Text: Deuteronomy 14:1-29
The principle of tithing means that ten percent (10%) of a person’s earning are given to the Lord through His church. The people of Israel had some special instructions about that because of the uniqueness of their society (vv. 22-27).
But the purpose of the law was the same. Whatever you earn, give ten percent (10%) to God. We should keep in mind that all of it belongs to God and is given to us by Him. The ten percent (10%) is an act of worship and trust.
Today the principle of the tithe continues. The place to start the conversation is by remembering that Jesus gave Himself fully to God, gave Himself to purchase you, and He owns you completely. The ten percent (10%) is the first thing paid, even before taxes and other bills. Then remember, you are to give God your entire self. A good question then is, are we to pay the full ten percent (10%) to the local church, and then other giving is extra -or- is all our giving from the ten percent (10%)? Genuine believers who love the Lord debate that frequently.
The answer is, do what you think the Lord wants you to do. So, what do you honestly think the Bible is teaching?
Meditate, in verses 22 – 27. How are you going to apply them to your life?
Father, in the name of Jesus Christ, help me to tithe and not cheat You. Amen