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Fellowship of the Dime
by Stephen Davis
07/22/06
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Fellowship of the Dime

Earlier English: disme, tenth, tithe.

“Thou shalt truly tithe all the increase of thy seed, that the field bringeth forth year by year. And thou shalt eat before the Lord thy God, in the place which he shall choose to place his name there, the tithe of thy corn, or thy wine, and of thine oil, and the firstlings of thy herds and of thy flocks; that thou mayest learn to fear the Lord thy God always.” Deuteronomy 14:22-23

Here we have the fellowship of the Son. Eating the fruit of the land before the Lord in the place He has chosen.

“And if the way be too long for thee, so that thou art not able to carry it; or if the place be too far from thee, which the Lord thy God shall choose to set his name there, when the Lord thy God hath blessed thee: Then shalt thou turn it into money, and bind up the money in thine hand, and shalt go unto the place which the Lord thy God shall choose: And thou shalt bestow that money for whatsoever thy soul lusteth after, for oxen, or for sheep, or for wine, or for strong drink, or for whatsoever thy soul desireth: and thou shalt eat there before the Lord thy God, and thou shalt rejoice, thou, and thine household.” Deuteronomy 14:24-26

Here we have the fellowship of the Dime. These are those who have exchanged the Son for the money. They do not eat with the others at the destination where the feasting of the tithe takes place. They are feasting on the oxen, sheep, wine (yayin ) and strong drink. They have arrived at the same place as the others but they are told to purchase different items with the money. They do not share fellowship with those who feast on the corn, oil, and wine (tiyrowsh).

The scriptures define the nature of this feast that is taking place with those who are in possession of the tithe replacement.
“Come ye, say they, I will fetch wine, and we will fill ourselves with strong drink; and tomorrow shall be as this day, and much more abundant.” Isaiah 56:12
“To whom will ye liken me, and make me equal, and compare me, that we may be like? They lavish gold out of the bag, and weigh silver in the balance, and hire a goldsmith; and he maketh it a god: yea, they worship.” Isaiah 46:5-6

The comparisons of the tithe are to the manna, to His priesthood, to him as the inheritance. Yet, they find money is the more acceptable commodity. The communion table is mere window dressing, it is the collection of tithes that is the focus of the worship service.


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