The Significance of Paying Tithes
by Sup. Wldr Adejare
THE SIGNIFICANCE OF TITHES
What do we mean by the word Tithe? It means the ten percent of our income which we need to bring forward before the presence of God. That is to say one part of your income when you might have divided it into ten parts. Payment of the Tithe is the commandment of God, right from old testament even to this present dispensation.
In the Old Testament, their major occupation then was farming, yet, God even commanded them to pay their tithe from it. Thus Deut. 14:22 says "You shall tithe all the yield of your seed, which comes forth from the field year by year." It was cleared that when they might have obeyed this commandment, God will surely bless their land by making the land to be a fertile (productive) land so that by the following year, the land may have more products than the previous years.
During this period, when they will be bringing their tithe before God on what they have acquired from their land, they will make sure that they brought the best out of the best of the products and by so doing, God will look upon them from heaven above and shower his abundant blessing upon them Mal. 3:10.
In this present age, people don't pay important attention on farming as an occupation rather we have many occupations. Now that we have more than one occupation unlike in the Old Testament, how are the people paying their tithe? Are they paying the tithe? Are they even paying the tithe? Where are they supposed to pay their tithe? Looking into these questions, we will discover that for someone to meet up the payment of tithe is not easy.
Before these questions can be answered, let us look into the way people of old testament were paying their tithe. There, we will see that God commanded them to bring their tithe at the end of every year. But presently, if we are to pay our tithes at the end of every year, can we pay it accurately? No because our demands and requirements are many and before the end of the year, we might have diverted it into another way.
In the old testament, God even commanded them that if their farm is too far away from where they will bring their tithe to, they should sell all the products so as to turn it into money and by so doing, it will bring forth convenience for them. Thus Deut 14:24-25 says " And if the way is too long for you, so that you are not able to bring the tithe, when the Lord your God bless you, because the place is too far from you, which the Lord your God chooses to set His name there, then you shall turn it into money in your hand, and go to the place which the Lord your God choose."
Now it won't be convenient or even practicable for us to pay our tithe as the people of old testament did at the end of every year. The fact is that some people are salary earners which they receive monthly. If such people were to be keeping their tithe till the end of the year when they shall bring it before God, some would have taken some amount out of it, even some would have spent it.
But in a nut shell, what they would do is to deduct the ten percent from their monthly salary and bring it as their tithe before God. Mind you tithe is never the same with other offerings we present before God. Furthermore, nobody is exempted from paying the tithe as far as you are earning income. Also, paying of the tithe does not imply that you should never respond to the other offerings, and likewise when you divert your tithe into another offerings does not assure you that you have paid the tithe. When you continue doing this for complete twelve months, you have already paid your tithe for the year and you are no more a debtor.
CURSES OR/AND BLESSING OF TITHE
From old testament, Abraham the blessed man of God was the first person to pay his tithe when he was returning from the defeat of Chedorolaomer and the kings who were with him and he was blessed Gen 14:13-20. Thus, Heb 7:1 says " For this Melchizedek who is the king of Salem (peace), Priest of the most High God, met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him." Abraham was blessed because of the fact that he paid the tithe of what God had given to him.
Looking into the book of Malachi 3:10, God made it a must for them (Israelites) to bring all their full tithe and not a part of it into the house of God. But does he really mean it or joking with it? No, God never jokes with His words and because of this, God pronounced curses upon all the people who failed to pay their tithe for the fact that they are robbing the Almighty God. Whatever they lay their hands on will never prosper, and God will continue to be their enemy. Malachi 3:8-9.
But whoever diligently hearkens and obeys this commands will continuously be a blessed person, for God will always be on his support and whatever he lays his hands upon shall prosper. He will neither be in suffering nor in need, for God will always provide for all his needs, Philip 4:19. Thus, Mal 3:11-12 says; "I will rebuke the devourer for you, so that it will not destroy the fruit of your soil, and your vine in the field shall not fail to bear says the Lord of Hosts. Then all nations will call you blessed, for you will be a king of delight, says the Lord of hosts."
Never you abstain yourself from paying your tithe for it's like a bile which when it bursts and mixes with other parts of the meat, the whole meat shall loose its sweet taste and get wasted. In a nutshell, it is a MUST for you to pay your tithe, for when you do so, you will remain blessed of God.
Sup. Wldr. Adejare is a staff of the International Headquarters, Ketu.
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