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    Tithing: Summary of the Law & The Transition

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    Summary of Additions to the Law of Moses

    1. Tithing is always mentioned as a part of the whole; tithing is still a requirement to fulfill the Law of Moses.

    2. Emphasis on caring for those in ministry, the poor and widow, and the foreigner are a constant thread throughout scriptures.

    3. As the time draws near to the coming of the Messiah, the scriptures reflect God's coming to an end with letting the Law define His relationship with His people. As long as the Law is in effect, He can only have a surface relationship with them. He refers again and again to giving His people a new heart, with His commandments written on their hearts, so it's not doing rightly because they have to, but because it is now in their heart to do it. It is natural, because He changes their nature.

    THE TRANSITION (New Testament, Pre-Resurrection of Christ, Under Law) What did Jesus say about tithing?

    The Pharisees' Motives (Matthew 23:23; Luke 11:37-54) The Pharisees got mad when Jesus challenged them about why they were doing what they were doing.

    The Pharisees' Self-Righteousness (Luke 18:9-14) Again, Jesus' illustration was meant to expose the misconception about the purpose of the law: it was not meant to separate those who could perform from those who could not, but to expose an equal need for a Savior.

    Summary of the Tithe During the Transition Jesus never told anyone to tithe! In fact, every reference to tithing was in the negative sense!

    THE FULNESS OF TIMES: GRACE! (New Testament, Post-Resurrection, Under Grace)

    Tithing, the Priesthood & Melchizedek

    Hebrews 8:6

    Caring for Ministers (1 Corinthians 9:1-18)

    Caring for Those in Need (1 Corinthians 16:1-4)

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    Tithing: Additions to the Law of Moses

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    There are several references outside of the written Law (Torah: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers & Deuteronomy) which include additions or clarifications to that which was already established. These all do, however, refer back specifically to the written Law.

    A King Over Israel (1 Samuel 8:6-22) By rejecting God as their sovereign leader, the Israelites would be required to pay additional costs; monetary, their sons and daughters, animals, servants and land would all be required by their king. They would serve the king, instead of God. And they would cry out to God to deliver them from their leader, and God would not hear them.

    Hezekiah and the Restoration (2 Chronicles 30:23-31:21) The people were encouraged to keep the feast going; the King made a large donation (of goods he had received as taxes from the people, as previously warned by God), and the priests and Levites made an even larger donation. The people rejoiced, partied, then broke down the idols (they had been worshiping), then went home. The priestly duties, which had ceased, were restored.

    The Law of Moses is summarized in verses 20-21. Because Hezekiah did what was right, God prospered him. This was the best they could hope for; a surface relationship with a God who provided for their physical needs, peace, etc. as long as they did what He told them to do. The Israelites had to fulfill their part BEFORE God would fulfill His part, But God never intended that the Law define His relationship with His people; its purpose was to reveal that there was nothing we could do to BRING OURSELVES into relationship with Him. It was something ONLY HE, AND HE ALONE, COULD DO. With the Resurrection, Jesus concluded both parts of the covenant: He did our part and the Father's, once and for all, permanently.

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    "Tithe" as a Noun simply means "tenth." In many places in scripture the word is simply a number. It is also used as a verb, or an activity God requires as partial fulfillment of His covenant with Israel.

    Elements of a Covenant

    Both parties agree to it, so there is an underlying assumption that each participant gets something out of it. The parties involved are Israel and God; the conditions of compliance are that if Israel will keep all the commandments and the precepts, God will be their God, and Israel will be His people. The consequences are long, happy, healthy lives; basically material blessings. Failure to keep ALL of the law would result in God bringing judgment upon His people. There were many requirements of the law, only one of which was the tithe.

    "Tithe" as a Verb

    If the Israelites did their part, to fulfill the commandments (there were hundreds) and the precepts, then God was obligated by His Word to fulfill His part, and take care of and bless them. The Levites were not the first to tithe; many idolaters dedicated a tenth of their increase to their gods. Giving a portion of the spoils of war and of the increase of the field was common throughout the ancient world, from Greece to China to Mayan civilizations.


    Abram (Genesis 14:17-20)

    Jacob (Genesis 28:10-22)

    Summary of the Tithe before the Law was Written Down

    THE CODIFIED LAW (The Written Law of Moses)

    Tithing Instituted as Part of the Covenant (Leviticus 27:30-34)

    The Tithe Goes to the Levites (Numbers 18:19-28)

    The Tithe of the Feasts (Deuteronomy 12:5-19)

    The Tithe for the Priesthood & the Poor (Deuteronomy 14:22-29)

    The Tri-Annual Tithe and Declaration of Fulfillment of the Law (Deuteronomy 26:12-15)

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    Tithing: Additions to the Law of Moses (Nehemiah & Amos)

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    Nehemiah and Restoration of the Law (Nehemiah 10:28-39)

    As Nehemiah and the restored Israelites re-establish their nation, one of the first things they do is re-iterate the tenets of the regulations acknowledging the Lord as their God. This includes the restoration of the tithe (they were not tithing or keeping any of the commandments of the Lord in captivity, previous to entering the land). Again, tithes to the priests was specifically mentioned, as well as the tithes being stored in the temple. Nehemiah even added ordinances concerning payment for specific needs of the temple. (These things may have been more expensive than they were in Moses' day.)

    Nehemiah and Enforcement of the Law (Nehemiah 12:44-13:14)

    Nehemiah relates some political intrigue regarding the leadership, both political and religious, which contributed to the apostasy of the nation. He gathers together the (genealogically) appointed leaders and puts them back to the work they are supposed to be doing, as well as gathering the Levites, calling them to return from working in the fields instead of ministering to the Lord. He also records how he clears out the storeroom for the tithe, restores it to the Levites, asks the Lord to remember him for his good deeds, and condemns Israel for having failed to keep God's commandments (immediately following this section Nehemiah gets on their case for working on the Sabbath, so he is definitely not picking out one area of the law to emphasize.)

    Amos and Tithing to Idols (Amos 3:12-4:7)

    The prophet Amos, speaking for God, lists tithing and sacrifice to idols (at Bethel and Gilgal) as one of their crimes against Him. Clearly, it was not just tithing that was important.

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    Tithing vs Giving: THE CODIFIED LAW

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    THE CODIFIED LAW (The Written Law of Moses)

    Tithing Instituted as Part of the Covenant

    The Tithe Goes to the Levites

    Israel was directed to tithe directly to the Levites, which was set aside as a tithe of the people to be holy unto the Lord. It was to be their payment, since they would be completely devoted to the administration and implementation of the tabernacle of the Lord and its ordinances, feasts, etc. They were to spend all of their time ministering to the Lord and to His people. The Levites were to tithe to the Lord, in the form of a heave offering, which was in turn offered to Aaron and his family, or whomever was the High Priest. THE TITHE DESCRIBED HERE WAS SET ASIDE FOR THE LEVITES AND HIGH PRIEST.

    The Tithe of the Feasts

    The Israelites were instructed as to where to go to give their tithes (wherever the tabernacle/presence of God was), and the manner in which they should be eaten (as a family/nation, with rejoicing, especially including the Levites). THIS TITHE WAS ASSOCIATED WITH THE FEASTS AND FESTIVALS.

    The Tithe for the Priesthood & the Poor

    For those who lived a long distance from the center of the nation, they could convert their tithe (grain and animals) to their value in currency (gold and silver), take the money "to the place which the LORD chooses," and purchase there whatever is necessary to be able to celebrate the feast.

    A third tithe is specified; every three years, the tithe of the year's produce (not animals) was to be put into a community storehouse. THIS TITHE WAS SET ASIDE TO REPLENISH THE SUPPLY FOR THE PRIESTHOOD AND THE NEEDY OF THE LAND.

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    Tithing: Malachi and Summary of Additions to the Law of Moses

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    Malachi and the Lord's List of Charges Against Israel continued

    Ch. 2:16 God hates divorce, which had become acceptable, even amongst the priests. They murmured against God, accusing Him of not hearing because He didn't come when called.

    Ch. 3 God outlines His solution to the problem; promising His messenger (John the Baptist), His coming (as Messiah), and the maker and keeper of the covenant (the fulfiller of the Law, Christ). The Messiah will begin the judgment with those who abused His people. God Himself will purify and purge His priests. He will then accept their offering (the coming of the Messiah ushers in a new kind of priesthood).  Even though they turned against Him, God promises that if they return, He will likewise. In their arrogance, they continue to defend themselves. God accuses them of robbing Him of tithes and offerings. God curses the priests and the whole nation with a curse for having robbed Him. Yet still gives them one last chance: if they will just do one simple thing, if they will bring the tithes into the storehouse, on His terms, He will pour out such abundant blessing that they would not be able to contain it. Israel accuses God of unfairness and rewarding the proud. Some in Israel respond to the above admonitions, and were remembered by God. He promises to spare them as they serve Him.

    Ch. 4 God's judgment against the proud and the wicked. But a promise of healing and comfortable care to those who fear His Name. Righteousness will be restored and victory given to those that bear His Name. God reminds the people to study the Law of Moses. Promise of a zealous Prophet to warn the guilty and revive the righteous. His ministry will be on a heart level, which is God's complaint against Israel.

    Summary of Additions to the Law of Moses

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    Tithing: Conclusions & Reflections

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    Are You Free to Give?

    Here's a little test: If you are currently tithing, or making regular donations to a ministry, group or person, ask the Lord each time if that is the amount He wants you to give. Tell Him that unless you hear to the contrary, you will assume His answer is "Yes!" Then give Him an opportunity to speak. Remember, the goal here is not to give the "right" amount. The goal is to enjoy our relationship with the Lord, and to have the confidence that He makes Himself known.

    Gives Life! Not Meeting Standards!

    When the Lord started talking to me about this, how I was maintaining control over my finances by putting the "principle of tithing" above His personal instruction, He asked me to ask Him what He wanted to do every time I went into my wallet, not just about ministry-related matters, but purchases as well. I was amazed at how much He had to say!

    When considering a choice or action or even belief or doctrine, here are some of the questions I ask myself:

    Does it draw me closer to the Lord, or in some way drive me away from Him?

    Does it encourage me to be real and honest with the Lord and with others?

    Does it encourage me to rely on my own strength or ability or on the Lord's alone?

    Does it encourage me to rely on my faith or understanding or on the Lord's faithfulness and trustworthiness?

    Does it encourage me to be vulnerable to the Lord's dealings in my life, or does it impart the fear of consequences or of making a mistake?

    Does it encourage me to come closer to others, and be vulnerable with others?

    If this hurts my reputation, do I gain a closer relationship with Him?

    If it is not specifically addressed in the scriptures (after personal study, reflection and meditation), does it seem to contradict or line up with their intent?

  • Tithing: Consequences & Conclusions

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    Believers Not Learning How to Hear the Lord

    There is a stronghold of poverty in the church because of the mix of grace and law, that you are free to give as long as you have already fulfilled the law of tithing.

    Social Infrastructure Based on Money

    On a practical note, in Old Testament times, the tithes and offerings paid for government services, self-defense, disaster relief, roads, parties (festivals), and every need of society. Today, we pay taxes for these necessities.

    Not Giving God's Way is Contrary to Our New Nature

    There are at least four reasons the decision to tithe or not is a big issue. First, a lot of time, effort and manipulation is being used to get God's people to donate money, regardless of the need. Secondly, financially supporting something God isn't blessing can actually delay God's discipline in another's life, work or ministry. Third, not asking God what to do is ignoring His sovereignty in our lives. Fourth, deciding on our own is disobedience to the truth, and encouraging to the flesh.


    Bereans (Acts 17:10-11)

    The Bereans were commended because they looked it up (in the Torah) for themselves, overcame the fear of man and their own traditions, and when they recognized the truth, they were willing to let go of their old ideas and act on what they were convinced of.

    Free to Give Only if Free Not to Give!

    We can't be free to give from the heart if it's a commandment and we must do it. It was for freedom we were set free.

    Are You Free to Give?

    Here's a little test: If you are currently tithing, or making regular donations to a ministry, group or person, ask the Lord each time if that is the amount He wants you to give. Then give Him an opportunity to speak.

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    Estate Planning For Everyone: Wills, Estate Planning and Probate Law

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    The Barrows Firm Law Review is a monthly Internet radio show podcast featuring information about Texas family, criminal, juvenile, probate and estate planning law and events. Attorney Tylene Di Sciullo is one of our featured hosts from The Barrows Firm, who shares insight and information about popular areas of the law affecting many families in Texas, and today we are talking about wills, estate planning and probate law in North Texas.

    Estate Planning For Everyone: Wills, Estate Planning and Probate Law and Litigation

    Who needs a will, what can a will accomplish, and what happens if you pass without a will?
    How can we protect the interests of biological children and other members of blended families?
    When do we need durable or healthcare power of attorney documents and authorizations?
    How does probate litigation work, what can we expect, and can we avoid the court process?
    Identifying major life occurrences that require updates estate-planning documents.

    Tylene Di Sciullo is of counsel to The Barrows Firm in Fort Worth, Texas. Her practice is focused on wills, estate planning and probate law and litigation. When not in court or counseling clients, Ms. Di Sciullo is a competitive swing, country western and ballroom dancer who takes all the steps, with style and grace, both on the dance floor and in law practice. Tylene Di Sciullo earned her undergraduate and Master’s degrees in Business Administration from the University of Texas at Arlington and she earned her law degree from Texas Wesleyan School of Law. She is a past Texas Wesleyan School of Law Alumni Board of Director and Officer. She was also Chairman of the Habitat for Humanity Committee for one year with the Tarrant County Bar Association. To speak to Tylene Di Sciullo please call (682) 708-4158.

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