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THREE (3) TYPES OF TITHES IN THE OLD TESTAMENT IDENTIFIED

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                                    THREE (3) TYPES OF TITHES IN THE OLD TESTAMENT IDENTIFIED

WHEN DID THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL GIVE TITHES?

When did the people of Israel give tithes?  We have already established one from our study so far above. We have seen from all the Scriptures quoted above as when to pay the tithes – and it is year by year (yearly). But there is another time mentioned in Deuteronomy 26:12 (KJV) “When thou hast made an end of tithing all the tithes of thine increase the third year, which is the year of tithing, and hast given it unto the Levite, the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, that they may eat within thy gates, and be filled;” This Scripture mentioned another time apart from year by year (yearly), and that another time is every third year. This is another time (3rd year) apart from every single year – third (3rd) year is another different time entirely.

Now, after all the tithes had been given to the priests of Levites, the third year (apart from the one of year by year), who should the priests of Levites distribute these tithes to?  Once again, the answer is still in the book of Deuteronomy  26:12 (KJV) “When thou hast made an end of tithing all the tithes of thine increase the third year, which is the year of tithing, and hast given it unto the Levite, the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, that they may eat within thy gates, and be filled;” 

 First and foremost, this tithe here is totally different from year by year  (yearly ) tithe ;  the tithe here is every third  (3rd ) year that the people of Israel should bring  to the Levitical priests  in the Tabernacle.  Before now, we had read that the tithe should be brought to the temple year by year (yearly) but now in this Deuteronomy 26 :12, it mentioned third year for another tithe. The purpose of this tithe every third year is for the poor and needy but some pastors will tell you that the purpose of the tithes is mainly for the running of the church – and they will say no to what is in Deuteronomy 26:12.

CORRECT SHARING AND PROPER USE OF THE TITHES IN THE OLD TESTAMENT

 Three Types of Tithes in the Old Testament:

  1. Levitical or sacred tithe – Numbers 18: 21, 24 KJV – To support the Levities, the priests and the temple service. This is the “first” This is also known as the Lord’s tithe (Lev. 27:30 KJV). None of this first tithe is to be consumed or used personally by the individual tithe payer (tither). It is holy to God; purely to be used for the furtherance of the work of God on the earth.
  1. Feast tithe (The tithe of the feasts) – Deuteronomy 14:22-27 KJV – Dedicated to the good of the man himself with religious purpose before God. This is the “second” The tither will eat this one (the second tithe). This is also known as the festival tithe (Deuteronomy 12:10 – 12, 17 -18 KJV). The second tithe is to take care of the observance (celebration/ceremony) of God’s seven annual festivals designed for the children of Israel each year in a seven year farming cycle. These feasts to the Jewish people were very significant as national family-reunions. These festivals are holy convocations in designated places in Israel. Generally, these designated places are of some distance from the homes of God’s people. Therefore, to insure that His people (Jewish people in the Old Testament) have the financial resources/capacity to attend these observances each year, under the Law of Moses, God gave further instruction in the Old Testament regarding tithing. And this type of tithe known as the “second” tithe is to be eaten year by year; that is according to the above quoted scripture “THE TITHE” was to be EATEN at the FEASTS under the Law of Moses in the Old Testament.
  1. Poor tithe (The tithe for the poor) – Deuteronomy 14:28 – 29 KJV and Deuteronomy 26:12 KJV – Dedicated to the poor (for the Levite, stranger, father­less, and the widow). This is the third tithe. This tithe in Old Testament was given only every third year. It is to meet the neighbor’s need. In a seven year farming cycle, this third tithe is given twice, that is, the third year and the sixth year. Exactly like the first tithe (the Lord’s tithe), it is not designed or created for the individual’s personal use. It is to be fully paid, not consumed at all, by the tithe payer (the person that pays tithes). But it is entirely for a different purpose than the two (2) other tithes. It is mainly created for the purpose to reach out to the needs of the poor and needy in the God’s people community; for the support and care of the poor in the community of God’s people—especially widows, orphans and strangers. This third tithe is set up as a welfare system/program to take care of the poor and needy in the community of God’s people.

All the above three (3) tithes were mandatory in the Old Testament as they were the requirements of the Law of Moses that must be fulfilled by the Jewish people. The Lord’s tithe every year, the festival tithe which is also yearly for the seven annual festivals of a seven year farming cycle and the tithe for the poor  which was every third year of a seven year farming cycle, and this means that in a seven year farming cycle, this tithe for the poor would be paid twice (third year and sixth year).

The summation of total 3 separate tithes payment may be from 23.3% to 30%. This variation from 23.3% to 30% is due to at times the tither or tithe payer might want to redeem (buy back) it. So normally everyone yearly would pay twenty percent (20%) tithes in the first year, second year, fourth year, and fifth year for both the Lord’s tithe and the festival tithe of a seven year farming cycle while in the third year, everyone would pay from 23.3% to 30% and sixth year also everyone would pay from 23.3% to 30% in a seven year farming cycle. Do not forget that no tithes were to be paid or collected from the land every seventh (7th) year, every fiftieth (50th) year, and when drought and famine caused no increase of the Agricultural produce. Putting together, there were actually 3 separate tithes or 23.3% to 30% in the Old Testament under the Law of Moses.

By doing the analytical analysis (thinking) on these three separate tithes payment, you would discover that everyone in the community of God’s people was taken care of, unlike what is happening with the tithes and offerings being collected in the Nigerian churches today, most especially in the top mega prosperity gospel churches in the country called Nigeria.

Considering this system of tithing or payment of three (3) separate tithes which may sum up to thirty percent (30%) in the Old Testament under the Law of Moses, it is a burden but thank God for the Lord Jesus Christ in the New Testament who had removed this burden and replaced it with the Christian giving as practiced in the early church (the first church) of Christian believers in the books of Acts 2:42 – 45 KJV and Acts 4: 32 – 35 KJV. The Christian giving of Acts 2:42 – 45 KJV and Acts 4: 32 – 35 KJV made available the provision for every Christian and took care of every need to the extent that there was no one lacking in the church! With this system of tithing or payment of three (3) separate tithes, there is correct sharing and proper use of the tithes in the community of God’s people (the Jewish people) of the Old Testament.

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onetruth

Olusegun Ibikunle has devoted his entire life to the service of his Master Lord Jesus Christ since 2003, greatly adding value to lives. He is into the propagation of the gospel of Christ of righteousness and holiness on the earth. By the grace of God, he is the founder of the Holy Army of Christ (HAC) Ministries. The ministries God has used to bless the children, the teenagers, the youths and the adults.

He has a B.Sc. degree in Industrial Engineering. The Holy Spirit inspired him to write this book for the edification of the Body of Christ and the benefit of Heaven-bound Christians in the last days (end times).

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