Verse of the Day: Tithing in Deuteronomy

May 25, 2007

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Sorry about today’s Verse of the Day being late.

22 “You must set aside a tithe of your crops—one-tenth of all the crops you harvest each year. 23 Bring this tithe to the designated place of worship—the place the LORD your God chooses for his name to be honored—and eat it there in his presence. This applies to your tithes of grain, new wine, olive oil, and the firstborn males of your flocks and herds. Doing this will teach you always to fear the LORD your God.

Deuteronomy 14:22-23 (NLT)

From the Life Application Bible:

The Bible makes the purpose of tithing very clear – to put God first in our lives. We are to give God the first and best of what we earn. For example, what we do first with our money shows what we value most. Giving the first part of our paycheck to God immediately focuses our attention on him. It also reminds us that all we have belongs to him. A habit of regular tithing can keep God at the top of our priority list and give us a proper perspective on everything else we have.

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2 Responses to “Verse of the Day: Tithing in Deuteronomy”


  1. Tithes are not the same as firstfruit. First grade math says that the word “first” and “tenth” are different. God wanted both in the Old Covenant. Firstfruit was small enough to fit in a small basket and went to the temple (Deu 26:1-10; Neh 10:35-37). The first tithe went mostly to the Levitical cities (Neh 10:37,38). Deut 14 discusses the 2nd festival tithe which was eaten in the streets.


  2. What you’re saying is just fine. However, these are not my words. These are from the Life Application Bible notes written by fellow theologians such as yourself (Dr. Kenneth S. Kantzer, Dean and Distinguished Professor of Bible and Systematic Theology Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Dr. V. Gilbert Beers, President of Scripture Press Ministries, Dr. Edwin A. Blum, Associate Professor of Historical Theology of Historical Theology Dallas Theological Seminary, Dr. Geoffrey W. Bromiley, Professor Fuller Theological Seminary, Dr. L. Russ Bush, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and many other distinguished theologians).

    Apparently, there’s disagreement from even all the Ph.D.’s and theologians of the world. So who’s right? Everyone’s entitled to their own opinions. I just present my beliefs here on this blog. I’m sure we can all agree on one thing: giving is not bad. Tithing is giving by definition so tithing is not bad.

    You can choose to tithe as far as I’m concerned. That decision is between you and God; not between you and me. I can’t convince you, and you probably can’t convince me. But I can respect your opinion.


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