Three types of tithes mentioned in the Bible


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Message summary & scripture references

Christians debate back and forth over tithing. If we are not careful, we can get confused in the barrage of scripture being thrown at each side of the argument. Even though tithing is highly contested, God placed the concept of tithing in the Bible for a reason — not to argue over it but to learn from it. In today’s message, let’s travel back into the Old Testament to learn about three different types of tithes and discover their lessons for us believers under the new covenant of grace.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 KJV

[16] All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
[17] That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

Leviticus 27:30-33 NLT

[30] “One-tenth of the produce of the land, whether grain from the fields or fruit from the trees, belongs to the Lord and must be set apart to him as holy.
[31] If you want to buy back the Lord’s tenth of the grain or fruit, you must pay its value, plus 20 percent.
[32] Count off every tenth animal from your herds and flocks and set them apart for the Lord as holy.
[33] You may not pick and choose between good and bad animals, and you may not substitute one for another. But if you do exchange one animal for another, then both the original animal and its substitute will be considered holy and cannot be bought back.”

Numbers 18:21 NIV

[21] “I give to the Levites all the tithes in Israel as their inheritance in return for the work they do while serving at the tent of meeting.

1 Corinthians 9:13-14 KJV

[13] Do ye not know that they which minister about holy things live of the things of the temple? and they which wait at the altar are partakers with the altar?
[14] Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel.

Deuteronomy 14:22-26 NLT

[22] “You must set aside a tithe of your crops—one-tenth of all the crops you harvest each year.
[23] Bring this tithe to the designated place of worship—the place the Lord your God chooses for his name to be honored—and eat it there in his presence. This applies to your tithes of grain, new wine, olive oil, and the firstborn males of your flocks and herds. Doing this will teach you always to fear the Lord your God.
[24] “Now when the Lord your God blesses you with a good harvest, the place of worship he chooses for his name to be honored might be too far for you to bring the tithe.
[25] If so, you may sell the tithe portion of your crops and herds, put the money in a pouch, and go to the place the Lord your God has chosen.
[26] When you arrive, you may use the money to buy any kind of food you want—cattle, sheep, goats, wine, or other alcoholic drink. Then feast there in the presence of the Lord your God and celebrate with your household.

Mark 2:27 NLT

[27] Then Jesus said to them, “The Sabbath was made to meet the needs of people, and not people to meet the requirements of the Sabbath.

Deuteronomy 14:28-29 NLT

[28] “At the end of every third year, bring the entire tithe of that year’s harvest and store it in the nearest town.
[29] Give it to the Levites, who will receive no allotment of land among you, as well as to the foreigners living among you, the orphans, and the widows in your towns, so they can eat and be satisfied. Then the Lord your God will bless you in all your work.

Proverbs 19:17 NLT

[17] If you help the poor, you are lending to the Lord — and he will repay you!

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