“And he [Abram] gave him tithes of all” (Genesis 14:20). And in Genesis 28:22, Jacob said, “And of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto thee.” These passages reveal that both Abraham and Jacob, who lived long before Moses’ day, tithed their income. We can, therefore, see that God’s plan of tithing preceded Moses’ law.
And in the New Testament, Jesus said, “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” (Matthew 23:23).
Jesus didn’t abolish the plan of tithing. He endorsed it. Neither Jesus nor any NT writer in the least releases the obligation of tithing. Jesus makes it clear that He was not against tithing as such, but against the hypocritical spirit of the scribes and Pharisees, whose religion wasm made up of keeping the forms of the law. He then plainly told them they should continue tithing, but should also be merciful and just.
Paul wrote, “Do ye not know that they which minister about holy things live of the things of the temple? and they which wait at the altar are partakers with the altar? Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel” (1 Corinthians 9:13, 14). Jesus’ plan today is that tithing should be used to support those who work solely in gospel ministry.
Jesus says, if we put Him first, He will meet all our needs (Matthew 6:33). His plans often work just opposite to human ideas. According to His plan, what we have left after tithing will prove more than sufficient than if we go without His blessings. The truth is that we cannot afford not to tithe.
In His service,
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