Was it Moses that Introduced Tithing?

In yesterday’s post,  What Is A Tithe? I started a series on Christian Giving with tithing as my first subject matter. In today’s post, I will continue the question and answer session on the subject of tithing. This teaching is based on a revelation of tithing given to me by the Holy Spirit.

Question No. 2 – Was it Moses that introduced the giving of a Tenth?

The answer is no.

A lot of folks strongly associate tithing with the Law of Moses. However, I will teach you on tithe without any reference to the Law of Moses. That way, you will understand that the giving of a tenth – that is tithe, did not start with Moses.

It is important that you pay attention to what I’m about to say. The giving of a tenth did not originate with Moses on Mount Sinai; it didn’t come through the Law. People were giving tithes nearly 500 years before Moses came on the scene. Actually, the first recorded giving of a tenth in the Scriptures was by Abraham.

“After Abram returned from defeating Kedorlaomer and the kings allied with him, the king of Sodom came out to meet him in the valley of Shaveh (that is the King’s Valley). Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. He was priest of God Most High, and he blessed Abram, saying, ‘Blessed be Abram by God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth. And blessed be God Most High who delivered your enemies into your hand.’ Then Abram gave him a tenth of everything.
~Genesis 14: 17-20

Abraham gave Melchizedek a tenth of the spoils of battle nearly 500 years before Moses gave the Law to the people of Israel. So the giving of a tenth did not originate with Moses; it did not originate with the people of Israel, because Abraham was not an Israelite. At this time that Abraham gave a tenth, the nation of Israel was not in existence. Isaac and his son, Jacob – who later gave birth to the nation of Israel – weren’t born yet.

Furthermore, the second time that tithe was mentioned in the bible was also almost 500 years before Moses received the Law from God on Mount Sinai. This time, it was Jacob, Abraham’s grandson, who promised God a tenth of his belongings if God granted him a safe passage:

“Then Jacob made a vow, saying, ‘If God will be with me and will watch over me on this journey I am taking, and will give me food to eat and clothes to wear so that I return faithfully to my father’s house, then the Lord will be my God, and this stone that I have set up as a pillar will be God’s house, and of all that you give me I will give you a tenth.
~Genesis 28: 20-22

So the giving of a tenth – which is called tithing – did not come through Moses. It did not come through the Ten Commandments, the Israelites, or Judaism. The giving of a tenth was practiced nearly 500 years before the time of Moses; long before the Law was ever given.

Memory Verse:
Genesis 14: 17-20
“After Abram returned from defeating Kedorlaomer and the kings allied with him, the king of Sodom came out to meet him in the valley of Shaveh (that is the King’s Valley). Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. He was priest of God Most High, and he blessed Abram, saying, ‘Blessed be Abram by God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth. And blessed be God Most High who delivered your enemies into your hand.’ Then Abram gave him a tenth of everything.”


Prayer:
Heavenly Father, Thank You for this teaching on tithing. Help me to walk in this revelation, in Jesus’ name.
Amen.


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