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Torah teaches that the tithe was paid in 6 of 7 years on crops, but NO TITHE WAS PAID in the 7th year. Funny how most Christian pastors do not instruct their flock to take a break from tithing every 7th year.

In every 7 year cycle, there was a tithe paid in the 3rd and 6th year (some say only the 3rd year) that was different from what was paid in the 1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th years of every 7 year cycle. The only time I've heard a Christian pastor talk about this was when they more or less tell their flock , "Israel paid 2 tithes, so you need to give 20% of your income to your church, not 10%." In reality, one of those tithes was only paid 2 of 7 years, no tithe was paid 1 of 7 years, so even if you applied this by analogy to cash, it would only come out to 8.6% (or 11.4%) of your income depending on whether you go with the interpretation that the "Second Tithe" was paid INSTEAD OF or IN ADDITION TO the first tithe paid in the other years.

But the First Tithe has many elements to it that are different from the Second Tithe. God chooses who uses the first tithe and how it's given, but the giver chooses who uses the second tithe and how it's given. The giver of the tithe consumes about half the tithe, consuming about eleven-twelths of the first tithe and gave away most of the second tithe. If you don't understand where that math comes from, then you probably need to click on today and find out.

Shalom, Joe

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Comment by James Trimm on September 2, 2009 at 2:24am
Ther is fuzzy math above, but at any rate the first tith was paid every year.
Comment by Ann Wilson on September 3, 2009 at 12:27am
Jerusalem Encyclopedia - Tithe

Every third year the tithes were not to be carried to the city of the Temple, but were to be stored at home ("within thy gates"), and "the Levite, the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow" were to "eat and be satisfied" (ib. verse 29). It is to be concluded that, the seventh year being a Sabbatical year and no tithing being permissible therein, the tithe of the first, second, fourth, and fifth years of every cycle of seven years had to be brought to the Temple and eaten by the landowner and his family, while the tithe of the third and sixth years was to be left at home for the poor.

Also, fron the same reference and others, it can be documented that the tithe was limited to being brought from the land of Israel and later from the lands of the Middle East. The lands of the gentiles were considered to be "unclean". Therefore, based upon what text do we expand the requirement to tithe, to include every nation of the world?

The reference states:
" As appears from the Bible, the law of tithing was originally to be applied in Palestine only; the Prophets, however, ordained that tithing should be observed in Babylonia also, it being near Palestine. The earlier rabbis applied the law of tithing to Egypt and to the lands of Ammon and Moab (Yad. iv. 3); and the scribes seem to have instituted tithes in Syria (Dem. vi. 11; comp. Shulḥan 'Aruk, Yoreh De'ah, 331, 1 et seq.)."
Comment by James Trimm on September 3, 2009 at 1:29am
This is speaking on the SECOND tithe as described in Deut. 14 which every third year becomes the THIRD tithe. The first tithe was always paid even on the seventh year on any volunteer crop and on non agricultural produce. I think I laid this all out fin my two part blog.


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