- Introduction To Tithing.
The Hebrew word for “tithe” is “masar”, which means a tenth. So when you tithe to God, you are giving Him a tenth, or 10 per cent, of your income.
You might ask, “God is so rich. Why does He need my 10 per cent?”
- Tithe to Acknowledge That God Is Your Senior Partner.
The truth is that God does not need your 10 per cent! You have learned that He has cut a covenant with you, and you have a covenant relationship with Him. In this covenant relationship, or partnership, who is the senior partner? Who is the greater and richer party? God is!
Now, in a normal business partnership, how much does the senior partner get?
Definitely not 10 per cent! The senior partner gets at least 51 per cent of the profits. Yet, God, as the senior partner of the covenant relationship, only asks for 10 per cent. That’s how gracious He is.
So when you tithe, you are saying to God, “Father, I am putting my faith in You to be in control of my finances. Father, I am putting my faith in You to be the One who causes me to prosper in all that I do.”
- Your Tithe Sanctifies The Rest Of Your Income
So God wants us to tithe for our own sakes. He wants us to tithe for our own benefit. In fact, when we tithe, it sanctifies the rest of our income.
Rom 11:16 For if the firstfruit is holy, the lump is also holy; …
Now, you have learned that the words “holiness” and “sanctification” have the same meaning, that is, “separate”, “set apart” or “stand out from”. When you tithe your one-tenth, it represents the firstfruit of your income. When that one tenth is holy, the rest of the 90 per cent that you keep will also be holy or sanctified. In other words, the rest of your income, like the first 10 per cent, will also be separate or set apart.
You might ask, “So what good is it if my money is holy?”
You need to know that this earth is under a curse. The system of the world is under a curse. You need to strive hard in order to make it to the top. That is why, after Adam sinned, God said this to him: “In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread …” (Genesis3:19)
The system of the world is natural, but God’s system is supernatural. Do you know that He has hidden the secret to prosperity and good success in the Hebrew language? Now, you have learned that the Hebrew word for “tithe” is masar. Do you know what the Hebrew word for “rich” or “wealthy” is? It is the word : asar !
What does that tell you? It tells you that your prosperity is in your tithe! God’s system of prosperity is wrapped up in the tithe!
So whatever is under the curse, the devil can touch anytime. But once you tithe, you make holy the rest of your income, and the devil cannot touch what is holy. When you tithe, your money is set apart from the earth’s curse, and the devil cannot steal from you.
- Tithe Because You Are Already Blessed
Now, let’s look at the first time the tithe is mentioned in the Bible.
Gen 14:18-20 Then Melchizedek King of Salem brought out bread and wine; he was the priest of God Most High. And he blessed him and said: “Blessed be Abram of God Most High, Possessor of heaven and earth; And blessed be God Most High, Who has delivered your enemies into your hand.” And he gave him a tithe of all.
The first time the tithe is mentioned in the Bible is in this account, when Abraham (then known as Abram) returned with the spoils of war from his battle with four kings. He gave a tithe of all that he had gained to the King-Priest, Melchizedek. Melchizedek was the King of Salem and also the Priest of God Most High.
Look at what Melchizedek said in verses 19-20:
“Blessed be Abram of God Most High, possessor of heaven and earth; and blessed be God Most High, who has delivered your enemies into your hand.”
So Abram tithed to Melchizedek because he was already blessed. Abram tithed to Melchizedek out of the spoils of war that God had given him. Do you know the size of Abram’s “army”? He defeated the armies of four kings with only 318 servants! Have you ever heard of any army that has gone out with such small numbers and won? That would take God! And it did!
So Abram tithed out of the blessings that God had given to him by grace. He tithed because he was already blessed.
Today, there are Christians who tithe in order to be blessed. They tithe to twist God’s arm so that He will bless them. That’s the wrong attitude toward tithing. God wants you to tithe in the knowledge that you are already blessed.
You might say, “But I am not walking in the blessings of God! My salary is so low! My bank account is dwindling! How can I be blessed?”
Well. you have Jesus! You have the grace of God – the unmerited, undeserved favor of God! This means that you are very blessed. Because when you have the favor of God, you are very rich! When you have Jesus, you have everything!
When you have a revelation of Jesus’ prosperity on the inside of you, and you tithe out of that revelation, it will affect your outward circumstances, and you will walk in your inheritance.
- Your Tithe Testifies That Christ Is Alive
The interesting thing is that Melchizedek doesn’t appear again in any other account in the Old Testament. But the writer of Hebrews writes about him in chapter 7.
Hebrews 7:1-10 For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the Most High God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him, to whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all, first being translated “King of Righteousness,” and then also king of Salem, meaning “King of Peace,” without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but made like the Son of God, remains a priest continually. Now consider how great this man was, to whom even the patriarch Abraham gave a tenth of the spoils. 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; but he whose genealogy is not derived from them received tithes from Abraham and blessed him who had the promises. Now beyond all contradiction the lesser is blessed by the better. Here mortal men receive tithes, but there he receives them, of whom it is witnessed that he lives. Even Levi, who receives tithes, paid tithes through Abraham, so to speak, for he was still in the loins of his father when Melchizedek met him.
Do you know that the Christ is referred to as a “Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek“? (Psalm 110:4, Hebrews 5:6). In fact, He is the High Priest according the order of Melchizedek! (Hebrews5:10, 6:20)
Notice that Melchizedek‘s name means “King of Righteousness” and he’s the King of Salem, meaning “King of Peace“. Notice also that he brought bread and wine – the elements of the Holy Communion – to Abram. He is a picture of Jesus Christ! So when Abram tithed to him, He was actually tithing to Christ!
The bread and wine – the broken body and blood of Christ – testify to the death of Christ. But the tithe testifies to Christ’s resurrection! The tithe testifies that He is alive today! (Hebrews 7:8)
Today, when you tithe, you are tithing to Christ. But more importantly, you are testifying that Christ is alive in your life! You are testifying that your heavenly Melchizedek is alive in your life!
Do you know what it means to have Christ alive in your life today? It means that He will come into your negative circumstance and turn it around for your benefit! Above all, it means that there will be tokens, signs and witnesses in your life that Jesus Christ is alive in your life. People will look at you, your life and your family, and they will say, “You are blessed!” Jesus Christ will show Himself to be alive in your life in a very real and practical way. He will show Himself to be alive in your life when you walk in your inheritance – In all the blessings that He died to give you!
What You Have Discovered?
- A tithe is one-tenth of your income.
- When you tithe, you acknowledge that God is the senior partner in your covenant relationship with Him.
- Your tithe sanctifies the remaining 90 per cent of your income.
- You tithe not to get blessed, but because you are already blessed. You are blessed today because you have Jesus and the favor of God.
- Your tithe testifies that Christ is alive today. When Christ is alive in your life, He will come into your negative circumstance and turn it around for your benefit.
Do you find it difficult to tithe to God? If so, what are the hindrances?
Now that you have learned about the principle and significance of tithing, do you have a greater desire to tithe to God?
What are your expectations when you tithe?
Taken from: GRACE DISCOVERY – by Pastor Joseph Prince.