Tithing


Tithing



Before we start spending, we are to honor God by giving Him his part first. It's in the Bible, Proverbs 3:9, TLB. "Honor the Lord by giving Him the first part of all your income."
What part of our income has the Lord claimed as His? It's in the Bible, Leviticus 27:30, TLB. "A tenth of the produce of the land, whether grain or fruit, is the Lord's, and is holy."
Tithing is a way to teach us that God must be our #1 priority. It's in the Bible, Deuteronomy 14:22-23, TLB. "You must tithe all of your crops every year. Bring this tithe to eat before the Lord your God at the place He shall choose as His sanctuary; this applies to your tithes of grain, new wine, olive oil, and the firstborn of your flocks and herds. The purpose of tithing is to teach you always to put God first in your lives."
How was the tithe used in Israel? It's in the Bible, Numbers 18:21, TLB. "You priests may own no property, nor have any other income, for I am all that you need. As for the tribe of Levi, your relatives, they shall be paid for their service with the tithes from the entire land of Israel."
Christ endorsed tithing. It's in the Bible, Matthew 23:23, NIV. "Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill and cummin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter without neglecting the former."
How does Paul say the gospel ministry is to be supported? It's in the Bible, I Corinthians 9:13-14, TLB. "Don't you realize that God told those working in His temple to take for their own needs some of the food brought there as gifts to Him? And those who work at the altar of God get a share of the food that is brought by those offering it to the Lord. In the same way the Lord has given orders that those who preach the Gospel should be supported by those who accept it."
On what fundamental basis does the requirement of tithe paying rest? It's in the Bible, Psalm 24:1, TLB. "The earth belongs to God! Everything in all the world is His!"
Where does wealth come from? It's in the Bible, Deuteronomy 8:18, NIV. "But remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you the ability to produce wealth."
In addition to the tithe what are we told to bring to his courts? It's in the Bible, Psalm 96:8, NIV. "Ascribe to the Lord the glory due His name; bring an offering and come into His courts."
God says we rob Him if we don't give tithe and offerings. It's in the Bible, Malachi 3:8, NIV. "Will a man rob God? Yet you rob Me. But you ask, 'How do we rob You?' In tithes and offerings."
How does God suggest we test His promised blessings? It's in the Bible, Malachi 3:10, NIV. "Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house. Test Me in this, says the Lord Almighty, and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it."
Give with joy, because you want to please God. It's in the Bible, II Corinthians 9:7, NIV. "Each man should give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver."
God says your gift should honestly reflect how much you've been given. It's in the Bible, Deuteronomy 16:17, NIV. "Each of you must bring a gift in proportion to the way the Lord your God has blessed you."

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