And all the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land or of the fruit of the tree, is the LORD’s. It is holy to the LORD.
2 Chronicles 31:5-6 ( http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2%20Chronicles%2031:5-6&version=NKJV )
It’s Saturday, your lawnmower is broken, the grass is high, and you have company coming for supper. You borrow your neighbor’s lawnmower, cut the grass, and stick the mower in your garage while you clean up for your guest’s arrival. The next Saturday a knock on your door reveals your neighbor — looking for his lawnmower. Embarrassed at having not returned it, you hastily apologize and return the mower. Why? Because the lawnmower is his!
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When something belongs to someone else, our obligation is to return it to him promptly. And that is true of a tenth of all we possess. Why? Because it is His! God gives us everything we have, entrusting it to us to use temporarily (1 Chronicles 29:14).
But a tenth — a tithe — of what God has given to us belongs to Him: “And all the tithe of the land … is the Lord‘s.”
When we give a tithe of our possessions to the Lord, we demonstrate that we know Who really owns what we temporarily possess. It is a way to honor Him and what He has done.
The tithe is one more way to put God first in our lives by acknowledging that what we have is His.
God demands the tithe, deserves the offerings, defends the savings and directs the expenses.
By David Jeremiah.