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Was Money Really Scarce In Ancient Israel?

Standing Firm In Christ

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It has been argued, by those who would deceitfully teach that we are to tithe our money, that the reason God expected agricultural tithes of the children of Israel is because money was scarce and the Israelites used their crops and livestock as money.

That nonsensical claim is easily shot down with the Word of God.

Deuteronomy 14:22-27 Thou shalt truly tithe all the increase of thy seed, that the field bringeth forth year by year. And thou shalt eat before the LORD thy God, in the place which he shall choose to place his name there, the tithe of thy corn, of thy wine, and of thine oil, and the firstlings of thy herds and of thy flocks; that thou mayest learn to fear the LORD thy God always. And if the way be too long for thee, so that thou art not able to carry it; or if the place be too far from thee, which the LORD thy God shall choose to set his name there, when the LORD thy God hath blessed thee: Then shalt thou turn it into money, and bind up the money in thine hand, and shalt go unto the place which the LORD thy God shall choose: And thou shalt bestow that money for whatsoever thy soul lusteth after, for oxen, or for sheep, or for wine, or for strong drink, or for whatsoever thy soul desireth: and thou shalt eat there before the LORD thy God, and thou shalt rejoice, thou, and thine household, And the Levite that is within thy gates; thou shalt not forsake him; for he hath no part nor inheritance with thee.

Deuteronomy is very clear. The tithe could be sold for money. Sell money for money? Preposterous!

Leviticus 27:30-31 And all the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land, or of the fruit of the tree, is the LORD'S: it is holy unto the LORD. And if a man will at all redeem ought of his tithes, he shall add thereto the fifth part thereof.

Again, if money could be tithed, the above verse would make no sense whatsoever.

Israelite: "I'd like to pay my tithe."
Levite: "Fine. You came to the right place."
Israelite: "I gained 600 shekels of silver this year, so here is my tithe of 60 shekels of silver."
Levite: "Wonderful! And may the Almighty bless you for your OBedience and dedication."
Israelite: "Wait! The Law provides that I can redeem my tithe. I'd like to do that. I can really use the 60 shekels for clothing for my family."
Levite: "I understand. You may buy back the tithe as provided by the Law. That will be 72 shekels of silver."
Israelite: "Here you go."

Of course, such a conversation would never have taken place, because money was never a tithe in the Mosaic/Levitic Law.

If one does a proper study of the Word of God, one will discover that practically every Israelite household had money. Notice:

Numbers 18:15-16 Every thing that openeth the matrix in all flesh, which they bring unto the LORD, whether it be of men or beasts, shall be thine: nevertheless the firstborn of man shalt thou surely redeem, and the firstling of unclean beasts shalt thou redeem. And those that are to be redeemed from a month old shalt thou redeem, according to thine estimation, for the money of five shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary, which is twenty gerahs.

The firstborn child had to be redeemed for five shekels of money. Totally destroys the "Israel was mostly poor" theory that the pro-tither's want us to believe.

Also, we read:

Exodus 30:15 The rich shall not give more, and the poor shall not give less than half a shekel, when they give an offering unto the LORD, to make an atonement for your souls.

The above verse further proves that money was in abundance... even the poor had to pay a half shekel as an offering to the priest. Rich and poor alike had money as the Bible proves.

Yet, money was never tithed under the Mosaic/Levitic Law.

Nor can any verse be found in the New Testament that instructs the saved of God to tithe their money. The monetary tithe requirement doctrine is a man-made doctrine and not endorsed by the Word of God

The Word does instruct us in our giving though. The Word of God tells us:

2 Corinthians 9:7 Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.

Give as you purpose in your heart to give. Give what you choose to give. Do so willingly and cheerfully. Don't give because you HAVE to give. Don't give because you are REQUIRED to give. Give because you want to give. Give because you see a need and you want to help meet that need.

1 John 3:17 But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?



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