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Answer-Tithing/Giving

Tithing was a big thing under the old covenant, but it is not something that is in the New Testament. People ask about that a lot, and I believe it is for one of two reasons. For some it is just wanting to excuse their not giving, looking for a way out of the responsibility of giving, and others just wonder why it is not in the New Testament or what tithing is all about. Those who do not want to give do not understand that our God is a giver, the “Ultimate Giver”, and there is no greater way to honor Him and serve Him than to give. Click-Psalm's 37:21  

Click-Luke 6:38 The very way to receive from the Lord is to give.  

 

But what about tithing? In the Old Testament, the focus on giving was the price that was going to be paid for the souls of mankind. All giving was in reflection of that price and therefore all the giving was in percentages and amounts—God always gave attention to the amount that was given, but in the New Testament the focus is the opposite; why? When we make a purchase the attention is on the amount that it is going to be paid, hence the focus in the Old Testament on the amount, but once the purchase has been made the attention shifts to the product that has been purchased. In the New Testament, we are a purchased possession, and we give to reflect that. In

Click-Acts 4:30 Click-Acts 5:11 ,  they sold the very possessions they were forbidden to sell under the old covenant, and they gave to God’s work; why? They were now a purchased possession, and thereby they demonstrated it. Click-Acts 2:44 Under the new covenant, there should not be anything that we withhold, not that we have to give it all, but we must not have limits on our giving; that is, if we want to live and demonstrate what God has done for us. Jesus never focused on the amount people gave, just on how much they kept back. 

 

Click-Mark 12:41-44, And he sat down opposite the treasury and watched the people putting money into the offering box. Many rich people put in large sums. And a poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which make a penny. And he called his disciples to him and said to them, “Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the offering box. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.”     

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