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Listen to the audio or you might get the wrong idea. The New Testament teaches grace giving. We will first look at the concept of tithing as seen in the Old Testament, and then discuss how this relates to the New Testament, and what it teaches about giving and stewardship in general.
Leviticus 27 – principle of purpose (vs.30)
• Tithing became part of the Law, like a tax, so as to provide income for the priests and for the routine functioning of the nation of Israel.
• This text in chapter 27 is very specific about what items are to be given.
• Numbers 18:21-32 / 2 Chronicles 31:4-18 confirm that part of the purpose of the tithe was to support the spiritual leadership. (cf. Luke 10:7 / 1 Corinthians 9:11-14 / Galatians 6:6 / 1 Timothy 5:18). The Levites were also given cities (Numbers 35:1-8).