The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, saith Yahweh of Hosts.
Tithing is a word used to mean returning back to God 10% of our finances.
The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, says Jehovah of Hosts.
While there are many scriptures throughout the Bible that stress responsible stewardship, there are also many, many Scriptures which tell us that no matter how much or how little God has entrusted us with, it all belongs to Him anyway. Once we realize this we can see that tithing is simply returning a portion of our finances back to the one who originally gave them to us; God.
I know, it can be hard to remember; but it’s true, God owns everything. By ourselves, we actually possess nothing; it all belongs to Him. At His discretion, God can add to what we have or He can allow it to be taken away.
Much depends upon our heart condition and how well we have managed what He has already given us. Tithing is one method that God utilizes to measure our devotion to Him. Money is like everything else: we give back to God a portion of what He has given us.
Every man according as he purposes in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loves a cheerful giver.
2 Cor 9:7
We see the principle of tithing practiced all throughout the Bible. We see it in Genesis with Abram (Gen. 14:18-24 / prior to the Levitical system), later on with Moses (Lev. 27:30 during the Levitical system) , on through the remainder of the “Old Testament” / Tanach (Prov. 3:9-10, Mal. 3:8-11), and then on into the “New Testament”. Jesus confirmed the principle of tithing (Mt. 23:23, Mk 12:43-44), and then we continue to see it throughout the New Testament (2 Cor. 9:6-8, 1 Tim 5:17-18) in Apostle Paul’s writings.
It is well established that God financially blesses those who tithe and practice good stewardship of His resources. Not only do we see this principle in practice in the Bible, but also in our lives today.
Honor Jehovah with your substance, and with the firstfruits of all your increase:
So shall your barns be filled with plenty, and your presses shall burst out with new wine.
Although, in the “Old Testament” (Tanach), we see the financial commitment of the people to maintain God’s work to be somewhere over twenty percent of their income, most believe the Bible teaches that a tithe of 10% is appropriate for today.
The Tithe is utilized to meet the financial needs of the local congregation so that God’s work can be sustained and advanced (Matt. 28:18-20). Finances are necessary to maintain even the simplest of ministries’ day to day operations, evangelism, missions, and to supply the “store house” for rainy days. The tithe should go to support the local congregation that is providing spiritual guidance, encouragement, and support.
Above and beyond the tithe, as explained above, offerings and donations are financial gifts that may be presented when and where appropriate as God leads.
As with the other subjects covered here in the “jump start”, the Bible has much more to say regarding the tithe and good stewardship of all of God’s resources.
May Jehovah God bless you as you bless Him by managing well His resources that He has entrusted you with.