The Locality of the Tithe
by Ronald W Robey
Abram’s tithe was of war spoils. We are not told what all the elements of that tithe was. We only know that it contained food and articles of clothing. There are no other elements mentioned.
What we can glean from the text of Genesis 14 is that Abram did not tithe his own property. He did not tithe his own money.
He tithed the property of others; property that, had he not met up with Melchizedek in the Valley of Shaveh, he no doubt would have returned to its rightful owners.
We know this because of Abram’s words to Bera, the king of Sodom. Abram told Bera that he had promised God that he would not take any of the spoils as his own property.
We also glean from the text that the geographical location of the tithe has never changed. God’s holy tithe has always came from the same geographical region of the world,… the land of Canaan.
God never changed the locality of the tithe. In Genesis, it was in the Valley of Shaveh, which was a part of land of Canaan. Later, during the Law, the tithe was still restricted to the land of Canaan. (see Deut. 6:1-3; 12:1,10-11) In Hebrews 7:5-9, the last place tithes are seen in the Bible God’s holy tithe is still to come only from the land of Canaan.
This monetary tithe requirement doctrine that has been adapted and taught by religious institutions worldwide is NOT even Biblical. It is a command invented by someone who totally ignored where and what God said His holy tithe is to come from.
Jesus said of the Pharisees in Matthew 15:9 that their worship was in vain because they teach for doctrines the commandments of men. Religious institutions worldwide are guilty of the exact same sin as the Pharisees were of Jesus’ day. They are teaching a man-made commandment as if it is a God-ordained directive.
It is not.
Their worship is in vain.