Tithing 2

Posted: April 11, 2013 in Tithing
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Welcome and thanks for reading.  Last week we read that the original twelve tribes of Israel were to give a
tithe or 10% of everything from their land (grain, fruit, wine, etc.) and a tithe or 10% of their animals to
the Lord.  But who represented the Lord and who receive the tithe?

Nehemiah 13:5  and also the tithe of grain, new wine and oil prescribed for the LEVITES …

Nehemiah 10:37  Moreover, we will bring to the storerooms of the house of our God, to the PRIESTS, the
first of our ground meal, of our grain offerings, of the fruit of all our trees and of our new wine and oil.
And we will bring a tithe of our crops to the LEVITES, for it is the LEVITES who collect the tithes in all the
towns where we work.

2 Chronicles 31:10  Hezekiah asked the PRIESTS and LEVITES about the heaps;  and Azariah the chief priest,
from the family of Zadok, answered, “since the people began to bring their contributions to the temple of
the Lord, we had enough to eat and plenty to spare. because the Lord has blessed his people, and this great
amount is left over.

Now the question becomes, who are the LEVITES that are receiving the tithe?

When Joshua led the twelve Israelite tribes into the promised land, the LEVITES were the only tribe that re-
ceived cities but no land.  This was because “the Lord God of Israel himself is their possession.”   The
LEVITE TRIBE served religious duties for the other eleven tribes.  They had political responsibilities as well.
The LEVITE TRIBE was to be supported in their work of ministry by the other eleven tribes.

To review, of the twelve tribes of Israel, eleven of the tribes were to give ten percent of their produce that
came from their land (grain, wine, oil, fruits, animals).  It was to be given to the PRIESTS and LEVITES,
who were the TWELFTH TRIBE and had no land of their own.  They primarily served the other eleven
tribes in religious duties.

Next week, we will continue the history of tithing.  This is important if we are to understand if tithing is
relevant today.

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.

Jeff

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