Updated for Volume 9
This is a long lesson, so I am breaking it up into a few parts.
Summary: God appears to have established a set of laws that were recognized by Abraham long before the giving of the law to Moses. Abraham must have known that the tithe was due to God.
Tithing Part 1
Matthew 6:21 (NKJV) For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Tithe means one tenth, or a tenth part of the whole. In its broadest sense, it means a tenth of one’s income contributed to a local church.
There are many Christians today who do not practice tithing because they believe tithing was established under the Old Covenant law and is not applicable today. They say that they are no longer under law and believe that grace has done away with tithing.
The first record of giving to the Lord is found in the book of Genesis.
Genesis 4:4-5 (NKJV) Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat. And the LORD respected Abel and his offering, but He did not respect Cain and his offering. And Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell.
Proverbs 3:9-10 (NKJV) Honor the LORD with your possessions, and with the first fruits of all your increase; So, your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will overflow with new wine.
This principle was established hundreds of years before the Old Covenant law which shows clearly and unambiguously that God wants us to bring the first part of our income as an offering to Him. The first-time tithing is mentioned in the Bible is also found in the book of Genesis, but a few hundreds of years after Cain and Abel brought their offering to the Lord.
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