So, the other night I read Chapter 14 in Deuteronomy. Not just Chapter 14, but that’s the chapter than stuck in my mind, especially the second section which speaks about tithes.
If you hang around that Church long enough, sooner or later the topic of tithing comes up. Coincidentally, this topic is especially prevalent when church finances become tight. Be that as it may, and whether you agree with the ideal of tithing as it is often taught by churches, I invite you to read verses 22 to the end of Deuteronomy 14. I can pretty much guarantee that this is not the lesson you normally hear about tithing in church. I call it Tithing Deuteronomy Style.
First of all it’s a once a year offering before the Lord. Second of all, tithing was to take place at the temple only. And thirdly (and this is the kicker) it was a family celebration. Each house hold brought their tenth and threw a party with it in what amounted to a great big thanksgiving feast with the entire household and the local Levites.
I obviously have not been to every church there is and given this blog’s world wide audience, I feel safe in saying that it is highly improbable that I’ve been to yours, but I have never heard a pastor/preacher suggest that anyone should save a tenth of their income and throw a huge party with wine or strong drink at the end of the year in celebration of the Lord’s blessings. Most would especially not allow such a fete in the church. But, there it is in Scripture.
That’s God’s original plan for the tithe of His people. They were to live off ninety percent of His provision and party with the other ten percent. Personally, I think this sounds like a wonderful way to celebrate God’s generosity and give Thanks to our provider.
So? What do you think?