Tithing is not in the 10 Commandments yet it is a very important piece of both the spiritual and financial puzzle.
The Big List
- Worship no god but me.
- (Don’t worship idols): You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them.
- (Don’t swear): Do not use my name for evil purposes, for I, the Lord your God, will punish anyone who misuses my name.
- Observe the Sabbath and keep it holy.
- Respect your father and your mother.
- Do not commit murder.
- Do not commit adultery.
- Do not steal.
- Do not accuse anyone falsely.
- Do not desire another man’s house; do not desire his wife, his slaves, his cattle, his donkeys, or anything else that he owns.
Guidelines that weren’t included
There are a number of stories and teachings from the Bible that have nothing to do with the 10 Commandments. Why weren’t these included?
- Turn the other cheek (Matthew [5:39])
- Treat others the way you would want to be treated (Luke [6:31])
- Give a tithe (10%) to your local church (Malachi [3:10])
If these are not in “The Big List” does that mean they are not as important? I mean, if they were then why didn’t God keep Moses up on the mountain a little longer and just make it an even dozen? Better yet, if these teachings were so significant why couldn’t He just have included them as well and make the 10 Commandments a Baker’s Dozen?
It’s not a salvation issue
God does not ask us to give a tithe because it will help us get into Heaven. We can’t buy our way through the pearly gates, there is no set price for admission, even Warren Buffett doesn’t have enough money to bribe the One who created it all.
He loves us whether we are sinners or not, so giving a portion of the little bit of money we have on this Earth doesn’t change the way we enter into the eternal Kingdom.
Does this make tithing less important?
If giving a tithe doesn’t save us and it doesn’t change the way He loves us, then why did Jesus talk more about money than Heaven?
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