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Out With The Old, In With The New

Standing Firm In Christ


When teaching tithes , many teachers like to point out that tithing was mentioned before the Law.

But when teaching the tithe, many fail to teach the Scripture's account of the tithe. Instead, they teach an account that was invented by man in the late 8th Century A.D..

There was a tithe prior to the Mosaic/Levitic Law, but Hebrews records that there was a changing of the Law.

What was that change? Well, Melchizedek received tithes in Abram's day. But when the Law was handed down to Moses to be given to the children of Israel, the Laws that governed people prior to the Mosaic/Levitic Law changed.

Melchizedek was able to receive tithes of the spoils of war. Notice in the Word of God that there is no mention whatsoever of Abram ever tithing his own property, his own assets. No, Hebrews clearly reveals that Abram tithed the spoils of war.

But later, the Law changed. Melchizedek was no longer authorized to receive tithes. God gave that authority over to the Levites. If Melchizedek was benefitting at all from tithes before, it no longer mattered. He could not receive the as long as the Levites were in office.

But the authority wasn't the only thing that changed. The contents of the tithe also changed. Prior to the Mosaic/Levitic Law, the only thing mentioned being tithed were the spoils of war. When the Mosaic/Levitic Law was instituted, spoils of war could no longer be tithed. God told Moses in Numbers 31 that the amount to be given of the spoils of war was to be far, far less than ten percent.

But God still wanted a tithe. That tithe is described in Leviticus 27:30-33. It is a tithe of agricultural produce. This was the ordinance the Israelites were to OBserve under the Dispensation of the Mosaic/Levitic Law.... a tithe of agricultural produce. The Israelites had money, yet God did not want a tithe of money.

Later, after the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ from the dead, the Law was governing the tithe was disannulled. (Hebrews 7:18) God's Church has been brought into a new covenant, a new and living way. The old Covenant is no more.

Hebrews 8:12-13 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more. In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away.

There is no command to tithe written in the New Covenant. To teach people under the rules of the Old Covenant that God proclaimed were ready to vanish away is to point away from the New Covenant and to bind people with burdens that they were not to be yoked to.

Acts 15:10 Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear?

2 Corinthians 3:7 But if the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not stedfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away:

The Old Covenant was a ministration of death in that, it could not save. It only could reveal to man that he was dead in trespasses and sin and that he needed a Saviour.

We are not taught to tithe in the Word of God. Why run to the house of the Law when God has freed us from the Law of sin and death?


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With all due respect to you as a brother in Christ I must disagree respectfully because rightly divided



Abraham did tithe a tenth of what was provided to Him.  (Everything is provided by God, even spoils of war)


Hebrews 7:2 To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of peace; 



Yes, tithing is mentioned in NT.  two examples (but there are more NT verses)


Matthew 23:23 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.  (my emphasis)


Tithing along with  NT grace. righteousness, mercy and love


Luke 11:42 But woe unto you, Pharisees! for ye tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass over judgment and the love of God: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone. 

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Tithes by Abram/abraham were not his own property, he lifted his hands to God that he would not claim any of the spoils as his own.

God did not give Abram the spoils. Rather, He gave Abram the victory in battle. Abram did not claim the spoils as his own. He saw them as the rightful property of Sodom, and returned them to their rightful owners.

If a thief broke into your home and stole valuables, what would you do? Would you call the police and fill out a report of the stolen items? Or would you just say, they now belong to the thief? Or how about your car? If it were stolen? Or Patriot's motorcycle?

When police are called, they set out on a mission to catch the thief in any way possible.

If they catch the thieves, and recover the stolen property, does it automatically belong to them? Do you now say it is the property of the police since they took it in battle?

I would hope not!

Abram set out on a police mission. He went to rescue his nephew Lot. In the process he recovered stolen goods. He was in the process of returning those goods to their rightful owner when he met the owner and Melchizedek in Shaveh.

It is interesting that Abram promised God that he would not keep any of Sodom's property for himself. What do you suppose would have happened if by chance Melchizedek had not been in that valley. Since Abram had promised God he would not take any of the spoils as his own, no doubt, he would have given all 100% back to their rightful owner.

Abram did not want the property. He didn't claim it. He sought no reward from the king of Sodom for returning it.

What tithes are mentioned in the Gospels? Tithes of money? Nope. Tithes of that which grows in gardens. Tithing of garden herbs and vegetables should have been tithed, as that is what the Law required. Jesus told the Pharisees not to neglect the tithing of garden produce.

Leviticus 27:30-33 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. And if a man will at all redeem ought of his tithes, he shall add thereto the fifth part thereof. 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. He shall not search whether it be good or bad, neither shall he change it: and if he change it at all, then both it and the change thereof shall be holy; it shall not be redeemed.

When one rightly divides (interprets) the Word of Truth, one cannot justify the monetary tithe requirement that is being taught in sanctuaries today.

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