The Coin That Was Not Tithed
by Ronald W Robey
(written December 24, 2019)

Matthew 22:21 They say unto him, Caesar’s. Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s.

Many people today quote the words of Jesus, “Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s.” They then make an off-the-wall claim that “See…Jesus said to give God ten percent of your money, and give the government the remaining ninety percent.”

Jesus said no such thing. Jesus was not speaking of tithing money in Matthew 22:17-21. This is easily proven by reading Matthew 17:24-27.

Matthew 17:24 And when they were come to Capernaum, they that received tribute money came to Peter, and said, Doth not your master pay tribute?
Matthew 17:25 He saith, Yes. And when he was come into the house, Jesus prevented him, saying, What thinkest thou, Simon? of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute? of their own children, or of strangers?
Matthew 17:26 Peter saith unto him, Of strangers. Jesus saith unto him, Then are the children free.
Matthew 17:27 Notwithstanding, lest we should offend them, go thou to the sea, and cast an hook, and take up the fish that first cometh up; and when thou hast opened his mouth, thou shalt find a piece of money: that take, and give unto them for me and thee.

If Jesus meant that ten percent of your money belongs to God in Matthew 22:17-21, why did He not give ten percent of the coin in Matthew 17:24-27 to God? Why did He give the entire coin to Roman Tax Collectors instead? Did Jesus have a ‘lapse of memory’ in Matthew 17:24-27, but suddenly remembered that money is to be tithed in Matthew 22:17-21?

Of course not! Jesus did not tithe the money in Matthew 17:24-27 because He knew that His Father in Heaven did not require tithes of money. God said tithes were to be agricultural crops, flocks, and herds.

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 27:32 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.

In Matthew 17:24-27, Jesus gave the coin to the Roman Tax Collectors because the coin rightly belonged to the Roman government…it has the image and superscription of Caesar on it…just like the coin in Matthew 22:17-21 did.

Coins minted with the image of government rulers on them belong to the government. Man was created in God’s image, and should yield himself to God for God’s service.

Genesis 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

Romans 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.