Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | October 23, 2014

Blessing of Tithing

Today’s devotion comes from Deuteronomy 14:22-29.

“22 “You shall surely tithe all the produce from what you sow, which comes out of the field every year.  23 You shall eat in the presence of the Lord your God, at the place where He chooses to establish His name, the tithe of your grain, your new wine, your oil, and the firstborn of your herd and your flock, so that you may learn to fear the Lord your God always.  24 If the distance is so great for you that you are not able to bring the tithe, since the place where the Lord your God chooses to set His name is too far away from you when the Lord your God blesses you, 25 then you shall exchange it for money, and bind the money in your hand and go to the place which the Lord your God chooses.  26 You may spend the money for whatever your heart desires:  for oxen, or sheep, or wine, or strong drink, or whatever your heart desires;  and there you shall eat in the presence of the Lord your God and rejoice, you and your household.  27 Also you shall not neglect the Levite who is in your town, for he has no portion or inheritance among you.

28 “At the end of every third year you shall bring out all the tithe of your produce in that year, and shall deposit it in your town.  29 The Levite, because he has no portion or inheritance among you, and the alien, the orphan and the widow who are in your town, shall come and eat and be satisfied, in order that the Lord your God may bless you in all the work of your hand which you do.”    Deuteronomy 14:22-29.

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“Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”  2 Corinthians 9:7.

We tend to think of tithing as just giving up hard-earned money.  But, today’s Scripture presents four elements of tithing that show there is so much more involved in tithing than just giving up hard-earned money.  Three of the four elements involve us receiving something.

First, in verse 22, we receive a better attitude toward God when we tithe.  We tithe “so that you may learn to fear the Lord your God always”.

Second, in verse 26, we receive joy when we tithe.  We “rejoice”.

Third, in verse 29, we share when we tithe.  We help the Levite (who is comparable to a minister or full-time worker in the church), the alien (stranger), the widow, and the orphan.

Fourth, in verse 29, we receive a blessing when we tithe.  We tithe “in order that the Lord your God may bless you in all the work of your hand which you do.”  In a sense, when we tithe, God becomes our business partner.

“Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and test Me now in this,” says the Lord of hosts, “if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows.”  Malachi 3:10.

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