Tithing of ‘harvest’ is important to God


I am working on my discipleship, and I have discovered that there are two versions of tithes in the Bible.

Please read for yourselves …

— What Moses said about tithes (Deuteronomy 14:22-29): “People of Israel, every year you must set aside 10 percent of your grain harvest; also set aside 10 percent of your wine and olive oil, and the firstborn of every cow, sheep and goat. Take these to the place where the Lord chooses to be worshipped, and eat them there. This will teach you to always respect the Lord your God; but suppose you can’t carry that 10 percent of your harvest to the place where the Lord chooses to be worshipped. If you live too far away, or if the Lord gives you a big harvest; then sell this part and take the money there instead; when you and your family arrive, spend the money on food for a big celebration. Buy cattle, sheep, goats, wine and beer, and if there are any other kinds of food that you want, buy those too; and since people of the Levi tribe won’t own any land for growing crops, remember to ask the Levites to celebrate with you; every third year, instead of using the 10 percent of your harvest for a big celebration, bring it into town and put it in a community storehouse; the Levites have no land of their own, so you must give them food from the storehouse. You must also give food to the poor who live in your town, including orphans, widows and foreigners. If they have enough to eat, then the Lord your God will be pleased and make you successful in everything you do.”

— What Malachi said about tithes (Malachi 3:6-11): “For I am the Lord, I do not change. Therefore you are not consumed, O sons of Jacob; yet from the days of your fathers, you have gone away from My ordinances and have not kept them. Return to Me and I will return to you, says the Lord of hosts. But you said, ‘In what way shall we return?’ Will a man Rob God? Yet you have robbed me. But you say ‘In what way have we robbed You?’ In tithes and offerings; you are cursed with a curse. For you have robbed Me. Even this whole nation; bring all of the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house. And try Me now in this, says the Lord of hosts. If I will not open for you the windows of Heaven and pour out for you such blessings that there will not be room enough to receive it; and I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, so that he will not destroy the fruit of your ground, nor shall the vine fail to bear fruit for you in the field, says the Lord of hosts.”

Hubert Horne

Elizabethtown

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