Tithing: Faithfulness repaid with faithfulness

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Guest post by Laura W. Some of you will scoff… but I want to encourage those of you who are faithfully obeying the LORD. He will be faithful to you.

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In the past I never really bought into to the whole tithing thing. I was somewhat cynical about giving money to the church. Sure I would throw 5 bucks in the basket every now and then but I was never really faithful with giving my tenth as we are instructed to do in Leviticus. (Lev. 27:30) I didn’t see the point back then. I didn’t really trust that God would be faithful to what His word says about tithing and pouring out blessings.

When I gave my life to Christ four months ago, I begin tithing faithfully for the first time in my life. God has always been faithful to me, even in the times when I wasn’t faithful to Him. There have been times when things were really tight but we have never gone hungry, all our needs have always been met and the bills paid. So upon turning to the LORD I decided I was going to be faithful to Him with my tithes and offerings.

Laura W., guest blogger

Recently, though, I was really stressing out because our car was acting up. It had been giving us trouble for some time, but it decided to completely break down last week. This was after we had already invested a lot of time and money into trying to fix the problems it had been giving us. So after taking my car back to the mechanic who had been working on it, I was told it was not even worth fixing this time and I might as well sell it for whatever I could get and buy something else. At the time I was told this, I really did not have the money to buy another car.

I was trying really hard not to stress out over it and trust the LORD because I know that He is ALWAYS faithful and I am never left wanting (Phil. 4:19). He is greater than any situation and all the money in the world belongs to Him anyways (Haggai 2:8). I laid the problem before Him and — wow — did He answer. He surpassed my expectations. He is so faithful!

First, unexpectedly, my husband and I both received e-mails telling us we had been awarded the “Final Stretch Grant.” This grant was only awarded to 2,000 junior and senior college students in Texas. The chances of us both getting this were about as good as us winning the lottery — twice!

Then, on top of this, I received a $2,000 check in the mail from a relative to “help with college expenses.” I hadn’t contacted this person telling them I needed money. I truly believe that God just put it in there heart to do this for me. For this money to come in at exactly the time I needed it is way too perfect to be labeled “coincidence.”

But wait there’s more…

Laura’s newly aquired 2002 Ford Escort

Now I had the funds to go buy another car, but I was still expecting that most of the money I had been blessed with would now be going towards this purchase. Amazingly though, we were able to find a 2002 Ford Escort in great condition with only 102K miles on it for only $1500! This car retails for at least twice this much. But the military family that was selling it had a baby on the way and just wanted to sell it quick because they had already bought a new van for more room.

Honestly, I don’t believe in coincidences. There is a purpose for everything that happens and “All things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Rom. 8:28)

When all of this stuff started happening I was reminded of this verse in Malachi:

“Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test Me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.” (Malachi 3:10)

That’s how I felt, like God was opening up the floodgates, and when it rains it pours! I felt like if any more blessings came I couldn’t even contain them. I also felt like God was telling me: “See, why were you worried? Am I not faithful to My Word?” God is ALWAYS faithful! He says in His word to “Test Me in this.” I encourage anyone, especially if you are struggling financially, be faithful with your tithes and see if He will not “throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing” you won’t even be able to contain it.

8 thoughts on “Tithing: Faithfulness repaid with faithfulness

  1. 🙂 cause it’s only midnight here… and I do my best writing at this hour… well, maybe not best, but I do like to work in the wee hours. In a few weeks, it’ll be cause it’s dawning in UK and Israel. Oh, wait… I don’t see many dawns. 😛 Unless God’s got me up.

  2. Excellent! It works. He takes the 90% that’s left, and makes it stretch, sometimes more than the original 100% ever did. I have to share something that happened to my son when he was young and trying to get into the habit of tithing (which he had gotten away from.) He gave 10%, but was a little concerned that week because he needed to buy new jeans for work, and did not have a lot left. He likes a particular kind from Old Navy, that seem to fit him better, and they are a little more expensive than going to Walmart. So he shopped and found them on sale. He bought 2 pairs, and the amount he saved was almost to the penny, the same amount that he tithed. He certainly didn’t miss that point! God is good.

  3. Praise the Lord. He is so faithful. Just last year our car was on its last legs and we were debating whether to spend even more money on it to keep it on the road. It was just before my birthday. On my birthday a friend said to come over and pick up my birthday present. We sat at her place and she gave me a box of chocolates. It was great. Then some ‘dude’ comes in and she says to him: ‘all okay?’, he answers ‘yes’ and hands her something. She throws a bunch of keys to me and says ‘Happy Birthday/Happy Christmas’. I was absolutely speechless. I couldn’t believe it. A lovely Vauxhall Astra automatic. On coming home I spent a bit of time sobbing with joy and thanking Abba. He is so good, and yes, we tithe. Praise the LORD.

  4. NO ONE, absolutely NO ONE pays the Biblical tithe today.

    Leviticus 27:30-33, Numbers 18: The First Tithe – a tenth of crops and animals and commanded to take the tithe to the Levites.

    Deuteronomy 14:22-27: The Second Tithe aka The Festival Tithe – a tenth of crops, plus add to that the firstborn animals, and take for the yearly feast.

    Deuteronomy 14:28-29: The Third Tithe aka The Three-Year Tithe aka The Poor Tithe – a tenth of crops, kept at home, and invite the Levites, widows, orphans, stranger to eat.

    Now, tell me. Which of the above three tithes commanded by God does anyone follow today?

    The ONLY people in the Old Testament that were commanded to tithe were those who INHERITED THE PROMISED LAND WITH EVERYTHING ON IT. They got the land, house, animals, crops, etc. ALL FREE AND CLEAR. No mortgage payment or rent to pay. And THEY were commanded to tithe on the crops and animals and take it to the Levites who INHERITED the tithe INSTEAD OF the promised land with everything on it. No one else tithed. Wage earners did not tithe. Jesus didn’t tithe as a carpenter. Paul didn’t tithe as a tent maker. Peter didn’t tithe as a fisherman.

    Preacher: You tithe on the first ten percent of your income.

    God’s Word: You tithe on crops, and every tenth animal that passes under the rod. NOT the first, but the tenth. See Leviticus 27:30-33. Preachers are mixing firstfruits with the tithe and they are NOT the same. In Nehemiah 10:37-38 we learn that the firstfruits were taken to the temple for the priests, and the tithe was taken to the Levites to go into their cities.

    Preacher: The Levites worked full-time at The Temple.

    God’s Word: The Levities and priests were divided into “24 courses” and they rotated working at The Temple one week out of every 24 weeks. Therefore, the priests and Levites actually worked at The Temple about two weeks a year. The rest of the time they had regular jobs. See First Chronicles 24 for the priests and chapters 25 and 26 for the Levites.

    Preacher: You tithe the BEST to God.

    God’s Word: You tithe every tenth animal whether that animal be good OR BAD. See Leviticus 27:30-33.

    Preacher: The firstfruits of your income belong to God.

    God’s Word: In the Old Testament, every time a firstfruits offering is mentioned it is referring to the first of the crop, assets that came from God’s hand, not man’s labor. Firstfruits offerings has nothing to do with income.

    Preacher: The tithe was taken to The Temple.

    God’s Word: The tithe was taken to the Levites to go into their cities. See Nehemiah 10:37-38.

    Preacher: Malachi 3:10 Take all the tithes to the storehouse.

    God’s Word: The Levites received the tithe, and they were required to take a tenth of the tithe to the priests. ONLY that tithe went to the storehouse, NOT the tithe from the people. Again, see Nehemiah 10:37-38.

    Preacher: You are robbing God if you don’t bring your tithe to the church. Malachi 3:8-10.

    God’s Word: The priests were robbing God, not the people. The priests robbed God of the tithe by stealing the Levites portion (Nehemiah 13). The priests robbed God of the offerings by giving the worst and keeping the best (Malachi 1).

    God defined His tithe in Leviticus 27:30-33 as HOLY. How can anyone change God’s definition and then call a tenth of their income a HOLY tithe!

    The New Testament teaches generous, sacrificial giving, from the heart, according to our means. For some, $1 might be a sacrifice, while for others, even giving 50% of their income might not induce a sacrifice. In the Old Testament, ONLY the farmers tithed, and it was equal percentage (a tenth). The New Testament teaches the principle of equal sacrifice instead of equal percentage. Equal sacrifice is much harder to achieve, if not impossible, than giving ten percent.

    1. Gary,
      In response to your comment. This post was only meant to encourage others and to testify of the faithfulness of God. I do encourage people to give generously and be faithful to God with our finances. In the New Testament, the Apostles sold their possessions and gave what they had to each other and to any in need (Acts 2:45). They were probably a much better example of what generous giving looks like than the Levitical laws and customs. I do believe God is faithful to those who are faithful to Him (in all facets of life, not just giving.) It was never meant to impose a strict religous 10% giving to a certain church or organization. Everyone should look to the direction of the Holy Spirit for guidance in this, as with any other part of life, and ask God what He is telling you to do. For me it may be a tenth, but for others it may be something else. 🙂

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