He did tell the Pharisees who were under the law that they gave tithes of mint and cummin but forgot the weightier matters of the law such as compassion
Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.
But did Christ actually point us to a better way of giving in the New Covenant?
Is there a better way? A way according to the Spirit?
2 Corinthians 9:7
Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.
We hear it preached over and over.... "Will a man rob God?"
However, those to whom these scriptures we addressed were unto the Jews and the Jewish Priesthood.
The Lord then dwelt in the Temple between the cherubim on the mercy seat of the ark of the covenant in the holiest of holies where the high priest would atone annually with blood for the sins of the nation, scrolling them forward until the time of Christ. (Yom Kippur)
These that lived of the Temple were the Levites and they had no inheritance of Land with the other 11 of the 12 tribes of Israel. The Lord was their inheritance, so it was commanded of the Jews of the remaining 11 tribes under the law that they bring their tithes into the storehouse and that the priests would live off the offerings. The high priest lived only off the 1% of the 10% called the "heave offering"
However, when Jesus Christ died in the flesh on the cross, he fulfilled the covenant with Israel by His own sacrifice. "To wit, God was in Christ reconciling himself unto the world".
When he died, the veil of the temple surrounding the Ark of the Covenant ripped into signifying that the way to God was made open and manifest to all men (mankind).
In the New Testament was Chist pointing us to a new method of giving unto Lord?
Was tithing practiced in the Apostolic Church?
As Christians, therefore we are not obligated to pay the tithe according to the statutes written for the nation of Israel and of the Jews. Instead, to look at examples of New Testament Giving, re-reading the book of Acts looking specifically for examples of the structure of Christian giving, you will find sacrificial giving, holding things common, offerings, benevolence, etc are all evident... but not the tithe.
Now, to those who believe in the tithe, it must be acknowledged that whatever is given as though unto the Lord is Holy unto the Lord. And any sacrifice toward God is acceptable.
But when one lays down the Law of Moses and obeys the Law of the Spirit, obediently giving to whom and wheresoever the Lord directs according to His Will and leading, great things can happen. I know of a man who went from having $8.00 in his pocket to making well over 6 figures, because his heart was in the right place, and his giving was Spirit-led. He did not give tithes anymore to receive of God, nor to obey the law.
Remember the argument in the early church about circumcision? If we take any bit of the Law unto ourselves we take the whole law.
The reason one cannot gain financial victory is often because although one may have gained the Spirit, one is still living under the mastery of the Law. One will not be blessed because one is a faithful tither. There will a measured receipt of his blessings. One will be blessed when 100% of ones life, substance, business relationships etc. are completely yeilded to the Law of the Spirit.
Challenge: Truly give unto the Lord. Not necessarily your church offering.
Ask God to direct your path(s). Give to people that God leads you to. Women whose husbands are in jail, children with no fathers, people in your fellowship who can't pay their bills. We are not commanded as christians to support a building fund or programs. We are commanded to love one another.
When you do these things, God will bless your business. The work will come in ways that you will be forced to acknowledge came only from God's leading and not from your own industry.
Christ is a Multiplier!
God dwells not in temples made with men's hands.
The book of Hebrews declares that Jesus Christ is our eternal high priest according to the order of Melchizadek, not of Aaron (the Levites) and that Abraham already paid tithes to Melchizadek when the children of Israel (the 12 tribes) were still in his loins.
Leaving the Comfort Zone:
When you reach out to go deeper in God, He will take you into places that are uncomfortable and it is not uncommon to want to reach for the comfortable to make you feel more at ease with the process.
Sometimes, that does mean sacrificing what we want or think that God wants for us like Abraham did with Isaac. Even though God promised him a son, once the son (Isaac) came, Abraham was told of God to lay him down and sacrifice him. It was only through the obedience and surviving the test of character that Abraham was able to actually walk into the blessing that God had spoken to him.
For if Isaac was slain, then the promise of God to number Abraham's seed as the stars of heaven would have been lost forever. And if you think of it... the man Jesus Christ came through the loins of Judah.
Don't be afraid to give God the very things that you hold on to dearly.. relationships, goals, business, finacnices, even His Promises and Blessings!
Just be an obedient vessel and he will bring you up higher and reveal more to you...
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