Tithing: The Ordinance and its Commands
by Ronald W Robey
(written August 09, 2018)
 
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.
 
In Leviticus 27:30-33 God established the Ordinance of Tithing. We know it is an Ordinance because the prophet Malachi identifies it as an Ordinance.
 
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.
 
The Ordinance of tithing decrees that agricultural crops, flocks, and herds are to be the elements of Gods’ holy tithe. (see Leviticus 27:30-33 above)
 
Within God’s Ordinances there are written commands. This is clearly revealed by the apostle Paul…
 
Ephesians 2:14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;
Ephesians 2:15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;
 
Commandments found in God’s tithe Ordinance are as follows:
 
1. Tithing is not to be observed until crossing the river Jordan, entering the land of Canaan to live there as a citizen of that land, and freedom from all war. Deuteronomy 12:10-11 *
 
2. A tithe is to be taken to Jerusalem yearly and eaten there by the one transporting the tithe along with all members of his household. Deuteronomy 14:22-26; 2 Chronicles 6:5-6
 
3. The children of Israel/aka the congregation are not to take tithes to the House of God. Numbers 18:21-23; Nehemiah 10:37-38 **
 
4. A tithe of agricultural crops, flocks, and herds is to be given to bloodline descendants of the biblical patriarch Levi in the farming communities scattered throughout the land of Canaan. Numbers 18:21-26; Deuteronomy 14:27; 26:12; Nehemiah 10:37-38 **
 
5. The bloodline descendant of the biblical patriarch Levi must be accompanied by a Priest from the bloodline of the biblical patriarch Aaron at the time he takes tithes of the congregation. Nehemiah 10:37-38**
 
6. The bloodline descendant of the biblical patriarch Aaron is to lift a tithe of the tithe that the bloodline descendant of the biblical patriarch Levi receives toward Heaven. (this Heave Offering is accounted as the entire crop of the one who gave the tithe to the bloodline descendant of the biblical patriarch Levi) Numbers 18:21-28
 
5. The bloodline descendant of the biblical patriarch Levi is to take a tithe of the tithe he receives to the House of God in Jerusalem. Nehemiah 10:37-38 **
 
6. Every third year a tithe is to be given to bloodline descendants of the biblical patriarch Levi, (this is over and above the tithe that is allotted to him each year) to widows, orphans, and foreigners living in the land of Canaan. Deuteronomy 14:28-29; 26:12
 
The above six points are the commands written in the tithe Ordinance.
 
* 2 Chronicles 6:5-6 identifies Jerusalem as the place God chose to place His name
 
** It is only the Levitic tribe in Israel who are required to tithe to the House of God. The congregation gave their tithe to the Levites in the farming communities.
 
There is not one instruction in the New Testament for the saved in Christ to observe God’s tithe ordinance that was given solely to the children of Israel in the Old Testament. Nor is there any instruction in the Bilbe for New Testament Saints to emulate Abram in his tithe.
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