Spirit of the law

 ‘And all the tithe (tenth part) of the land, whether the seed of the land or the fruit of the tree, is the Lord’s; it is holy to the Lord.  If a man wishes to redeem any part of his tithe, he shall add one-fifth to it.  For every tithe of the herd or flock, whatever [c]passes under the [shepherd’s] staff, the tenth one shall be holy to the Lord.  The man is not to be concerned whether the animal is good or bad, nor shall he exchange it. But if he does exchange it, then both it and its substitute shall become holy; it shall not be redeemed.’” Leviticus 27:30-33

Apart from the above promises of God to those who obey His commandments, what else can we see in the ordinances on tithing? What is the spirit of the Law of tithing?

First of all, it is obedience to God: there is no need to elaborate on this any further. The second important point is that, through tithing, Israelites expressed their thankfulness to God Who provided for them all those earthly goods that they needed to sustain their lives. Tithe was a token of that appreciation.

Stewardship is the personal acknowledgement on our part that God is owner and provider of all the basic goods of life – spiritual, physical, and material. As Christians we’re called to be faithfully responsible with the resources entrusted to us by God. We are to manage God-given gifts of time, talents, money and the use of our spiritual gifts.

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