A Lesson on Tithing
The Gospel has two parts.
1. The person of Jesus and the principles He taught.
2. The person of Jesus prepares us for eternity.
The principles of Jesus prepare us for the earth. One of the principles taught in the bible is giving.
There four Types of giving taught in scripture. These include:
- First fruits
In this lesson we will focus on the tithe because it is foundational to all giving.
The word tithe simply means the “Tenth” part. It is the first step to receiving Gods abundance in our lives. It is also the first level of partnership in fulfilling the great commission. Like other types of giving it is the cure for greed. Through our tithe we honor God and express our gratitude for His provision. Gratitude is the willingness to remember.
The tithe also establishes us into a covenant of provision with God. If this foundation is faulty, then all other giving is faulty as well. And this will stop the cycle of abundance in our lives. The first mention of the word tithe in scripture is found in Genesis 14:20, Where Abraham the father of faith returned from battle and gave a tithe of everything to: Melchizedek the King of Salem and Priest of the High God. He blessed Abraham and Abraham gave his tithe. Tithing is taught both in the Old Testament and the New Testament. Leviticus 27:30, Exodus 22:29, Malachi 3:8-12, Hebrews 7:5.
Tithing is not an option, it is a command. One person has put it this way: “In the Old testament Tithing is commanded and in the New Testament it is commended.” Tithing therefore should not be a religious act; it should help us to be established into Gods covenant of provision. Since it is a command, tithing is a proof of obedience (Deuteronomy 28). Tithing helps us to acknowledge Gods ownership of everything as well as qualifying us to be faithful stewards (managers) of Gods resources. It also makes us accountable to God and to the church or ministry where we tithe. God commands us in the book of (Malachi 3:8-12)