Noble, Wise, and Just
by Ronald W Robey
(written October 06, 2019)

Acts 17:11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.

A little over 8 years ago, I was voted out of a church for teaching what the Bible says about tithing. (it doesn’t say what many people are made to believe)

Context of Malachi 3:10 reveals that Malachi was calling for the tithes and offerings that were required by the Mosaic Law. (see Malachi 3:7; 4:4) He was calling for a return to God’s ordinances.

The fact that Malachi was calling for a return to God’s ordinances should cause people to look into the Pentateuch to ascertain exactly what God said concerning His commanded tithe. Malachi would not have called for any other tithe to be brought to the House of God than the tithe God decreed was to be brought. Nor would Malachi have told anyone who God expressly said were not to take their tithe to the House of God to tithe to the House of God. Therefore, two questions must be asked and the answers to those questions searched in the Scriptures:

1. What did God say was to be His tithe in the ordinances?
2. Who did God say was to tithe to the House of God in His ordinances?

When you search the Scriptures for the answer, as the men of Berea did in Acts 17:11, the answer to these questions may surprise you.

¹There are only 14 verses in the entire Bible that tell us the elements of God’s commanded tithe. God’s commanded tithe was to be

a) seed of the land. (Le. 27:30)
b) fruit of the tree. (Le. 27:30)
c) every tenth animal to pass under the rod. (Le 27:32)
d) corn. (De. 12:17)
e) wine. (De. 12:17)
f) oil. (De. 12:17)
g) seed. (De. 14:22)
h) corn. (De. 14:23)
i) wine. (De.14:23)
j) oil. (De.14:23)
k) oxen. (De. 14:26)
l) sheep. (De. 14:26)
m) wine. (De. 14:26)
n) strong drink. (De. 14:26)
o) oxen. (2 Ch. 31:6)
p) sheep. (2 Ch. 31:6)
q) tithes of our ground. (Ne. 10:37)
r) tithes out of the fields. (Ne. 12:44)
s) corn. (Ne. 13:5)
t) wine. (Ne. 13:5)
u) oil. (Ne. 13:5)
v) corn. (Ne. 13:12)
w) wine. (Ne. 13:12)
x) oil. (Ne. 13:12)
y) food. (Mal. 3:10)
z) mint. (Matt. 23:23)
aa) anise. (Matt. 23:23)
ab) cummin. (Matt. 23:23)
ac) mint. (Lu. 11:42)
ad) rue. (Lu. 11:42)
ae) herbs. (Lu. 11:42)

Therefore, Malachi would not have been calling for a tithe of man’s monetary income. He would not have told man to return to God’s ordinances in 3:7 and then told man to transgress the ordinances by bringing tithes that God never commanded.

² Numbers 18:21-22 & Nehemiah 10:29,37-38 reveal that the congregation was not to take tithes to the House of God. The congregation was to give the tithes of the land (Leviticus 27:30) to the Levites, (Numbers 18; Nehemiah 10) and the Levite was to take a tithe of the tithes he received to the House of God.

That’s right…not all the tithes of the congregation was to go to the House of God…only ten percent of ten percent was to be taken to the House of God. And only the Ministerial Staff of the House of God could take take that tithe of a tithe to the House of God…no one else!

Hosea 14:9 Who is wise, and he shall understand these things? prudent, and he shall know them? for the ways of the LORD are right, and the just shall walk in them: but the transgressors shall fall therein.

To be noble is to search the Scriptures. To be wise is to understand the Scriptures instruct. To be just is to walk accordingly. If you are a member of the congregation and have not searched the Scriptures to ascertain what they say concerning God’s commanded tithe, and you are taking tithes to a building commonly referred to as “the House of God,” you are walking contrary to the noble, wise, and just.