Sun, 1 February 2015
February 1, 2015
Upper Level Management
Synopsis: You have no doubt heard the expression of “making a mountain out of a mole hill.” There are times that I think of that expression in discussions about the tithe. My question is “What about the other 90%?” Believers will be held accountable by God for how they manage the whole and not just a part of the resources under their control.
Jesus condemned certain Pharisees for caring more about the tithe than “justice, mercy, and faith.” He is quoted as telling some of them, “You strain your water so you won’t accidentally swallow a gnat, but you swallow a camel!” (Mt. 23:23-24, NLT) Do you think Jesus was using hyperbole? Sure He was, but he made His point. Speaking of camels do you remember what Jesus told a certain wealthy young man who came to Him wanting to justify himself (Luke 18:18-25)?
Tithing in the Old Testament is demonstrated in the lives of those who practiced: Abraham in returning from a great victory (Genesis), Jacob fleeing in fear of his brother who was planning to kill him, Moses in the provisions for the tribe of Levi, the voice of the prophets in the words of Nehemiah (10:37-38) and Malachi (3:8-10).
The only other New Testament (apart from the Gospels) reference to tithing is found in Hebrews 7:7 and there the preacher was using Abraham’s tithe to Melchizedek as proof of the superiority of Christ’s priesthood over that of the Levitical priesthood.
Simply put, the New Testament treats believers as stewards or managers who will be judged by God on the basis of the whole rather than on just ten percent. But don’t be confused, every little bit counts (Mt, James 1:22-27).
Scripture Text (NLT): Matthew 23:23-24; Luke 18:18-25; Genesis, 28:22; Leviticus 27:30; Numbers ; Nehemiah10:37-38; Malachi 3:8-10; Matthew 10:40-42 (NIV); Luke & 42; James 1:22-27
Scripture Reading: James 1:22-27