How to Tithe Biblically

by Culture & Society Editor

To tithe means to give a tenth of what you own to God. The concept of tithing is found throughout the Old and New Testaments of the Bible. The patriarchs of the Bible tithed because God required it. In the New Testament, tithing was common place; Jesus acknowledged the tithe and added that it should be done joyfully. Learn to tithe from a Biblical perspective.

Acknowledge that the concept of the tithe originated as early as the Book of Genesis. In Genesis 14:20 it states that Abram gave God a tenth of all that he had.

Know that tithing is mentioned throughout the Old Testament in the books of Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy. Leviticus 27:30 says that a tithe of everything one owns belongs to the Lord. Number 18 mentions that the tithe is the Lord's portion; that one must give the tithe as an offering to the Lord. The Book of Deuteronomy reiterates the importance of giving a tithe to the Lord.

Understand that biblically, a tithe should be set aside for God before any other expenditures. In the Old and New Testaments, people gave to God first and then used the money, harvest or animals that were left for themselves.

Explore the New Testament of the Bible. It does not mention a specific amount to tithe, but because the people of that time followed the Law of Moses, it is assumed they gave 10 percent of their worth. Jesus followed the law of the time too; he added that giving should be done joyfully and not to boast. He rebuked the Pharisees in the Book of Matthew for tithing for show.

Warning

  • Tithing has no ties to salvation. You cannot buy heaven; Jesus paid the price on the cross.

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