What is Tithing in The Bible?

What is Tithing in The Bible? 1

Money isn’t a topic that people always enjoy talking about, but it’s a necessary one. And yes, very necessary to the Christian as well.

Proverbs 3:9-10 says, 

“Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.”

Proverbs 3:9-10

What is Tithing?

The definition of “tithe” is literally a tenth. In the Old Testament, people gave a tenth of their income to the priests. This enabled the priests to completely dedicate their lives to the Lord without the need to work full-time outside of their ministerial duties. The priests were given grain, oil, farming produce, and more.

Today, because our income comes in the form of currency, we pay tithes with money. The tithe takes care of the pastor of the local church.

The world often tries to portray the pastor as a greedy, money-hungry man who lives in mansions and takes advantage of the people’s money. We can never take on this attitude about the man of God who has dedicated His life to the work of God.

First, we need to do what’s right in the eyes of God for ourselves. On the rare occasion that a pastor is not using God’s provision according to His will, we still need to do our part. God will take care of the wrong situation. We need to learn that we really aren’t paying our tithes to a man; we are paying our tithes to God.

When money is very tight for us, still choosing to pay tithes is not only right, but it gives God the chance to prove Himself in your area of need. This is not the desire of the pastor; it is the desire of God.

The pastor is the one who studies tirelessly to bring words of encouragement to the people of God. He is the one who sacrifices time with his family to help in an emergency. He loses sleep when the Lord lays a heavy burden on his heart for our souls. Phone calls in the middle of the night will pull his tired flesh to his feet and lead him to the hospital for the sick.

Beyond that, many pastors don’t have the ability to pastor only. Many must still work jobs to make ends meet.

We can never begrudge the true man of God who completely pours himself out for the flock God has placed him over. We should pay our tithes with a grateful heart, knowing the man of God is dedicated to helping us be saved.

While tithing is taught in the Old Testament, many believe it’s not meant for today. Matthew 23:23 shines a little light on the subject, 

“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill, and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy, and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former.” 

Matthew 23:23

Whether our tenth is one penny or one thousand dollars, let’s give to the Lord what is His.