Tithes and offerings are how God’s people have practiced financial stewardship throughout Scripture. Through tithing, God takes care of His people. And through the act of generous giving, God continues to bless His people.
Stewardship recognizes that God created everything. Everything is ultimately owned by God. We are the managers of those resources.
God gives us the ability to prosper. He asks that we first return tithe to Him, then faithfully use what He has blessed us with to do His work, furthering His kingdom and taking care of others.
The first tithe
Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. He was priest of God Most High. He blessed him, and said, “Blessed be Abram of God Most High, possessor of heaven and earth. Blessed be God Most High, who has delivered your enemies into your hand.” Abram gave him a tenth of all.
Jesus warns: Don’t expect tithing to bribe God to overlook your sins
Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint, dill, and cumin, and have left undone the weightier matters of the law: justice, mercy, and faith. But you ought to have done these, and not to have left the other undone.
Tithing opens the door for God’s abundant blessings
“Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house, and test me now in this,” says the LORD of Hosts, “if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there will not be room enough for.”
Jacob vowed a vow, saying, “If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat, and clothing to put on, so that I come again to my father’s house in peace, and the LORD will be my God, then this stone, which I have set up for a pillar, will be God’s house. Of all that you will give me I will surely give a tenth to you.”
God gives to us with the same enthusiasm we give to Him
Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over, will be given to you. For with the same measure you measure it will be measured back to you.
God’s faithful people tithe and give offerings
Then all Judah brought the tithe of the grain, the new wine, and the oil to the treasuries.
Giving honors God and allows Him to bless my endeavors
Honor the LORD with your substance, with the first fruits of all your increase; so your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will overflow with new wine.
All the tithe is God’s, and it is holy to Him
All the 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.
The fair way of tithing: every tenth is God’s
All the tithe of the herds or the flocks, whatever passes under the rod, the tenth shall be holy to the LORD.
God specifies that the tithe is used only for His purpose
You may not eat within your gates the tithe of your grain, or of your new wine, or of your oil, or the firstborn of your herd or of your flock, nor any of your vows which you vow, nor your free will offerings, nor the wave offering of your hand.
Israel’s beautiful example of abundantly partnering with God
As soon as the commandment went out, the children of Israel gave in abundance the first fruits of grain, new wine, oil, honey, and of all the increase of the field; and they brought in the tithe of all things abundantly.