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THE TITHE IS THE LORD’S, Chapter 10 of United Order

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THE TITHE IS THE LORD’S, Chapter 10 of United Order

Pages 143 to 157 

And all the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land, or of the fruit of the tree, is the Lord’s: it is holy unto the Lord. (Lev. 27:30)

Tithing was not a new law introduced by Moses, for it existed in, the days of the patriarchs–even from the beginning of time. These tithes came from the annual “increase” of crops, herds, etc. (See Deut.14:22) Some of this 10% was for the assistance of the poor, the fatherless and widows–also to sustain the Levites, whose full time was devoted to administering the ordinances of the Lord. (See Deut. 14:29)

There is an important scripture indicating the close relationship between tithing and the law of consecration, and showing that they were both being practiced in the time of Abraham. From the Inspired Translation of the Bible we read:

Wherefore, Abram paid unto him <Melchizedek> tithes of all that he had, of all the riches which he possessed, which God had given him more than that which he had need <surplus>. And it came to pass, that God blessed Abram, and gave unto him riches, and honor, and lands for an everlasting possession <inheritance>: according to the covenant <consecration> which he [144] had made, and according to the blessing wherewith Melchizedek had blessed him <stewardship>. (Gen. 14:39-40)