In Your Bible Read This
Out Loud: Genesis 14:17-20
Memorise This Verse:
2 Chronicles 31:5 'They brought a great amount, a tithe on everything'
Afterwards Talk About
This: What sort of things should we be tithing on?
Something To Do Before
Next Time: List all your sources of income and calculate your
Written Diploma Work:
Write one side on all the things in the bible that people have tithed
Meditate Word By Word On
This Verse: Genesis 28:22
Since God is looking for us
to tithe our income back to him the question rises as to exactly what we
are to tithe on and how this is practically worked out in our lives. A
very good rule to apply concerning tithing is that the tithe should be
the first and the best – as we mature in our financial stewardship we
will look for reasons and things to tithe on as opposed to seeing what
we can get away with in our giving.
Abraham is the first
reference we have in the bible regarding tithing and Genesis 14:20 shows
that he tithed on everything 'Then Abram gave him a tenth of
everything'. Moreover, Genesis 28:22 shows Jacob vowing to do the same
and tithe on all that he received from God, 'And of all that you give me
I will give you a tenth'.
This thought of tithing on
everything can be seen in the 3 scriptures below and listed below are
some of the things that the bible records that people have tithed on
just look at how wide the variety is of things that have been tithed on
Leviticus 27:30 :-
Everything from the land; Grain
from the soil; Fruit from the trees.
2 Chronicles 31:5 :- Corn; New Wine; Oil; Honey; All
that the fields produced.
Nehemiah 13:12 :- Corn,
New wine and Oil.
The primary area of our
tithing should be our income from our job – one of the most commonly
asked questions is whether we should tithe on the gross income or the
net income. As we apply the rule that tithing should be on the first and
the best then it can be argued that we should pay our tithes on the
gross amount – there are a couple of reasons for this. The first being
that if we tithe on the gross we will receive gross blessings but if we
only tithe on the net then we will only receive net blessings.
The second reason is
defining what is meant by net income – is it income after tax, or what
about health insurance, trade union membership and pensions? where do
you draw the line?
Let it be said again –
tithing should be on the first and the best and by tithing on our gross
income we truly honour God and give back to him from the first and the
Surely, as you understand
the dynamic of tithing you would not seek to cut corners and short
change God with your giving but would seek to honour God with all of
your income. Sadly, many people tithe on the gross income and stop there
thinking that they have done all that they are called to do – however,
is it not the case that we should tithe on all our income and not just
the money from our jobs?
Below is a list of potential
areas to tithe from as they all represent income into our lives perhaps
you need to consider tithing on these.
- Profits from sale of property
- Profits from sale of shares
- Monetary gifts
A further point about our
tithing is that God is very definite and exact in the amount he requires
us to give back to him – he doesn't want 8% or 9% but has asked for
Consequently, we should be
very careful ourselves that we return to God 10% of all our income and
not a penny less – since God is specific in this matter so should we
Have you been diligent to
ensure that you have given God 10% of all your income or have you been
giving 'roughly' 10%, but not actually knowing for sure if you have met
the minimum requirement that God is expecting?. When writing to the
Corinthians about the offering for the impoverished saints in Jerusalem,
Paul says in 1 Corinthians 16:2
'Each one of you should set
aside a sum of money in keeping with his income, saving it up' clearly,
the burden was on people to accurately and diligently work out what to
For example suppose that
someone starts to give and in the unseen spiritual realm there is a
large financial harvest awaiting them and the angels of God are waiting
to release it to them and as soon as you give 10% of their gross income.
However, due to the fact they have not accurately worked out their
tithes, they could spend the next 3 years of their life giving 8 or 9%
of your gross income and miss out on this harvest all that time.
Sadly, they could fall short
of giving 10% by just a few pounds but that would be enough to delay the
harvest that was due to them and that would be very sad indeed. So then,
for the sake of receiving the many blessings of God, work out very
accurately your income and make sure that you give your tithe back to
God lest you miss out on a blessing for the sake of a few pounds. (It is
a good idea to work out your tithe to the nearest pound and then round
it up to the nearest £5 or £10 to make absolutely sure you have given
the whole tithe back to God).
In Malachi 3:10 the Lord
speaks a word of exhortation to Israel when he says, 'Bring the whole
tithe into the storehouse' God is certainly not interested in partial or
part time givers. It has been rightly said that if we sow spasmodically
we shall reap spasmodically and therefore our tithing must be constant
and consistent. For example if we tithe every week but forget to do so
when we go on holiday or at Christmas, we have not brought the whole
tithe back to God.
Again, if we tithe during
the good times but don't tithe during the bad times we have again not
brought the whole tithe back to God. It is vital therefore that we are
very diligent to ensure that our tithing is accurate and on all our
income or else we will end up not honouring with our money.
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