The primary purpose of the tithing in the Old Testament is the verse below:
“I give to the Levites all the tithes in Israel as their inheritance in return for the work they do while serving at the tent of meeting.” Numbers 18:21 NIV.
As per the above, it was a support for the Levites work while serving at the tent of meeting.
There were 2 kinds of Levites.
- The brothers of Aaron and their sons (Priests helper)
- Aaron and his sons (Priests)
“Give the Levites to Aaron and his sons; they are the Israelites who are to be given wholly to him. Appoint Aaron and his sons to serve as priests; anyone else who approaches the sanctuary is to be put to death.” Numbers 3:9-10 NIV
The brothers of Aaron and their sons were to serve the priests who were in the lineage of Aaron.
The 10% produce of Israel was commanded to be received by Levites (1).
The 10% of the 10% that the Levites(1) received was to be an offering to the Lord through the Priests (2)- Num 18:26. This was the tithe mentioned in Mal 3:10, this verse did not say WHO shall collect the tithe, it was only clarified below on to who shall receive it and who shall bring it to the storehouse.
“A priest descended from Aaron is to accompany the Levites when they receive the tithes, and the Levites are to bring a tenth of the tithes up to the house of our God, to the storerooms of the treasury.” Nehemiah 10:38 NIV
So you see, not anyone can receive it under the law. It was for the Levites to collect as they were the one commanded to collect it (Heb 7:5). These Levites were changed already to Jesus Christ in Heb 7:11-12 and since they were changed, all the perks of being the Levites were revoked and of course, this includes the receiving of tithes. Therefore, the one who affiliates themselves still to Levites in today’s time to justify receiving tithes are more so not qualified to collect it since even the actual Levites already had no right to collect it.
Yet, for some reason, some people still collect tithe using the commandment which was not addressed to them and who was already changed. Moreover, not only they are collecting without them being authorized, they also counterfeited it by changing what was commanded to tithe.
One might ask since this is the case, who really is being robbed?
– The congregants who give their 10% but receive by someone who uses commandment that was not addressed to them?
– God who said in Lev 27:30 that the tithe belongs to Him and who also said to give the 10% to the Levites as their support yet, being collected by someone whom God did not command to collect?
And, who is the robber?
– The one who implied giving 10% using a commandment which was not given to them?
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