The tithe is the Lord’s
In Leviticus 27:30-31 there is no doubt as to who owns the tithe. All the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land or of the fruit of the tree, is the Lord’s and is holy to the Lord. If a man redeems any of his tithes, he must add a fifth of the value to it. In case anyone should think that this only applies to plants, he deals with the tithe of the herd or flock in Leviticus 27:32, whatever passes under the rod, the tenth one shall be holy to the Lord.
Not only is the tithe God’s but the Scripture emphasises that it is holy and is separated for God’s use.
A tithe was a king’s share and by offering a tithe one was acknowledging the Kingship of the person to whom it was given. Our tithes are an acknowledgement of the Kingship and Lordship of our God. The tithe is the Kingdom taxation system. It is not an option but an obligation of every Kingdom person.
The tithe establishes the issue of ownership and God who owns it all through the principle of dominion gave man the stewardship over
His resources on earth. The tithe is therefore a Kingdom tax an obligation which reminds us that it is all His after all. There is even an interest charge if you delay the payment of the tithe in the Old Testament.
Someone once suggested, “Well, if the tenth already belongs to God, why doesn’t He just automatically withhold the tithe and then give us the rest, like ZIMRA withholds taxes from our wages? That way God won’t have to depend on us to pay our tithes.”
God has chosen for us to personally return the tithe so that we can demonstrate our stewardship of his property. Stewardship is the faithful
and responsible management of something that belongs to someone else. Obviously, if God observes that we are irresponsible to return the small percentage that belongs to Him as He has directed, He knows that we can neither be trusted with any greater responsibilities or blessings in the Kingdom of God (Luke 16:10-11).
“He who is faithful in a very little [thing] is faithful also in much, and he who is dishonest and unjust in a very little [thing] is dishonest and unjust also in much. Therefore if you have not been faithful in the [case of] unrighteous mammon (deceitful riches, money, possessions), who will entrust to you the true riches?”AMP
Tithing is a test of our stewardship over the property of God, a test of our honesty to return to God what is rightfully His, a test of our obedience to do what He told us to do, and a test of our love and desire to please Him with our lives.
Tithing is a demonstration that we believe in God, and that we acknowledge that He is the provider of all material blessings. Tithing is a test of our trust in God. Do I trust God for my sustenance or will I hold tightly to my every income?
If you don’t have faith to believe that the tithe belongs to the Lord, neither can you have faith in Him to meet your financial needs. After
all, if you don’t believe that the tenth is His, you cannot believe that the whole earth is His either. Without that confidence in His supremacy, there could be no confidence in His ability to provide our needs.
Will you pass the test?