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Tithing Today Under The New Testament
I think youíll find this section exciting. Some say that tithing only applied to those living under the
law of Moses and that it doesnít apply to us today. Letís look at tithing and giving today under the
New Testament. First off, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob tithed "before" the law came into effect and they did
it of their own free will so not all tithing was done under the law. It was not a command of Gods when
they tithed. Second, in Hebrews 6:20 it tells us that "Jesus became a high priest according to the order
of Melchizedek." It was Melchizedek whom Abraham paid his tithes to. So the connection is here. Remember
that the Old Testament Laws, the temple and the Levitical priests were still in effect while Jesus was
alive. It wasnít until after His death that the New Covenant and New Testament came into effect which is
why you see a few tithing verses in the New Testament. He was still fulfilling the law of the Old Testament.
Jesus lived on the earth during the Old Testament and under the Law. The New Testament began after
Christís death. Tithing was a law at the time Jesus was alive.
After Christ died on the cross and the Old Testament had been fulfilled, all 3 Old Testament tithes
became obsolete. The Old Testament Law was a temporary system until the coming of Christ. In the Old
Testament, the tithe of 1/10 of Israel's grain and herd was considered Holy unto God and was made as the
offering for sin. In Hebrews 10:16-19 it says that there is no more need for an offering for sin. Jesus
talked about money, but only a few times does He mention the term "tithe". The only place that a
"percentage" is mentioned is within the Old Covenant. Paul never mentions the 10% even once. What he does
mention are the principles that we have found in the "practice of tithing". 1 Corinthians 16:2 is speaking
of methods of saving. Philippians 4:19 is speaking of the blessings of tithing.
The New Testament does not use the term "tithe" anymore or indicate the 10% tithe. We find no New
Testament regulation or commandment that continues the tithe for New Testament believers. The word
"tithe" is never used in the New Testament as a command for the church. When Jesus used the word, it
only pertained to Israel under the Old Testament but not to the church today. What the New Testament does
teach is giving, not tithing, and there is a difference. In the New Testament Christians still gave to
support Godís work in the church but it indicates that giving should be voluntary and doesnít set an
amount or exact percentage to give. The New Testament doesnít say "not to give 10%" anymore or to cut it
back. Remember Abraham and Jacob both gave 10% "before" it was required and 10% was required in the Old
Testament so thereís an importance about that figure. In the New Testament, God never said to give any
less so the 10% figure is a good starting amount.
New Testament Tithing Verses And How They Are Misinterpreted
Luke 18:9-12: Here Jesus is giving a parable about two men going up to the temple to pray.
Jesus is speaking of a self-righteous attitude, and He uses the Pharisee as an example. If this man were
fasting two times a week, it was because he felt it made him righteous because there isnít a command to
do this. And if he were giving tithes of all he owned, he was doing so because he thought it made him
more righteous. We see he also despised others. Jesus does not give us any command regarding tithing
here. What we are given is a lesson and warning about self-righteousness.
Matt. 23:23-24 and Luke 11:42: Here Jesus mentions tithing and that they were still
receiving tithes and should do so but he criticized the Pharisees for treating tithing as more important
than justice, mercy and faith. They were obeying the law of tithing at the time but ignoring the law
of justice, mercy and faithfulness. They attempted to show how perfect they were by even tithing on
their spices but Jesus told them that they needed to keep the entire law, not just part of it. Remember
that Jesus is here speaking during the Old Covenant and under the old laws. He is not telling us that
we need to keep the entire law or even a part of it or else his death would have been for nothing
Galatians 3:13-14. We are free from all the laws.
Heb. 7:1-10: This is in the New Testament but it is looking back to Abraham and is not
being used to promote tithing, but it is speaking of Jesus as being the high priest.
2 Corinthians 9:6-7: These verses are key to giving in the New Testament and tell us to give
according to whatís in our heart. This is what tithing in the New Testament is all based upon. We can
"choose" what to give, weíre "not told" what to give just like Abraham freely chose what to give before
the Law. But remember, Abraham chose to give 10%, nothing less. The New Testament leaves the amount of
giving up to you. Itís your choice from your heart just as it is your choice concerning salvation and
if you choose to open the door to your heart when Christ knocks. You will hear that knocking at your
heart concerning giving too and it will be your choice as to whether you answer and as to how much you give.
God is looking for you to obey Him cheerfully in your giving as He speaks to your heart. In the Old
Testament tithing was ceremonial, but today under the New Covenant, it comes from the heart. Tithing was
not meant to be given grudgingly, it was meant to be given joyfully for the work of the Lord as an
expression of how thankful we are for all that God has done for us. And in reality, we are just giving
back to God a small portion of what He has already given us because all that we have came from Him
Several Things We Are To Look At And Consider
When We Tithe
Or Give According To Our Heart
The following are just a few New Testament verses speaking of giving back to the Lord. Galatians 6:6,
Luke 21:4, 2 Corinthians 8:1-3 and Proverbs 3:9.
- We are to support our pastors and ministers 1 Corinthians 9:14 and 1 Timothy 5:17-18.
- We are to support the poor and needy 1 Corinthians 16:1 and Galatians 2:10.
- When you give trust God to supply your needs 2 Corinthians 9:8 and Philippians 4:19.
- Giving should be done cheerfully or joyfully based on how much the Lord has prospered us 2 Corinthians 9:7 and Corinthians 16:2.
- Taxes should be paid Romans 13:6-7.
- We reap in proportion to what we sow 2 Corinthians 9:6.
- We will eventually give account for our deeds Romans 14:12.