Things That Are Omitted From "Tithe Preaching"
1. Tithe, Biblically was the amount of the sin offering in the old covenant.
Numbers 18:26 Thus speak unto the Levites, and say unto them, When ye take of the children of Israel the tithes which I have given you from them for your inheritance, then ye shall offer up an heave offering of it for the LORD, even a tenth part of the tithe.
omitted........The new covenant does away with sin offering.......
Hebrews 10:8 Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering
and burnt offerings and offering for sin
thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which
are offered by the law;
Hebrews 10:18 Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.
2. The only person who received tithe in the Bible was the high priest of Jerusalem.
for example Melchisedec......
Hebrews 7:1-2 For this Melchisedec, king of Salem,
priest of the most high God, who met Abraham returning from the
slaughter of the kings, and blessed him;
To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of peace;
In the old covenant the Levitical priests received the tithe....
Nehemiah 10:38 And the priest the son of Aaron shall be with the Levites, when the Levites take tithes: and the Levites shall bring up the tithe of the tithes unto the house of our God, to the chambers, into the treasure house.
Hebrews 7:5 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:
omitted......The new testament does away with the Levitical priesthood........
Hebrews 7:11 If therefore perfection were by the Levitical
priesthood, (for under it the people received the law,) what further
need was there that another priest should rise after the
order of Melchisedec, and not be called after the order of Aaron?
Hebrews 7:12 For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law.
The new covenant priesthood is in all believers.....
1Peter 2:5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual
house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices,
acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.
1Peter 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
Everyone is meant to be a minister, a priest. Jesus is the High Priest, the leader, the only Head, and we are not meant to exercise authority one over another among ourselves. (Matthew 20:25-26, Mark 10:42-43, Luke 22:25-29) The Bible says that tithe is payed "lesser to greater"--this completely disagrees with the idea expressed by Jesus that we should not exercise authority one over another.
3. Tithe in the Bible was always animals or crops, never money.......
Deuteronomy 12:17 Thou mayest not eat within thy gates the tithe of thy corn, or of thy wine, or of thy oil, or the firstlings of thy herds or of thy flock, nor any of thy vows which thou vowest, nor thy freewill offerings, or heave offering of thine hand:
[yes, there was one occasion when God told Israel to convert the tithe to money, when they were traveling]
omitted..... Jesus taught in the new testament that money is another "master"..
Matthew 6:24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
and, that we should not worry about money but simply trust God.....
Luke 12: 22-31 22 And he said unto his disciples, Therefore
I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat;
neither for the body, what ye shall put on.
23 The life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment.
24 Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feedeth them: how much more are ye better than the fowls?
25 And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit?
26 If ye then be not able to do that thing which is least, why take ye thought for the rest?
27 Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
28 If then God so clothe the grass, which is to day in the field, and to morrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith?
29 And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind.
30 For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things.
31 But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you.
The Bible also teaches that we should owe no one anything, but to love....
Romans 13:8 Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.
Isn't the tithe preached as something Christians "owe'?
Furthermore, the Bible calls Jesus the offering of the new covenant......
Ephesians 5:2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.
Hebrews 10:10 By the which will we are sanctified through the
offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
Hebrews 10:14 For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.
The Bible describes Jesus as everything that was tithed/offered...
John 6:55 For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed.
1John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
bread and wine........
Luke 22: 19-20 19 And he took bread, and gave thanks,
and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body
which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me.
20 Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.
oil.... ("Christ" meaning the Anointed One)
John 12:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.
Jesus is the new covenant offering.
4. Tithes and offerings, according to Biblical law, could only be done correctly in the Temple in Jerusalem.....
Exodus 40:6 And thou shalt set the altar of the burnt offering before the door of the tabernacle of the tent of the congregation.
omitted....The new testament gives no instructions on building a physical temple (it redefines the temple)
In fact, Jesus cursed the old covenant temple and it's not been rebuilt to this day.
Mark 14:58 We heard him say, I will destroy this temple that is made with hands, and wit hin three days I will build another made without hands.
Jews today do not pay tithes or make offerings because the temple is not rebuilt.
The temple of God in the new testament is PEOPLE.......
1Corinthians 3:16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
5. In the Bible, tithes and offerings were destroyed
Leviticus 1:4 And he shall put his hand upon the head of the
burnt offering; and it shall be accepted for him to make
atonement for him.
Leviticus 1:6 And he shall flay the burnt offering, and cut it into his pieces.
Leviticus 1:9 But his inwards and his legs shall he wash in water: and the priest shall burn all on the altar, to be a burnt sacrifice, an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the LORD.
To "offer" something is to destroy it in the earth. The death and blood offered forgave sin in the old covenant. God accepts the death of something in the earth as a payment, an offering for sin. The work of Jesus on the cross does away with all tithes and offerings.
Christians ought to see the example of tithes and offerings in the old covenant as a wonderful prophecy of what Jesus would accomplish on the cross and a description of what He continually does in God's temple in Heaven, in order to forgive the sin of all mankind.
An offering obtained by faith, not by works.
omitted.....When was the last time the offering was burnt in your church?
The structure and function of the new testament church was an imitation of what Jesus had done. They worked together in small groups as equals. Everyone could minister. No one exercised authority over another. The focus is the Gospel. Within this stucture, as God lead them. they made collections which were "for the saints"--for the needs of all the people within the church, including the ministry needs--which anyone could do.