Why Tithe?


Why Tithe?

Tithing  reflects a grateful heart that wants to give back to God a portion of  what He has given us; in reality, what is already His. Tithing is our  opportunity to show God that He is first in our lives. James 1:17 says  that “every good and perfect gift is from above ...,” so we have an  opportunity to tangibly show God He is the “owner” of our finances by  giving back to Him the first of what He gives us.There are three reasons  why we should tithe.

1. Tithing reflects our heart.

What is the most important thing to you? Jesus said in Matthew 6:21 that  “where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” We can see the  reality of that in the world today and the exaltation of the  financially successful, and more personally you can see that by looking  at your own checkbook.

Malachi 3:10
“Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in My  house, and try Me now in this,” says the Lord of hosts, “If I will not  open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing  that there will not be room enough to receive it.”

2. Tithing is biblical.

Long  before tithing was a practice of the Israelite people, Cain and Abel,  the second generation of the human race, brought an offering to the  Lord. The Lord blessed Abel’s offering, but rejected Cain’s. Abel  brought the “firstborn of his flock,” while Cain brought “some of the  fruits of the soil” as an offering. God wants to be first. The following  scriptures show how tithing is biblical.

Genesis 14:18-20
Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine; he was the  priest of God Most High. And he blessed him and said: “Blessed be Abram  of God Most High, Possessor of heaven and earth; and blessed be God Most  High, who has delivered your enemies into your hand.” And he gave him a  tithe of all.Genesis 28:22
“And this stone which I have set as a pillar shall be God’s house, and  of all that you give me I will surely give a tenth to you.”Leviticus 27:30
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 to the Lord.Deuteronomy 26:1-2
And it shall be, when you come into the land which the Lord your God is  giving you as an inheritance, and you possess it and dwell in it, that  you shall take some of the first of all the produce of the ground, which  you shall bring from your land that the Lord your God is giving you,  and put it in a basket and go to the place where the Lord your God  chooses to make His name abide.

3. Tithing is a benefit.

God’s  kingdom is built on multiplication, not division. God uses the tithe as  an investment where everyone involved gets a return on the investment.  Obviously, the church and the kingdom are blessed, and yet God’s nature  is to also bless the giver. This principle is highlighted in the passage  below.

2 Chronicles 31:4-10
Moreover he commanded the people who dwelt in Jerusalem to contribute  support for the priests and the Levites, that they might devote  themselves to the Law of the Lord.As soon as the commandment was  circulated, the children of Israel brought in abundance the first fruits  of grain and wine, oil and honey, and of all the produce of the field;  and they brought in abundantly the tithe of everything. And the children  of Israel and Judah, who dwelt in the cities of Judah, brought the  tithe of oxen and sheep; also the tithe of holy things which were  consecrated to the Lord their God they laid in heaps.In the third month  they began laying them in heaps, and they finished in the seventh month.  And when Hezekiah and the leaders came and saw the heaps, they blessed  the Lord and His people Israel. Then Hezekiah questioned the priests and  the Levites concerning the heaps. And Azariah the chief priest, from  the house of Zadok, answered him and said, “Since the people began to  bring the offerings into the house of the Lord, we have had enough to  eat and have plenty left, for the Lord has blessed His people; and what  is left is this great abundance.