A Localized Command
by Ronald W Robey

When the Bible speaks of the entire planet, it uses the word “Earth” or “world”. When the Bible speaks of land, it speaks of a geographical location.

In Leviticus 27:30 God said, “And all the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land, or of the fruit of the tree, is the LORD’S: it is holy unto the LORD.”

God’s commanded tithe was not to be a global tithe…it was to be a localized tithe in a specific land. There is a reason for this…a tenth of the land was promised to God more than three hundred years prior to the Law being given to Moses at Mount Sinai.

In Genesis 28, God told Jacob in a dream that He would give to Jacob and his bloodline land. (Ge. 28:12-15) Upon awakening from the dream, Jacob vowed that he would give a tenth of what God gave him back to God. (Ge. 28:20-22) In Deuteronomy 12, we find the children of Israel (Jacob) being told that once they entered Canaan and found rest from their enemies, they would be required to tithe. (De. 12:1,10-11)

In the Bible, God never commanded tithes to be given outside of the land of Canaan.

Deuteronomy 8:3 And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live.