Tithing

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  • Tithing

    1. 1. Tithing
    2. 2. Not…
    3. 3. Tithing
    4. 4. It means taking 10%
    5. 5. It means taking 10%
    6. 6. and giving it to the LORD
    7. 7. and giving it to the LORD
    8. 8. Many ancient countries tithed
    9. 9. Many ancient countries tithed • Egypt, Syria, Babylonia, Lydia…
    10. 10. Many ancient countries tithed • Egypt, Syria, Babylonia, Lydia… • More of a tax than a religious act
    11. 11. Tithing is first mentioned in the time of Abraham
    12. 12. Tithing is first mentioned in the time of Abraham • Genesis 14:18-20 — Melchizedek
    13. 13. Tithing is first mentioned in the time of Abraham • Genesis 14:18-20 — Melchizedek • Referred to in Hebrews 7:1-10
    14. 14. Tithing was commanded under the law of Moses
    15. 15. Tithing was commanded under the law of Moses • Lev. 27:30 “A tithe of everything from the land, whether grain from the soil or fruit from the trees, belongs to the LORD; it is holy to the LORD.”
    16. 16. Tithing was commanded under the law of Moses • Lev. 27:30 “A tithe of everything from the land, whether grain from the soil or fruit from the trees, belongs to the LORD; it is holy to the LORD.” • Num 18:21-29
    17. 17. Tithing was commanded under the law of Moses • Lev. 27:30 “A tithe of everything from the land, whether grain from the soil or fruit from the trees, belongs to the LORD; it is holy to the LORD.” • Num 18:21-29 • Deut. 12:17-18
    18. 18. Tithing was commanded under the law of Moses • Lev. 27:30 “A tithe of everything from the land, whether grain from the soil or fruit from the trees, belongs to the LORD; it is holy to the LORD.” • Num 18:21-29 • Deut. 12:17-18 • Deut. 14:22-29
    19. 19. The Israelites at times neglected the tithe
    20. 20. The Israelites at times neglected the tithe • Nehemiah 13:10-13
    21. 21. The Israelites at times neglected the tithe • Nehemiah 13:10-13 • Malachi 3:8-10
    22. 22. In the time of Jesus, the tithe was a legalistic ritual
    23. 23. In the time of Jesus, the tithe was a legalistic ritual • Matthew 23:23
    24. 24. In the time of Jesus, the tithe was a legalistic ritual • Matthew 23:23 • Luke 18:12
    25. 25. The New Testament never commands that we give 10%!
    26. 26. Early Christian writers taught that the tithe belonged to the Old Covenant
    27. 27. Early Christian writers taught that the tithe belonged to the Old Covenant They said that Christians were free to give much, much more!
    28. 28. What about us?
    29. 29. What about us? There is nothing wrong with tithing on a personal basis
    30. 30. What about us? There is nothing wrong with tithing on a personal basis • It can be a good place to start for a new Christian
    31. 31. What about us? There is nothing wrong with tithing on a personal basis • It can be a good place to start for a new Christian • It can be a good guideline for us all
    32. 32. What about us? There is much wrong with requiring the tithe on a legalistic basis
    33. 33. What about us? There is much wrong with requiring the tithe on a legalistic basis • Christians are free from the Old Testament law
    34. 34. What about us? There is much wrong with requiring the tithe on a legalistic basis • Christians are free from the Old Testament law • To try to keep the law is to fall from grace (Gal. 5:4)
    35. 35. What about us? Christian giving is free and from the heart
    36. 36. What about us? Christian giving is free and from the heart • We give motivated by love, not by law
    37. 37. What about us? Christian giving is free and from the heart • We give motivated by love, not by law • We give according to what we have received from God
    38. 38. What about us? Christian giving is free and from the heart • We give motivated by love, not by law • We give according to what we have received from God • Spiritual blessings • Material blessings
    39. 39. What about us? We are free to give much more than 10%!
    40. 40. What about us? We are free to give much more than 10%! • Not all giving happens quot;in the basketquot;
    41. 41. What about us? We are free to give much more than 10%! • Not all giving happens quot;in the basketquot; • We should not try and keep detailed records of everything that we give
    42. 42. What about us? We should give joyfully
    43. 43. What about us? We should give joyfully • The Israelites were to tithe joyfully
    44. 44. What about us? We should give joyfully • The Israelites were to tithe joyfully • We should be even more joyful!
    45. 45. What about us? We should give joyfully • The Israelites were to tithe joyfully • We should be even more joyful! • “God loves a cheerful giver”
    46. 46. “Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will not be exhausted, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Luke 12:33-34)
    47. 47. “Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will not be exhausted, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Luke 12:33-34)

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