“GOD’S PRINCIPLES OF CHRISTIAN GIVING!”

 

  • God finances His church through His people bringing their tithe to the storehouse.

Malachi 3:8-10, “Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation. Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.”

The tithe is ten percent of our total income, as shown in the following two verses: Genesis 14:20, “And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he gave him tithes of all.”  

Hebrews 7:2, “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.”

There were at least nine different occasions (to be studied in a future lesson) for giving in the Old Testament under the Law of Moses. All giving and sacrifice is a way of honoring and worshipping God according to Proverbs 3:9, “Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase.”

There were two tithes in the Old Testament: The first was given to meet the needs of the priests (Numbers 18:21-24). The second tithe was taken out of what remained after the Levites’ needs were met, and it was given every third year (Deuteronomy 14:28-29).

  • What happens when Christians do not give their tithe and offerings?

     Christ is dishonored, because He died for the church (Ephesians 5:25).

  • When we put our money elsewhere we presume to know more than God, and the rich would have an unfair advantage over the poor, if not for the tithe. Giving based on emotion, reaction or friendship could deceive the Christian and if we do not give our tithe to the local church it places an extra burden on faithful members and limits the outreach of the local church.
  • Is tithing to be practiced by the New Testament Christian?
    • Abraham and Jacob were tithing five hundred years before the law was given.
  • Moses, the prophets, and Jesus spoke of tithing during the period of the law.
  • The Apostle Paul explained tithing after the Law.
    • How should Christians practice tithing?
      • Bring the tithe to church on the Lord’s Day.

1 Corinthians 16:2, “Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.”

Under the Law tithing was commanded. Give the “tithe” or “tenth.” Ten percent of your gross income is your tithe for that week.

  • He did not leave giving to the discretion of the giver.

Certainly God would not ask less love, less faith, and less giving from a New Testament Christian than from a Jew under Old Testament law? As a matter of fact, tithing for the Christian is not bondage, but liberty.

To Be Continued Tomorrow!

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