by Dr. Brad Black
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I knew that questions about the Tithe would come up and I should have put this in the previous blog about the storehouse, but it was longer than what I like to publish, so I did not. Therefore, I will answer the two questions (or criticisms) that have come up because of the last blog about Tithing. They are both about the same thing. They were saying that the Tithe is an Old Testament practice and is not even mentioned in the New Testament, and the other says that Jesus never talked about the Tithe.
First of all the word Tithe is found 32 times in the King James Bible. It is found 25 times in the Old Testament and 7 times in the New Testament. Three of the seven times in the New Testament are quotes from Jesus. Now two of these are the same quote one is from Matthew and the other is from Luke. Please see the verses below.
Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cumin, 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.
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.
I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.
And verily they that are of the sons of Levi, who receive the office of the priesthood, have a commandment to take tithes of the people according to the law, that is, of their brethren, though they come out of the loins of Abraham:
But he whose descent is not counted from them received tithes of Abraham, and blessed him that had the promises.
And here men that die receive tithes; but there he receiveth them, of whom it is witnessed that he liveth.
And as I may so say, Levi also, who receiveth tithes, payed tithes in Abraham.
As can be seen here Yes Tithe is in the New Testament and Yes Jesus used the word.
One more thing I want to address is that the Tithe is still in practice in the New Testament church. I would like to use the words of Jesus here.
Matthew 5:17-18 (King James Version)
17Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill.
18For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
These verses are said right in the middle of the Sermon on the Mount, right after the Beatitudes. This leads into Jesus talking about the Ten Commandments and how they are stricter than the Priests were enforcing them. You see, we still have the Law; this is how we know we sin. Paul spends a chapter in Romans (Rom 3) explaining that the law was there so we know what sin is. The law has not gone away, but the difference is that we are now forgiven for our sins. That is the difference, not that we do not have to follow the law, but that we are forgiven for our infractions of the law.
Lets look at this another way, take the word murder it shows up - in the Bible 37 times, just five more times than tithe. It is found in the Old Testament 17 times and 20 in the New Testament and six of those New Testament verses were said by Jesus. Very similar numbers to tithe, but I have never heard anybody say murder is an Old Testament practice and that it is allowed in the New Testament. I also have never heard anyone say that Murder does not even show up in the New Testament or even that Jesus did not talk about murder. You see, people do not have a problem with there being a law about murder, but talk about giving up money and all of a sudden, people have a problem. The real problem is the heart, that is why there is so much heated debate about the tithe, people are covetous and do not want to give up their money so they try to find fault with the Bible. It is hard to fight God.
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