Tithing by Definition

by Ronald W Robey

(written February 5, 2022)

The word “tithe” has two definitions; “tenth” and “tenth part”. We see both definitions employed in the texts of Leviticus 27:30,32.

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.

In Leviticus 27:30 we see the definition “tenth part” employed. The tithe was to be the tenth part of agricultural crops and their food by-products.

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 Leviticus 27:32 we see the defintion “tenth” employed. The tithe was to be the tenth animal in sequence to pass under the rod.

Not one verse in the entire Bible says that God required man to give Him 10% of his monetary gain. However, for the sake of an argument, if monetary tithes are required, then one could use either of the two definitions above to govern his tithing since there is no biblical instruction that says a tithe of one’s money must be regulated by one of those definitions; i.e he could

a) give the tenth part (10%) of his money as a tithe

b) count up to the tenth bill in his wallet and pull that particular bill as his tithe. So even if he had $901 in his wallet, if he counted the bills in numerical order and the tenth just happened to be the $1 bill, and he dropped it in the plate…

…he would have given a tithe.

Tithe on $199 would not be $10 unless the tenth in numerical sequence happened to be that $10 bill.

But since the Bible nowhere says that God requires man to give Him 10% of his monetary gain, the tenth bill in numerical sequence or the tenth part of all the bills added up would be man’s option, not God’s requirement.

God is not going to get offended at or curse one for not giving monetary tithes. He is not going to exclude them from His eternal Kingdom if they fail to give Him 10% of their money. He is not going to send someone to Hell because they fail to tithe their money.

Salvation rests solely on the work of Jesus, our belief on His name, and His finished work on the cross. If one is tithing in order to enter Heaven, he surely will end up in Hell. (if he fails to repent) For we cannot gain Salvation through any work other than belief in Christ.

John 3:36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.