Let us examine the verse above;
1.) Did the verse said anything on “ WHO” shall collect the tithe to bring into the storehouse?
Ans: It did not. In the verse below, it clearly said that Levites was to receive it and will be the one to bring it to the storehouse.
“And the priest, the descendant of Aaron, shall be with the Levites when the Levites receive tithes; and the Levites shall bring up a tenth of the tithes to the house of our God, to the rooms of the storehouse.” Nehemiah 10:38 NKJV
2.) Who then were these Levites, why were they the one to received the tithes?
Ans: As the verse below;
“Behold, I have given the children of Levi all the tithes in Israel as an inheritance in return for the work which they perform, the work of the tabernacle of meeting.” Numbers 18:21 NKJV
“And indeed those who are of the sons of Levi, who receive the priesthood, have a commandment to receive tithes from the people according to the law, that is, from their brethren, though they have come from the loins of Abraham;” Hebrews 7:5 NKJV
Son of Levi have the commandment to receive tithes from the people according to the law hence, they were the one instructed to receive it and bring to the storehouse.
3.) What was the tithe according to the law?
Ans: According to the law, there were three different types of tithes.
- Type 1: The Levitical, or sacred tithe (Num. 18: 21, 24)
- Type 2: The tithe of the feasts (Deut. 14:22-27)
- Type 3: The tithe for the poor (Deut. 14:28, 29)
4.) So, in Mal 3:10 which type of tithe did it fall?
Ans: Type 1, it was a Levitical or sacred tithe since we read that in Nehemiah 10:38, it was Levites who had received it, brought it to the storehouse as they were the one who receives the commandment.
So, it is clear above that Levites were the one commanded by God to receive the 10%. They were the one referred in Hebrews 7:8 as mortal men as clearly stated in AMP version.
“Furthermore, here [in the Levitical priesthood] tithes are received by men who are subject to death; but in that case [concerning Melchizedek], they are received by one of whom it is testified that he lives on [perpetually].” HEBREWS 7:8 AMP
Those Levites who still collect it even after Jesus Christ ascend were those who did not consider Jesus Christ as their High priest hence, they thought they were still under the law, therefore, still collecting tithes as according to the law.
Now, did that commandment change? Ask yourself the following if you are tithing or receiving tithes:
1.) Is the one who collects your tithe a Levite who receives a commandment from God?
2.) Are you a Levite to be entitled to collect it?
Do you know that in Hebrews 7:11-12, they were changed?
“Therefore, if perfection were through the Levitical priesthood (for under it the people received the law), what further need was there that another priest should rise according to the order of Melchizedek, and not be called according to the order of Aaron? For the priesthood being changed, of necessity, there is also a change of the law.” Hebrews 7:11-12 NKJV
So, since tithes as according to Numbers 18:21 was given in return for the work which they perform i.e burnt offering, peace offering, etc. And, this work is no more, it would follow that the 10% is also no more. Why would they still receive compensation when they were already changed to Jesus Christ, Him who is not bound with the Levitical priesthood Law since He came from Judah?
“For it is evident that our Lord arose from Judah, of which tribe Moses spoke nothing concerning priesthood.” Hebrews 7:14 NKJV
Therefore, should you claim that you are a spiritual Levite hence, entitled to collect tithes, you then just affiliated yourself to those who are not entitled to it anymore.
Do I need to say more?
In summary, Levites were the one who receives the commandment and they were changed already. A preacher who collect tithing using Mal 3:10 had changed the written commandment of God about the 10% because that verse is bound to the law. Changing the commandment of God is transgressing the law.
The verse says;
“Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.” 1 John 3:4 KJV