MY SCRIPTURAL BELIEVE OF NEW TESTAMENT GIVING

When I wrote the article on the subject, did Jesus tithe? It was not because I lacked an understanding of what the word says about the master, after all he is one and same with God. Why should Jesus tithe? He is the one that receives our tithe! According to the writers of Hebrews in Hebrews 7: 1-16 he was the Melchizedek that appear to Abraham in Genesis 14. Hebrews 7:4 tells us that, ‘He is without father or mother or genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but resembling the Son of God he continues a priest forever!' And further down in verse 17 the bible makes it even more clearer that it was ‘witnessed of him(Jesus), you are a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek’. This explains why Jesus was here on earth he sat over the treasury in the temple and was watching how people are giving their offerings (Mark 12:41-44). He is the one who receives our tithe! Asking that question has gone to show how far this generation has gone in trying to twist the word of God to suit their reprobate mind.

Every commandment of scriptures has benefits. Every word of God is profitable when obeyed (Isaiah 1:18-19), those who choose to obey the word receives its reward. Those who ignore certain portions of the word also miss out on certain portion of God’s blessing. It’s that simple. It’s the same way it applies to the commandment of the scripture on tithing. The word that you obey brings its reward. If you choose to ignore the instructions of the word on giving, you may not be cursed, but neither will you be blessed by your disobedience!

Really, I don’t believe in the tithes! I believe in something much more higher and better, because we live under the dispensation of grace and of a better covenant where we have been given better promises! The tithe came before the law, though it was eventually regulated under the law, still it was an act born out of faith and gratitude to God. It came through Abraham by faith who was the father of the old covenant. Here under this covenant Abraham gave tenth of all.

However, Jesus is the mediator of the new covenant (Hebrews 12:25) which has better promises and when he was to give he gave all of his! He gave all to the father by the death on the cross and set the benchmark for what our giving should be – all!

Notice the ministry of Jesus when that young rich fool came to him and ask how to enter the kingdom of heaven, Jesus told him to go sell all his properties, give them away and follow him! Indeed, all the people that follow Jesus gave their all. This was the point of Peter’s question in Matthew 19:27-29, ‘we have given all to follow you what is our reward?’ Read it here.

Then answered Peter and said unto him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore? And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, that ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And everyone that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, shall receive a hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life

The hundred-fold returns is for those that have given all!

When Jesus sat over the offering basket and was observing what people were giving, he hinted the disciples on whom he thought had given the most. The criteria were not on how much you have given, it was on how much you have given relative to that which you have left, that which you didn’t give! And when Jesus did his findings, he said the widow gave more because while all the others gave some out of what they have this woman gave all that she has! Wow! Now that is new testament giving – giving all!

And Jesus sat over against the treasury, and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury:  and many that were rich cast in much. And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing. And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, that this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury: For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living. (Mark 12:41-44)

The widow was rated higher because he gave all. Seems to me then that what impress God is not what we give, but what we give relative to what we have left. The others probably gave tithes, 10% or 20% or 5%, but this woman gave 100%, and the master was moved!

The old covenant is about the tenth, the new covenant is about the all!

Look at one more passage of the Scripture. It’s about Ananias and Sapphira, this couple sold their land but kept back ‘part’ of the proceeds, presented the part that remains and make it look like they were giving all of the proceeds from the sales of the land! They held back while others were giving their all! There was no problem with that as long as they were sincere, but hey, they wanted to look good to others, they wanted to show off that they too are giving their all, in so doing they lied to the Holy Ghost and they were caught!

But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession, and kept back part of the price, his wife also being privy to it, and brought a certain part, and laid it, at the apostles' feet. But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land? Whiles it remained, was it not thine own?  and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power?  why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart?  thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God. (Acts 5:1-4)

What does this tell you about the early church? Theirs was a church that gave all to God! This willingness to give all spread through the churches as a kingdom culture and Paul talked of this same culture evident in the Macedonia church (2 Corinthians 8:1-5) that gave according to their power but much more beyond their power! This is the new testament order of giving – giving all!

The old covenant is the covenant of the tenth while the new covenant is the covenant of the all! Our benchmark is not 10% but 100%! If 100% is the benchmark why is the 10% worrying you? The 10% is the entrant level into this kingdom if you really love the lord and you are grateful for his provisions – 10% is for kindergarten Christianity 101!

 

 

 

 

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