Mar 3 (Daily reading: Numbers 18-20) Tithing is mentioned in today’s reading: “To the sons of Levi, behold, I have given all the tithe in Israel as an inheritance, in return for their service which they perform, the service of the tent of meeting” (18:21). The tithe was given to the priests and Levites for their service in the tabernacle or temple. Tithes today are used for the ministry of the church.
The word tithe means “tenth” so 10% of income is considered to be the tithe. Some say that since the Old Testament speaks of more than one tithe, the total percentage could have been higher. We often quote Malachi 3:10, “‘Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and put Me to the test now in this,’ says the LORD of armies, ‘if I do not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows.’”
I share with you what Judy and I have practiced, based on 1 Corinthians 16:2, New Century Version: “On the first day of every week, each one of you should put aside money as you have been blessed.” If we give in proportion to our blessings, the church will always have the provisions needed for its ministry! Judy and I have always considered the tithe (10%) to be the minimum, because we asked ourselves this question: Would a Christian, who is under grace, want to give less than one who is under the law?
(You can find a good discussion on tithing online: “Dave Ramsey, tithes and offerings: your questions answered”).
– Al Gary