x347........The Tithe Is Holy Unto The Lord
Le 27:30* And all the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the
land, or of the fruit of the tree, is the LORD'S: it is holy unto the
LORD. Le 27:32* And concerning the tithe of the herd, or of the flock, even of whatsoever passeth under the rod, the tenth shall be
holy unto the LORD.
The Bible tells us that the tithe that Israel was commanded to give--was
"holy unto the Lord". This statement has often been used by
our modern-day leaders to say that this is a command from God--that 1/10 of what we earn is "holy unto God" which means that it
is meant to be given to the church leader as a tithe.
But what the Bible is saying here is that the tithe was the holy offering to be given to God as the offering for their sin. In order for sin to be forgiven--something which is holy must be offered to God--as a payment--as a propitiation for the sin which has been committed.
God gives Israel the blessing of considering 1/10 of their herds and their crops as being "holy unto Him"--and thus it is clean to be offered to God as a sin offering.
A holy thing must be offered to God for sin--as the sin "payment"
In the NT we have a better offering--
Eph 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.
Heb 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;
Heb 10:10* By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
Heb 10:11* And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins:
Heb 10:14* For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.
Heb 10:18* Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin
The New Testament clearly tells us that we have this "once-for-all offering of the body and blood of Jesus at the cross, as our offering for sin. This offering was certainly a "holy offering"---Jesus was completely holy--perfect and pure--without any sin. As the book of Hebrews states, the OT offerings (which came from the tithe)--were not able to completely cleanse Israel from sin.
In the OT the "holy unto God" offering of the tithe--was able to be offered unto God--being considered holy, but not truly being holy. It only worked for a season--the offerings had to be done continually by the Levites in the temple, in order for Israel to be forgiven of sin.
In the NT, Jesus, the holy One--is the offering unto God--for the sins of the entire world--for all sin that ever was or ever will be. He is also the one and only "high Priest" of the church--as well as the "Head of the chruch" and the "Head of every man". The direct authority of God can now operate through each and every born-again, Spirit-filled believer. The Bible example of operation is on a common level of authority. "Ministry" in the new covenant means service to others--NOT rulership over others (see Mark 10;42-45--Matthew 20: 25-27--Luke 22:25-29)--NOT a delegation of special authority or function. All can enter into the holy place by the blood of Jesus--not just a special priesthood--as in the OT.
Heb 4:15* For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with
the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted
like as we are, yet without sin. Heb 9:28* So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall
he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.
With the result that in the New Covenant--there is to be no more offering--
Heb 10:18* Now where remission of these is, there is no
more offering for sin