January 2021


God Chose the City
by Ronald W Robey
(written January 23, 2021)

Many today claim that Deuteronomy 14:22 proves that God requires us to tithe our money, pointing out the fact that the Bible says “all the increase” is to be tithed. Let’s look at Deuteronomy 14:22 in its context, shall we?

Deuteronomy 14:22 Thou shalt truly tithe all the increase of thy seed, that the field bringeth forth year by year.
Deuteronomy 14:23 And thou shalt eat before the LORD thy God, in the place which he shall choose to place his name there, the tithe of thy corn, of thy wine, and of thine oil, and the firstlings of thy herds and of thy flocks; that thou mayest learn to fear the LORD thy God always.
Deuteronomy 14:24 And if the way be too long for thee, so that thou art not able to carry it; or if the place be too far from thee, which the LORD thy God shall choose to set his name there, when the LORD thy God hath blessed thee:
Deuteronomy 14:25 Then shalt thou turn it into money, and bind up the money in thine hand, and shalt go unto the place which the LORD thy God shall choose:
Deuteronomy 14:26 And thou shalt bestow that money for whatsoever thy soul lusteth after, for oxen, or for sheep, or for wine, or for strong drink, or for whatsoever thy soul desireth: and thou shalt eat there before the LORD thy God, and thou shalt rejoice, thou, and thine household,

The first thing we should notice is that the text is speaking of agricultural increase. We know this for two reasons.

1. it is referred to as “the increase of thy seed, that the field bringeth forth”

2. The ones being spoken to are told to “eat” the tithe.

Only if the distance to the place God chose to place His name is too far to travel with the tithe can the tithe be sold for money. If the place God chose to place His name was not too far, the tithe was to be carried to that place.

The tithe was not to be given to the House of God. It was tobe eaten by the one who carried it to the place that God chose to place His name. Members of the persons family were also to partake of the tithe that was carried to the place that God chose to place His name.

If the tithe was sold for money, the money was to be carried to the place where God chose to place His name. At that place, the money was to be used to purchase food and drink to be eaten by the entire family of the one who carried the money to the place God chose to place His name.

So where is the tithe of Deuteronomy 14:22-26 supposed to be taken?

According to the text, it is the place where God, (not man) would choose to place His name. 2 Chronicles 6:5-6 later identifies the city of Jerusalem as that place.

2 Chronicles 6:5 Since the day that I brought forth my people out of the land of Egypt I chose no city among all the tribes of Israel to build an house in, that my name might be there; neither chose I any man to be a ruler over my people Israel:

2 Chronicles 6:6 But I have chosen Jerusalem, that my name might be there; and have chosen David to be over my people Israel.

The city of Jerusalem is where God chose to place His name. The city of Jerusalem is the place where the tithes of Deuteronomy 14:22-26 are to be taken. God names no other city on Earth where man is to take these tithes than the city of Jerusalem.This begs the question:..

…Since God said the tithes of Deuteronomy 14:22-26 are to be taken to Jerusalem, why are pastors whose churches are not in Jerusalem insisting that the tithes of Deuteronomy 14:22-26 are to be brought to their churches?

What Malachi Said
by Ronald W Robey
(written January 18, 2021)

Most everyone who argues that “God requires us to tithe” quotes Malachi 3:8-10 as their “proof-text” that we are required to tithe.

However these same people who quote Malachi 3:8-10

a) do not understand that Malachi said that the tithes were to be agricultural.

b) do not understand that Malachi said that only one tribe out of the twelve tribes in Israel were to bring tithes to the storehouse.

c) do not understand that Malachi told the other eleven tribes (known as the congregation) not to even come near the House of God with their tithes lest they bear sin and die.

d) do not understand that Malachi told the New Covenant Body of Believers in Christ Jesus that they are not to tithe to the House of God

What’s that? You say you’ve read the entire Book of Malachi and Malachi doesn’t say any of what I wrote above? Then, like those who use Malachi 3:8-10 as “proof-text” that we are to tithe, you must not have read the Book of Malachi with understanding.

Had you read the Book of Malachi with understanding, then you would have understood Malachi 3:7 to be saying exactly what I wrote in points “a-d” above. For in Malachi 3:7, Malachi is calling for a return to God’s ordinances.

Malachi 3:7 Even from the days of your fathers ye are gone away from mine ordinances, and have not kept them. Return unto me, and I will return unto you, saith the LORD of hosts. But ye said, Wherein shall we return?

God’s tithe ordinance says

a) that God’s tithe is to be agricultural (Lev. 27:30,32)

b) only the Levitic tribe is commanded and authorized by God to tithe to the House of God (Neh. 10:29,37-38)

c) eleven of the twelve tribes of Israel (known as “the congregation) were forbidden by God to tithe to the House of God (Num. 18:21-23)

Therefore when Malachi was calling for a return to God’s ordinances,

a) he was calling for agricultural tithes, not money;

b) he was telling the Levitic tribe to tithe to the House of God;

c) he was telling the congregation not to tithe to the House of God.

d) he was telling the New Covenant Body of Believers in Christ Jesus that they are not to tithe to the House of God

What Malachi said contradicts what we are being told by those who insist that Malachi 3:8-10 is proof that we are required to tithe to the House of God.
Only the Levitic tribe is to tithe to the House of God.

If You Want to Obey God
by Ronald W Robey
(written January 18, 2021)

If you truly want to obey God in the tithe, then

a) move to the land of Israel and give tithes grown/bred on land you have inherited there, as per the instruction in Deuteronomy 12:10-11

b) do not take tithes to the House of God, but give them to a member of the Levitic tribe, as per the instruction in Numbers 18:21-26 & Nehemiah 10:29,37-38

c) take a second tithe to Jerusalem each year and eat it there with the members of your household, as per Deuteronomy 14:22-26

d) every third year, give the tithe that you normally eat to the Levitic tribe; to woman who have lost their husbands to death; to children who have lost their father to death; and to foreigners who are visiting Israel, as per Deuteronomy 14:28-29 & Deuteronomy 26:12-17

If it is impossible for you to observe God’s tithe under the guidelines listed in “a-d” above, then it is best not to even attempt to tithe at all.

Why not? Because the apostle Paul says in Galatians 3:10 that if you are of the works of the Law but do not obey all that is written in the Law, you are cursed. So it is best to not even attempt to tithe if you are not going to obey the tithe as God decreed in His word. Or do you want to be cursed?

Galatians 3:10 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.

The Choice is Yours
by Ronald W Robey
(written January 17, 2021)

One of the reasons people tithe today is, “tithing is a choice.” And I wholeheartedly agree! Tithing is indeed “a choice”. However…

1. …when you choose to tithe money, you choose to ignore the fact that the Bible says God’s commanded tithe was to be agriculture and agricultural food by-products.

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.

Deuteronomy 14:23 And thou shalt eat before the LORD thy God, in the place which he shall choose to place his name there, the tithe of thy corn, of thy wine, and of thine oil, and the firstlings of thy herds and of thy flocks; that thou mayest learn to fear the LORD thy God always.

2. …when you choose to take tithes to the House of God, you also choose to ignore the fact that God said the congregation is forbidden to go near the House of God with their tithes.

Numbers 18:21 And, behold, I have given the children of Levi all the tenth in Israel for an inheritance, for their service which they serve, even the service of the tabernacle of the congregation.
Numbers 18:22 Neither must the children of Israel henceforth come nigh the tabernacle of the congregation, lest they bear sin, and die.
Numbers 18:23 But the Levites shall do the service of the tabernacle of the congregation, and they shall bear their iniquity: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations, that among the children of Israel they have no inheritance.

Nehemiah 10:29 They clave to their brethren, their nobles, and entered into a curse, and into an oath, to walk in God’s law, which was given by Moses the servant of God, and to observe and do all the commandments of the LORD our Lord, and his judgments and his statutes;
Nehemiah 10:37 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.
Nehemiah 10:38 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.

3. …when you choose to give tithes to your pastor, you also choose to ignore the fact that the Bible says tithes are to be given to the Levitic tribe.

Numbers 18:21 And, behold, I have given the children of Levi all the tenth in Israel for an inheritance, for their service which they serve, even the service of the tabernacle of the congregation.
Numbers 18:22 Neither must the children of Israel henceforth come nigh the tabernacle of the congregation, lest they bear sin, and die.
Numbers 18:23 But the Levites shall do the service of the tabernacle of the congregation, and they shall bear their iniquity: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations, that among the children of Israel they have no inheritance.

Yes, you do have a choice. But in your choosing, you should never choose to believe your pastor when he contradicts the written word of God.

Jeremiah 17:5 Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD.

The choice is yours? Will you call God a liar? or your Pastor?

Forbidden!
by Ronald W Robey
(written January 14, 2021)

According to the Bible, the ONLY tithe that is to be given to God is a tithe required of the Levitic tribe.God said that the congregation was to give their tithes to the Levitic tribe because the Levitic tribe had no inheritance of land among them.

Numbers 18:21 And, behold, I have given the children of Levi all the tenth in Israel for an inheritance, for their service which they serve, even the service of the tabernacle of the congregation.
Numbers 18:22 Neither must the children of Israel henceforth come nigh the tabernacle of the congregation, lest they bear sin, and die.
Numbers 18:23 But the Levites shall do the service of the tabernacle of the congregation, and they shall bear their iniquity: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations, that among the children of Israel they have no inheritance.

The context of verse 22 of the above passage proves the congregation was forbidden by God to even go near the House of God with their tithes.The tithe of the congregation was the inheritance of the Levitic tribe…not the property of the House of God.The Levitic tribe, upon receiving their inheritance (tithe) from the congregation, was to take a tithe of that inheritance to the House of God.

Numbers 18:24 But the tithes of the children of Israel, which they offer as an heave offering unto the LORD, I have given to the Levites to inherit: therefore I have said unto them, Among the children of Israel they shall have no inheritance.
Numbers 18:25 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
Numbers 18:26 Thus speak unto the Levites, and say unto them, When ye take of the children of Israel the tithes which I have given you from them for your inheritance, then ye shall offer up an heave offering of it for the LORD, even a tenth part of the tithe.
Numbers 18:27 And this your heave offering shall be reckoned unto you, as though it were the corn of the threshingfloor, and as the fulness of the winepress.
Numbers 18:28 Thus ye also shall offer an heave offering unto the LORD of all your tithes, which ye receive of the children of Israel; and ye shall give thereof the LORD’S heave offering to Aaron the priest.
Numbers 18:29 Out of all your gifts ye shall offer every heave offering of the LORD, of all the best thereof, even the hallowed part thereof out of it.
Numbers 18:30 Therefore thou shalt say unto them, When ye have heaved the best thereof from it, then it shall be counted unto the Levites as the increase of the threshingfloor, and as the increase of the winepress.
Numbers 18:31 And ye shall eat it in every place, ye and your households: for it is your reward for your service in the tabernacle of the congregation.

Nehemiah 10:29 They clave to their brethren, their nobles, and entered into a curse, and into an oath, to walk in God’s law, which was given by Moses the servant of God, and to observe and do all the commandments of the LORD our Lord, and his judgments and his statutes;

Nehemiah 10:37 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.
Nehemiah 10:38 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.

The Bible proves that God never wanted a tithe from the congregation…He wanted a tithe from the Levitic tribe. Even in Malachi, God was telling the Levitic Priests in Israel to bring the tithes they had stolen to the House of God. He was not speaking to the congregation.

Malachi 1:1 The burden of the word of the LORD to Israel by Malachi.
Malachi 1:6 A son honoureth his father, and a servant his master: if then I be a father, where is mine honour? and if I be a master, where is my fear? saith the LORD of hosts unto you, O priests, that despise my name. And ye say, Wherein have we despised thy name?
Malachi 1:7 Ye offer polluted bread upon mine altar; and ye say, Wherein have we polluted thee? In that ye say, The table of the LORD is contemptible.
Malachi 1:8 And if ye offer the blind for sacrifice, is it not evil? and if ye offer the lame and sick, is it not evil? offer it now unto thy governor; will he be pleased with thee, or accept thy person? saith the LORD of hosts.
Malachi 1:9 And now, I pray you, beseech God that he will be gracious unto us: this hath been by your means: will he regard your persons? saith the LORD of hosts.
Malachi 1:10 Who is there even among you that would shut the doors for nought? neither do ye kindle fire on mine altar for nought. I have no pleasure in you, saith the LORD of hosts, neither will I accept an offering at your hand.
Malachi 1:11 For from the rising of the sun even unto the going down of the same my name shall be great among the Gentiles; and in every place incense shall be offered unto my name, and a pure offering: for my name shall be great among the heathen, saith the LORD of hosts.
Malachi 1:12 But ye have profaned it, in that ye say, The table of the LORD is polluted; and the fruit thereof, even his meat, is contemptible.
Malachi 1:13 Ye said also, Behold, what a weariness is it! and ye have snuffed at it, saith the LORD of hosts; and ye brought that which was torn, and the lame, and the sick; thus ye brought an offering: should I accept this of your hand? saith the LORD.
Malachi 1:14 But cursed be the deceiver, which hath in his flock a male, and voweth, and sacrificeth unto the Lord a corrupt thing: for I am a great King, saith the LORD of hosts, and my name is dreadful among the heathen.

Malachi 2:1 And now, O ye priests, this commandment is for you.

Malachi 3:6 For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.
Malachi 3:7 Even from the days of your fathers ye are gone away from mine ordinances, and have not kept them. Return unto me, and I will return unto you, saith the LORD of hosts. But ye said, Wherein shall we return?
Malachi 3:8 Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.
Malachi 3:9 Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation.
Malachi 3:10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.
Malachi 3:11 And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the LORD of hosts.
Malachi 3:12 And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the LORD of hosts.