Battle Tithes
by Ronald W Robey

Here’s an interesting piece of trivia…

Abram’s tithe came from goods he took in a physical battle in which many people were killed. Abram did not take “land” from the fallen kings…he took war spoils…spoils that he never claimed as his own property, and gave the remainder after tithing back to it’s original owners. (hence, a one-time tithe)

Israel’s tithe came from the land they took in a physical battle in which many people were killed. Land is constantly producing flora and fauna. (Hence, an ongoing tithe in the land of Canaan/Israel)

There seems to be a pattern.

Biblical tithes were given only as a result of something taken in battle, and whether that which was taken in battle became/remained the property of the one who took it.

We, as Christians, are also in a battle. However, ours is not a physical battle, but a spiritual battle. A battle that does not yield property or goods that God expects a tithe from…a battle that does not require us to kill another human being.

Ephesians 6:11-20 (KJV) 11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high [places]. 13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: 18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; 19 And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.