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                                                        BIBLE STUDY - THE KING'S FINANCES.

The Bible is very clear on the subject of possessions and finances. It is with great shame that I have to admit that the biggest problem the Christian Church has today is ignorance on this very important matter. We believe what Paul said to Timothy, as can be read in 2 Timothy 3:15-17, “That from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Jesus Christ. All Scriptures is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” This verse was only referring to the Old Testament, not the whole Bible as we know it; THE NEW TESTAMENT DID NOT EXISTED THEN.

Many people all over the world are ignorant on the matter of giving to God’s work or ministry here on earth. When we mention giving people are always forced by man-made ‘church’ doctrine to think in terms of tithes or tithing. THE SHOCKING POINT IS THAT TITHES OR TITHING HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH MONEY AS WE KNOW IT. Do not tell me that there was no money in circulation when Jesus walked the earth. Tithing was always measured in spices and human consumable substances. Matthew 23:15-23, “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.” verse 23, “Woe to you, Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you pay tithe of mint and anise and cumin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone.” Jesus did not say WE or US paying tithes He said YOU or YOUR ways. It was a Jewish Law, Hebrews 7:5 etc.

Take note that Jesus said here; “the weightier matters of the law”, tithing was part of the Jewish law as we will notice further. The law was active while Jesus was on earth before He was crucified. The book of Matthew was written to the Jews. Jesus was talking to the Jews, to be exact to the Jewish Leaders, the Scribes and the Pharisees. Was Jesus talking to them in a friendly manner or was He referring to their way of living? Jesus accused the Pharisees that they were lovers of money, Luke 16:14.

The New Testament does not teach tithing anywhere. Jesus, Paul or no one else teaches tithing, it does not exist under the dispensation of the New Testament. Some churches and preachers see themselves as priests and claim tithing as of the Levites of the Old Testament. Why do they preach and teach tithing? Because; they have accepted this teaching without searching the New Testament.

You may wonder why I bring up the subject of tithing? Because, this is one of the ways that God has to test and try a person’s faith in full time ministry. So if you do not want to become a tentmaker like Paul, become an insurance consultant or something to generate income for yourself and those of your household.

King Solomon said you must honor God with your first fruits. Proverbs 3:9; “Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase: So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.”

THERE ARE TWO WAYS OF GIVING;

a. THANKS OFFERING: Proverbs 3:9-10, "Honor the Lord with your possessions, and with the first fruit of all your increase; so your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will overflow with new wine". Some ministers, pastors and Bible teachers link these two verses to tithing. These verses have nothing to do with tithing. These verses have clearly to do with honoring God with first fruit as in Genesis 4:1-5, Abel brought of his first fruit, he thought about God first. Cain did not. We as the New Testament Church use this way of giving thanks to God. Every born again believer knows that God’s work needs financial support. It is the duty of the clergy and leadership to declare income in terms of taxation.

b. TITHES OF THE JEWS: Genesis 14:18-24, Four hundred and thirty years before the law, Abram offered Melchizedek a tenth of the goods. This is where tithing started. Note what happened in verse 21 - Now the king of Sodom said to Abram, “Give me the persons, and take the goods for yourself". Jesus is a type of Melchizedek; He wants the people rather than the goods. The Roman Catholic Church started with the teaching of tithing and many other churches and denomination followed. 

We fall under the offering of the first fruits starting in Genesis 4 with Cain and Abel not with the law of the father of the Jewish nation father Abraham and Melchizedek in Genesis 14.

1. WHAT DID JESUS AND THE NEW TESTAMENT SAID ABOUT GIVING?

1.1 Luke 6:38, “Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.”

1.2 Matthew 9:13, “Go and learn what this means: I desire mercy not sacrifice.”

1.3 2 Corinthians 9:5-8, verse 7, “So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.”

1.4 1 Corinthians 16:2, “On the first day of the week let each one lay something aside storing up as he may prosper.”

1.5 Mark 12:41-44 and Luke 21:1-4, Jesus sat watching in the temple as people were putting money into the treasury box.

1.6 The rich young man. Matthew 19:16-22; Mark 10:17-22; Luke 18:18-23. We see in the three mentioned Scriptures that Jesus said every time, go and sell all your possessions give it to the poor and come and follow me.

God the Father expects from us to share the financial burden where we fellowship. God will not reward you because you tithe HE WILL BLESS YOU BECAUSE YOU GIVE. This is that the Church can also support those in the Church who cannot support themselves.

The Bible teaches as can be seen in the Book of Acts that the believers gave as much as they could. Some even sold all their possessions to support the Church. Acts 2:45 etc. I do not say that you have to go and sell all your possessions, God gave us a sound mind.

We have to pay taxes in the country we live in, to maintain certain structures, Mark 12:15-17 and Matthew 22:19-21. Likewise God’s work here on earth needs money to maintain certain structures.

2. WHAT EXAMPLE DID PAUL SET TO SURVIVE FINANCIALLY?

2.1 Acts 18:3, Paul was a full time laborer for God and a tentmaker by trade.

2.2 Acts 20;33-35, Paul said, “I have coveted no one’s silver or gold or apparel. Yes, you yourselves know that these hands have provided for my necessities, and for those who were with me. I have shown you in every way, by laboring like this, that you must support the weak. And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive’.”

3. DOES THIS MEAN THAT ALL MINISTERS MUST WORK FOR THEIR OWN INCOME?

3.1 Galatians 6:6; “Let him who is taught in the word share in all good things with him who teaches”.

3.2 Philippians 4:15, “Now you Philippians know also that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church shared with me concerning giving and receiving but you only.”

3.3 Paul writes to the Church in 2 Corinthians 11:7b-8, "I preached the gospel  of God to you free of charge? I robbed other churches, taking wages from them to minister to you".

4. WAS TITHES FOR THE NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH?

4.1 Not one single place in the New Testament you will find that Jesus or anyone taught tithing. Jesus had the opportunity more than once to preach tithing as can be seen from point 1 above. Tithing in the Old Testament was for the Jews only; this can be seen in the Old Testament Scriptures. When Jesus was on earth tithing was linked to the law of the Jewish people. 

4.2 Hebrews 7:1-28 verse 5, “And indeed those who are of the sons of Levi, who received the priesthood, have a commandment to receive tithes from the people according to the law, that is, from their brethren, though they have come from the loins of Abraham". Please read verses 12 and 18 very careful. The writer to the Hebrews tried to explain something in chapter 7, by referring to the Old Testament.

4.3 The only three places where Jesus mentioned about tithing in the New Testament it was linked to the Pharisees and as Jesus had put it - to, their law. John 8:17; 10:34, “Your law”. Romans 2:17, “Indeed you are called Jew, and rest on the law.” Acts 25:8, “The law of the Jews.”

a. Luke 18:10-14, "Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.” Verse 12, “I fast twice a week, I give tithes of all that I possess.” These were the words of the Pharisee; Jesus explained further that the tax collector went home justified.

b. Matthew 23:15-23, “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel land and sea to win one proselyte, and when he is won, you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves.” Verse 23, “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone.” Read whole chapter.

c. Luke 11:42, “But woe to you Pharisees! For you tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass by justice and the love of God. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone.”

5. WHERE DOES TITHING COME FROM AND WHY TITHES HAD TO BE PAID?

5.1 Tithing started in Genesis 14:18-24, four hundred and thirty years before the law and became part of the law.

5.2 Numbers 18:21, “Behold I have given the children of Levi all the tithes in Israel as an inheritance in return for the work which they perform, the work of the tabernacle of meeting".

5.3 Tithing became part of the law for the Jewish people from the time of Jacob. There are 23 Scripture verses in the Old Testament referring to tithes, all these are clearly stated as for the Jews.

5.4 Malachi 3:6, “For I am the Lord, I do not change, therefore you are not consumed O sons of Jacob". Jacob was the father of Levi and all the sons of Levi who were Priests. The book of Malachi was written to the Jews 400 years before the birth of Jesus Christ. Are we the sons of Jacob?

5.5 God will not bless us because we give a tenth, He will bless us because we give, because we are thankful. We surely owe God much more than a tenth.

                                                             Compiled by: Chris Mengel Snr.

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