The Bible Has the Answer
by Ronald W Robey
(written November 23, 2018)
When sharing the truth about tithing with a person in the pro-tithe camp, the pro-tither will often make statements such as, “We don’t live in Bible times, we live in the 21st Century. Pray, and ask God to tell you what He wants as tithe.”
There is one verse that contradicts both of these statements. It is found in Matthew 4:4. It says,
“But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.”
Now, Matthew 4:4 alone tells us we are to believe what God said in the Bible. So, let us look into the Bible to see what God said His tithe is to consist of, shall we? The Bible says…
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.
Leviticus 27:34 These are the commandments, which the LORD commanded Moses for the children of Israel in mount Sinai.
Psalm 147:19 He sheweth his word unto Jacob, his statutes and his judgments unto Israel.
Psalm 147:20 He hath not dealt so with any nation: and as for his judgments, they have not known them. Praise ye the LORD.
It stands to reason that, if God were to tell us today that His tithe is to come from monetary income, and that it is required of the saved in Christ Jesus around the world…then God would be contradicting the Bible and we could not live by the Bible.
And yet, Jesus said man is to live by every word…not some words, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. In other words, God cannot…and will not…contradict what He has already said in the Bible.
If praying for “revelation” on what God requires concerning His required tithe yields to you any other answer than “The Bible has the answer,” then your “revelation has come from a deceiving spirit and is not from God.
So, what does the Bible say concerning God’s commanded tithes? That they are:
a). to be agricultural Lev. 27:30-33
b). to be observed in the land of Canaan Deur. 12:1,10-11
c). to come from inherited land
d) a tithe is to be given to bloodline descendants of the patriarch Levi. Num. 18:21-26
e) a bloodline descendant of the biblical patriarch Aaron must be present at the time the tithe is given to Levi’s descendants. Num. 18:24-28; Neh 10:37-38
f) if you are not a bloodline descendant of the patriarch Levi, you are not to approach the House of God with your tithes. Num. 18:21-23; Neh. 10:37-38
g) a second tithe is to be eaten in Jerusalem by the landowner who grew or raised the tithe. Deut. 14:22-26
h) a third tithe is to be given to Levite’s, widows, orphans, and strangers every third year in a seven year cycle Lev. 25:1-6; Deut. 14:27-29; 26:12