Tithing: Christian vs Jewish Views!
There's a conflict between how modern day Christians and Judaism teach tithing. Some Christians teach tithing is "Old Testament" and no longer mandated. Others teach it is still required, but those that do teach it much different than Judaism. Among the differences:
Judaism teaches it only applies to the strict description of Torah; which is kosher livestock (not unkosher animals like pigs) and crops grown in Israel (but not crops grown outside Israel). Most Christians apply it by analogy to cash, although Judaism points out that Torah does not apply it to cash, even though there are regulations about giving cash (the half-shekel, spoils, firstborn redemption, etc). In fact many Christians pastors would prefer someone NOT give them 1 of every 10 of their goats.
Christians pastors teach their flock to pay the tithe to them. Jewish rabbis teach their congregants to pay the tithe to a Levite , as prescribed by Torah.
Christians pastors teach the tithe is to support the teaching of the Gospel. Jews teach it is to support the Levitical system, and teaching is paid for through free-will oferings.
In this week's Torah study, I take an in-depth look at some of the other differences between how tithing is taught in the Gentile Christian Church and how it is taught in Judaism, as well as comparing it to the specific instructions given in Torah itself. So check out www.messiahalive.com/torah.htm today for more details on this topic.
Also, if you have not yet checked out last week's lesson on what Torah has to say about Spiritual Warfare, that's a topic you DON'T WANT TO MISS! It's there too as part of last week's lesson.
WHAT to Tithe
The Scriptures tell us this about WHAT to tithe...
"You shall tithe all the produce of your seed which comes forth from the field year by year." (Deut 14:22)
"all the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land, or of the fruit of the tree, is the Y''H's: it is holy unto Y''H. And if a man will at all redeem ought of his tithes, he shall add thereto the fifth part thereof. And concerning the tithe of the herd, or of the flock, even of whatsoever passeth under the rod, the tenth shall be holy unto Y''H." (Lev 27:30-32)
We're told to tithe two things that are edible; food and livestock. Money is not mentioned, although money is mentioned in other parts of the Torah.
"an half shekel shall be the offering " [for the temple] (Exod/Shemot 30:13)
In Numbers 31:25-31, we find God commanded that 1/500 of one half and 1/50 of the other half, or 1.1% of the spoils of war be given to the priests. This would include cash, among other things. This is drastically less than 10%.
"Every thing that openeth the matrix in all flesh, which they bring unto Y''H, whether it be of men or beasts, shall be thine: nevertheless the firstborn of man shalt thou surely redeem, and the firstling of unclean beasts shalt thou redeem.And those that are to be redeemed from a month old shalt thou redeem, according to thine estimation, for the money of five shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary, which is twenty gerahs." (Num/B'Mid 18:15-16)
So money is mentioned for the temple tax of half a shekel for each person, and as an offering in exchange for the firstborn child in every family.
There's a lot that SHOULD be said about this topic that's simply not being said, because if it were said, many Christian pastors are afraid you'd stop giving. That is simply not true but what needs to be said and understood is something you can learn more of at www.messiahalive.com/torah.htm !