July 2018


Honoring an Ancient Custom
by Ronald W Robey

Genesis 14 reveals that Abram tithed before the Law. We do not dispute this event at all. However, it must be noted that that which Abram tithed to Melchizedek is not what Pastors are telling you to tithe today.

The tithe Abram gave to Melchizedek was a tenth of goods that were recovered from the carcasses of dead men and the camp they were in…they did not come from Abram’s monetary income or employment wages.

Abram had promised God that he would not take any of the spoils as his own property. And, to show his faithfulness to his promise not to take any of the spoils as his own, he returned the remainder of the spoils (minus what the men that were with him had eaten) back to their rightful owners. So, that which Abram tithed from didn’t even belong to him.

Further, this event is the only recorded time in Abram’s 175 years on Earth in which we read that Abram tithed. Once in one hundred seventy-five years…not every week or every month of his righteous walk with God.

I encourage you to research two books, “The Struggle of the Nations” by Professor Gaston Maspero of Oxford, ©1896, and “The Sacred Tenth” by Henry Lansdell, ©1906. These two books reveal that tithing of war spoils had been in practice as early as 2200 BC, and had been practiced by pagan warriors, who would give ten percent of their spoils to their kings and gods.

Sound familiar?

But, what does a pagan practice have to do with Abram tithing to Melchizedek? Now, I’m not saying that Abram tithed to a pagan, don’t misread my statement. What I am saying is Abram may have tithed simply because it was a practice he had observed the pagans doing and thought it was to be that way.

Abram, at one time in his life, lived in Ur of the Chaldees before God called him out of that land. Ur of the Chaldees was a land in the region of ancient Babylonia. The ancient Babylonians were giving war spoil tithes to kings as early as 2200 BC, as was discovered etched on clay tablets that are housed in the British Museum, and recorded by Henry Lansdell in his aforementioned book.

Abram would have been familiar with the practice of tithing war spoils, having lived in an area of the world that observed the practice.

And the biblical text seems to validate this when we see where Abram gave the tithe. It was in Shaveh, also known as “the valley of the kings.” It appears that kings traveled to this valley after armies were victorious in battle, in hopes that they would be the ones receiving the customary war spoil tithe. We do know that at least two kings traveled to this valley after Abram’s victory in war…Bera king of Sodom, and Melchizedek king of Salem.

What other reason would the two kings have to go to the valley, if not for the possibility that they would be the recipient of the customary tithe? Abram could have given that tithe to Bera, but instead gave it to Melchizedek. But he gave the tithe to Melchizedek and returned the remainder of Sodom’s goods and people to Bera king of Sodom.

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The Monetary Tithe Requirement:  A Modern Fairy Tale
by Ronald W Robey
 
As a child, I remember mother turning on the television set and the family watching the Walt Disney™ animation “Cinderella”. How I loved the story-line! And yet, it was a fantasy…a fairy tale. A fictional tale invented in order to capture the hearts and minds of children all around the world.
 
Little did I know as a child that the narration of fairy tales isn’t just limited to people like Walt Disney. Pastors in religious institutions around the world have spun their own fairy tale as well…the tale of a monetary tithe requirement imposed by God upon all who have been saved by Grace through Faith in His only begotten Son Jesus Christ.
 
The doctrinal issue of whether or not the saved in Christ are required to tithe their monetary income to the local church they attend could easily be settled if Pastors of the monetary tithe requirement doctrine would just present a Bible verse that says those who have placed their faith in Christ Jesus and were marvelously saved by His unmerited Grace and Mercy are required to tithe their monetary income.
 
I’ve been searching for that elusive verse for three decades now, and have yet to find it. Until the requested verse is posted, I will continue to preach and teach that the doctrine of a monetary tithe requirement is on equal ground with the childhood story that a pumpkin was magically turned into a luxurious coach and mice were transformed into horses to pull that coach.
 
2 Timothy 4:2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.
2 Timothy 4:3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
2 Timothy 4:4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
 
 
 

“Read Matthew 23:23”
by Ronald W Robey

Many times when revealing what God said about tithes in the Bible, someone will tell me to “Read Matthew 23:23” I can assure you that I have indeed read Matthew 23:23 many times…and taught the truths it conveys to others as well.

Here are a few of the truths found in Matthew 23:23 that many people either intentionally or unintentionally overlook…

1. Jesus was speaking to scribes and Pharisees who were citizens of the land of Canaan.

2. Jesus was speaking to scribes and Pharisees who were under the jurisdiction of the Mosaic Law.

3. The tithe Jesus said they were observing was agricultural…not monetary.

4. Jesus identified tithing as a matter of the Law

5. By tithing agricultural products, the scribes and Pharisees were observing the Tithe ordinance.

6. Jesus revealed that judgment, mercy and faith are more important than tithing.

7. The Pharisees were neglecting weightier matters of the Law.

8. The Pharisees were neglecting judgment, mercy, and faith.

9. Jesus did not say money is to be tithed.

Since Jesus identified tithing as a matter of the Law, it is imperative to look into the Books of the Law in order to ascertain exactly what God said concerning the elements of God’s tithe.

Of the forty-four (44) references to tithe found in the Bible, only thirty-six (36) speak of God’s commanded tithe. Only fourteen (14) of the thirty-six verses where God’s commanded tithe is seen mention the elements of God’s commanded tithe. Those fourteen (14) verses reveal God’s commanded tithe to be agricultural…not monetary.

God’s commanded tithe is

a) seed of the land. (Le. 27:30)
b) fruit of the tree. (Le. 27:30)
c) every tenth animal to pass under the rod. (Le 27:32)
d) corn. (De. 12:17)
e) wine. (De. 12:17)
f) oil. (De. 12:17)
g) seed. (De. 14:22)
h) corn. (De. 14:23)
i) wine. (De.14:23)
j) oil. (De.14:23)
k) oxen. (De. 14:26)
l) sheep. (De. 14:26)
m) wine. (De. 14:26)
n) strong drink. (De. 14:26)
o) oxen. (2 Ch. 31:6)
p) sheep. (2 Ch. 31:6)
q) tithes of our ground. (Ne. 10:37)
r) tithes out of the fields. (Ne. 12:44)
s) corn. (Ne. 13:5)
t) wine. (Ne. 13:5)
u) oil. (Ne. 13:5)
v) corn. (Ne. 13:12)
w) wine. (Ne. 13:12)
x) oil. (Ne. 13:12)
y) food. (Mal. 3:10)
z) mint. (Matt. 23:23)
aa) anise. (Matt. 23:23)
ab) cummin. (Matt. 23:23)
ac) mint. (Lu. 11:42)
ad) rue. (Lu. 11:42)
ae) herbs. (Lu. 11:42)

Money is never required to be tithed to the House of God in the entire Bible.

Given the Scriptures that define the elements of God’s commanded tithe, it is blatantly obvious that Pastors who teach a monetary tithe requirement using Matthew 23:23 are guilty of misrepresentation of Scripture and teaching false doctrine.

Don’t Quote Matthew 5:17
by Ronald W Robey
 
1. Don’t quote Matthew 5:17 to justify tithing, if you are not taking tithes to Jerusalem annually.
 
Deuteronomy 14:22 Thou shalt truly tithe all the increase of thy seed, that the field bringeth forth year by year.
Deuteronomy 14:23 And thou shalt eat before the LORD thy God, in the place which he shall choose to place his name there, the tithe of thy corn, of thy wine, and of thine oil, and the firstlings of thy herds and of thy flocks; that thou mayest learn to fear the LORD thy God always.
Deuteronomy 14:24 And if the way be too long for thee, so that thou art not able to carry it; or if the place be too far from thee, which the LORD thy God shall choose to set his name there, when the LORD thy God hath blessed thee:
Deuteronomy 14:25 Then shalt thou turn it into money, and bind up the money in thine hand, and shalt go unto the place which the LORD thy God shall choose:
Deuteronomy 14:26 And thou shalt bestow that money for whatsoever thy soul lusteth after, for oxen, or for sheep, or for wine, or for strong drink, or for whatsoever thy soul desireth: and thou shalt eat there before the LORD thy God, and thou shalt rejoice, thou, and thine household,
 
2. Don’t quote Matthew 5:17 to justify tithing, if you are not giving tithes to bloodline descendants of the biblical patriarch Levi every third year in a seven year cycle.
 
Deuteronomy 14:27 And the Levite that is within thy gates; thou shalt not forsake him; for he hath no part nor inheritance with thee.
 
Deuteronomy 26:12 When thou hast made an end of tithing all the tithes of thine increase the third year, which is the year of tithing, and hast given it unto the Levite, the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, that they may eat within thy gates, and be filled;
 
3. Don’t quote Matthew 5:17 to justify tithing, if you are not giving a second tithe every third year in a seven year cycle to widows, orphans and foreigners living in Israel
 
Deuteronomy 14:28 At the end of three years thou shalt bring forth all the tithe of thine increase the same year, and shalt lay it up within thy gates:
Deuteronomy 14:29 And the Levite, (because he hath no part nor inheritance with thee,) and the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, which are within thy gates, shall come, and shall eat and be satisfied; that the LORD thy God may bless thee in all the work of thine hand which thou doest.
 
Deuteronomy 26:12 When thou hast made an end of tithing all the tithes of thine increase the third year, which is the year of tithing, and hast given it unto the Levite, the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, that they may eat within thy gates, and be filled;
 
4. Don’t quote Matthew 5:17 to justify tithing, if you are tithing money instead of agriculture.
 
Leviticus 27:30 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.
Leviticus 27:31 And if a man will at all redeem ought of his tithes, he shall add thereto the fifth part thereof.
Leviticus 27:32 And concerning the tithe of the herd, or of the flock, even of whatsoever passeth under the rod, the tenth shall be holy unto the LORD.
Leviticus 27:33 He shall not search whether it be good or bad, neither shall he change it: and if he change it at all, then both it and the change thereof shall be holy; it shall not be redeemed.
 
5. Don’t quote Matthew 5:17 to justify tithing, if you are not observing tithes in the manner written in the Law. You are only demonstrating your disregard for the Law you are attempting to convince others you are observing.
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Preach the Word
(not Opinion)
by Ronald W Robey
 
Malachi was a prophet who lived under the Law of Moses, (see Luke 16:16) and as such, could only have been speaking of the tithe that the Law of Moses required, when he said, “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse” (see Malachi 3:10)
 
Even Malachi 3:7 gives an indication that Malachi is speaking of the tithe required by Law, when it says, “Ye have gone from mine Ordinances…Return unto Me, saith the LORD”.
 
Malachi would not tell the Priests of Israel that they were to return to the Ordinances of God, and then turn around and tell them to bring a tithe that was not written in the Ordinances of God. He would be defeating the purpose of the rebuke he had delivered to them completely had he told them to do something totally opposite of what the Law demanded.
 
And so, we must look into the Law to see exactly what it says concerning the tithes that were to be brought to the storehouse.
 
1. God said His tithe is to be agricultural; it is the seed of the land, the fruit of the tree, and every tenth animal from the flocks and herds to pass under the rod. (see Leviticus 27:30-33)
 
2. God said His tithe is to come solely from the land of Canaan; it was not to be observed until crossing the river Jordan, entering the land of Canaan to live there, and finding rest from all enemies. (see Deuteronomy 12:10-11)
 
3. God said that His tithe was to be given to specific people in the farming communities in Jerusalem; God’s tithe was to be given to the Levitic line of descendants of the biblical patriarch Jacob, who was then known as Israel. (see Numbers 18:21-26; Nehemiah 10:37-38)
 
4. God said that the Leviitc line of descendants of the biblical patriarch Jacob were to take a tithe of the tithe to the Temple storehouse in the city of Jerusalem. (see Numbers 18:21-26; Nehemiah 10:37-38)
 
***It must be noted that the children of Israel were not to approach the Tabernacle (subsequently, the Temple) with their tithes. The tithes were to be given to the Levites in the farming communities, and not in the Tabernacle/Temple.***
 
Per the regulations of the Mosaic Law that governed the observance of God’s tithe, we can know most assuredly that Malachi could only have been speaking of an agricultural tithe in Malachi 3:10. Therefore, it is nothing short of error to teach that Malachi is saying that man must tithe his monetary wages to the House of God.
 
Given the Scriptures that tell us what God required to be tithed, it is great error to teach that any verse that mentions tithes from Leviticus 27:30-Hebrews 7:8 is speaking of a monetary tithe requirement.
 
If you are a Pastor who teaches your congregation out of ignorance that Malachi is speaking of a monetary tithe requirement…STOP!!! If you are a Pastor who teaches your congregation out of deception that Malachi 3:10 is speaking of a monetary tithe requirement…STOP!!! You have a Bible, and are supposed to be preaching the truth written therein.
 
You have NO AUTHORITY to teach or preach contrary to what is written in God’s word. You are commissioned (if you were truly called by God) to preach His word…not your opinion.

Psalm 119:89 LAMED. For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.

 
2 Timothy 4:2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.
2 Timothy 4:3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
2 Timothy 4:4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

Qualifications to Receive Tithes
by Ronald W Robey

The Bible gives us two major qualifications that must be met in order for one to be eligible to become a recipient of God’s commanded tithes.

1. The recipient must be

a) a bloodline descendant of the Biblical Patriarch Levi
b) a foreigner
c) an orphan

or

d) a widow

If you are not one of the four classifications of people listed above, you are not qualified to receive God’s commanded tithes. No need to pursue the matter any further. Any attempt by you to collect tithes from people is unauthorized by God.

2. Are you living in the land of Canaan?

If you are not living in the land of Canaan, you fail to meet God’s standard to be a recipient of God’s commanded tithes. No need to pursue the matter any further. Any attempt by you to collect tithes from people in other lands is unauthorized by God.

If you meet the two major qualifications necessary to become a recipient of God’s commanded tithes, congratulations! You are authorized to receive God’s commanded tithes.

Rules and Regulations Governing the Reception of God’s Commanded Tithes for Authorized Personnel…

1. The tithe recipient must travel to the farming communities of those whom the tithe will be collected from. (ref. Neh. 10:37-38) The tithe recipient is not to expect those who have the tithes to bring them to him.

2. The tithe recipient is only authorized to receive tithes of agricultural increase; i.e, fruits and vegetables from gardens, fruit from orchards, lambs and calves. (ref. Lev. 27:30-33)

3. The tithe recipient is only authorized to receive tithes every three years in a seven-year-cycle. (ref. Deut. 26:12)

4. If you are of the bloodline of the Biblical Patriarch Levi, you must have a Priest from the bloodline of Aaron present at the time you receive your tithe. (ref. Num. 18:24-28; Neh. 10:37-38)

5. If you are of the bloodline of the Biblical Patriarch Levi, you must take a tithe of the tithe you receive to the Temple in Jerusalem. (ref. Deut. 14:27; Neh. 10:37-38)

6. If you are a foreigner, an orphan, or a widow you are authorized by God to consume the entire tithe yourself, and are not required by God to tithe any of that tithe to the Temple in Jerusalem. (ref. Deut. 14:28-29; 26:12)

Any deviation from the guidelines God has set forth in His word pertaining the collection of God’s commanded tithes and those who receive them is unauthorized by God.

Despisers of God
by Ronald W Robey

Malachi 1:6 A son honoureth his father, and a servant his master: if then I be a father, where is mine honour? and if I be a master, where is my fear? saith the LORD of hosts unto you, O priests, that despise my name. And ye say, Wherein have we despised thy name?
Malachi 1:7 Ye offer polluted bread upon mine altar; and ye say, Wherein have we polluted thee? In that ye say, The table of the LORD is contemptible.

Malachi 3:7 Even from the days of your fathers ye are gone away from mine ordinances, and have not kept them. Return unto me, and I will return unto you, saith the LORD of hosts. But ye said, Wherein shall we return?
Malachi 3:8 Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.
Malachi 3:9 Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation.
Malachi 3:10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.
Malachi 3:11 And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the LORD of hosts.
Malachi 3:12 And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the LORD of hosts.

In Malachi , the Priests of Israel showed how they despised God when they departed from His ordinances and offered unacceptable sacrifices on the altar.

2 Timothy 4:2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.
2 Timothy 4:3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
2 Timothy 4:4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

Many of today’s pastors reveal that they too despise God when they depart from His word in order to preach a monetary tithe requirement to their congregations.

There really is no difference between the sin committed by the Preists of Israel, and the sin of Pastors today. Both groups of people have replaced what God said His tithe is to be with something unacceptable as tithe.

Just as the Priests of Israel were guilty of sin and needed to be rebuked, so also the preachers of today are guilty and need to be rebuked.

1 Timothy 5:20 Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear.

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