Yes! Jesus Was Involved in Tithing!

He either gave them or received them because He had to fulfill the law to be perfect.

He still receives them as High Priest after the manner of Melchisedec who received

tithes before the law was ever given.

In a message dated 3/15/99 7:27:24 PM Pacific Standard Time, Phillip writes:

> AND WHAT SCRIPTURE DO YOU USE TO BACK THIS STATEMENT FROM;;;;WHERE DOES >

IT SAY IN THE NEW TESTAMENT THAT JESUS PAID TITHES???

> Tithing to God is not considered obedience to the Law, but is rather

> considered by Him an act of Faith. As we know Abraham was considered

> righteous because of his faith and not by the works of the Law, and God

> promised the Blessings of the Covenant prior to Abraham's circumcision.

> Abraham paid tithes and Jesus paid tithes or received them.

SCRIPTURAL PROOFS JESUS PAID TITHES by randallmuse@hotmail.com

Luke 11:42

42 "Woe to you Pharisees, because you give God a tenth of your mint, rue and

all other kinds of garden herbs, but you neglect justice and the love of

God. You should have practiced the latter without leaving the former undone. (NIV)

Jesus commended others who practiced giving tithes regularly in the Temple.

In Luke 4:16 we read that Jesus made a CUSTOM (habitual practice) out of

going to the synagogue on the Sabbath. From Mark 12:41-42 we can see that

the custom of giving into the Treasury was a public display of giving. If

Jesus condoned others tithing wouldn't it make sense that He practiced what

He taught that others should do? And if Jesus was a habitual attender of the

Synagogue, wouldn't it be likely that He practiced the customs of the Temple

and Synagogues He attended, which would include the practice of Tithing?

Since giving was done publicly, all the Jews knew that Jesus kept the Laws

without flaw, therefore could not accuse Him of robbing God by not paying tithes.

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Matt 22:21

21 They said to Him, "Caesar's." And He said to them, "Render therefore to

Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's." (NKJ)

In Malachi 3:8-9 we see that not paying tithes was considered ROBBING GOD.

Any man who did not PAY TITHES and give offerings was considered a thief in

God's eyes, and this is proven by God's Own words. If Jesus told others to

give to Caesar the finances that belong to Caesar (speaking about taxes),

then He surely meant that in giving to God "the things that are God's" one

should not hold back the appropriate financial gift that God requires, which

would be the funding of the Government of the Kingdom of God on Earth

through the giving of TITHES & offerings.

Mal 3:8-9

8 "Will a man rob God? Yet you have robbed Me! But you say, 'In what way

have we robbed You?' In tithes and offerings.

9 You are cursed with a curse, for you have robbed Me, even this whole

nation. (NKJ)

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Gal 4:4

4 But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born

of a woman, born under the law, (NKJ)



Although tithing was instituted BEFORE the Law through Abraham, it was to be

observed UNDER the Law. To say that Jesus did NOT pay tithes would be to

accuse Him of being a LAW BREAKER or a breaker of the commandments of God.

This of course would disqualify Him of being the sinless sacrifice that the

Scripture teaches.

Lev 27:30

30 'And all the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land or of the

fruit of the tree, is the LORD'S. It is holy to the LORD. (NKJ)

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Gen 14:20

20 And blessed be God Most High, who has delivered your enemies into your

hand." And he gave him a tithe of all. (NKJ)



In order to receive the fullness of the Blessings of Abraham, you must obey

the fullest of the works of Abraham. Most Christians do not understand the

Blessings of Abraham and how Salvation through Jesus Christ was ultimately a

fulfillment of the Promise God gave to him. The roots of Salvation stem from

the Blessings of Abraham. If any Christian properly understood the

Scriptural significance of the Blessings of Abraham, paying tithes would be

an opportunity to rejoice and not a reason for question. In Genesis 14:20

the Scripture clearly states that the Tithe was given as an act of worship

for the Victory that God had given Abraham over his enemies, which is a

picture of the victory we now have over the enemy in Christ. Tithing was

first instituted as an ACT OF WORSHIP and incorporated or continued to be

observed in the Law of Moses (reemphasized), but had Israel truly understood

the significance of what they were doing in observing the Law, they would

have welcomed Jesus with open arms. They turned the rejoicing acts of God

into the ordinances of men, and as with anything that loses its meaning, it

becomes a burden and a task rather than an act of spiritual worship.

Heb 7:4

4 Now consider how great this man was, to whom even the patriarch Abraham

gave a tenth of the spoils. (NKJ)



John 8:39

39 They answered and said to Him, "Abraham is our father." Jesus said to

them, "If you were Abraham's children, you would do the works of Abraham. (NKJ)



Hebrews 7:4 states that Abraham gave a tenth or paid tithes, and Jesus in

John 8:39 says that those who do the WORKS of Abraham are the true Children

of Abraham.

James 2:23-24

23 And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, "Abraham believed God, and it

was accounted to him for righteousness." And he was called the friend of God.

24 You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only. (NKJ)



Heb 2:16

16 For indeed He does not give aid to angels, but He does give aid to the

seed of Abraham. (NKJ)



Gal 3:13-14

13 Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse

for us (for it is written, "Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree"),

14 that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ

Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. (NKJ)



Being out from under the curse of the Law does not mean that we are to no

longer do the works of Abraham in order to be considered his Children.

Christ redeemed us from the Curse of trying to observe the commandments of

God through the strength of the flesh, but now we obey the requirements of

God through the Spirit, observing those things which the Old Testament was a

shadow of NOW IN THE LIGHT of the fullness of what all the Old Testament

ordinances and Laws meant. Some people seem to think that because we are

saved by Grace we don't have to obey the Laws of God or that the Old

Testament no longer applies to our walk in Christ. Not only must Christians

observe the Laws like not murdering, but you must have sincere love for your

enemies in your heart, not to mention that the Tithe was instituted before

the Law of Moses was in effect. We don't observe the Tithe to be saved, we

observe the Tithe as an act of spiritual worship and thanksgiving for our

victories over the enemy as Christ is constantly leading us in Triumph.

Gal 3:7

7 Therefore know that only those who are of faith are sons of Abraham. (NKJ)

Gal 3:29

29 And if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according

to the promise. (NKJ)

Jesus not only must have paid tithes as a carpenter before He became a

minister, but also, as a minister, and priest, Jesus had the authority to receive tithes also.

Jesus is our High Priest according to Hebrews chapter 3:

1 Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider

the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus;

2 Who was faithful to him that appointed him ... (KJV)

Tithing is a reward for service in the tabernacle of God, and the High Priest,

which we know to be Jesus, deserves ten percent of the other ministers' tithes

which they in turn receive from the people.

Numbers 18:

21 And, behold, I have given the children of Levi all the tenth in Israel for an

inheritance, for their service which they serve, even the service of the tabernacle

of the congregation.

26 Thus speak unto the Levites, and say unto them, When ye take of the children

of Israel the tithes ... 28 of all your tithes, which ye receive of the children of Israel

... ye shall give thereof the LORD's heave offering to Aaron the [high] priest. [KJV]

Is this applicable today?

1 Cor. 9

7 "... or who feedeth a flock, and eateth not of the milk of the flock?

8 Say I these things as a man? or saith not the law the same also?

13 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?

14 Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live

of the gospel. [KJV]

In the above verses, the Lord specifically links Old Testament giving to New

Testament giving, and He does not say that the pattern has changed.

Tithing is to be systematic, that is, on schedule, and with mathematically

accuracy. It is nonsense and hypocrisy to expect the minister to be paid in a

helter-skelter sporadic fashion, while laymen in secular professions fully expect

to be paid in a precise and timely manner. Modern ministers, in turn, who are typed

in the Old Testament by the Levites must also tithe to the High Priest, Who

is Jesus Christ the Lord. No human is exempt from tithing.

As a human (and God) Jesus was involved in tithing throughout His life and ministry,

otherwise He could not have been perfect without keeping the perfect law.

Romans 7:

12 Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good.

14 For we know that the law is spiritual ...

With Jesus in us, though the law cannot perfect us, we can keep the perfect law

perfectly, because the perfect Law-Giver covers our short-comings, but let us not

flagrantly and purposely break the law by disdaining tithing--and remember that

tithing was such a spiritual thing that God installed it before the law was ever given.


In summary

Jesus said: "Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil." [Mat 5:17]

"Jesus answering said unto them, Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's. And they marveled at him." [Mk 12:17]

Tribute to Caesar:

"... They that received tribute money came to Peter, and said, Doth not your master pay tribute? ... Notwithstanding, lest we should offend them, go thou to the sea, and cast an hook, and take up the fish that first cometh up; and when thou hast opened his mouth, thou shalt find a piece of money: that take, and give unto them for Me and thee." [Mat 17:24,27]

If Jesus paid Caesar as the above verse clearly shows, do you think Jesus

did not support the practice of tithing then and now. He is the same yesterday,

today, and forever.

Tithes to God:

"Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings." [Mal 3:8]

Did Jesus render unto God that which is God's?

Did Jesus break the commandment thou shalt not steal?

Did He as a leader, mentor, teacher, role model, and father figure

teach his disciples to rob God, even though Abraham taught

his grandson, Jacob, to tithe 400 years before the Law?

Evidently Jacob did not heed Abraham in the area of tithing

for the first forty years of Jacob's life, but then Jacob, with

new determination inspired by the Spirit remembered the ten percent.

God put the desire in Jacob's heart to begin to tithe

as a manner of thanksgiving for guidance and protection

and prosperity. [Gen 28:22]

Shouldn't we make a new resolve like Jacob to begin tithing

if we are not already doing so? Shouldn't we be demonstratively

thankful for God's guidance and protection and prosperity toward us?

What better way than showing Who our financial Source

and Security really is!

Can a man rob another man in 1999? Can a man rob God in 1999?

Does God give you the license to break the ten commandments,

or does the devil give you the licentiousness to do it?

"And if ye offer the blind for sacrifice, is it not evil? and if ye offer the

lame and sick, is it not evil? offer it now unto thy GOVERNOR; will he

be pleased with thee, or accept thy person? saith the Lord of

hosts." [Mal 1:8] Do you give God the second best? The surplus?

How much taxes did you pay this year?

How much tithes and offerings did you give to God this year?

Why give the best to the government, and your leftovers, blind, lame,

and sick to the Lord? Is it not evil?

The government asks for much more than 10%.

Mercifully, God only asks for one penny out of a dime.

Do you fear God the most, or do you fear man the most?

Choose you this day whom you will serve. (top)

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