The Heart of Giving

Gen 14:20 And he gave him a tithe of all.

Tithing is a hot, debatable topic in the church. Some say it was Law and therefore Christians are not bound to it; this despite the fact that Abram giving tithe to Melchizedek was before the Law.

Giving is not mandated by a law – giving comes from the heart and a need to help someone.

In my research on the subject one commentator said that Abram did not tithe to Melchizedek of his own resources but with the spoils he took in the rescue of Lot.
The Bible does affirm this but can you make it a legitimate excuse not to tithe because of it?

Years later, Abraham’s grandson, Jacob said, “…of all that You give me I will surely give a tenth to You.” Gen 28:22
His decision also predated any law to do so.
His decision was also based on the resources God would bless him with.

There is no easy answer to whether you believe in tithing or not. You either do or you don’t.

Despite the fact that it’s in the Law, do you think God would demand less of His people today – the people He fills with His own Holy Spirit?
If God demanded 10% from His people under the Law – do you think He would now be happy with you giving 1% under Christ?
Does God move backward or forward?
Does He lower His standards or raise them?

There is more to be said and so I shall.

Abba, I ask for guidance in giving. You have abundantly blessed and I should never be stingy or greedy with what wasn’t mine to begin with. I am just a steward. In Jesus’ name, YES&AMEN

2 thoughts on “The Heart of Giving

  1. We have nothing of our own, not even the air we breath. All has been given to us by the Creator of all things. What are we that we should not give unto our God what He has given us.


  2. Truth be told, giving does not have to be a tithe before it will be accepted by God. 2 Cor tells us that anything we give will be accepted as long as it has been given willingly and cheerfully, no tithes were mentioned.

    You mentioned that the tithe had been in existence before the law and that is true but so has circumcision, animal sacrifice and the kinsman redeemer. Do they also become relevant today? I think not.

    The biblical tithe was a lot more than just giving, it formed part of the redemptive requirements of the Old Testament as did all the other Old Testament laws. It was completely meaningless on its own. Abraham’s tithe before the law on the other hand was voluntary not mandatory and nowhere in scripture are we enjoined to follow this example.

    God bless


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