First Fruit, Tithes and Offerings
Many people wonder what the Bible has to say about generosity. The Bible is clear that YHWH (God) wants his people to be generous. The more generous you are, the more blessings that YHWH (God) will shower upon you. YHWH (God) cares more about your attitude in giving than about the actual amount of money that you give. Jesus Christ (Yahushua the Messiah) came to fulfill the prophecy and not to change YHWH the Father’s laws. Therefore, the Old Testament learn, show the way that we have to live and this is YHWH’s (God) ways, so it mean that nothing change from the beginning to now. YHWH is still the same. Rev 1:8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith YHWH, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty. So it mean to me that what YHWH said in the beginning of the Bible will be the same now. Mat 5:17-19 RNKJV Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. (18) For verily I say unto you, till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. (19) Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
The Hebrew (Jews) people they are ± 4% of the pollution and have about 40% of the world money in their control. Now why is it like that? Now the Jews do the following things they have a work and work hard, up to 12 hours a day except on Sabbath day. They do not have debt and lastly they are generous in their community. However, does it mean they are God’s People? God will not give up on them until the last day of this world. Also everyone how belief in Yahushua the Messiah and the commandments of Elohim and follow the covenant of our Elohim.
The question is must we give first fruits, tithes and offerings or is there no use to give it. A Pastor or False teachers will tell you from beginning to the end of the Bible, that you should give first fruit, tithes and offerings. Jesus was however, addressing the Pharisees and Jewish religious leaders of the day as a rebuke! And they also forget that Jesus said that under the Law, tithing is like ‘a gnat’ which religious leaders are prone to straining out of the Law! Mat 23:23 RNKJV 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.
1. Some will say that is the reason why we have no need to give first fruits and tithes. This is confirmed because it is ONLY taught as a requirement in the books of the Law e.g. Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy: Herb 7:5 RNKJV And verily they that are of the sons of Levi, who receive the office of the priesthood, have a commandment to take tithes of the people according to the law, that is, of their brethren, though they come out of the loins of Abraham:
2. The tithe was food like mint, dill and cumin and not money. Tithes was only food which to be produced from the promise land of Israel (Lev 27:30 and 32 Malachi 3:10…FOOD in my house).
3. Tithes were only ever too been given by Israel. Lev 27:34 RNKJV These are the commandments, which YHWH commanded Moses for the children of Israel in mount Sinai. Never required from Gentiles (Acts 15)
4. Tithing was only ever to be given to the Levites under a ‘lasting covenant’ and never meant for pastors or church organizations.
Numb 18:23 RNKJV But the Levites shall do the service of the tabernacle of the congregation, and they shall bear their iniquity: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations, that among the children of Israel they have no inheritance.
Tithing is an Old Testament concept. The tithe was a requirement of the law in which all Israelites were to give 10 percent of everything they earned and grew to the Tabernacle/Temple (Leviticus 27:30; Numbers 18:26; Deuteronomy 14:24; 2 Chronicles 31:5). In fact, the Old Testament Law required multiple tithes which would have pushed the total to around 23.3 percent. Some understand the Old Testament tithe as a method of taxation to provide for the needs of the priests and Levites in the sacrificial system.
“What does the Bible say about Christian tithing? Should a Christian tithe?”
Many Christians struggle with the issue of tithing. In some churches, tithing is over-emphasized. At the same time, many Christians refuse to submit to the biblical exhortations about making offerings to the Lord. Tithing/giving is intended to be a joy and a blessing. Sadly, that is sometimes not the case in the church today.
The New Testament nowhere commands, or even recommends, that Christians submit to a legalistic tithe system. Paul states that believers should set aside a portion of their income in order to support the church
1Co 16:1-2 RNKJV Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order to the assemblies of Galatia, even so do ye. (2) Upon one of the week’s let every one of you lay by him in store, as YHWH hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.
Act 24:17 RNKJV Now after many years I came to bring alms to my nation, and offerings.
Rom 15:25-26 RNKJV But now I go unto Jerusalem to minister unto the saints. (26) For it hath pleased them of Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain contribution for the poor saints which are at Jerusalem.
2Co 8:9 RNKJV For ye know the favour of our Master Yahushua the Messiah, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.
John 1:17-20 RNKJV For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Yahushua the Messiah. (18) No man hath seen the Father at any time; the only begotten Son, which was in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.
I study the way was done by Christians and it did not make sense for me. The church get the money but my so call blessing went nowhere, and it is not because that I was force it give. I gave with love to the Lord. But then there was this pastor called Shaun Willard and his explanation was based on Moses law. He explain from first fruit till the last tithe, and it come to 22,5% in first fruit till the last tithe YHWH want us to give. It open my eyes how YHWH way is working on income and first fruit and tithes. There is three tithes YHWH want us to do, but in the Old Testament, there was more than this three. The priests put it with this three and they were later called temple tax. God’s way is the best way to plan your income.
First fruits and Tithes you work from our brute income, before tax and other deductions. Now if it is money or food products it is our income. In that days you buy food with food or money, today famer trade his food products for money and we trade money for food. Therefore, the system change a bit from the Old Testament until now, but trade is still trade.
How does God’s system work?
You have a 100% income and God tells you give me your first fruit, Tithe and offering.
Terumah or First Fruits
First fruit or heave offering is 2, 5% of your income it leave you with 97, 5% of income. This you give every mouth. Now how do you give your first fruit to Adonai, He cannot receive this which is your gift of thank of His blessings you will receive on your income. You give this to the pastor how is responsible for your spiritual growth to YHWH and His covenant and commandments. However, you gone ask what must the pastor do with this? This is not your problem you give your heave offering to Adonai. The pastor must do with it what he is been told by God. So if he is a false pastor God will take him out and bring it to light.
1Co 4:5 RNKJV Therefore judge nothing before the time, until Yahushua come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of YHWH.
Maaser Rishon or Tithe to church
This one we all know. This you give every mouth. The pastors is preaching about this one in the church. However, you gone ask what must the pastor do with this? This is not your problem you give your tithe as YHWH ordered. We all know the place where we go as church to worship need to pay electricity, water, admin and supplies for people in need.
Mal 3:10 RNKJV Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith YHWH of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.
Maaser sheni or Tithe to your self
This one get never mention by a pastor. The one you can safe for yourself. In today’s time, you can take 10% of your money and safe it in a bank account. You safe for two mouths and the third mouth you skip the third mouth. Then you use that 10% for charity and the fourth mouth you use it for yourself for two mouths.
Deu 14:23 RNKJV And thou shalt eat before YHWH thy Elohim, in the place which he shall choose to place his name there, the tithe of thy corn, of thy wine, and of thine oil, and the firstlings of thy herds and of thy flocks; that thou mayest learn to fear YHWH thy Elohim always.
Maaser ani or Tithe for charity
This one you give to any one you feel to give to. This is the one tithe you give every third mouth. You must give preferable to widows, orphans and poor. Nevertheless, as I said you can give it to how you like this is your charity money/tithe.
Deu 14:28-29 RNKJV At the end of three years thou shalt bring forth all the tithe of thine increase the same year, and shalt lay it up within thy gates: (29) And the Levite, (because he hath no part nor inheritance with thee,) and the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, which are within thy gates, shall come, and shall eat and be satisfied; that YHWH thy Elohim may bless thee in all the work of thine hands which thou doest.
Therefore, what I say here is as follow you have no need to give if you not convince to pay first fruit and tithe. However, it will be good if you do because God love generosity and He bless people how is generous. However, I do not see this first fruit and tithes as law of Moses but this come from YHWH, this His law.
Exo 35:4-5 RNKJV And Moses spake unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, saying, This is the thing which YHWH commanded, saying, (5) Take ye from among you an offering unto YHWH: whosoever is of a willing heart, let him bring it, an offering of YHWH; gold, and silver, and brass,
Jdg 5:9 RNKJV My heart is toward the governors of Israel, that offered themselves willingly among the people. Bless ye YHWH.
2Co 9:7 RNKJV Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for Elohim loveth a cheerful giver.
Rom 12:8 RNKJV Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.
Rev 22:7 RNKJV Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.
Rev 22:9 RNKJV Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship YHWH.
Rev 22:13-14 RNKJV I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. (14) Blessed are they that do his commandments that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.
YHWH give to you and me what we need. Why can we not give 22,5% back to our Father our provider?