Where in the bible does it say you are to give 10% of your income for tithes?

The Bible does not anywhere indicate that tithing is applicable or expected in our time at all. It was a system which was brought in following the exodus from Egypt and the forming of the children of Israel into a nation of their own.

Their nation was divided into 12 tribes, and 11 of these tribes grew crops, had animals, inherited land etc. The twelfth tribe, Levi, were the priests and administrators of the nation, and had no land, animals, crops etc, so the 11 tribes had to give the tribe of Levi 10% of their income. This mathematically works out that they were then all equal, because from this part which was given to the tribe of Levi, they still had to make their own offering of a tenth to God, the same as the other tribes had to. (see Numbers 18:25-39)

The tithing to give to the Levites was basically playing the same part as our taxes do today – our taxes pay for the everyday administration of our country. The Levites did everything from attending the tabernacle/temple, judging disputes, dignosing illnesses, being the judicial system etc.

Tithing was part of the old law, or what is sometimes referred to as ‘the law of Moses’. It was given specifically to the nation of Israel, God’s chosen people:

Ezekiel 20:10-12 “Therefore I led them out of Egypt and brought them into the desert.
I gave them my decrees and made known to them my laws, for the man who obeys them will live by them.
Also I gave them my Sabbaths as a sign between us, so they would know that I the LORD made them holy.

The law of Moses was a law of sacrificing to God for the atonement of sins. This was looking forward to the time when the one true sinless Lamb, Jesus Christ, would be offered to atone for the sins committed by Adam and Eve. When Jesus came, and as a sinless sacrifice for our sinful nature, he fulfilled the old law by his sacrifice and brought in a new one, referred to as ‘the law of Christ’. The old law was then complete, it was obsolete.

Romans 10:44 “Christ is the end of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes.

Tithing was part of the old law which was done away with. We cannot continue with parts of the law which we choose, the old law was gone. The Jews continued with the old law because they refused to recognize the true position of Jesus Christ, that he was he was God’s only son. So if we keep on with parts of the old law, we are doing the same. We as christians have never been under the old law, it was only following the rejection of Christ by the Jews that we, as ‘Gentiles’ were given the opportunity to be part of God’s plan.

Money was definitely donated for the purpose of supporting very poor members in Jerusalem, but never to pay to a leader so that became his income.

Voluntarily helping someone, as the Macedonian brethren did for Paul, is quite different from tithing. We should be aware of others needs, and when we see the opportunity to help privately, then we should do so. The message of the New Testament is that our offerings in God’s service should be voluntary and that no amount is set, and that the accumulation of wealth, even by a church, is not right. Rather we should give to the poor.

One of the very great dangers of churches demanding tithes is the accompanying perceived threat or fear that acceptance by God depends on the amount of money given. That acceptance is something money cannot buy. Often pastors of churches who tithe are very wealthy people – at the expense of their congregations, yet they often claim that they are wealthy because they have been blessed by God! Yet Paul could say, “I will very gladly spend for you everything I have and expend myself as well……I have not been a burden to you.” (2 Corinthians 12:16).

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Old Testament “Tithe” means a tenth or 10 percent. The Old Testament law required that a tenth of all produce, flocks, and cattle be given to support the Levites (the priestly class in ancient Israel). In turn, the Levites were to give a tenth of that for support of the high priest (Leviticus 27:30-33, Numbers 18:21-28). An additional tithe, collected every three years, was to be used to meet the needs of the Levites, foreigners, orphans and widows. (Deuteronomy 26:12-13). Additional tithes were taken for festival purposes. In addition, everyone was to be generous with those in need: If there… Read more »

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Also …. When God makes a law in the Old Testament and we wonder if it still applies to us today, we need to ask whether the law was ceremonial. The ceremonial laws were built around the sanctuary during the Exodus, regarding the sacrificial system. Those laws were nailed to the cross, and we no longer needed them because they found their fulfillment in Christ. In that regard, it seems that tithing is a principle that God calls on us to practice today. It goes back further than the ceremonial system. It goes back to the very beginning, before Moses.… Read more »

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There is nothing in the Bible which tells us that the law given to Moses can be divided in to ‘ceremonial’ and ‘moral’ law, that is an artificial separation. It is ‘The Law of Moses’. Complete. Those commandments which were to be continued, were endorsed by Jesus and other writers of the New Testament. Tithing was not included. The Law of Moses was far more than just the sacrificial system, it covered everything and their payment of 10% was in place of our taxes for the running of the population by the priests. Jesus knew that the nation of Israel… Read more »

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Yes they volunteered a tenth, it wasn’t commanded as a law. But remember Abram gave away the other 90 percent, and Jacob said to God “if you do”, then I will do. That would suggest circumstance giving. Malachi is based on the law so you can’t merge the 3.

Max
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Max

Hey Donna, could you show me in the bible where Jacob tithe? And explain what he tithes and how many times? Please provide an excerpt.

Bobby
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Bobby

As there is no Priesthood on earth, a tithe cannot be allocated. As there is no temple Feast observance, Passover/unleavened bread, shav’ot (Pentecost) and sukkot (Tabernacles ) a tithe cannot be allocated as there are no Levites attending a temple that does not currently exist, a tithe cannot be allocated. The Poor Tithe can be, and we are admonished to be cheerful givers. So Pastors and Ministers who on one hand deny the torah and say it is abolished and on the other hand demand a monthly tithe are ‘adding to His words’. Watch out!

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In Matthew 23:23, Jesus’ answer reveals His belief about tithe: “Woe to you Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, because you pay Tithe of the mint and anise and cumin but you’ve omitted the weightier matters, justice, mercy, and faith.” Finally, he adds, “These you ought to have done, and not leave the other undone.” The “other” is paying the tithe. He’s not saying not to pay the tithe. Pay the tithe, He explains, but don’t forget about justice, mercy, and faith. The principle of tithe has always been to support the ministry. Does the Christian church still have a need for… Read more »

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At the time when Jesus spoke those words, the Law given to Moses was still the ruling law because Jesus had not yet died, and they should keep it. He was criticising them because they enforced regulations without compassion which was the more important. He continued, “25 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess. 26 Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.” The… Read more »

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selema

Well said I total agree it is good to know that someone read with understanding.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Amen!!

cj
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cj

Jesus in those instances was referring to those under the law, he was not teaching the tithes.

Robert
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Robert

The problem with this article is it talks about tithes being under the law. It was not under the Mosaic law. It was before the law. It was under the Abrahamic blessing. His blessings still apply to all of us today that are Jew and nonJew.

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Hi Robert,Thank you for your comment.I am a little at loss to follow your direction. You are doubtless referring to the incident where Abraham encountered Melchizedek:“And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God. And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth: And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he gave him tithes of all.” Genesis 14:18–20This is the first mention of ‘tithe’ in the Bible and the reason… Read more »

cj
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cj

Yes you are correct Robert but this article is referring how the subject is being taught today. And yes malachi 3:10 is referring to the law.

Beryl
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Beryl

The only tithing which was regulated was under the Law of Moses. Yes, Abraham gave a tenth to Melchizadek but he was not instructed that he had to do so. Neither are we instructed to do so.

Don
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Don

What we’ve failed to mention is that Abraham didn’t tithe his own money or possessions but of the spoils of war. In fact he didn’t want any of it.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Negative Robert. You must be a pastor looking for tithe to pay your mortgage.

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kenneth nation

all the people I have ever known who tithed or just simply gave to the cause of the gospel has been blessed by GOD and the preacher or the pastor or any man can take credit for that.

cj
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cj

Brother Kenneth, we are blessed by God’s grace least any man shall boast. What would be ones testamony, I’m blessed because I gave or because his grace?. I give so I can get or because he gave?. Remember they did not receive land because they gave, it was given first.

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Charles

Growing up my parents always told me to give what I had. The way I was taught at my new church is to tithe 10%. Its a little confusing reading this website because its telling me that God only wants us to give from the heart and give what we can. A few weeks ago my preacher taught us that the reason we should give ten percent is so that God can destroy it and clean the other 90%. Whatever we give will come back a plenty. Everything is governed by laws including money. Im just a little confused now.… Read more »

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brotha bless

I happened to stumble upon this article wile looking for something else but I’m glad I did because I tithe religiously and I was raised a Hebrew Israelites so of course titheing has been in my family from way back but I am now a Christian but I still tithe and didn’t know this part about titheing I’m glad you all had the questions that you had because they were the same questions that I had and they were answered clearly so now I know all the ins and outs of it,thanks!!

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2 Corinthians 9:5-11 New International Version (NIV) 5 So I thought it necessary to urge the brothers to visit you in advance and finish the arrangements for the generous gift you had promised. Then it will be ready as a generous gift, not as one grudgingly given.Generosity Encouraged 6 Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. 7 Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to bless you… Read more »

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S

If tithing is applicable today, the church is not following all concept. What about tithe amnually and the three yrar tithe