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Lesson 200: Elements of Worship III: Giving

Updated: Aug 29, 2023

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INTRODUCTION. Giving tithes is an ancient custom that was practiced in many nations and cultures of the world. A tithe is one-tenth of a person's income or property given as a religious offering.

The first mention of a tithe in the Bible is in reference to Abraham's victory over the invading Mesopotamian kings. As Abraham returned from the battle, he met Melchizedek, king of Salem and priest of the Most High God. Abraham gave to Melchizedek "tithes of all"the spoils of his victory (Gen. 14). Later Jacob made a covenant with God to give him a tenth of all he received (Gen. 28:20-22).

Under the Law of Moses the children of Israel were required to tithe the produce of the ground and cattle (Lev. 27:30-34 ). The prophet Malachi accused the children of Israel of robbing God of tithes and offerings (Mal. 3:7-12).

Although tithes are not commanded for the members of the New Testament church, nevertheless Christians are required to give of their means to the Lord to support the work of the church. The work of the New Testament church, the church of Jesus Christ, is to:

  • Preach the gospel to the world (Matt. 28: 19-20; Mark 16: 15);

  • Edify or build up, encourage, admonish the saints-Christians, members of the church (Eph. 4:11-13);

  • Care for the needy saints-Christians, members of the church (Rom. 15:25-26).

The New Testament provides us with instructions and examples in order to accomplish this work.

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