DO I HAVE TO TITHE?
Tithing was practiced by Abraham before the Law of Moses, then made official in the Law of Moses. Here are all the verses in the Old Testament on tithing:
Genesis 14:20 - Who gave Melchizedek, a priest, a tenth of everything? ____________________________
Leviticus 27:30-32 - The Jews were to tithe both their ________ and their __________________.
Numbers 18:24-28 - The tithes given by the Jews were to be used for who to live on? _________________________________
Deuteronomy 12:6 - The Jews were to do more than tithe. List the five kinds of giving: (1) T________________________, (2) Special ____________________, (3) what they had V__________, (4) _____________________ offerings, and the (5) ____________ of all herds and flocks.
Deuteronomy 14:22-28 - They were to tithe all that the _________ produced and also their __________________.
Deuteronomy 26:12 - Every _______________ years they were to give an extra tithe for the Levites, a______________________, f______________________________, and w___________________ (in other words, their welfare program).
2 Chronicles 31:5-12 - Over and above their tithes, they gave the ________________________________ of their crops and herds, and other gifts of dedication.
Nehemiah 10:37f - Only priests and _________________ were allowed to collect the tithes, and this by going around to all the ____________________.
Nehemiah 12:44; 13:5 - ______________________ were set up in every town to store the special contributes, firstfruits, and tithes.
Amos 4:4 - People were bragging about their freewill offerings made in addition to their _______________________.
Malachi 3:8-10 - People were __________________ God by not giving them their tithes.
The only time tithing is mentioned in the New Testament is in reference to Jews under the Law of Moses. Jesus lived under the Law of Moses; the church was not set up yet. Let's look them up.
Matthew 23:23; Luke 11:42 - The Jews tithed even spice ________________ which was fine, but it did not buy them out of being just and ____________________.
Luke 18:11-14 - The Pharisee who bragged he tithed was not _________________________ before God.
Hebrews 7:5-7 - Abraham, centuries earlier, gave a __________ to priest Melchezedik.
This is all the verses in the Bible using the word tithe. But, remember Deuteronomy 12:6 listing the five kinds of giving. Let us investigate how much over tithing the Law of Moses required. (A sheckle of silver is worth about $5 in today's money.)
A middle-income Jew made about 1200 shekels a year. That would be how much in dollars annually? ________________ How much would a tithe of that be? _________________ Add that amount to the Annual Giving Budget on page 5.
Deuteronomy 26:12 - Once every three years they were to give an additional tithe for their welfare program. How much would that additional tithe average per year in dollars? _____________ Add that amount to the Annual Giving Budget on page 5.
Genesis 28:20 - To have a safe journey ("traveling mercies")
Leviticus 27:2 - To dedicate someone for special service to God
Numbers 21:2 - To be delivered from enemy army
1 Samuel 1:11; Proverbs 31:2 - To have a child
2 Samuel 15:7-8 - To return to homeland and reconciled to family
Psalm 22:11, 25; 66:13 - To be freed of troubles and desertion by friend
Psalm 76:11; Isaiah 19:21 - To prove allegiance to God before others
Psalm 116:8, 14, 18-19 - To thank God for a verdict of not guilty
Job 22:27; Jonah 2:7-9 - To recover from illness
(Leviticus 27:2-7) - Find your category by gender and age. Multiply the number of shekels required times $5.00. How much would one vow cost you? _____________ At one vow a month, how much would that be a year? _________________ Add that figure to your Annual Giving Budget on page 5.
FIRST-BORN PEOPLE AND LIVESTOCK
Since each family only has one first-born their entire existence, we will not count this in the Annual Giving Budget.
Numbers 3:45-47 - If your herds had twenty females giving birth for the first time in a year, you would owe how much in shekels to buy back (redeem) all five from becoming burned offerings? _____________ How much would that be in dollars? Add that your Annual Giving Budget on page 5.
Let us give an average value of $25.00 per animal (5 shekels of silver).
Leviticus 1:6, 8-13; 8:18-21; 16:24 - This BURNT OFFERING was wholly consumed by fire. It was voluntary to atone for unknown, unintentional sin, expression of devotion, or complete surrender to God. If you asked God to forgive you for unknown, unintentional sins every week at $25.00 each, that would be how much in a year? ___________ Add that below to your Annual Giving Budget.
Leviticus 4:1 - 5:13; 6:24-30; 8:14-17; 16:3-22 - This SIN OFFERING was required to atone for a specific unintentional sin (probably done in public) and involved confession, forgiveness, and cleansing from defilement. If you asked God to forgive you for one unintentional but public sin a month at $25.00 per animal sacrificed, that would be how much in a year? _______________ Add that to your Annual Giving Budget.
Leviticus 5:14 - 6:7; 7:1-6 - This GUILT OFFERING was required for sins requiring resitution of an added 20% such as for stealing (intentional) or destroying property (unintentional). Let's say you you are real good and never get into this kind of trouble. Don't add it to your Annual Giving Budget.
Grain offerings were usually cooked and eaten by the priests. They were flour, oil, incense (flavouring), bread, and salt. Let us give each such offering a $5.00 value.
Leviticus 2; 6:14-23 - This THANKSGIVING OFFERING was voluntary. Let's say you, a good Jew, have a positive attitude and thank God for things once a week. How much would your grain offerings add up to during the year? __________ Add that to your Annual Giving Budget.
Leviticus 3; 7:11-34 - This FELLOWSHIP OFFERING was voluntary and another form of thanking God for his goodness. Let's say you make this kind of offering once a month. How much would your grain offerings add up to during the year? _________ Add that to your Annual Giving Budget.
Annual Giving Budget of Good Jew
$____________ Tithing for the year
$____________ One-third of tri-year welfare tithe
$____________ One vow a month for a year
$____________ Twenty first-borns in herd for the year
$____________ One unknown sin a week (burnt offering)
$____________ One unintentional sin a month (sin offering)
$____________ One thanksgiving offering a week for a year
$____________ One fellowship offering a month for a year
$____________ TOTAL GIVING FOR A GOOD JEW
What percent of your income would your total annual giving be? _____________ So, you see that, in order to adopt the tithing of the Law of Moses, we must adopt the other giving rules also.
James 2:10 - If we keep only part of the law, then we are ________________ of breaking the entire law. BUT....
Jesus Nullified the Law of Moses
Colossians 2:14 - Jesus did what to the written code requiring circumcision (Deuteronomy 10:16) and everything else in it?
Ephesians 2:15 - Jesus abolished through the sacrifice of his flesh the law of Moses with its ___________________________________________ and _____________________________.
Hebrews 8:13; 9:1 - Jesus made the first covenant (testament - KJV) with its earthly tabernacle, etc. __________________________________ and gave us a _____________ covenant (testament).
NEW TESTAMENT GIVING
Acts 4:32-35 - From ________________ to _________________, whenever there was a special need, someone who owned _______ or ___________ sold them and gave it to the apostles to distribute to the _______________.
1 Corinthians 9:13-14 - Just as priests who served in the ______ got their food from the sacrifices (not burned up), so those who preach the gospel should receive their living from those who respond to the gospel.
1 Corinthians 16:1-2 - We are to give which day of the week? ____________________ We are to set aside a sum of money in keeping with our ____________________ weekly so when some-one comes with a need, we don't need to take up a special offering.
2 Corinthians 8:2-5 - Certain Christians gave out of the most severe _________________ and extreme _______________. They gave even beyond their ______________. Even before their donation, they first gave ______________________ to the Lord.
2 Corinthians 8:10-13 - The Christians in Corinth decided a ____________ in advance what they wanted to do. The writer urged them to complete their plans according to their __________. The gift is only acceptable if the ____________________ is there. We are to give according to what we have, not what we don't have. No donations were requested to make them _________ pressed.
2 Corinthians 8:24 - Monetary donation is one way to show our _____________.
2 Corinthians 9:6-7 - Whoever sows _____________________ will also reap ___________________; whoever gives ___________ will also reap ___________________. We must give whatever we have decided in our own _____________, not ________________ or under ____________________________. God loves a ______ ________________ giver.