Connect the Dots
by Ronald W Robey

As a child, I used to love to play the game, “Connect the Dots”.  The rules were really quite simple;  you bagan at the dot that was numbered “1”, and drew a line to the next numerical value, and then the next, and the next, and so on.  When you reach the last dot in the numerical sequence, you completed a wonderful picture that you, as a child, could then color.

However, if you did not connect the dots in their numerical order, the end results were, well… devastating.  What was supposed to be a beautiful picture would turn out to be a horrible mutation of what it was supposed to be.

As adults, we should endeavor to study the Bible with a “Connect the Dots” mentality.  If we properly interpret the word of Truth, the Bible gives us a wonderful picture of God’s love and His will for our lives.  If we fail to properly interpret the word of Truth, we end up with theories and opinions that are a horrible mutation that looks nothing like what the word actually says.

One such “mutation” that is prevalent in many religious institutions today, is the doctrine that God requires the saved in Christ to give ten percent of their monetary wages to the religious institution they attend.  That doctrine is a result of not properly connecting the “dots”.

God’s word lays out perfectly…

a)  what His holy tithe is,
b)  who God required to tithe,
c)  why they were required to tithe,
d)  where they were to take the tithe,
e)  to whom they were to give the tithe, and
f)  when they were to give the tithe

If the “dots” (verses about God’s holy tithe) are taught exactly as God laid them out in His word, one will see that God’s holy tithe was

a)  strictly agricultural (Leviticus 27:30-33)
b)  required only of the children of Israel (Leviticus 27:34; Psalms 147:19-20; Acts 15:24)
c)  for those who had no inheritance, and/or were poor (Numbers 18:21-23)
d)  to be taken to specific locations in the land of Canaan (Nehemiah 10:37-38)
e)  To be given to the bloodline descendants of Levi, to widows, to orphans and  to foreigners.
f)  to be observed at the end of the yearly harvest.  (Deuteronomy 14:22-29)

Yet, so many Pastors today handle the word of God deceitfully. They will take you through the word of God.  They will even read the tithing verses from the word of God.  However, they take your focus off of the actual wording of the verses.  When they do this, the “dots” become insignificant.

They have you begin a the first dot, “The tithe is the LORDS.”  They take you to the second dot, “It is holy unto the LORD.”

But then, they skip over the next dot.  This dot is the one that says God’s tithe is agricultural.

Skipping that dot, they then take you to dot number 4.  This is the dot that says that Ministers of the House of God, (the Levites) are to be given the tithe.

They then skip dot number 5.  This one must be skipped, because it states that The Levites are to receive the tithe because they have no inheritance.”  (Pastors do like their lands, their homes, their cars, their fancy clothes,

The skip the dot that says that the congregation is not to tithe to the House of God.  (This is so they can convince you to take their what they want to be tithed, i.e.; your money, to the religious institution you are a member of)

To accomplish this, they take you to the next dot syas, “Bring ye all the tithe into the storehouse that there may be meat in mine House.”

Their last dot is often in Malachi 3.  However, on occasion they will go to Matthew 23:23 or Luke 11:42 as their final dot in the picture.

By the end of the “tithe” sermon, the Pastor has managed to totally destroy the picture God wants man to see concerning what He said concerning His holy tithe.

Does your Pastor properly connect the dots?  Or is he presenting to you an horribly mutated picture that doesn’t even resemble God’s holy tithe?