Only One Tithe Collection Center
by Ronald W Robey
(written March 26, 2019)

Nehemiah 10:37-38 And that we should bring the firstfruits of our dough, and our offerings, and the fruit of all manner of trees, of wine and of oil, unto the priests, to the chambers of the house of our God; and the tithes of our ground unto the Levites, that the same Levites might have the tithes in all the cities of our tillage. And the priest the son of Aaron shall be with the Levites, when the Levites take tithes: and the Levites shall bring up the tithe of the tithes unto the house of our God, to the chambers, into the treasure house.

Luke 4:16 And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read.

I find it interesting that while it was customary for Jesus to read the Books of the Law in the synagogue, He never once told anyone to bring/take tithes to the synagogue.

There was only ONE religious institution in all 60,000 square miles of Canaan/Israel that God appointed as His Official Tithe Collection Agency. They were not to be taken to synagogues scattered throughout Canaan/Israel where the word of God was read…they were to be taken to the Temple in Jerusalem where sacrifices were offered. And the ONLY tribe in all of Canaan/Israel that was God’s duly authorized Tithe Collection Representatives were the bloodline descendants of the biblical patriarch Levi.

Contrast that with the claim made by thousands of pastors around the world today that their religious institutions are God’s Official Tithe Collection Agencies and that they are God’s Official Tithe Collection Representatives.

Who appointed these religious institutions as God’s Official Tithe Collection Agencies? Who appointed these pastors as God’s Official Tithe Collection Representatives? Such authority cannot be found anywhere in the pages of God’s holy word. The ONLY religious institution in the world that God ever named in all of History as His Official Tithe Collection Agency was the Temple in Jerusalem.

As a matter of fact, in the last place where tithes are mentioned in the Bible, (Hebrews 7:5-9) it says that the sons of Levi have the command to take tithes of their brethren “according to the Law”.

Hebrews 7:5-9 And verily they that are of the sons of Levi, who receive the office of the priesthood, have a commandment to take tithes of the people according to the law, that is, of their brethren, though they come out of the loins of Abraham: But he whose descent is not counted from them received tithes of Abraham, and blessed him that had the promises. And without all contradiction the less is blessed of the better. And here men that die receive tithes; but there he receiveth them, of whom it is witnessed that he liveth. And as I may so say, Levi also, who receiveth tithes, payed tithes in Abraham.

Nothing in the text of Hebrews 7 suggests a passing of the proverbial “baton.” Quite the opposite, the text goes on to reveal that the proverbial “baton” was dropped.

Hebrews 7:18 For there is verily a disannulling of the commandment going before for the weakness and unprofitableness thereof.

God didn’t expand His Tithe Collection Agency…He closed it. He didn’t hire new Tithe Collection Representatives…He gave the existing ones a Notice of Termination.