Tithe Facts
by Ronald W Robey
(written September 29, 2019)

A careful study of the biblical texts on tithing will reveal that the tithe God commanded is not even supposed to be observed outside of the land of Israel.

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.

Land?…What land?

Read Deuteronomy 12:10-11. The place to bring the tithes is in the land of Canaan. (called Israel today) Not in other geographical parts of the world.

Deuteronomy 12:10 But when ye go over Jordan, and dwell in the land which the LORD your God giveth you to inherit, and when he giveth you rest from all your enemies round about, so that ye dwell in safety;
Deuteronomy 12:11 Then there shall be a place which the LORD your God shall choose to cause his name to dwell there; thither shall ye bring all that I command you; your burnt offerings, and your sacrifices, your tithes, and the heave offering of your hand, and all your choice vows which ye vow unto the LORD:

The “land” Leviticus 27:30 is referring to must be the land of Canaan. For, the children of Israel had been promised that land by God in Genesis 28:12-15 and Jacob vowed to tithe that land in Genesis 28:20-22.

That is why Leviticus 27:30 says the tithe of the land is “holy.” It was set apart by Jacob’s vow three hundred fifty years prior to the children of Israel moving into the land of Canaan.

Further, God’s tithe was to come from agriculture, not money. It was to come from “the seed of the land; the fruit of the tree; every tenth animal to pass under the rod. (see Leviticus 27:30,32)

Even Jesus Christ knew that His Father did not require man to tithe his monetary income/employment wages. Else He would not have told the apostles to use money gained to purchase a sword. (Luke 22:36) Nor would He have told the apostles to sell their possessions and give the money away as alms. (Luke 12:33)

Oh, and the command to bring the tithes into the storehouse? (Malachi 3:10) Malachi is not speaking to the congregation…the congregation is not even supposed to be tithing to the House of God. They were to keep the tithe in their farming communities and give the tithes to Levites who came to collect them. (see Numbers 18:21-22 & Nehemiah 10:29,37-38) Malachi was calling for a return to the ordinances of God. (Malachi 3:7) He would not have told the congregation to tithe to the House of God. The congregation tithing to the House of God would be breaking the ordinances that He had just said to return to.

So, who was Malachi speaking to? Malachi 1:1,6-7 & 2:1 hold the answer. He was speaking to the Priests. They had stolen the tithes and offerings. God was telling them to return them.

Pastors have no business preaching a monetary tithe requirement. Such a requirement is totally foreign to the pages of the Bible.