Tithing in the Bible: What is a Tithe and Does it Apply to Christians Today?

There are many questions Christians have about tithing and what the Bible says about tithing.  What is a tithe? Is tithing for today? Is tithing biblical? Should a Christian tithe on their gross income or net income?  These are some complex questions.  In the following video, Pastor Colin Smith goes beyond the surface and gets to the heart of tithing.

Bible Verses About Tithes and Offerings:


Tithing in the Old Testament–

  • Leviticus 27:30-32 when specifics for tithing is introduced in the law of Moses, “ “Every tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land or of the fruit of the trees, is the LORD‘s; it is holy to the LORD.”
  • Other tithing and offering  scriptures with specific instructions: Deuteronomy 12:5-11, Deuteronomy 14:22-29, Deuteronomy 26:12-15
  • Malachi 3:8-10, “Will man rob God? Yet you are robbing me. But you say, ‘How have we robbed you?’ In your tithes and contributions. You are cursed with a curse, for you are robbing me, the whole nation of you. Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the LORD of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need.”

Tithing in the New Testament–

  • Matthew 23:23-26 where Jesus rebukes the Pharisees for doing the outward things right (tithing) but disregarding more important things of the law.
  • The New Testament does not provide many tithing and offering scriptures but does mention God loving a cheerful giver and also looking at the giver’s heart, for example the poor woman from Luke 21:1-4 who gave her last penny.  Clearly paying tithes with a cheerful and clean heart is what God desires.
  • In Matthew 5:17, Jesus said he did not come to abolish the law (including the tithe), but to fulfill it.

Related Links You May Enjoy:

Unlocking the Bible’s Bible Study Resources
Sermon Podcast: The Unlocking the Bible Podcast Page
Blog: 37 Common English Phrases Originally from the Bible
Blog: The Power of the Blood of Jesus Christ
Videos: Unlocking the Bible’s YouTube Channel



Date Posted: April 30th, 2012

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