I love the Word of God!

Psalms 147:19 (KJV) 19 He sheweth his word unto Jacob, his statutes and his judgments unto Israel.

Psalms 147:20 (KJV) 20 He hath not dealt so with any nation: and [as for his] judgments, they have not known them. Praise ye the LORD.

At the time this Psalm was written, gentile nations had not yet known the statutes and ordinances given to the children of Israel. The Law was for Israel alone.

Acts 15:5 (KJV) 5 But there rose up certain of the sect of the Pharisees which believed, saying, That it was needful to circumcise them, and to command [them] to keep the law of Moses.

Flash forward to post-Pentecost. The year is AD 51. Religious leaders had gotten wind that Gentiles were placing their faith in Jesus Christ.

Acts 15:10 (KJV) 10 Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear?

Peter rebuked the leaders, telling them that their demands were tempting God.

Acts 15:24 (KJV) 24 Forasmuch as we have heard, that certain which went out from us have troubled you with words, subverting your souls, saying, [Ye must] be circumcised, and keep the law: to whom we gave no [such] commandment:

James stated that the religious leaders were overthrowing the work that Christ had begun in the Gentile Believers. He said that the Apostles had not commanded they keep the Mosaic Law.

Acts 15:28 (KJV) 28 For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things;

Acts 15:29 (KJV) 29 That ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication: from which if ye keep yourselves, ye shall do well. Fare ye well.

The Apostles AND the Holy Ghost decreed that Gentiles were only required to observe four necessary things. Tithing was not considered necessary, or it would have been in that list of necessities.

Acts 21:23 (KJV) 23 Do therefore this that we say to thee: We have four men which have a vow on them;

Acts 21:24 (KJV) 24 Them take, and purify thyself with them, and be at charges with them, that they may shave [their] heads: and all may know that those things, whereof they were informed concerning thee, are nothing; but [that] thou thyself also walkest orderly, and keepest the law.

Acts 21:25 (KJV) 25 As touching the Gentiles which believe, we have written [and] concluded that they observe no such thing, save only that they keep themselves from [things] offered to idols, and from blood, and from strangled, and from fornication.

Eight years later, AD 59, the Apostle James reminded Paul that Gentiles were not required to keep the Mosaic Law.

And, remarkably absent from the rest of the New Testament is instruction for tithes to be taken in a Church setting. But we do find one instance in Hebrews where there is a command for tithes to be taken…

Hebrews 7:5 (KJV) 5 And verily they that are of the sons of Levi, who receive the office of the priesthood, have a commandment to take tithes of the people according to the law, that is, of their brethren, though they come out of the loins of Abraham:

Hebrews 7:6 (KJV) 6 But he whose descent is not counted from them received tithes of Abraham, and blessed him that had the promises.

Hebrews 7:7 (KJV) 7 And without all contradiction the less is blessed of the better.

Hebrews 7:8 (KJV) 8 And here men that die receive tithes; but there he [receiveth them], of whom it is witnessed that he liveth.

Hebrews 7:9 (KJV) 9 And as I may so say, Levi also, who receiveth tithes, payed tithes in Abraham.

Hebrews 7:10 (KJV) 10 For he was yet in the loins of his father, when Melchisedec met him.

Tithes were commanded, but not for the Church. Rather, they were commanded for the Levitic tribe in Israel… And that, according to the Law. The Law stated that God’s tithes were to be agricultural, not monetary.

Yep, I love the Word of God!