The Commanded Tithes in the Bible
by Ronald W Robey
(written December 01, 2018)
 
There were four commanded tithes in the Bible…five, if you include the tithe to the king…
 
1. Levitic Tithe – This is an annual agricultural tithe (linked to Jacob’s vow in Genesis 28:20-22) that the children of Israel, aka the congregation, were to give to the bloodline diescendants Levitic tribe in the land of Canaan/Israel. An Aaronic Priest had to be present at the time this tithe was given to the bloodline descendants of the Levitic tribe. (see Numbers 18:21-26; Nehemiah 10:37-38)
 
2. Reverence Tithe – This is an annual agricultural tithe that was to be taken to Jerusalem and eaten there with family and servants from the household of the one with the tithe. Bloodline descendants of the Levitic tribe also eat of this tithe. (see Deuteronomy 14:22-27)
 
3. Charity Tithe – This is a tri-annual agricultural tithe that is kept in the farming communities in Canaan/Israel and distributed to the Levites, widows, orphans, and foreigners. (see Deuteronomy 14:28-29; 26:12)
 
4. Temple Tithe – This annual tithe of an agricultural tithe is the only tithe that is taken to the House of God in Canaan/Israel. It is only taken there by bloodline descendants of the Levitic tribe in Canaan/Israel. (see Numbers 18:21-28; Nehemiah 10:37-38)
 
5. Kings Tithe – This tithe was to be given to the earthly king that Israel chose over God to rule over them. (see 1 Samuel 8:7-18)
 
Bonus:

The instruction found in Malachi 3:7-10 is not for the congregation…it is for the Aaronic Priests to obey. (see Malachi 2:1) God was calling for a return to His ordinances, and…according to His ordinance of tithing, the children of Israel, aka the congregation, were forbidden to tithe directly to the House of God. (see Numbers 18:21-23; Nehemiah 10:37-38)