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I often hear church goers and pastors say they didn't have money then, or that money wasn't commonly used then, etc. etc.  That is pure nonsense.


In contrast to the view that the tithes are used to fund the expenses of the church, money (not food) was collected separately by the priests and Levites from all Israel annually to maintain the temple (see 2 Chron 24:5, Neh 10:32). There was also other freewill giving of money to the house of God as seen in 2 King 12:4.

2 Chronicles 24:5 (KJV)
5And he gathered together the priests and the Levites, and said to them, Go out unto the cities of Judah, and gather of all Israel money to repair the house of your God from year to year, and see that ye hasten the matter. Howbeit the Levites hastened it not.

Nehemiah 10:32 (KJV)
32Also we made ordinances for us, to charge ourselves yearly with the third part of a shekel for the service of the house of our God;

2 Kings 12:4-5 (KJV)
4And Jehoash said to the priests, All the money of the dedicated things that is brought into the house of the LORD, even the money of every one that passeth the account, the money that every man is set at, and all the money that cometh into any man’s heart to bring into the house of the LORD,
5Let the priests take it to them, every man of his acquaintance: and let them repair the breaches of the house, wheresoever any breach shall be found.

Aside from the tithe of produce the priests received money as a type of poll tax on the first born ofIsrael(Num 3:45-51). They also collected money for the atonement of sins demonstrated in Exo 30:16, and which was used for the service of the tabernacle. In 2 Kings 12:16 the priests received the sin and trespass money which was not brought to the house of the Lord but belonged to the priests.

2 Kings 12:16 (KJV)
16The trespass money and sin money was not brought into the house of the LORD: it was the priests’.

Numbers 3:45-51 (KJV)
45Take the Levites instead of all the firstborn among the children of Israel, and the cattle of the Levites instead of their cattle; and the Levites shall be mine: I am the LORD.
46And for those that are to be redeemed of the two hundred and threescore and thirteen of the firstborn of the children of Israel, which are more than the Levites;
47Thou shalt even take five shekels apiece by the poll, after the shekel of the sanctuary shalt thou take them: (the shekel is twenty gerahs:)
48And thou shalt give the money, wherewith the odd number of them is to be redeemed, unto Aaron and to his sons.
49And Moses took the redemption money of them that were over and above them that were redeemed by the Levites:
50Of the firstborn of the children of Israel took he the money; a thousand three hundred and threescore and five shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary:
51And Moses gave the money of them that were redeemed unto Aaron and to his sons, according to the word of the LORD, as the LORD commanded Moses.

Exodus 30:16 (KJV)
16And thou shalt take the atonement money of the children of Israel, and shalt appoint it for the service of the tabernacle of the congregation; that it may be a memorial unto the children of Israel before the LORD, to make an atonement for your souls.

One of the clearest passages of scripture which demonstrates that the tithe was nothing other than food can be found in Neh 10. In this chapter we see in verse 34 where wood for example, was given as an offering but it was not included in the tithes. In verse 32 we also note they contributed money annually for the service of the temple and again this was separate from the tithes which we come to realise when we get to verses 37 and 38. Here we note that the tithes were collected from the agricultural cities (cities of the tillage) only thus confirming what I said earlier that only food producers were required to tithe and that the tithe was never money. To add to that, what we notice from the New Testament scriptures is that the practice of tithing produce existed up to Jesus’ time as the Pharisees tithe herbs of mint, dill and cumin (Matt 23:23). This was clearly the practice of tithing and money was given separately to the temple treasury as we see in Mark 12:41. It is noteworthy to mention here that those who argue that Jesus did not abolish tithing, citing Matt 23:23, by the same logic refuses to acknowledge that the tithe was not money or the equivalent of earnings but food produce from food producers only. If Jesus did not change the tithe law then the tithe remains a tenth part of produce only from food producers. This point however is lost on “pro-tithers”. We note from Luke 16:14 that the Pharisees loved money yet Jesus did not rebuke them for tithing herbs instead of money and this is because under the law only produce could be tithed. It should be noted here also that people who were engaged with other professions but who also tilled the land on the side were also required to tithe of the produce of the ground. They did not however tithe of their income from their profession.

Also, if money was not prevalent, how did farmers sell the Feast tithe for silver in Deuteronomy 14?  How did they redeem the tithe in Leviticus 27?

The fact is, they had money.  Just as you have proven in your post.  Thank you Gary, for your insight.

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No one's deleting anything, SFIC. Even locked threads can still be read for edification (or otherwise) by anyone who happens by. Attitudes get threads locked, remember? Don't want this one locked - watch your attitude. And that goes for everyone. Including me.

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I really have no "attitude." 

That is, until others accuse me falsely as TOP did.

Would you not get angry if he were telling lies about you? 

The Bible tells us we can be angry, but to make sure that anger does not cause us to sin.  Obviously, TOP is so angry that I am posting truth, he has allowed that anger to take him to that point.

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I actually agree very much with this statement.  But if we are going to "claim" we are giving the truth, the entire truth needs to be told.  This should be a "locked" topic forever, it is up to each to study the Bible and do as you are led.

You did not tell the "truth" at all. 

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This thread has turned ugly and personal. I know from past experiences that my motives will be in question for locking this thread. Just read the last few pages with an open heart and you will agree why it was locked.


The reason why it is locked is because it is not glorifying to God. Plain and simple. 

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