Shocking Truths From the Bible: 10 Reasons Why I Tithe

titheTithing simply means giving a tenth of your increase. Though not popularly practiced today, tithing is one of the most fundamental biblical teachings that are misunderstood. Most professing “Christian” leaders will teach their adherents that tithing is part of the Old Testament and therefore not necessarily should be followed. But does this what the Bible accurately teaches? In this article, I will give ten reasons why I tithe.

  1. It is Practiced in the Old Testament (way before the founding of the Israelite Nation)

Tithing originated centuries before the founding of the Nation of Israel. In fact, tithing is practiced by people who are faithful to God and in His ways. Abraham, the father of the faithful (Romans 4:11), is a prime example of this. After winning a battle against three kings, he gave a tenth to the priestly order of Melchizedek (Gen. 14:18-22). He recognized the importance of worshiping God with one’s substance and possession. Another patriarch who practices tithing is Jacob (Gen. 28:20-22). If you think that tithing is for the Israelites only, then you are gravely mistaken because Abraham is NOT an Israelite.

  1. Jesus Upholds Tithing

Contrary to popular beliefs, Jesus, our God, Lord and master, upholds tithing. In His confrontation with the Pharisees, He tells them to tithe and at the same time not forgetting other matters of the law;

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you pay TITHE of mint and anise and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone” (Matt. 23:23).

He clearly told the Pharisees that tithing is an integral part of following the commandments of God IN ADDITION to justice, mercy, and faith.

  1. God is the Source of our Blessingsow

In the final analysis, God is possessor of everything (Exo. 19:5). He made the heavens and the earth and all that is in them. Even our very own life comes from God. It is God who give us power to acquire what we have (Deut. 8:18). Tithing teaches us to recognize God as our supreme provider and sustainer. When we tithe, we only return a fraction of what God gave us.

  1. Tithe is Holy

Holy means set apart. The tithe is set apart for God’s work and it is holy in God’s sight.

“And all the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land or of the fruit of the tree, is the LORD’s. It is holy to the LORD” (Lev. 27:30-32).

In its truest sense, God owns everything but He only asks us to give a tenth back to Him. He owns the tithe and we do not have the right to spend it in any way we like. When you use the tithe other than the way God intended it should be, we are DEFILING what God considers holy.

  1. Tithing is a form of Worship

Proverbs 3:9-10 tells us,

Honor the LORD with your possessions, and with the firstfruits of your increase; so your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will overflow with new wine.”

This verse tells us that we should honor God with our substance and not just our surpluses. God is not a requesting us but He is commanding us to honor Him with our possessions.

  1. God Commanded Tithing

God ordained tithing and He commands His people to tithe (Deut. 14:22). God commanded his people to tithe so that there will be funds for God’s work, caring the poor, and keeping the feasts. In today’s world, it is impossible to preach the Gospel without financial aid. Therefore, it is only imperative for God’s people to tithe for carrying out the mission God gave us (Matt. 28:19-20).


  1. Tithing is an Act of Faith

There is no doubt that the primary problem for most people is money. More and more people have a hard time managing their finances and getting free from financial trap. In human reasoning, it is very illogical to give your money to a God you do not see. Why would you give money to someone when you barely have enough? This is the reasoning one may face when tithing. And yet God still asks us to tithe in spite of our short comings. Will you be able to trust God that He will provide what you need even though your mind is telling you otherwise? Tithing teaches us to be faithful to our Supreme Provider no matter what the situation we are in. We walk by faith and not by sight (II Cor. 5:7).

  1. Not Tithing is Considered Stealingachan

“Will a man rob God? Yet you have robbed Me! But you say, ‘In what way have we robbed You?’ In tithes and offerings. You are cursed with a curse, for you have robbed Me, Even this whole nation” (Mal. 3:8-9).

God clearly tells us that not tithing will tantamount to robbery and this is a violation to one of the Ten Commandments, Thou shalt not steal (Exo. 20:15). Breaking God’s law will bring about a penalty. Those who do not tithe will find themselves always wanting and never fulfilled.

  1. Tithing develops Godly Character

Selfishness can hinder us from developing godly character. Since our natural mind is geared towards self-preservation, we find it hard to give. But Jesus Christ said that “it is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35). Now it is hard to believe this statement through the human mind. Most of us will consider being blessed when we are at the receiving end but Christ thinks otherwise. When you tithe, you learn to “not seek his own, but each one the other’s well-being” (I Cor. 10:24). Tithing is a demonstration of your commitment to what Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it” (Matt. 16:24-25).

  1. Tithing comes with a Promise

God declared,

malachi final300“Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house, and TRY Me now in this (God dares us to try him), says the Lord of hosts, If I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it. And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, so that he will not destroy the fruit of your ground, nor shall the vine fail to bear fruit for you in the field, says the LORD of hosts; and all nations will call you blessed. For you will be a delightful land, says the LORD” (Mal. 3:10-12).

These comforting words can be claimed by tithe payers. You do not have to worry about what you will eat, drink or wear because God knows who is His and He will take care of you. Think about that for a second; The God of the whole universe, the God who owns everything, the God who can do impossible things is at your side and will personally and intimately keep you. This is a promise from God. The question being asked to you now is: Will you trust God?

These are the ten reasons I tithe. Yes, there is no doubt that tithing did not make me the richest man in the world but I consider myself far blessed because of my good health and peace of mind. I never experience lacking or being hungry because of nothing to eat. God provided me everything I need and when He sees that something is good for me, He also gives me my wants and desires. Tithing changed my perspective in how I should handle my finances. Tithing set my priorities in life straight and right. And most importantly, tithing teaches me to “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness” and because of this, I have the strongest confidence that “all these things shall be added unto you (me)” (Matt. 6:33). If not in this lifetime, it will be during the future establishment of His Kingdom here on Earth.


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16 thoughts on “Shocking Truths From the Bible: 10 Reasons Why I Tithe

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  4. Found this thru throwback thursday. Proven the benefits of tithing myself. Thank you for such a well written article. Please, keep em coming. 😊


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  9. Tithing was never financial, it was only produce and livestock. This was to support the temple worship including the physical needs of the Levites and priests. We are now under grace and not the law so therefore the tithe no longer applies. It never applied to Christians, only Jews. Jesus spoke to Pharisees about tithing and Pharisees were Jews still under the law since Jesus had not been crucified yet. Paul tells us in Corinthians to give as we purpose in our heart. Grace and law do not mix. If you want to tithe you are living under law and are subject unto all of the law. I choose to live under grace and in the liberty Jesus Christ has given me


    • Hi Jon,

      For one, tithing is not limited to produce and livestock. Please read:

      But if the journey is too long for you, so that you are not able to carry the tithe, or if the place where the Lord your God chooses to put His name is too far from you, when the Lord your God has blessed you, then you shall exchange it for money, take the money in your hand, and go to the place which the Lord your God chooses (Deu 14:24-25).

      Second point: Yahshua or Jesus Christ did not condemn the Pharisees of tithing. Instead, He even encouraged them to do so. This should be a golden opportunity for Christ to instruct His followers to stop tithing, but HE NEVER DID.

      Third point: I agree that we are under grace since we can’t and will never be able to earn salvation. However, it is equally true that God can’t save us if we don’t do His commandments. Paul praised the Law by saying, “Therefore, the law is HOLY, and the commadnment HOLY and JUST and GOOD (Romans 7:13, compare with Acts 24:14).

      Christ’s death didn’t give us a license to break God’s commandment. Instead, James even emphasize that faith without work is dead! Keeping the law and grace comes hand in hand.

      No wonder John wrote, “For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome” (I John 5:3).

      Peace and blessings.



  10. Dear Joshua, thanks for your inspiring theological article on tithing…
    May I add some insights…Christians should tithe because…
    1. Tithing is never contradicts and prohibited by Jesus Christ.
    2. One of The things we express our gratitude to God
    3. It is the shaddow of the New Covenant
    4. It is practiced even in the New Testament

    Generously giving in 2 Corinthians is for benebolence not for weekly offerings for the Lord. Giving is part of our Worship and tithing is returning wgphat is the Lord’s.

    God Bless you!


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