In this our frequently asked questions about tithing in the bible, we are going to answer the question: what does the bible say about where to give your tithe?
But before we go into the explanations proper, let us outline the bible verses that show us where to gove our tithes.
Bible verse about where to give your tithes.
1. Eating your tithe in the presence of God.
Be sure to set aside a tenth of all that your fields produce each year. Eat the tithe of your grain, new wine and olive oil, and the firstborn of your herds and flocks in the presence of the Lord your God at the place he will choose as a dwelling for his Name, so that you may learn to revere the Lord your God always.
But if that place is too distant and you have been blessed by the Lord your God and cannot carry your tithe (because the place where the Lord will choose to put his Name is so far away), then exchange your tithe for silver, and take the silver with you and go to the place the Lord your God will choose.
Use the silver to buy whatever you like: cattle, sheep, wine or other fermented drink, or anything you wish. Then you and your household shall eat there in the presence of the Lord your God and rejoice.Deuteronomy 14:22-26.
2. Paying your tithe to the Levites, strangers, orphans, and widows.
And do not neglect the Levites living in your towns, for they have no allotment or inheritance of their own. At the end of every three years, bring all the tithes of that year’s produce and store it in your towns, so that the Levites (who have no allotment or inheritance of their own) and the foreigners, the fatherless and the widows who live in your towns may come and eat and be satisfied, and so that the Lord your God may bless you in all the work of your hands.Deuteronomy 14:27-29
3. Levites are to pay their tithes to the priest.
The Lord said to Moses, “Speak to the Levites and say to them: ‘When you receive from the Israelites the tithe I give you as your inheritance, you must present a tenth of that tithe as the Lord’s offering.
Your offering will be reckoned to you as grain from the threshing floor or juice from the winepress. In this way you also will present an offering to the Lord from all the tithes you receive from the Israelites.
From these tithes you must give the Lord’s portion to Aaron the priest. 2You must present as the Lord’s portion the best and holiest part of everything given to you.’Numbers 18:25-29
Where to give your tithe according to the bible.
From the above bible verses, we can deduce the following places as where we should pay our tithe.
- Tithes are to be eaten yearly by the worshipper and his family in the presence of the Lord. (Deuteronomy 14:22-26)
- In the third year of tithing, the tithes are to be given to the Levites, strangers, orphans, and widows. (Deuteronomy 14:27-29)
- The Levites who received the tithes also pay their tithes to the priests. (Numbers 18:25-29)
The laws of the tithe.
The above scripture in its whole context relates to the law of tithes in Judaism.
And that law as we have seen so far gives instructions on where we should pay our tithe.
The first tithe is the most neglected in today’s Christianity, that is eating the tithe in the presence of the Lord with your family.
And when you read down that bible portion you will see how God tells the Jews that if the journey to the place of worship is too far, they should sell the tithes and use the proceeds to buy whatever their heart desires.
Reading through verses 27-29 you will see the second type of the tithes.
This second type of tithe was to be paid after every three years to the Levites, widows, strangers, and orphans.
Giving of tithes today in Christianity.
Today, the church emphasizes tithes in the wrong way.
Charismatic leaders admonish their congregation to pay their tithes from every ten percent of the income they make, even if it’s daily.
Believers pay their tithes wrongly to the charismatic leaders and forsake the widows, strangers, and orphans.
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