Connect the Dots
by Ronald W Robey
(written August 02, 2017)
As a child, I used to love to play the game, “Connect the Dots”. The rules were really quite simple; you began 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 reached 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… confusing. 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, it will give 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 look nothing like what the Bible 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 observed only after taking up citizenship in the land of Canaan. (Deuteronomy 12:1,10-11)
e) to be taken to specific locations in the land of Canaan (Nehemiah 10:37-38)
f) To be given to the bloodline descendants of Levi, to widows, to orphans and to foreigners. (Deuteronomy 26:12)
g) to be observed at the end of the yearly harvest. (Deuteronomy 14:22-26)
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, many of the “dots” become insignificant to you.
They have you begin at Dot #1 that sets the precedence for tithing, “The tithe is the LORDS.” They then have you skip Dots #’s 2&3, which describe the elements of the commanded tithe to be agricultural crops, flocks, and herds.
They then take you to dot #4. This is the dot that says the tithe belongs to the LORD. (God) What they don’t tell you is that the tithe they collect from you…a tenth of your money does not go to the LORD at all.
Pastors will stress Dot #5. This dot explains that the tithe is to be set apart for God.
Dot #6 reveals that the one who tithes in the manner decreed in Leviticus 27:30 has the option of buying back a portion of that tithe. Pastors will not help you to connect to this dot due to the fact that it proves that money was not tithed.
Buy back money with more money? Preposterous!
Pastors do not want Dot #7 to be observed, as none want to deal with sheep or cows. And yet, God said the tenth animal to pass under the rod is His tithe.
And, since they have you ignore Dot #7, Dot #8 is meaningless as well…skip that too.
Dot #9 reveals that God gave His tithe to the bloodline descendants of the biblical patriarch Levi. The pastor that is not a Levite must not allow the members of his congregation to focus on Dot #9.
Dot #10 represents Numbers 18:20-24. It reveals that the bloodline descendants of the biblical patriarch Levi inherited the tithe because they could own no land among the congregation. Many pastors today own land in the same cities their congregations live in. Dot #10 would take away the pastor’s right to own land among the congregation if he were eligible for the tithe of the congregation.
Deuteronomy 12:1,10-11 is represented by Dot #11. It reveals that tithes are only to be observed by citizens of the land of Canaan. Pastors do not want the congregation to know that God said that His commanded tithes are not to be observed outside of the boundaries of the land of Canaan.
Dot #12 reveals that tithes are to be given to the Levite at the end of the yearly harvest. This tithe provides the sustenance for the Levite.
Dot #13 represents the Festival tithe. Three times a year God said tithes were to be taken to Jerusalem and eaten with the family and with the Levites. (see Deuteronomy 14:22-27)
Dot #14 represents the Charity tithe as recorded in Deuteronomy 26:12. This tithe was kept in the agricultural cities of the one who had the tithe, and those who were considered poor were to go to this city and get their portion of the tithe there. This tithe was observed every three years.
Pastors avoid bringing your attention to Dot #15 at all costs. This dot is found in Nehemiah 10:37-38. It reveals that an Aaronic Priest must be present at the time the tithe is given. If the congregation were made aware that an Aaronic Priest must be present at times are given, and they knew no Aaronic Priest was in their church body, they would give no tithes.
Dot #16 represents Hebrews 7:5-9, the last place in the Bible where tithes are seen as a commandment. Here, we learn that tithes are still according to the Law, agricultural (see Dots #3&4) and that they are still the property of the Levitic Priesthood
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 about His holy tithe. The congregation is then made to believe that the religious institution they attend is God’s Official Tithe Collection Agency, and that their Pastor is God’s Official Tithe Collection Representative.
Does your Pastor properly connect the dots in God’s word? Or is he presenting to you an horribly mutated picture that doesn’t even resemble God’s tithe ordinance?