by Rev Joel Yong
Deuteronomy 14:22-23 GW
Every year be sure to save a tenth of the crops harvested from whatever you plant in your fields. Eat the tenth of your grain, new wine, and olive oil, and eat the firstborn of your cattle, sheep, and goats in the presence of the LORD your God in the place he will choose to put his name. Then you will learn to fear the LORD your God as long as you live.
God is not dependent on human offering to keep Himself or His church alive.
He is the sovereign Lord over the entire universe and owns everything. He is not in need.
So tithes and offerings offered to Him are not meant for His consumption. We read here that it flows back to being consumed by those who give it.
Why then are these offerings necessary?
It teaches the giver that you do not need to live on 100 percent of your income.
Instead the giver is told to remember that God is the reason for the ability to earn this income.
And remembering that by setting aside 10 percent of it each month and offering it in the way God asks of it- teaches a lesson.
It shows the giver that you can survive on 90 percent of your income because it’s ‘not by bread that Man shall live’.
It’s the same principle operating behind why God asks us to honor Him on the Sabbath day of rest and do no work, by keeping it holy.
We work six days and we probably would earn more if we worked a seventh day. But God says “No. Rest today and honor me and watch how I am able to provide for you with just 6 days of income.”
The tithe teaches a similar truth. God teaches us – “Set aside 10 percent of your income to honor me. I don’t need it but it’s meant to teach you a crucial truth. Now watch me provide for you with just 90 percent of what is left.”
Because He wants to teach us “to fear the Lord as long as we shall live.” We need to remember that our jobs don’t keep us alive, our bosses don’t run our lives, bread on the table does not determine our survival – God does.