer a seperate priesthood--there was no longer the need for the sanctuary of the
Holy ghost--since --
1Co 6:19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy
Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not
Every believer now had the Holy ghost living inside of them. There was no more need for the office of the high priest--no more need for a special sanctuary. the home of every believer became the operating center for God--or "the church"--
1Ti 3:15 But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.
And the tithe is no longer mentioned in the word of God. the only 2
references to the tithe in the New covenant are these by Jesus refering
to the Pharisees--(the old covenant leadership which He clearly cast down and undid!)
Mt 23:23 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone. Lu 11:42 But woe unto you, Pharisees! for ye tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass over judgment and the love of God: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.
Jesus certainly did not like people tithing over the love of God--or using it as an excuse for looking good before men!
In the early church they functioned this way--
42 ¶ And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and
fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. 43 And fear came
upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles. 44 And all that believed were together, and had all things
common; 45 And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need. 46 And they, continuing daily
with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, (Acts
Satan has made it seem so totally impossible for Christians to function
so simply as this that we do not even attempt to do such a thing.
We are so totally corrupted (at least in the United States) by materialism that we would never even consider such a system-=-of
sharing all things "as every man had need."
"as every man had need."
45 And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.
It says that the early church did this a number of times in the first few chapters of the book of acts. Later the collecting of money was for the poor within the churhc--for the "necesitiy of the saints"--for all or any of the people who had need.
WE shirk at the thought of this type of direct, Spirit-lead giving (although I know for a fact that htis type of givien goes on "behind the scenes" by many true Spirit-lead people)--but I believe we look at this and think that everyone sold everything they had and gave to a general fund. this is not the case--it simply says that when there was a need--others in the Christian community sold what was necessary to help those in need!