In the bible, Yes tithes belong to God. In Hebrews 7, our High Priest becomes Jesus Christ. He changes the Levitical priesthood to Himself, so by right, Levites even if they still exist, their priestly minister is no more in effect. Jesus is alive today and forever.
Where you or did the bible give any instruction that what belongs to God can be collected and used by people who are subject to death?
Because it’s holy that first it was collected by Melchizedek (an immortal being, see Hebrews 7:2-3).
Second, by Levites (mortal being but was given the authority by God to collect and use it).
Third, assumably by Jesus Christ the same as Melchizedek. I can’t seem to find any instruction again or even a hint in the dispensation of grace that what belongs to Jesus can be collected by us mortal again.
The rightful owner is alive and is present everywhere but, if you have the chapter and verse, please tell me?
Excluding Matthew 23:23 and any other verses where Jesus was still on earth because the bible say:
“If then He were still living on earth, He would not be a priest at all, for there are [already priests] who offer the gifts in accordance with the Law.”Hebrews 8:4 AMP
In analogy, It’s like this, suppose in a company a new CEO is about to replace an existing CEO, the effectivity of his term as new CEO is next month. Does the CEO to be replaced have still all the rights to be paid until the last day of his term? He does right, the incoming CEO cannot intervene or cut off his salary while the existing CEO is still in position right? Since we are talking about tithes not offering nor giving to which it is an inheritance of the Levites in lay man’s term a salary to them as a priest, the logic is the same. This is why God said, we ought to do important matters but don’t also forget to do lesser matter like paying your obligation to the Levites- the tithes.
For me, a man who collect the property of the owner who is not dead yet and did not give anyone permission to collect what belongs to him, that man might be accused of stealing.
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