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?