Book Excerpt from Kleptomaniac: Who's Really Robbing God Anyway?
To determine who God set apart the tithe for, we need to further investigate scripture to find out. And to set the record straight, the Bible says the tithe belongs to the Levites as their inheritance from God. Before the law, no tithe command existed and all giving fell under the auspices of gratitude or freewill giving. Now when God speaks to Moses, he commands a tithe as part of the law and introduces a middleman, the Levites. The tithe Abram gave before the law didn’t come from a pre-law principle but happened based on customs for the rules of war. Tithing existed long before Abram gave a tithe to Melchizedek. When God instructs Moses on the tithing laws, He defines what the tithe is. In Numbers and Deuteronomy, God states to whom and where Israel should tithe. The context of Leviticus 27:30-33 shows the tithe is land based, which makes Israel an agricultural economy. Israel had a monetary system and never tithed money in a partial agricultural economy. Author Ron Knot addresses the buyback program in his book, Tithing Fact or Fiction? He writes, “The tithe was known to be the Lords property while it was still growing in the field. In Ancient times, the farmer could buy his tithe back from the Lord by paying the priest 120% of its value in money. The priest in turn, would give the tithe (produce) back to the farmer and take the money and then buy a replacement tithe. Money was used but never as a substitute for a tithe. The priests would never present money to the Lord since His tithe was to be holy to the Him and money was not holy (Leviticus 27:30). It must be remembered, the biblical definition of a tithe included what the tithe was composed of, which was agricultural products only.”
We know the tithe is not money based on the Hebrew word for land. The keyword in Leviticus 27:30 refers to land. The tithe comes from the land. Land in Hebrew is erets (Strong’s #776). It represents the earth, arable ground or owned land. The land God speaks of is the land He promised Abram in Genesis 13:17. If God promised Abram land, then how would God give Abram the land of Canaan that other people occupied? God’s promise fits the Hebrew meaning because erets also means owned land. It is important to note that tithing had not started yet in Leviticus because Israel still roamed the wilderness. Leviticus gives details of the tithe requirements for implementation once they got into the land of Canaan.
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