What is Tithing?
- The Levitical tithe required those who raised crops (not everyone and not all professions – just those who raised crops) to give 10% of that to the Levites. This tithe only occurred 6 years out of the 7 year cycle. It also required those that raised 10 or more animals to give each tenth animal that passed under the rod to the Levites. If a person raised less than 10 animals, they were not required to tithe.
- From what was given to them, the Levites in turn had to give a tenth of the very best to the priests.
- The festival tithe required that those who raised crops or animals to set aside 10% for the annual festivals. It was for the people to have a party and consume the food joyfully and alcoholic beverages (strong drink) if they wanted.
- The Poor tithe occurred only in the 3rd year of the seven year cycle. This was set aside for the poor.
I take two of the lessons to explain the ‘Truth About Abrams Tithe’. It clearly is NOT the precedent setting example that we have been told. For starters, Abram did not give his own money or valuables.
We should be generous but the poor widow is NOT our example. She was being plundered by church leaders. (Video – Truth About the Widow’s Gift) There is no single formula for Christians to be able to judge for themselves whether they are generous or not.
Each person needs to hear from God for themselves.