Different Times, Different People.
by Ronald W Robey
Proverbs 3:9-10 Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase: So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.
When teaching on the topic of tithing, many pastors in many denominations will use the above instruction spoken by the wise king Solomon as a “proof-text” that Christians today are required to tithe to their local church.
But, is this verse really “proof” that Christians are required to tithe today?
Absolutely not!
The obvious reason that it cannot be speaking to Christians is the fact that Leviticus 27:30-34 tells us that the tithe command was given to the children of Israel. Further, Psalm 147:19-20 reveals that the commands given to Israel were not given to any other nations.
Those two passages from the Books of Leviticus and Psalms alone should convince any scholar of the word of God that king Solomon was not speaking to Christians in Proverbs 3:9-10.
But we also have proof in the New Testament that emphatically proves that Proverbs 3:9-10 is not speaking to Christians today. Notice:
2 Timothy 2:6 The husbandman that laboureth must be first partaker of the fruits.
Now, if 2 Timothy 2:6 is for the church, then how can Proverbs 3:9-10 be for the Christian? They totally contradict each other! One says to Honour the Lord with the firstfruits, while the other says the husbandman is to first partake of the fruits.
If both apply to the Christian, then there is a major problem. They leave the Christian in confusion.
The fact is, the passage in Proverbs 3 applies to someone under the Mosaic Law. The passage in 2 Timothy 2 applies to the Christian,… who is not under the Mosaic Law. (Rom. 6:14; Gal. 3:24-25)
The Law of tithing is not a Christian Doctrine. Nor is the Law of firstfruit offerings.