Question: I was wondering if you could answer some questions that I have about tithes. Why does the bible not mention the tithe of money? To whom is the tithe paid; the church or the priest? What is the tithe to be used for according to scripture? How do we know which tithes and offerings we are supposed to keep (there were more than one)? What is the Hebrew translation of the word increase?

Answer: Money is not mention in giving to God in the Old Testament because people wealth, valuable and income was measured in flocks and herds of sheep, goats, cattle, gold and silver (Genesis 26:14; Genesis 4:4) (Genesis 14:2).

Money is a modern terminology

Actually when people started giving to God it was from their produce. Something of value that you needed which is really a sacrifice or surrendering to God what He required.

The tithe is given to the priest because of his job within the place of worship. The priest didn’t have any source of income whether herds or flocks nor produce. His only job was to take care of the Temple of God, nor did the priest receive an inheritance among the people. Today people give tithe which is a tenth.

According to scripture (Malachi 3:10) store house is the Church. The pastor, which can either be a Bishop, Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Teacher usually have only one job taking care of the church house. Today some churches are so small that the pastor has to work a full time job just to make ends meet not just for his own household but for the church up keep. Most denominations give their pastor a salary. Offering usually weigh in excess in the tithe. Offering as a general collection more than often surpasses tithes. Offering is Holy unto God and therefore cannot be used by anyone personally. It’s only to be used for kingdom business or church functions. If you personally for any reason misappropriate funds of the church you are stealing from God Himself.

That’s why God stated in (Malachi 3:8) will a man rob God? God answers His own question, with you have robbed me.

Certainly the store house in Malachi represents the temple or building or local church. However, the Old Testament tithe or tenth cannot be reasonably equated with ten percent or gross salary or wages which most people earn today because back then at one point produce was exchanged instead of hard currency.

Out of the tithes the priest and Levites had maintenance for themselves and their families, but the people defrauded the priest, would not pay their tithes in full. The people brought not the offering God required but brought the lame and sick animals to the priests which was not fit for use.

 Hebrew word for increase has several meanings.

Y bowl – produce, crop, harvest

Marbiyth – interest on money

Rabah – to increase

Ribbon – indefinite large number

Sagah – enlarge; be prosperous

Sheger – what comes forth?

Tbuwoh – income

Pleonazo – to increase, super bound

It’s a known fact that God’s word never change.

 Yah okay, this is in the Old Testament, I heard this before. What about New Testament, are we still under the law?

 In Hebrews Chapter 7:1 The scripture mention of Abraham giving a tenth part of all in the first portion of that verse, to someone greater than himself. Actually Melchisedec, King of Salem priest of God.

In modern times God has establish the church through His Son Jesus Christ. Really the word of God never changes as far as the spirit behind it.

 Here we see in 2 Corinthians 9:6-7 the scripture states, “He who plants sparingly also harvest sparingly. Each person should give according to what he/she has decided in his/her heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. God has the power to provide you with every gracious gift in abundance, so that always you will have all you need yourself and be able to provide abundantly for every good cause in God’s house (His established church).