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The Tithe, Truth or Deception

The purpose of this study is to examine the purpose of tithes and offerings as it’s written in the scriptures and how it applies to us today as new covenant believers. Our objective will be to expose the lies and deceits taught by many religious leaders and answer the following questions.

  • When was the tithe collected historically?
  • Why did Elohim command Yisrael to tithe?
  • Why did Abraham tithe to the king of Sedom?
  • How was the tithe paid?
  • Who collected the tithe?
  • Did the apostles collect tithes from the people?
  • Should churches be collecting tithes today?
  • How should an assembly be supported?

Historically tithing took place among many ancient civilizations including the Babylonian, Persian, Egyptian, and oriental empires to name a few, though the percentage of what they gave was obscured throughout these nations with the exceptions of the Yisraelites.

    Shemu’el told all the words of YAH to the people who asked of him a king. He said, This will be the manner of the king who shall reign over you: he will take your sons, and appoint them to him, for his chariots, and to be his horsemen; and they shall run before his chariots; and he will appoint them to him for captains of thousands, and captains of fifties; and [he will set some] to plow his ground, and to reap his harvest, and to make his instruments of war, and the instruments of his chariots. He will take your daughters to be perfumers, and to be cooks, and to be bakers. He will take your fields, and your vineyards, and your olive groves, even the best of them, and give them to his servants. He will take the tenth of your seed, and of your vineyards, and give to his officers, and to his servants. He will take your male servants, and your female servants, and your best young men, and your donkeys, and put them to his work. (1 Shemu’el 8:10-16 RNEB)

Shemu’el is telling the sons of Yisrael what a king will do, which includes taking a tithe of their livestock and grain. Apparently, this had been a practice of kings in the land before Yisrael was setup as a theocracy. The tithe was always given in the form of food, that is animals or grain. The tithe never represented money in this time even though money was prevalent in their societies.

Tithing was not limited to the priesthood but also included the king or governorship who exacted a similar or identical order. To present a complete understanding of tithes and see if it is applicable for New Covenant assemblies we have divided this study into three parts:

  1. The Priesthood – We will examine the priesthood to understand their role and responsibility in the old covenant assemblies of Elohim and we will see how they were compensated for their service. We will uncover who these priests were and the covenant that was made with them, as well as what would happen if a non Levite entered their role without being a part of their specific covenant. 
  2. The Testimony of the prophets – We will examine the prophets to look at their views on tithing and free will offerings. We will also look at what happened when the people tithed, what happened when they didn’t, and what happened when there was a concern about a Levite’s genealogy or heritage concerning the priesthood. 
  3. The New Testament – We will examine the new testament which will cover conversations concerning tithes and offerings, if new covenant assemblies received tithes, and how they were able to fund their ecclesiastic and theocratic directives.

Each of these three parts is integral in understanding the overall process and purpose of tithing.

    The king of Sedom went out to meet him, after his return from the slaughter of Kedorla`omer and the kings who were with him, at the valley of Shaveh (that is, the King’s Valley). MALKI-TZEDEK KING OF SHALEM BROUGHT OUT BREAD AND WINE: and he was priest of El `Elyon [Elohim Most High]. He blessed him, and said, “Blessed be Abram of El `Elyon, possessor of heaven and earth: and blessed be El `Elyon, who has delivered your enemies into your hand.” ABRAM GAVE HIM A TENTH OF ALL. The king of Sedom said to Abram, “Give me the people, and take the goods to yourself.” (Genesis 14:17-21 RNEB)

Abram gave tithes of all, however we see that the king of Sedom just wanted the people and told Abram to keep the goods. Lets see what spoils Abram had in his possession from this battle that he could give a tithe of to Malki-tzedek.

    Abram said to the king of Sedom, “I have lifted up my hand to YAH, El `Elyon, possessor of heaven and earth, that I will not take a thread nor a sandal strap nor anything that is yours, lest you should say, ‘I have made Abram rich.’ I will accept nothing from you except that which the young men have eaten, and the portion of the men who went with me: `Aner, Eshkol, and Mamre. Let them take their portion.” (Genesis 14:22-24 RNEB)

The only thing Abram received from the battle was livestock, no material goods outside that which could be used in a dietary form. We also have further confirmation of this because Moshe wrote that Malki-tzedek brought bread and wine, however did they eat just bread and wine or was it complimented by some of the livestock Abram had looted in battle? This is the first example we have that tithing was offered in a dietary form.

We are dealing with patriarchs within the priesthood, Abraham is the priest of his tribal community and Malki-tzedek was the High Priest of Salem, a position higher than Abraham, what he did was show his respect and reverence to Malki-tzedek’s position as the priest of El Elyon by offering him something, as was the custom at that time.

    Jacob awakened out of his sleep, and he said, “Surely YAH is in this place, and I didn’t know it.” He was afraid, and said, “How dreadful is this place! This is none other than Elohim’s house, and this is the gate of heaven.” Jacob rose up early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put under his head, and set it up for a pillar, and poured oil on the top of it. He called the name of that place Beit-El, but the name of the city was Luz at the first. JACOB VOWED A VOW, SAYING, “IF ELOHIM WILL BE WITH ME, AND WILL KEEP ME IN THIS WAY THAT I GO, AND WILL GIVE ME BREAD TO EAT, AND CLOTHING TO PUT ON, SO THAT I COME AGAIN TO MY FATHER’S HOUSE IN PEACE, AND YAH WILL BE MY ELOHIM, THEN THIS STONE, WHICH I HAVE SET UP FOR A PILLAR, WILL BE ELOHIM’S HOUSE. OF ALL THAT YOU WILL GIVE ME I WILL SURELY GIVE THE TENTH TO YOU.” (Genesis 28:16-22 RNEB)

Jacob is presenting a, if you do this, I will do that arrangement to Elohim. If tithing was mandated from the beginning he would not be able to make such an agreement since it would already be expected, you can’t give Elohim something that already belongs to him. The other thing we have to ask is who Jacob would be tithing to, he’s living in the land that was given to his fathers, and he’s the patriarchal priest within the land.

Jacob is the patriarch of Yisrael, twelve nations came out of his loins, they were called the twelve tribes of Yisrael. Elohim built them up in Egypt, he then brought them out and presented them with his code of ethics which we call the law, and then he set up the sanctuary with its holy items. Lets see what he did next:

    “Bring Aharon your brother, and his sons with him, near to you from among the children of Yisra’el, that he may minister to me in the Priest’s office, even Aharon, Nadav and Avihu, El`azar and Itamar, Aharon’s sons. (Exodus 28:1 RNEB)

In Exodus chapters 20-23, we find the laws, commandments, statutes, judgments, and ordinances that Elohim used to govern Yisrael. We know that Moshe sealed that covenant, the marital vows between Elohim and his people. Once the covenant was sealed Elohim immediately gave the instructions and command to build the sanctuary. So, we have the sanctuary, alter, the table of show bread, the alter of incense, and the seven candle sticks being built. This was being added to the law that had already been sealed, the infrastructure of the temple was being built that would represent the presence of Elohim as well as the place of sacrifice. The temple is important if we want to understand tithing, its purpose, and who it was for.

    You shall dress them with belts, Aharon and his sons, and bind headbands on them: and they shall have the priesthood by a perpetual statute: and you shall consecrate Aharon and his sons. (Exodus 29:9 RNEB)

Aharon represents the High Priest out of the tribe of Levi and his sons are the descendants that will fulfill this role when he dies. There the ones being consecrated to minister on behalf of the children of Yisrael.

    You shall anoint Aharon and his sons, and sanctify them, that they may minister to me in the Priest’s office. (Exodus 30:30 RNEB)
    But the Levites after the tribe of their fathers were not numbered among them. (Numbers 1:47 RNEB)

Elohim gave the commandment in Numbers chapter one, he said to Moshe and Aharon to go out and number all the males of the twelve tribes of Yisrael except for the Levite’s, they shall not be numbered. Why?

    For YAH spoke to Moshe, saying, “Only the tribe of Levi you shall not number, neither shall you take a census of them among the children of Yisra’el; but appoint the Levites over the Tabernacle of the Testimony, and over all its furnishings, and over all that belongs to it. They shall carry the tabernacle, and all its furnishings; and they shall take care of it, and shall encamp around it. When the tabernacle is to move, the Levites shall take it down; AND WHEN THE TABERNACLE IS TO BE SET UP, THE LEVITES SHALL SET IT UP. THE STRANGER WHO COMES NEAR SHALL BE PUT TO DEATH. (Numbers 1:48-51 RNEB)

No one could be involved or come near any of the work of the temple except Levi, if they did they were put to death, because these were classified as the Holy things of YAH.

    The children of Yisra’el shall pitch their tents, every man by his own camp, and every man by his own standard, according to their divisions. But the Levites shall encamp around the Tabernacle of the Testimony, that there may be no wrath on the congregation of the children of Yisra’el: AND THE LEVITES SHALL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE TABERNACLE OF THE TESTIMONY.” THUS THE CHILDREN OF YISRA’EL DID. ACCORDING TO ALL THAT YAH COMMANDED MOSHE, SO THEY DID. (Numbers 1:52-54 RNEB)

Levi was given their position for a purpose, they were there to keep Elohim’s wrath off the rest of the children of Yisrael.

    Now this is the history of the generations of Aharon and Moshe in the day that YAH spoke with Moshe in Mount Sinai. These are the names of the sons of Aharon: Nadav the firstborn, and Avihu, El`azar, and Itamar. These are the names of the sons of Aharon, the priests who were anointed, whom he consecrated to minister in the Priest’s office. (Numbers 3:1-3 RNEB)
    “Bring the tribe of Levi near, and set them before Aharon the Priest, that they may minister to him. (Numbers 3:6 RNEB)

In scripture it says the priests and the Levite’s, which showed there was a separation between them, not all Levite’s were priests, however all the priests were Levite’s. The priests were the ones that mediated and interceded for the children of Yisrael. The Levite’s that weren’t priests were the workers, they did all the menial tasks required.

    They shall keep his charge, and the charge of the whole congregation before the Tent of Meeting, to do the service of the tabernacle. (Numbers 3:7 RNEB)
    You shall give the Levites to Aharon and to his sons. They are wholly given to him on the behalf of the children of Yisra’el. (Numbers 3:9 RNEB)

Aharon and his sons were in charge of the Levite’s, they instructed them in what needed to be done, since they were the priests.

    You shall appoint Aharon and his sons, and they shall keep their priesthood. THE STRANGER WHO COMES NEAR SHALL BE PUT TO DEATH.” (Numbers 3:10 RNEB)

The penalty for entering or touching anything of the priests was death, these were holy consecrated items. One of the things we must understand and remember is that there were things dedicated and given to the priests alone.

    YAH spoke to Moshe, saying, “Behold, I have taken the Levites from among the children of Yisra’el instead of all the firstborn who open the womb among the children of Yisra’el; and the Levites shall be mine: for all the firstborn are mine. On the day that I struck down all the firstborn in the land of Egypt I made holy to me all the firstborn in Yisra’el, both man and animal. They shall be mine. I am YAH.” YAH spoke to Moshe in the wilderness of Sinai, saying, “NUMBER THE CHILDREN OF LEVI BY THEIR FATHERS’ HOUSES, BY THEIR FAMILIES: EVERY MALE FROM A MONTH OLD AND UPWARD SHALL YOU NUMBER.” (Numbers 3:11-15 RNEB)

Only male children were to be counted, not that there is anything wrong with females, however they were not priests. The only priestess we find in scripture was Jezebel who worshiped and controlled the prophets of Baal. It was the males that were made responsible for the spiritual development of Yisrael and the local family unit. It’s written in scripture that the woman cannot usurp the authority of a male in any ecclesiastical position or means.

    Moshe numbered them according to the word of YAH, as he was commanded. (Numbers 3:16 RNEB)
    Those who encamp before the tabernacle eastward, in front of the Tent of Meeting toward the sunrise, shall be Moshe, and Aharon and his sons, keeping the charge of the sanctuary for the charge of the children of Yisra’el. THE STRANGER WHO COMES NEAR SHALL BE PUT TO DEATH. All who were numbered of the Levites, whom Moshe and Aharon numbered at the commandment of YAH, by their families, all the males from a month old and upward, were twenty-two thousand. (Numbers 3:38-39 RNEB)
    YAH spoke to Moshe and to Aharon, saying, “Take a census of the sons of Kehat from among the sons of Levi, by their families, by their fathers’ houses, from thirty years old and upward even until fifty years old, all who enter into the service, to do the work in the Tent of Meeting. (Numbers 4:1-3 RNEB)

They were given twenty years of service starting at the age of thirty and retiring at fifty.

    This is the service of the sons of Kehat in the Tent of Meeting, the most holy things. (Numbers 4:4 RNEB)

This is Kehat son of Levi, and were going to see his charge. These instructions are coming from Elohim, it’s not a man creating a new form of government, the instructions are coming directly from YAH. Man does not have the capability of setting up something that is Holy because he is carnal.

    When the camp moves forward, Aharon shall go in, and his sons, and they shall take down the veil of the screen, and cover the ark of the Testimony with it, and shall put a covering of sealskin on it, and shall spread over it a cloth all of blue, and shall put in its poles. On the table of show bread they shall spread a blue cloth, and put on it the dishes, the spoons, the bowls, and the cups with which to pour out; and the continual bread shall be on it. (Numbers 4:5-7 RNEB)
    “Don’t cut off the tribe of the families of the Kehati from among the Levites; but thus do to them, that they may live, and not die, when they approach to the most holy things: Aharon and his sons shall go in, and appoint them everyone to his service and to his burden; but they shall not go in to see the sanctuary even for a moment, lest they die.” YAH spoke to Moshe, saying, “Take a census of the sons of Gershon also, by their fathers’ houses, by their families; (Numbers 4:18-22 RNEB)

Lets see what job the sons of Gershon will be assigned.

    from thirty years old and upward until fifty years old shall you number them; all who enter in to wait on the service, to do the work in the Tent of Meeting. This is the service of the families of the Gershoni, in serving and in bearing burdens: they shall carry the curtains of the tabernacle, and the Tent of Meeting, its covering, and the covering of sealskin that is above on it, and the screen for the door of the Tent of Meeting, and the hangings of the court, and the screen for the door of the gate of the court, which is by the tabernacle and around the altar, and their cords, and all the instruments of their service, and whatever shall be done with them. Therein shall they serve. AT THE COMMANDMENT OF AHARON AND HIS SONS SHALL BE ALL THE SERVICE OF THE SONS OF THE GERSHONI, in all their burden, and in all their service; and you shall appoint to them in charge all their burden. This is the service of the families of the sons of the Gershoni in the Tent of Meeting: and their charge shall be under the hand of Itamar the son of Aharon the Priest. (Numbers 4:23-28 RNEB)

Their job was the curtains of the tabernacle.

    “As for the sons of Merari, you shall number them by their families, by their fathers’ houses; from thirty years old and upward even to fifty years old shall you number them, everyone who enters on the service, to do the work of the Tent of Meeting. This is the charge of their burden, according to all their service in the Tent of Meeting: the tabernacle’s boards, its bars, its pillars, its sockets, and the pillars of the court around it, and their sockets, and their pins, and their cords, with all their instruments, and with all their service: and by name you shall appoint the instruments of the charge of their burden. This is the service of the families of the sons of Merari, according to all their service, in the Tent of Meeting, under the hand of Itamar the son of Aharon the Priest.” (Numbers 4:29-33 RNEB)

The High Priest Aharon and the under priests his sons have the leaders of the Levite’s, Gershon, Kehati, and Merari reporting directly to them. Elohim, not a man selected these individuals and dictated the hierarchy and instructions for their service.

    YAH spoke to Moshe, saying, “Take the Levites from among the children of Yisra’el, and cleanse them. Thus shall you do to them, to cleanse them: sprinkle the water of cleansing on them, let them shave their whole bodies with a razor, and let them wash their clothes, and cleanse themselves. (Numbers 8:5-7 RNEB)
    and Aharon shall offer the Levites before YAH for a wave offering, on the behalf of the children of Yisra’el, that it may be theirs to do the service of YAH. (Numbers 8:11 RNEB)

We have seen them washed, shaved, and completely cleansed so that they could stand before Elohim.

    YAH spoke to Moshe, saying, “This is that which belongs to the Levites: from twenty-five years old and upward they shall go in to wait on the service in the work of the Tent of Meeting; and from the age of fifty years they shall cease waiting on the work, and shall serve no more, but shall minister with their brothers in the Tent of Meeting, to keep the charge, and shall do no service. Thus shall you do to the Levites concerning their duties.” (Numbers 8:23-26 RNEB)

We have seen the Levite’s charge and their consecration, now lets look at the provisions, they received as payment for their service. We know they have no inheritance in Yisrael so how does Elohim take care of them. How are they going to eat, purchase necessities, and take care of their families?

    YAH said to Aharon, You and your sons and your fathers’ house with you shall bear the lawlessness of the sanctuary; and you and your sons with you shall bear the lawlessness of your priesthood. Your brothers also, the tribe of Levi, the tribe of your father, bring you near with you, that they may be joined to you, and minister to you: but you and your sons with you shall be before the tent of the testimony. They shall keep your charge, and the charge of all the Tent: only they shall not come near to the vessels of the sanctuary and to the altar, that they not die, neither they, nor you. (Numbers 18:1-3 RNEB)

Even the Levite’s had to be careful around the Holy things of Elohim, because they were designed after a heavenly order, they were Holy. YAH’s objective is to establish a theocratic kingdom on the earth as it is in heaven.

    Pray like this: ‘Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy. LET YOUR KINGDOM COME. LET YOUR WILL BE DONE, AS IN HEAVEN, SO ON EARTH. (Matthew 6:9-10 RNEB)
    They shall be joined to you, and keep the charge of the tent of meeting, for all the service of the Tent: and a stranger shall not come near to you. YOU SHALL KEEP THE CHARGE OF THE SANCTUARY, AND THE CHARGE OF THE ALTAR; THAT THERE BE WRATH NO MORE ON THE CHILDREN OF YISRA’EL. (Numbers 18:4-5 RNEB)

The reason Elohim setup the Levitical order was for the service of the Tabernacle, it represents the presence of YAH and the ceremonial ordinances act as a covering for iniquity, so there would be no wrath on the children of Yisrael.

    I, behold, I have taken your brothers the Levites from among the children of Yisra’el: to you they are a gift, given to YAH, to do the service of the tent of meeting. You and your sons with you shall keep your priesthood for everything of the altar, and for that within the veil; and you shall serve: I give you the priesthood as a service of gift: and the stranger who comes near shall be put to death. YAH spoke to Aharon, I, behold, I have given you the charge of my wave offerings, even all the holy things of the children of Yisra’el; to you have I given them by reason of the anointing, and to your sons, as a portion forever. This shall be your of the most holy things, [reserved] from the fire: every offering of theirs, even every meal offering of theirs, and every sin offering of theirs, and every trespass offering of theirs, which they shall render to me, shall be most holy for you and for your sons. As the most holy things shall you eat of it; every male shall eat of it: it shall be holy to you. This is your: the wave offering of their gift, even all the wave offerings of the children of Yisra’el; I have given them to you, and to your sons and to your daughters with you, as a portion forever; everyone who is clean in your house shall eat of it. (Numbers 18:6-11 RNEB)

They couldn’t go out and work like everyone else so they depended on the community. What we will see is YAH will command Yisrael to bring various offerings to the Levite’s. The Levite’s wouldn’t be able to offer up the offerings they were commanded to cover themselves unless Yisrael provides them. The sons of Yisrael will bring their offerings from their crops and livestock and give it to the priests to offer up, the priests will burn a portion of the various offerings and be allowed to eat the rest as their food.

    All the best of the oil, and all the best of the vintage, and of the grain, the first fruits of them which they give to YAH, to you have I given them. The first-ripe fruits of all that is in their land, which they bring to YAH, shall be yours; everyone who is clean in your house shall eat of it. Everything devoted in Yisra’el shall be yours. Everything that opens the womb, of all flesh which they offer to YAH, both of man and animal shall be yours: nevertheless the firstborn of man shall you surely redeem, and the firstborn of unclean animals shall you redeem. (Numbers 18:12-15 RNEB)

They had to bring their first born child to the priest for presentation, then redeem them and take them back. They also had to bring unclean beasts, ones that were not good for food, and present them before the priest and redeem them. Watch what happens.

    Those who are to be redeemed of them from a month old shall you redeem, according to your estimation, for the money of five shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary (the same is twenty gerahs). (Numbers 18:16 RNEB)

When the first born child or unclean animal was redeemed, they had to give the priest something and this was done with money.

    But the firstborn of a cow, or the firstborn of a sheep, or the firstborn of a goat, you shall not redeem; they are holy: you shall sprinkle their blood on the altar, and shall burn their fat for an offering made by fire, for a sweet savor to YAH. The flesh of them shall be your, as the wave offering breast and as the right thigh, it shall be yours. (Numbers 18:17-18 RNEB)

The clean animals which were good for food were not redeemed, they were brought as a sacrifice, their fat and blood was burned on the alter, the priests were given the animals flesh for food. This took care of the priests, but what about the rest of the Levi?

    All the wave offerings of the holy things, which the children of Yisra’el offer to YAH, have I given you, and your sons and your daughters with you, as a portion forever: it is a covenant of salt forever before YAH to you and to your seed with you. YAH said to Aharon, You shall have no inheritance in their land, neither shall you have any portion among them: I AM YOUR PORTION AND YOUR INHERITANCE AMONG THE CHILDREN OF YISRA’EL. (Numbers 18:19-20 RNEB)

Whatever Aharon desired, deserved, or needed came from YAH.

    To the children of Levi, behold, I HAVE GIVEN ALL THE TITHE IN YISRA’EL FOR AN INHERITANCE, IN RETURN FOR THEIR SERVICE WHICH THEY SERVE, EVEN THE SERVICE OF THE TENT OF MEETING. Henceforth the children of Yisra’el shall not come near the tent of meeting, lest they bear sin, and die. But the Levites shall do the service of the tent of meeting, and they shall bear their lawlessness: it shall be a statute forever throughout your generations; and among the children of Yisra’el they shall have no inheritance. (Numbers 18:21-23 RNEB)

Levi was composed of 22000 men with families that could not work at a normal job, they had to do just the work of the tabernacle. Their necessities also needed to be addressed whether it be financial, material, or dietary.

    FOR THE TITHE OF THE CHILDREN OF YISRA’EL, which they offer as a wave offering to YAH, I have given to the Levites for an inheritance: therefore I have said to them, Among the children of Yisra’el they shall have no inheritance. YAH spoke to Moshe, saying, Moreover you shall speak to the Levites, and tell them, When you take of the children of Yisra’el the tithe which I have given you from them for your inheritance, then you shall offer up a wave offering of it for YAH, a tithe of the tithe. (Numbers 18:24-26 RNEB)

Levi received the tithe of the nation of Yisrael, and now they had to pay a tithe of 10% of what they received to the priests.

    Your wave offering shall be reckoned to you, as though it were the grain of the threshing floor, and as the fullness of the winepress. Thus you also shall offer a wave offering to YAH of all your tithes, which you receive of the children of Yisra’el; and of it you shall give YAH’s wave offering to Aharon the Priest. Out of all your gifts you shall offer every wave offering of YAH, of all the best of it, even the holy part of it out of it. Therefore you shall tell them, When you heave the best of it from it, then it shall be reckoned to the Levites as the increase of the threshing floor, and as the increase of the winepress. YOU SHALL EAT IT IN EVERY PLACE, YOU AND YOUR HOUSEHOLDS: FOR IT IS YOUR REWARD IN RETURN FOR YOUR SERVICE IN THE TENT OF MEETING. (Numbers 18:27-31 RNEB)

The tithe was something they ate, it was always food never money.

    You shall bear no sin by reason of it, when you have heaved from it the best of it: and you shall not profane the holy things of the children of Yisra’el, that you not die. (Numbers 18:32 RNEB)
    and you shall break down their altars, and dash in pieces their pillars, and burn their Asherim with fire; and you shall cut down the engraved images of their elohims; and you shall destroy their name out of that place. You shall not do so to YAH your Elohim. But to the place which YAH your Elohim shall choose out of all your tribes, to put his name there, even to his habitation shall you seek, and there you shall come; (Deuteronomy 12:3-5 RNEB)

YAH chose to put his name in Yerushalayim, it would be his dwelling place.

    and there you shall bring your burnt offerings, and your sacrifices, and your tithes, and the wave offering of your hand, and your vows, and your freewill offerings, and the firstborn of your herd and of your flock: and there you shall eat before YAH your Elohim, and you shall rejoice in all that you put your hand to, you and your households, in which YAH your Elohim has blessed you. You shall not do after all the things that we do here this day, every man whatever is right in his own eyes; for you haven’t yet come to the rest and to the inheritance, which YAH your Elohim gives you. (Deuteronomy 12:6-9 RNEB)

YAH was telling them not to do these things while they were in the wilderness, this was for when they entered the land they were promised.

    But when you go over the Yarden, and dwell in the land which YAH your Elohim causes you to inherit, and he gives you rest from all your enemies round about, so that you dwell in safety; then it shall happen that to the place which YAH your Elohim shall choose, to cause his name to dwell there, there shall you bring all that I command you: your burnt offerings, and your sacrifices, your tithes, and the wave offering of your hand, and all your choice vows which you vow to YAH. You shall rejoice before YAH your Elohim, you, and your sons, and your daughters, and your male servants, and your female servants, and the Levite who is within your gates, because he has no portion nor inheritance with you. TAKE HEED TO YOURSELF THAT YOU DON’T OFFER YOUR BURNT OFFERINGS IN EVERY PLACE THAT YOU SEE; (Deuteronomy 12:10-13 RNEB)

They were told to guard themselves by not offering sacrifices in just any place, this was because to offer a sacrifice outside Yerushalayim projected the image of a paganistic practice, to do the sacrifice in Yerushalayim, the city ordained by YAH showed the sacrifices were being offered up to the Elohim of Yisrael.

Elohim is orderly and demands we follow his instructions, we cannot serve him the way we want, the way we think is right. We can only serve him and be accepted by following the specific laws, ordinances, and precepts, he gave us, this is the only way to walk in righteousness.

    but in the place which YAH shall choose in one of your tribes, there you shall offer your burnt offerings, and there you shall do all that I command you. Notwithstanding, you may kill and eat flesh within all your gates, after all the desire of your soul, according to the blessing of YAH your Elohim which he has given you: the unclean and the clean may eat of it, as of the gazelle, and as of the hart. (Deuteronomy 12:14-15 RNEB)

Elohim is providing clarification that it’s only the holy offering to him that had to be brought to Yerushalayim, slaughtering an animal for food could be done anywhere as long as the blood was properly drained.

    Only you shall not eat the blood; you shall pour it out on the earth as water. You may not eat within your gates the tithe of your grain, or of your new wine, or of your oil, or the firstborn of your herd or of your flock, nor any of your vows which you vow, nor your freewill offerings, nor the wave offering of your hand; but you shall eat them before YAH your Elohim in the place which YAH your Elohim shall choose, you, and your son, and your daughter, and your male servant, and your female servant, and the Levite who is within your gates: and you shall rejoice before YAH your Elohim in all that you put your hand to. Take heed to yourself that you don’t forsake the Levite as long as you live in your land. (Deuteronomy 12:16-19 RNEB)

Tithes were holy things of YAH, and they had to be presented at the temple under the laws of sanctification.

    YOU SHALL SURELY TITHE ALL THE INCREASE OF YOUR SEED, that which comes forth from the field year by year. (Deuteronomy 14:22 RNEB)

They were commanded to tithe of all the yields of their fields every year. The seed is not money, if the scriptures meant money it would have said money. The religious leaders that teach the seed can be things sown in righteousness and reap some kind of monetary reward are wrong. This will become clearer as we continue.

    You shall eat before YAH your Elohim, in the place which he shall choose, to cause his name to dwell there, the tithe of your grain, of your new wine, and of your oil, and the firstborn of your herd and of your flock; that you may learn to fear YAH your Elohim always. If the way be too long for you, so that you are not able to carry it, because the place is too far from you, which YAH your Elohim shall choose, to set his name there, when YAH your Elohim shall bless you; then shall you turn it into money, and bind up the money in your hand, and shall go to the place which YAH your Elohim shall choose: and you shall bestow the money for whatever your soul desires, for oxen, or for sheep, or for wine, or for strong drink, or for whatever your soul asks of you; and you shall eat there before YAH your Elohim, and you shall rejoice, you and your household. The Levite who is within your gates, you shall not forsake him; for he has no portion nor inheritance with you. (Deuteronomy 14:23-27 RNEB)

If the trip to Yerushalayim was too long, and they couldn’t bring all their tithes, they could convert them into money, then make the journey, and once they got to the city they had to repurchase crops and livestock to present as their tithe. The tithe was never given in a monetary form.

    At the end of every three years you shall bring forth all the tithe of your increase in the same year, and shall lay it up within your gates: and the Levite, because he has no portion nor inheritance with you, and the foreigner living among you, and the fatherless, and the widow, who are within your gates, shall come, and shall eat and be satisfied; that YAH your Elohim may bless you in all the work of your hand which you do. (Deuteronomy 14:28-29 RNEB)

Every third year they had to bring in an extra tithe specifically for the Levite’s, the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow. This tithe was specifically mandated to help feed the poor in the land, everyone was allowed to partake of it. Remember this tithe represented the crops and animals of the entire nation of Yisrael, it was a massive amount of food, this could feed a massive number of people for a very long time.

    The priests the Levites, [even] all the tribe of Levi, shall have no portion nor inheritance with Yisra’el: they shall eat the offerings of YAH made by fire, and his inheritance. (Deuteronomy 18:1 RNEB)

The Levite’s received from the offerings made to YAH, so if Yisrael’s not bringing in offerings, Levi is not receiving anything.

    They shall have no inheritance among their brothers: YAH is their inheritance, as he has spoken to them. This shall be the priests’ due from the people, from those who offer a sacrifice, whether it be ox or sheep, that they shall give to the Priest the shoulder, and the two cheeks, and the maw. The first fruits of your grain, of your new wine, and of your oil, and the first of the fleece of your sheep, shall you give him. For YAH your Elohim has chosen him out of all your tribes, to stand to minister in the name of YAH, him and his sons for ever. If a Levite comes from any of your gates out of all Yisra’el, where he lives as a foreigner, and comes with all the desire of his soul to the place which YAH shall choose; then he shall minister in the name of YAH his Elohim, as all his brothers the Levites do, who stand there before YAH. They shall have like portions to eat, besides that which comes of the sale of his patrimony. (Deuteronomy 18:2-8 RNEB)

So far we have covered who received tithes, the central origin of tithes, who gave tithes, and in what form they were presented. We have also looked at the Levitical priesthood, which is paramount in understanding the reason for the tithe.

    You will know that I have sent this commandment to you, that my covenant may be with Levi,” says YAH of Armies. (Malachi 2:4 RNEB)

Levi is in covenant with Elohim, we see this during the consecration, anointing, and sanctification that took place in the book of Exodus, Leviticus, and Numbers. This is important to understand because within this covenant Elohim gave Levi a reward for their service. This is called the Levitical covenant and the Aharonic covenant is associated with this.

    “My covenant was with him of life and peace; and I gave them to him who he might be reverent toward me; and he was reverent toward me, and stood in awe of my name. (Malachi 2:5 RNEB)
    But you have turned aside out of the way. You have caused many to stumble in the law. You have corrupted the covenant of Levi,” says YAH of Armies. (Malachi 2:8 RNEB)

This was being directed to the priests.

    Chizkiyahu appointed the divisions of the priests and the Levites after their divisions, every man according to his service, both the priests and the Levites, for burnt offerings and for peace offerings, to minister, and to give thanks, and to praise in the gates of the camp of YAH. [He appointed] also the king’s portion of his substance for the burnt offerings, [to wit], for the morning and evening burnt offerings, and the burnt offerings for the Sabbaths, and for the new moons, and for the set feasts, as it is written in the Torah of YAH. Moreover he commanded the people who lived in Yerushalayim to give the portion of the priests and the Levites, that they might give themselves to the law of YAH. (2 Chronicles 31:2-4 RNEB)

Yisrael had stopped bringing the portion that was supposed to be set aside for Levi and the priests, so now the king is telling the sons of Yisrael that they needed to keep the law and bring their portions.

    As soon as the commandment came abroad, the children of Yisra’el gave in abundance the first fruits of grain, new wine, and oil, and honey, and of all the increase of the field; and the tithe of all things brought they in abundantly. The children of Yisra’el and Judah, who lived in the cities of Judah, they also brought in the tithe of oxen and sheep, and the tithe of dedicated things which were consecrated to YAH their Elohim, and laid them by heaps. (2 Chronicles 31:5-6 RNEB)

After the king gave the commandment an over abundance of food came in of the livestock and crops of Yisrael.

    In the third month they began to lay the foundation of the heaps, and finished them in the seventh month. When Chizkiyahu and the princes came and saw the heaps, they blessed YAH, and his people Yisra’el. Then Chizkiyahu questioned the priests and the Levites concerning the heaps. `Azaryah the chief Priest, of the house of Tzadok, answered him and said, Since [the people] began to bring the offerings into the house of YAH, WE HAVE EATEN AND HAD ENOUGH, AND HAVE LEFT PLENTY: FOR YAH HAS BLESSED HIS PEOPLE; AND THAT WHICH IS LEFT IS THIS GREAT STORE. THEN CHIZKIYAHU COMMANDED TO PREPARE CHAMBERS IN THE HOUSE OF YAH; AND THEY PREPARED THEM. They brought in the offerings and the tithes and the dedicated things faithfully: and over them Kananyahu the Levite was ruler, and Shim`i his brother was second. Yechi’el, and `Azazyahu, and Nachat, and `Asa’el, and Yerimot, and Yozavad, and Eli’el, and Yismakhyahu, and Machat, and Benayah, were overseers under the hand of Kananyahu and Shim`i his brother, by the appointment of Chizkiyahu the king, and `Azaryah the ruler of the house of Elohim. Kore the son of Yimna the Levite, the porter at the east [gate], was over the freewill offerings of Elohim, to distribute the offerings of YAH, and the most holy things. Under him were `Eden, and Minyamin, and Yahshua, and Shemayah, Amaryah, and Shekhanyahu, in the cities of the priests, in their office of trust, to give to their brothers by divisions, as well to the great as to the small: besides those who were reckoned by genealogy of males, from three years old and upward, even everyone who entered into the house of YAH, as the duty of every day required, for their service in their offices according to their divisions; and those who were reckoned by genealogy of the priests by their fathers’ houses, and the Levites from twenty years old and upward, in their offices by their divisions; and those who were reckoned by genealogy of all their little ones, their wives, and their sons, and their daughters, through all the congregation: for in their office of trust they sanctified themselves in holiness. Also for the sons of Aharon the priests, who were in the fields of the suburbs of their cities, in every city, there were men who were mentioned by name, to give portions to all the males among the priests, and to all who were reckoned by genealogy among the Levites. Thus did Chizkiyahu throughout all Judah; and he worked that which was good and right and faithful before YAH his Elohim. In every work that he began in the service of the house of Elohim, and in the law, and in the commandments, to seek his Elohim, he did it with all his heart, and prospered. (2 Chronicles 31:7-21 RNEB)

The things to remember here are genealogy, great stores, placed in chambers, and food.

    “For I, YAH, don’t change; therefore you, sons of Jacob, are not consumed. From the days of your fathers you have turned aside from my ordinances, and have not kept them. Return to me, and I will return to you,” says YAH of Armies. “But you say, ‘How shall we return?’ Will a man rob Elohim? Yet you rob me! But you say, ‘HOW HAVE WE ROBBED YOU?’ IN TITHES AND OFFERINGS. (Malachi 3:6-8 RNEB)

Elohim was being robbed in tithes which was always food, and various types of offerings.

    You are cursed with the curse; for you rob me, even this whole nation. BRING THE WHOLE TITHE INTO THE STOREHOUSE, THAT THERE MAY BE FOOD IN MY HOUSE, and test me now in this,” says YAH of Armies, “if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough for. (Malachi 3:9-10 RNEB)

We just read that Chizkiyahu had storehouses built for food in the temple. These storehouses were for food, contrary to what religious leaders today may say, this verse cannot be read, bring all the money into the church, so there will be funds in our account. We cannot find anywhere in scripture where the tithe is ever money, and it’s not incumbent on Man to change the nature of tithes from a dietary to monetary form. Man cannot rewrite or redefine the word of Elohim, this is what cults do.

    I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast its fruit before its time in the field,” says YAH of Armies. (Malachi 3:11 RNEB)

This verse is specifically speaking about crops, food. Many religious leaders will interpret this differently than it was written. The devourer is not breaking our appliances, car, or anything else. YAH had promised them if they would do as he commanded and feed the Levi who had not received an inheritance in the land that he would bring increase to their crops. Pastors are not Levite’s, they have not been withheld and inheritance in Yisrael for the service of the ceremonial system which consisted of animal sacrifices for the covering of sin. This is what Yahshua nullified by becoming our sacrifice, High Priest, and intercessor.

    Of the children of the priests: the children of Chavayah, the children of Hakkotz, the children of Barzillai, who took a wife of the daughters of Barzillai the Gil`adite, and was called after their name. These sought their register [among] those who were reckoned by genealogy, but they were not found: therefore were they deemed polluted and put from the priesthood. (Ezra 2:61-62 RNEB)

They were removed from the priesthood because their lineage back to Levi could not be substantiated or validated. The scripture says the stranger that comes neigh shall be put to death, not just anyone could do the work of the tabernacle. The only people that were allowed to receive tithes and offerings and participate in the Levitical covenant were the children of Levi.

    The governor said to them, that they should not eat of the most holy things, until there stood up a Priest with Urim and with Tummim. (Ezra 2:63 RNEB)

Urim and Tummim were used by the priests in the days of antiquity to receive signs from Elohim.

    The whole assembly together was forty-two thousand three hundred sixty, (Ezra 2:64 RNEB)
    So the priests, and the Levites, and some of the people, and the singers, and the porters, and the temple servants , lived in their cities, and all Yisra’el in their cities. (Ezra 2:70 RNEB)

The Levite’s even though they had no inheritance in Yisrael were well taken care of by Elohim for their service which included cities and housing.

Remember the chambers that were built in the temple under Chizkiyahu’s administration, and that YAH said bring the food into the storehouse, as we proceed to the next scripture.

    On that day they read in the book of Moshe in the audience of the people; and therein was found written, that an `Ammonite and a Mo’avite should not enter into the assembly of Elohim forever, because they didn’t meet the children of Yisra’el with bread and with water, but hired Bil`am against them, to curse them: however our Elohim turned the curse into a blessing. It came to pass, when they had heard the law, that they separated from Yisra’el all the mixed multitude. Now before this, Elyashiv the Priest, who was appointed over the chambers of the house of our Elohim, being allied to Toviyah, had prepared for him a great chamber, where before they laid the meal offerings, the frankincense, and the vessels, and the tithes of the grain, the new wine, and the oil, WHICH WERE GIVEN BY COMMANDMENT TO THE LEVITES, AND THE SINGERS, AND THE PORTERS; AND THE WAVE OFFERINGS FOR THE PRIESTS. (Nehemiah 13:1-5 RNEB)

Elyashiv had cleared out some of the storerooms and given them to Toviyah a kinsman of his, Nechemyah finds out about this and is enraged.

    But in all this [time] I was not at Yerushalayim; for in the two and thirtieth year of Artachshasta king of Babel I went to the king: and after certain days asked I leave of the king, and I came to Yerushalayim, and understood the evil that Elyashiv had done for Toviyah, in preparing him a chamber in the courts of the house of Elohim. It grieved me sore: THEREFORE I CAST FORTH ALL THE HOUSEHOLD STUFF OF TOVIYAH OUT OF THE CHAMBER. (Nehemiah 13:6-8 RNEB)

Nechemyah threw out all Toviyah’s belongings, they had no place in the house of Elohim.

    Then I commanded, and they cleansed the chambers: and there brought I again the vessels of the house of Elohim, with the meal offerings and the frankincense. I perceived that the portions of the Levites had not been given them; so that the Levites and the singers, who did the work, were fled everyone to his field. (Nehemiah 13:9-10 RNEB)

The Levite’s had not received their portion, so they went back to their fields. There was no food for them, staying would have meant starvation.

    Then contended I with the rulers, and said, Why is the house of Elohim forsaken? I gathered them together, and set them in their place. Then brought all Judah the tithe of the grain and the new wine and the oil to the treasuries. (Nehemiah 13:11-12 RNEB)

Not one place in the scriptures we went through were tithes ever given as money, it was always food, and if it somehow transitions from a dietary form to a monetary form it can only be by the commandment of Elohim, he’s the one that established this order.

    But woe to you Pharisees! FOR YOU TITHE MINT AND RUE AND EVERY HERB, but you bypass justice and the love of Elohim. You ought to have done these, and not to have left the other undone. (Luke 11:42 RNEB)

Mint is a spice and rue is a herb, so tithing in the last days of the sacrificial system during Yahshua’s time was still done in a dietary form. The reason we don’t see animals mentioned here is because Yisrael was not a free nation and the tax placed on them by the Romans was so great that most of Yisrael didn’t have much during this time.

    “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint, dill, and cumin, and have left undone the weightier matters of the Torah: justice, mercy, and faith. But you ought to have done these, and not to have left the other undone. (Matthew 23:23 RNEB)

The tithe spoken of here is also food.

How The Levite’s Received Money

    YAH spoke to Moshe, saying, “When you take a census of the children of Yisra’el, according to those who are numbered among them, then each man shall give a ransom for his soul to YAH, when you number them; that there be no plague among them when you number them. They shall give this, everyone who passes over to those who are numbered, half a shekel after the shekel of the sanctuary; (the shekel is twenty gerahs;) half a shekel for an offering to YAH. (Exodus 30:11-13 RNEB)

At least once a year everyone over the age of 20 had to bring a half-shekel on the day of atonement. Don’t let the religious leaders of today tell you it was an agricultural society, and they didn’t use money in their economy. Money has been around in one form or another since the beginning, and we see here there were offerings for the priests other than the tithe that were given in a monetary form.

    Everyone who passes over to those who are numbered, from twenty years old and upward, shall give the offering to YAH. The rich shall not give more, and the poor shall not give less, than the half shekel, when they give the offering of YAH, to make atonement for your souls. You shall take the atonement money from the children of Yisra’el, AND SHALL APPOINT IT FOR THE SERVICE OF THE TENT OF MEETING; that it may be a memorial for the children of Yisra’el before YAH, to make atonement for your souls.” (Exodus 30:14-16 RNEB)

The money was given for the service of the Tabernacle, so the Levite’s would receive this for their service. This was one of the forms of revenue the priests would receive.

    YAH spoke to Moshe, saying, “If anyone commits a trespass, and sins unwittingly, in the holy things of YAH; then he shall bring his trespass offering to YAH, a ram without blemish from the flock, according to your estimation in silver by shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary, for a trespass offering. (Leviticus 5:14-15 RNEB)

A trespass offering required a sacrifice and money, the priest received this money for their service. This was not part of the tithe, the tithe was always given in the form of food.

    Everything devoted in Yisra’el shall be yours. Everything that opens the womb, of all flesh which they offer to YAH, both of man and animal shall be yours: nevertheless the firstborn of man shall you surely redeem, and the firstborn of unclean animals shall you redeem. Those who are to be redeemed of them from a month old shall you redeem, according to your estimation, for the money of five shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary (the same is twenty gerahs). (Numbers 18:14-16 RNEB)

This was redemption money for the first born of a man or unclean animal, the priest received the five sheckle’s for his service.

As we stated earlier there are many religious leaders that claim Yisrael was an agricultural society and had no use for money, which is why the tithe was in a dietary form, however were seeing in scripture that money was a standard part of their economic system and the fact the tithe was only given in dietary form had nothing to do with them not having money to spend.

    Saying, ‘When will the new moon be gone, that we may sell grain? And the Sabbath, that we may market wheat, making the efah small, and the shekel large, and dealing falsely with balances of deceit; (Amos 8:5 RNEB)

Though Yisrael was an agricultural society they sold grain to make money, they didn’t trade it for more food. Scripture is showing us that Yisrael always had money and the tithe was not dietary on account of the lack of money, but because it’s what Elohim determined it should be.

Free Will Offerings.

    YAH spoke to Moshe, saying, “Speak to the children of Yisra’el, that they take an offering for me. FROM EVERYONE WHOSE HEART MAKES HIM WILLING YOU SHALL TAKE MY OFFERING. This is the offering which you shall take from them: gold, silver, brass, (Exodus 25:1-3 RNEB)
    Let them make me a sanctuary, that I may dwell among them. (Exodus 25:8 RNEB)

The freewill offering was given by everyone whose heart was willing.

    Moshe spoke to all the congregation of the children of Yisra’el, saying, “This is the thing which YAH commanded, saying, ‘Take from among you an offering to YAH. WHOEVER IS OF A WILLING HEART, let him bring it, YAH’s offering: gold, silver, brass, (Exodus 35:4-5 RNEB)
    All the congregation of the children of Yisra’el departed from the presence of Moshe. They came, everyone whose heart stirred him up, and everyone whom his spirit made willing, and brought YAH’s offering, for the work of the tent of meeting, and for all of its service, and for the holy garments. They came, both men and women, as many as were willing-hearted, and brought brooches, earrings, signet rings, and armlets, all jewels of gold; even every man who offered an offering of gold to YAH. Everyone, with whom was found blue, purple, scarlet, fine linen, goats’ hair, rams’ skins dyed red, and sea cow hides, brought them. Everyone who did offer an offering of silver and brass brought YAH’s offering; and everyone, with whom was found shittim wood for any work of the service, brought it. (Exodus 35:20-24 RNEB)
    The children of Yisra’el brought a freewill offering to YAH; every man and woman, whose heart made them willing to bring for all the work, which YAH had commanded to be made by Moshe. (Exodus 35:29 RNEB)
    Moshe called Betzal’el and Oholi’av, and every wise-hearted man, in whose heart YAH had put wisdom, EVEN EVERYONE WHOSE HEART STIRRED HIM UP to come to the work to do it: (Exodus 36:2 RNEB)
    All the wise men, who performed all the work of the sanctuary, each came from his work which they did. They spoke to Moshe, saying, “The people bring much more than enough for the service of the work which YAH commanded to make.” Moshe gave commandment, and they caused it to be proclaimed throughout the camp, saying, “Let neither man nor woman make anything else for the offering for the sanctuary.” SO THE PEOPLE WERE RESTRAINED FROM BRINGING. FOR THE STUFF THEY HAD WAS SUFFICIENT FOR ALL THE WORK TO MAKE IT, AND TOO MUCH. (Exodus 36:4-7 RNEB)

They only took what they needed in free will offerings, when they had enough they stopped the people from giving.

An ecclesiastical institution should not be set up to make money, they should be covering their expenses and meeting the needs of the assembly.

    It happened after this, that Yo’ash was minded to restore the house of YAH. (2 Chronicles 24:4 RNEB)

Yoash’s heart was to rebuild the house of YAH, initially called the tabernacle, and was originally built with free will offerings. We now have a temple after the days of Solomon, and it required upkeep, things needed to be repaired. Lets see where the money came from.

    He gathered together the priests and the Levites, and said to them, Go out to the cities of Judah, and gather of all Yisra’el money to repair the house of your Elohim from year to year; and see that you hasten the matter. However the Levites didn’t hurry. The king called for Yehoiada the chief, and said to him, Why haven’t you required of the Levites to bring in out of Judah and out of Yerushalayim the tax of Moshe the servant of YAH, and of the assembly of Yisra’el, for the tent of the testimony? For the sons of `Atalyah, that wicked woman, had broken up the house of Elohim; and also all the dedicated things of the house of YAH did they bestow on the Ba`alim. SO THE KING COMMANDED, AND THEY MADE A CHEST, AND SET IT OUTSIDE AT THE GATE OF THE HOUSE OF YAH. (2 Chronicles 24:5-8 RNEB)

The chest was set out to receive free will offerings for the care of the temple, this is the same chest we see in the new testament that the widow through in her two mites, this is where it was first established.

    They made a proclamation through Judah and Yerushalayim, to bring in for YAH the tax that Moshe the servant of Elohim laid on Yisra’el in the wilderness. All the princes and all the people rejoiced, and brought in, and cast into the chest, until they had made an end. It was so, that whenever the chest was brought to the king’s officers by the hand of the Levites, and when they saw that there was much money, the king’s scribe and the chief Priest’s officer came and emptied the chest, and took it, and carried it to its place again. Thus they did day by day, and gathered money in abundance. (2 Chronicles 24:9-11 RNEB)

Lets further clarify what took place.

    Yeho’ash said to the priests, All the money of the holy things that is brought into the house of YAH, in current money, the money of the persons for whom each man is rated, and all the money that it comes into any man’s heart to bring into the house of YAH, (2 Kings 12:4 RNEB)

Yeho’ash is commanding the priest to use their atonement money to rebuild the temple. We read in Chronicles that, “the priests hasten it not,” Yeho’ash commanded the priests to rebuild the temple with their personal funds which is outside the ordinances laid down by Elohim, this was Yisrael’s temple, and Yisrael had to provide the funds to take care of it.

    let the priests take it to them, every man from his acquaintance; and they shall repair the breaches of the house, wherever any breach shall be found. (2 Kings 12:5 RNEB)
    It was so, when they saw that there was much money in the chest, that the king’s scribe and the High Priest came up, and they put up in bags and counted the money that was found in the house of YAH. They gave the money that was weighed out into the hands of those who did the work, who had the oversight of the house of YAH: and they paid it out to the carpenters and the builders, who worked on the house of YAH, and to the masons and the stone cutters, and for buying timber and hewn stone to repair the breaches of the house of YAH, and for all that was laid out for the house to repair it. But there were not made for the house of YAH cups of silver, snuffers, basins, trumpets, any vessels of gold, or vessels of silver, of the money that was brought into the house of YAH; for they gave that to those who did the work, and repaired therewith the house of YAH. Moreover they didn’t demand an accounting from the men into whose hand they delivered the money to give to those who did the work; for they dealt faithfully. THE MONEY FOR THE TRESPASS OFFERINGS, AND THE MONEY FOR THE SIN OFFERINGS, WAS NOT BROUGHT INTO THE HOUSE OF YAH: IT WAS THE PRIESTS’. (2 Kings 12:10-16 RNEB)

The sin money (Exodus 30) and the trespass money was not brought into the house of YAH because it belonged to the priest, it was payment for their service. No where have we seen money associated with tithes though the priests had several ordinances set up by Elohim so they would have money as part of their payment for service.

    In the second year of Daryavesh the king, in the sixth month, in the first day of the month, the Word of YAH came by Chaggai, the prophet, to Zerubbavel, the son of She’alti’el, governor of Judah, and to Yahoshua, the son of Yehotzadak, the High Priest, saying, “This is what YAH of Armies says: These people say, ‘The time hasn’t yet come, the time for YAH’s house to be built.'” Then the Word of YAH came by Chaggai, the prophet, saying, “Is it a time for you yourselves to dwell in your paneled houses, while this house lies waste? (Haggai 1:1-4 RNEB)

The house of YAH was in ruins and needed to be fixed.

    Now therefore this is what YAH of Armies says: Consider your ways. You have sown much, and bring in little. You eat, but you don’t have enough. You drink, but you aren’t filled with drink. You clothe yourselves, but no one is warm, and he who earns wages earns wages to put them into a bag with holes in it.” This is what YAH of Armies says: “Consider your ways. Go up to the mountain, bring wood, and build the house. I will take pleasure in it, and I will be glorified,” says YAH. “You looked for much, and, behold, it came to little; and when you brought it home, I blew it away. Why?” says YAH of Armies, “Because of my house that lies waste, while each of you is busy with his own house. Therefore for your sake the heavens withhold the dew, and the earth withholds its fruit. I called for a drought on the land, on the mountains, on the grain, on the new wine, on the oil, on that which the ground brings forth, on men, on livestock, and on all the labor of the hands.” (Haggai 1:5-11 RNEB)
    He looked up, and saw the rich people who were putting their gifts into the treasury. He saw a certain poor widow casting in two small brass coins. He said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow put in more than all of them, for all these put in gifts for Elohim from their abundance, but she, out of her poverty, put in all that she had to live on.” (Luke 21:1-4 RNEB)

This was the free will treasury for the upkeep of the temple we read about earlier. The widow was giving a freewill offering of everything she had from her heart. This was not a tithe, we never see tithes given in a non dietary form.

    Now after these things, the Master also appointed seventy others, and sent them two by two ahead of him into every city and place, where he was about to come. Then he said to them, “The harvest is indeed plentiful, but the laborers are few. Pray therefore to the Master of the harvest, that he may send out laborers into his harvest. Go your ways. Behold, I send you out as lambs among wolves. Carry no purse, nor wallet, nor sandals. Greet no one on the way. Into whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace be to this house.’ If a son of peace is there, your peace will rest on him; but if not, it will return to you. Remain in that same house, EATING AND DRINKING THE THINGS THEY GIVE, FOR THE LABORER IS WORTHY OF HIS WAGES. DON’T GO FROM HOUSE TO HOUSE. (Luke 10:1-7 RNEB)

They were sent out to do the work of a Levite, but they were not Levite’s. Then they were told only to receive what was given voluntarily, in other words they were not to go house to house charging for their service or begging for food.

    Am I not free? Am I not an emissary? Haven’t I seen Yahshua the Anointed, our Master? Aren’t you my work in the Master? (1 Corinthians 9:1 RNEB)

Shaul was sent a letter asking a question about money, lets see how he responded.

    If to others I am not an emissary, yet at least I am to you; for you are the seal of my office of emissary in the Master. My defense to those who examine me is this. Have we no right to eat and to drink? Have we no right to take along a wife who is a believer, even as the rest of the apostles, and the brothers of the Master, and Peter? Or do only Barnabas and I have no right to refrain from working? WHAT SOLDIER EVER SERVES AT HIS OWN EXPENSE? WHO PLANTS A VINEYARD, AND DOESN’T EAT OF ITS FRUIT? OR WHO FEEDS A FLOCK, AND DOESN’T DRINK FROM THE FLOCK’S MILK? DO I SPEAK THESE THINGS ACCORDING TO THE WAYS OF MEN? OR DOESN’T THE LAW ALSO SAY THE SAME THING? FOR IT IS WRITTEN IN THE TORAH OF MOSHE, “YOU SHALL NOT MUZZLE AN OX WHILE IT TREADS OUT THE GRAIN.” IS IT FOR THE OXEN THAT ELOHIM CARES, or does he say it assuredly for our sake? Yes, it was written for our sake, because he who plows ought to plow in hope, and he who threshes in hope should partake of his hope. If we sowed to you spiritual things, is it a great thing if we reap your fleshly things? If others partake of this right over you, don’t we yet more? Nevertheless we did not use this right, but we bear all things, that we may cause no hindrance to the Good News of the Anointed. (1 Corinthians 9:2-12 RNEB)

Shaul was saying that as a teacher of YAH, he could charge for his service, and it would be proper according to Torah, however he didn’t use his authority to burden the people about money, so what he was saying was why express concerns or ask questions about the little money we have received. Shaul traveled throughout the region to teach and bring witness of Yahshua the Anointed, and just as the care of the temple had to be financed by the people, so did his work and the other apostles. This was not done by tithing, but by free will offerings given from the heart.

    Don’t you know that those who serve around sacred things eat from the things of the temple, and those who wait on the altar have their portion with the altar? EVEN SO THE MASTER ORDAINED THAT THOSE WHO PROCLAIM THE GOOD NEWS SHOULD LIVE FROM THE GOOD NEWS. BUT I HAVE USED NONE OF THESE THINGS, AND I DON’T WRITE THESE THINGS THAT IT MAY BE DONE SO IN MY CASE; for I would rather die, than that anyone should make my boasting void. For if I preach the Good News, I have nothing to boast about; for necessity is laid on me; but woe is to me, if I don’t preach the Good News. For if I do this of my own will, I have a reward. But if not of my own will, I have a stewardship entrusted to me. What then is my reward? That, when I preach the Good News, I MAY PRESENT THE GOOD NEWS OF THE ANOINTED WITHOUT CHARGE, SO AS NOT TO ABUSE MY AUTHORITY IN THE GOOD NEWS. (1 Corinthians 9:13-18 RNEB)

Shaul wrote in many of his letters that he had not been a burden, he would never pressure the people for money, he only received what was given voluntarily. He received money to fund his travels and his work abroad, however for his personal needs he worked by his own hand, he was a tent maker by trade.

    Now concerning the collection for the holy ones, as I commanded the assemblies of Galatia, you do likewise. On the first day of the week, let each one of you save, as he may prosper, that no collections be made when I come. When I arrive, I will send whoever you approve with letters to carry your gracious gift to Yerushalayim. If it is appropriate for me to go also, they will go with me. (1 Corinthians 16:1-4 RNEB)

Shaul had asked for a freewill offering to help the poor and destitute in Yerushalayim where there was a famine going on at the time. The money was going directly to help feed other members of the assembly in a different city.

The apostles never mentioned tithing at any time in the new testament, the only time the tithe was ever mentioned was by Yahshua to the Pharisees while still under the old covenants sacrificial ordinances. In the New Covenant, there is no system of tithing, it stopped when the Levitical order was done away with.

    Let the elders who rule well be counted worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in the word and in teaching. For the Scripture says, “You shall not muzzle the ox when it treads out the grain.” And, “The laborer is worthy of his wages.” (1 Timothy 5:17-18 RNEB)

The laborer is worthy of what he receives, tithing was never mentioned.

    Remember this: he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly. He who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Let each man give according as he has determined in his heart; not grudgingly, or under compulsion; for Elohim loves a cheerful giver. (2 Corinthians 9:6-7 RNEB)

Every new covenant assembly that was based on Apostolic theology according to the great commission was funded by free will offerings not tithes.

    And Elohim is able to make all grace abound to you, that you, always having all sufficiency in everything, may abound to every good work. (2 Corinthians 9:8 RNEB)
    For what is there in which you were made inferior to the rest of the assemblies, unless it is that I myself was not a burden to you? Forgive me this wrong. (2 Corinthians 12:13 RNEB)
    Now we command you, brothers, in the name of our Master Yahshua the Anointed, that you withdraw yourselves from every brother who walks in rebellion, and not after the tradition which they received from us. For you know how you ought to imitate us. FOR WE DIDN’T BEHAVE OURSELVES REBELLIOUSLY AMONG YOU, NEITHER DID WE EAT BREAD FROM ANYONE’S HAND WITHOUT PAYING FOR IT, BUT IN LABOR AND TRAVAIL WORKED NIGHT AND DAY, THAT WE MIGHT NOT BURDEN ANY OF YOU; (2 Thessalonians 3:6-8 RNEB)

Shaul was telling them to withdraw from anyone that was disorderly, those not following the guidelines they had presented. He continued and said they were never disorderly and never received anyone’s bread without paying for it, they labored night and day in order not to be a burden on the people. This is not what we see today in the Churches, under these guidelines there are no churches following apostolic doctrine. Most religious leaders spend a large portion of their time and effort preaching about giving, and go to great lengths to come up with new and innovative methods for receiving more funding. They try to exact tithes, and ask for numerous offering for many diverse reasons, all of which are outside the guideline and examples laid down by the original apostles.

    They indeed of the sons of Levi who receive the Priest’s office have a commandment to take tithes of the people according to the Torah, that is, of their brothers, though these have come out of the body of Abraham, (Hebrews 7:5 RNEB)

Only Levi received a commandment to take tithes.

    Now if there was perfection through the Levitical priesthood (for under it the people have received the Torah), what further need was there for another Priest to arise after the order of Malki-Tzedek, and not be called after the order of Aharon? FOR THE PRIESTHOOD BEING CHANGED, THERE IS OF NECESSITY A CHANGE MADE ALSO IN THE TORAH. (Hebrews 7:11-12 RNEB)

The priesthood was changed, which required a change of the law, anyone still tithing or trying to receive tithes is trying to resurrect and keep alive the Levitical order. Anyone still partaking of this is part of the antichrist system because the anointed put that order down. The reason he died for us was specifically to nullify the sacrificial system for this age, which the Levitical order was ordained to maintain. No sacrificial system means no Levite’s, no Levite’s means no tithe is required.

The church seems to consistently do the opposite of what scripture dictates. Were taught that the Anointed became the ultimate sacrifice replacing the animal sacrificial system, yet the Church tries to exact tithes which was part of this system. The church teaches that all the law has been done away with, however scripture teaches that we must keep the ordinances of holiness and morality, Yahshua has replaced the sacrificial law through his sacrifice. In other words, the Church is trying to keep alive the Levitical order by exacting tithes, and do away with the laws of holiness and morality claiming faith and grace, the very opposite of what scripture teaches.

    For it is evident that our Master has sprung out of Judah, about which tribe Moshe spoke nothing concerning priesthood. This is yet more abundantly evident, if after the likeness of Malki-Tzedek there arises another Priest, (Hebrews 7:14-15 RNEB)

There are no commandments or statutes given to the teachers, apostles, or disciples of Yahshua concerning a tithe. The only commandment that Yahshua, who fulfilled the order of Malki-tzedek gave to us, was freely you receive, and freely you should give. Therefore, the only command given to teachers concerning money was, whatever the community puts before you that is yours and no more. A teacher cannot claim to be a priest, Yisrael has no priests, just one High priest Yahshua the Anointed.

    After these things Sha’ul departed from Athens, and came to Korint. He found a certain Jew named Aquila, a man of Pontus by race, who had recently come from Italy, with his wife Priscilla, because Claudius had commanded all the Jews to depart from Rome. He came to them, and because he practiced the same trade, he lived with them and worked, for by trade they were tent makers. (Acts 18:1-3 RNEB)
    You yourselves know that THESE HANDS SERVED MY NECESSITIES, and those who were with me. In all things I gave you an example, that so laboring you ought to help the weak, and to remember the words of the Master Yahshua, that he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.'” (Acts 20:34-35 RNEB)

Summing Up

Tithing was given in a dietary form throughout the scripture, and it was specifically mandated to take care of the Levite’s who had no inheritance in the land of Yisrael. When the Levitical order was nullified, so were tithes. In this age everything is done through freewill offerings from cheerful givers.

This is not advocating that ecclesiastical institutions should not be funded. These organizations whether were there serving YAH or serving Satan generally have to be funded by people. What were suggesting is if someone uses the bible to present doctrine it needs to be in harmony with the word of Elohim . If the word being presented does not harmonize with scripture and stand sound exegesis you are most likely in a cult. A cult is any religious sect whose teachings are not aligned with Elohim’s word, however they claim to be. Sadly, today there are many religious leaders who claim to be teaching truth, however they are presenting the very opposite of what the scripture teaches. There are more than two billion people associated with one of two thousand different denominations believing everything that is said over their pulpit each week without ever questioning or verifying that they’re really hearing the truth.


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