Top 10 Surprising Reasons Why You Should Tithe

Most people think that tithing is a thing of the past and should be ignored by Christians today. However, I want to show you the many reasons you should tithe during this modern age!

Top 10 Surprising Reasons Why You Should Tithe

“You don’t need to tithe.”

That’s what most Christians will tell you. Most believe the archaic tithe definition is something that isn’t relevant for us today.

However, in this confused Christian world, we need to ask what the Bible says.

So, what is tithing? Tithing simply means giving a tenth of your increase. The Bible tells us in Deuteronomy 14:22:

“You shall truly tithe all the increase of your grain that the field produces year by year.”

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 necessary. But is this what the Bible accurately teaches?

In this article, let me share with you ten powerful reasons you and should tithe.

Are you ready? Let’s begin!

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Reason no. 1: It is Practiced in the Old Testament before the Nation of Israel existed

One of the reasons people tell you that you don’t need to tithe anymore is that it is a law given to Israel? Or is it?

Here’s the shocking truth: tithing originated centuries before the founding of the Nation of Israel. In fact, tithing has always been a practice 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 five 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.

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Reason no. 2: Jesus upholds tithing

Contrary to popular beliefs, Jesus (or Yahshua), 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.

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Reason no. 3: God is the Source of our Blessing
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In the final analysis, God is the 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 gives us the 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.

Reason no. 4: 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.

Reason no. 5: 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 requesting us but He is commanding us to honor Him with our possessions.

Reason no. 6: 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 for 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).

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Reason no. 7: 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 traps.


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When we use 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 shortcomings.

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. After all, we walk by faith and not by sight (II Cor. 5:7).

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Reason no. 8: Not Tithing is Considered Stealing
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“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 is 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.

Reason no. 9: 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).


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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 [your] own, but each one the other’s well-being” (I Cor. 10:24).

Tithing is a clear 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).

Reason no. 10: Tithing comes with a Promise

God declared,

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“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?

Will you tithe and trust God?

These are the ten compelling reasons you should 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 on how I should handle my finances. Tithing set my priorities in life straight and right.

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 (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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34 thoughts on “Top 10 Surprising Reasons Why You Should 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

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    • 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.

      Joshua

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      • Read Deuteronomy 14:24-25 in context (begin at verse 22 and end at verse 26) to get the full meaning of the passage.

        v 22 – Tithe the crops grown in the fields.
        v.23 – Go to the place God chose (Jerusalem; 2 Chr 6:5-6) and eat the tithe
        v.24 – If the journey is too long, sell the tithe for money
        v.25 – take the money to the place you were supposed to take the tithe. (Jerusalem)
        v.26 – use the money to purchase food and drink for you and the members of your household.

        The money mentioned in Deuteronomy 14:24-25 is not given to the House of God as tithe…it is used to buy food and drink so that the one who traveled to Jerusalem could eat and drink with their families.

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      • Hi Boldproclaimer,

        Thanks for your comment. 🙂

        Deuteronomy 14:22-29 actually talks about the two different types of tithes – the second tithe and the third tithe.

        The first tithe is to be given to the House of God. The second tithe is the tithe you spend during the Feasts. The third tithe is to be given every third year except on the seventh year because it is a rest. The third tithe are given to the poor of the land.

        Hope that clarifies things up. 🙂

        Regards,
        Joshua

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  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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  11. Tithing is a Christian service that need not to be neglected

    I can really see that Mr Joshua gives good time to studying GOD’S word
    That’s great

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    • Hi Susan,

      That’s an interesting question.

      The answer is there’s none. Unless, I’m mistaken, I haven’t read any verse that says you should tithe on your gross income.

      However, I believe it is up to the individual. As for me, I think I would want the Almighty to bless me on my gross income. But personally, I think it would be your judgment call.

      Regards,
      Joshua

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      • I once heard that if I had P100, 10% goes to first tithe so P10 then that leaves me with P90 so 2nd tithe is P9. What are your thoughts on this? Should 2nd tithe be P9 or P10?

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      • Hi Dave,

        Hmm… that’s sound interesting. However, I don’t tithe that way, Dave. I personally understand that it’s the first tithe of your earnings, not the first tithe or second tithe of what is left.

        Regards,
        Joshua

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  12. I stick with the Bible. It says that

    a) God’s commanded tithe is agricultural, not money. (even Jesus Christ knew that His Father did not require man to tithe his money; see Matthew 17:24-27)
    b) God’s commanded tithes are to be taken to Jerusalem, not cities all around the world.
    c) God gave the command to the children of Israel, not to other nations.

    To teach contrary to what the Scriptures say is to teach a false doctrine.

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    • Hi Boldproclaimer,

      If you’re going to stick to the Bible, then you should tithe.

      a. In the olden time, tithing is agricultural since the economy of the Israelites is agricultural. However, you would see that even if they are in agricultural, it is commanded that they can exchange their goods into money if they can’t bring it with them.

      b. God’s tithe is to be given to the House of God. It is used to proclaim the Gospel and do the work of God. Today, the levitical priesthood has been abolished, but now, it has been replaced by the ministry of God to continue the work.

      c. We are the spiritual Israel.

      That’s true. I agree. If you teach contrary to what the scriptures say, then it is a false doctrine.

      Regards,
      Joshua

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  13. Your reason #8 accuses both Jesus and His apostles of stealing. In Matthew 17: the apostles went fishing for a coin. When they found it, they gave it to Caesar’s Tax Collectors in Capernaum.

    According to God’s tithe ordinance, the children of Israel were required to take tithes to Jerusalem. (see Deuteronomy 12:10-11 & 2 Chronicles 6:5-6 But Jesus did not tell the apostles to go to Jerusalem with the coin and give the tenth of the coin to the Levites. No, He told them to give the coin to Caesar’s Tax Collectors in Capernaum.

    Now, if God requires money to be tithed, then you rightly say that anyone who does not tithe is a thief. However, that means that Jesus and His apostles are also thieves, as it is clear they did not tithe the money they gained in Matthew 17:24-27.

    So, which is it? God dosn’t require tithes of money and Jesus rightfully told His apostles to give the coin to Caesar’s Tax Collectors? or God requires tithes of money and Jesus and His apostels exposed themselves as thieves?

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    • Hi Boldproclaimer,

      I’m sorry but that’s a ridiculous interpretation of scripture and what I have written.

      Please note that you give tithes from your income. It is something you worked for. When Yahshua got the coin from the fish, that is something they didn’t worked for. That’s something they found. For example, if someone gives me money, I don’t take tithe from that. But if I’m willing, I give offering from that.

      Hope that clears things up.

      Regards,
      Joshua

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      • God said His tithe was to come from agricultural increase…not from monetary income.

        In EVERY instance in the Bible where the elements of God’s commanded tithe are mentioned, they are always mentioned as agricultural products. Not once does God say to give a tenth of monetary gain to the House of God.

        Jesus Christ even proves that monetary gain is not required in Matthew 17:24-27, when He instructs the apostles to give the money they gained in that passage to Tax Collectors in Capernaum.

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      • Hi Boldproclaimer,

        We read in Deuteronomy 14:22-25:

        You shall truly tithe all the increase of your grain that the field produces year by year. And you shall eat before the Lord your God, in the place where He chooses to make His name abide, the tithe of your grain and your new wine and your oil, of the firstborn of your herds and your flocks, that you may learn to fear the Lord your God always. 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.

        In these verses, we could see that their agricultural increase is exchanged to money.

        Today, most of us are not working in an agricultural setting. However, that doesn’t change that fact that we are earning an income. Whatever form of income you may have, you need to take a tithe from it.

        I’ll answer your question about Matthew 17 in the other comment.

        Regards,
        Joshua

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      • While Israel had many farms and fields, agriculture was not their money…silver was.

        Many, in their zeal to defend their monetary tithe teaching pastors, will be quick to state, “They didn’t have money in ancient Israel, so they tithed crops and livestock.”

        But is that true? Was ancient Israel as destitute of money as so many want us to believe?

        A careful study of the word of God will reveal to the reader that silver was the means of buying and selling from the time of Abraham and forward.

        In Genesis 23, Abraham purchases the cave at Mach-Pelah from Ephron for 400 shekels of silver. Verse 16 of this chapter tells us that silver is the “current money of the merchant”.In other words, the days of bartering with agriculture was virtually over before Israel was given the command to tithe.

        In Genesis 37, Joseph is sold into slavery for twenty pieces of silver.

        In Genesis 43, Joseph’s brethren took “double money” to Egypt to buy food. The word “money” in this chapter is translated from the Hebrew “keceph”. Keceph is defined as “silver.”

        In Exodus 21, if a man’s ox injured another man’s slave, the owner of the ox was to pay the owner of the slave in silver.

        In Exodus 30, every male between the age of 20 and 60 is required to pay a tax of a half-shekel of silver annually,… whether they are rich or poor.

        In Leviticus 27, many things dedicated to God can be redeemed (bought back) with silver. Even a portion of one’s crops tithe could be redeemed.

        In Deuteronomy 14. the Feast tithe could be sold if it was too heavy, or if there was a chance of it spoiling before the Israelite reached the place of festivities. Upon reaching the place of festivities, the Israelites was to buy food as the Feast tithe and eat it with his family.

        In Judges 9. Abimelech paid people silver to follow him.

        In Judges 17, graven image purchased with 200 shekels of silver

        In Jeremiah 32, The weeping prophet purchased land from his uncle Hanameel with 17 pieces of silver.

        In Matthew 14, ointment might have been sold for three hundred pence. (denarius)

        In Matthew 20, we read a parable of workers agreeing to work for a penny.

        Israel’s monetary system, as proven by the verses referenced above, was silver and not agricultural increase.

        There is nothing in the word of God that indicates anyone being required to tithe their monetary income to either Tabernacle, Temple, Synagogue or Church.

        Man may change. The economy may change. However, God’s Word does not change. It is forever settled in Heaven. (Psalms 119:89)

        God knows everything that ever happened in History. He knows what is happening in our present age. He knows what will happen in the future.

        He made no provision in His Word for man in any period of time to preach contrary to what is written in His Holy word. His commanded tithe was agricultural in the Bible. It has not changed to money, whether man wishes to make it money or not.

        Man can say God’s tithe is money for the next 20 years from now. But, two thousand years beyond that, the Bible will still say God’s tithe is agricultural.

        It is forever settled in Heaven. It will never be money.

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      • Hi Boldproclaimer,

        Can you give me a verse in the Bible that says we shouldn’t tithe on the money we earn that it should only be on agricultural products?

        Now, regarding your point, please understand that God even gave us instructions that the Israelites can convert their goods into money and use that money as their tithes. Isn’t that proof that they give money as their tithes?

        Regards,
        Joshua

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      • The coin was something they worked for. They had to go down to the sea and cast in a hook, wait for the fish to bite, then reel it in.

        Jesus told them how to get the coin…they had to work for it.

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