Facts About Tithing

In Nehemiah 13:10-11, Nehemiah discovered that the house of God had been forsaken. The Levites had to go back to working in the fields to provide for themselves. Provision for the house of God was contingent upon the Levites doing the work. They had quit because the tithe wasn’t being given to the house of the Lord. Nehemiah rebuked the rulers for their negligence, the tithe was restored, the Levites left the fields and went back to work in the house of God as God had ordained.

Nehemiah 13:10-11 – “I also realized that the portions for the Levites had not been given them; for each of the Levites and the singers who did the work had gone back to the field. So I contended with the rulers, and said why is the house of God forsaken?”

It was never God’s intention for men and women to work secular jobs while in the ministry (being bi-vocational). They are to be provided for by the tithe (Numbers 18:21). The house of God is neglected when the ones He has called cannot devote all their time to the ministry.

That said, we do not use the tithe today as God originally intended. We give our tithes to pay for all the expenses of the church, but the tithe was originally given to support the ministry and ministers. Their tithe and additional offerings was used for general expenses. Can you imagine all that could be done for God if His tithe was set apart for those called to minister full time?

Facts about Tithing from Malachi 3:8-12

The house of God is neglected when the ones He has called cannot devote all their time to the ministry (Hebrews 5:4). The tithe is what God has designated to provide for His house. We must begin to obey God and stop allowing His house and those He has called to be neglected.

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