The Tithe

“Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops” (Proverbs 3:9).

How does it “honor the Lord” when we give. He doesn’t need our wealth. He doesn’t go to the grocery store to buy supplies for His banquet table. He doesn’t need our wealth; yet, He gives us a command to give. “A tithe of everything from the land, whether grain from the soil or fruit from the trees belongs to the Lord, it is holy to the Lord” (Leviticus 27:30). A tithe–a tenth–of everything is already His. But, His attitude isn’t greed. He’s not looking to get what’s His; He’s actually looking to be able to give. He said, “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house. ‘Test Me in this’, says the Lord Almighty, ‘and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it” (Malachi 3:10).

In Second Chronicles, there is written an example of this promise at work. King Hezekiah had ordered the people to bring their tithes and offerings to the temple so that, as he put it, “they could devote themselves to the law of the Lord;” in other words, to work on their obedience. “As soon as the order went out the Israelites generously gave the first fruits of their grain, new wine, oil and honey and all that the fields produced. They brought a great amount, a tithe of everything. The men of Israel and Judah who lived in the towns of Judah also brought a tithe of their herds and flocks and a tithe of the holy things dedicated to the Lord their God, and they piled them in heaps… When Hezekiah and his officials came and saw the heaps they praised the Lord and blessed his people Israel.. The priests told Hezekiah, ‘Since the people began to bring their contributions to the temple of the Lord, we have had enough to eat and plenty to spare, because God has blessed his people, and this great amount is left over'” (2 Chronicles 31:5-10). There was plenty to spare–a “great amount” left over!

God wants to bless us, and our obedience honors Him because it opens the floodgates of His blessing. Think of it; His blessings are held back by “floodgates!” He’s not talking about a trickle or even a river. He’s talking about a flood! That’s over the banks. He wants to overflow every area of our lives with His love! So, “honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops.” Test Him in this.

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