In a feeble attempt to justify the imposing of a monetary tithe on Christians today, many pastors will read Hebrews 7:8, saying, “This verse proves that we are to tithe today.”

Hebrews 7:8 does say, “Here men that die receive tithes, but there He receiveth them”. However, as with any Scripture in the Word of God, it must be read in it’s context. Begin at verse 5 (since that is where the idea changes direction from Abraham before the Law to Levi in the Law.

Hebrews 7:5 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 But he whose descent is not counted from them received tithes of Abraham, and blessed him that had the promises.
Hebrews 7:7 And without all contradiction the less is blessed of the better.
Hebrews 7:8 And here men that die receive tithes; but there he receiveth them, of whom it is witnessed that he liveth.
Hebrews 7:9 And as I may so say, Levi also, who receiveth tithes, payed tithes in Abraham.

When read in its context, it is easy to see that “men that die” in verse 8 is referring to the Levites of verses 5 & 9.

The Book of Hebrews was written in AD 66. The Temple was still standing. The Levites were still operating in the Temple. We must remember that the majority of Israel, including the Levites at the Temple, have rejected Jesus Christ. To this day, the majority are still looking for their Messiah to come riding into Jerusalem on the foal of an ass. Back to AD 66… They have rejected Christ, and are therefore operating under the Law. They have (present tense) a command to take tithes of their brethren, (the other tribes of Israel) …”according to the Law.”

The Law decreed that crops and livestock were to be tithed. The command for tithes was for agricultural tithes, not monetary tithes.

“but there, He receiveth (present tense) them (the tithes) ” Who receives the tithes? The Lord Jesus Christ. What tithes does He receive? them… the tithes according to the Law… not monetary, but agricultural.

Four years after the Book of Hebrews was written, General Titus invaded Jerusalem. With his army, he destroyed the Temple. With no more Temple, all Temple service ceased… Levites no longer could take tithes. Because tithing had ceased in Jerusalem, Christ no longer receives them.

Hebrews was not endorsing a monetary tithe for the Church at all. Rather, it was speaking of the agriucltural tithe established in Leviticuas 27:30-33. it is speaking of a tithe due, extracted from the farms and orchards of landowners In Israel, not a monetary tithe coerced from Believers on Gentile soil. It is to be given to true sons of Levi, not Levite wannabe’s.

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