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Hello, I’m the Rev. Amós Ortiz, and this study is called Jesus is our Tithe.
Today we’ll learn that although there is no Scripture Verse that specifically reads, ‘Jesus is our Tithe’, the Bible does teach that Jesus is our Tithe. This concept isn’t new to us; for example, the word Trinity is not in the Bible yet we know that the Bible does teach us about the Holy Trinity.
Our study reading is found in Deuteronomy 12:11. Here God is giving the Israelites instructions concerning the yearly Sacrifices and He instructs them with these words, “you are to bring everything I command you: your burnt offerings and sacrifices, your tithes and special gifts.”
In accordance with our study reading; this verse teaches us that God asked men to present themselves before Him and (as we read) to, “bring everything I command you” which included the tithe as a necessary part of the yearly Sacrifice needed for forgiveness.
We know that Jesus too, presented Himself before the Lord. In John 20:17a we read, “Jesus said, Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet returned to the Father.”
So, we must ask ourselves; would the Almighty have required less of His own Son Jesus, then He did of us men?
Would Jesus (after making the ultimate sacrifice and knowing that the fate of all humanity was riding on this) would He (Jesus) present Himself before the Father without bringing His Tithe? Would He disobey His Father’s Law?
If Jesus had presented himself to the Father without bringing the tithe, His Sacrifice (which was for you & me) would have been incomplete and therefore; by law, unacceptable to God. By this we know that Jesus paid our tithe; because Jesus paid the full price of our redemption.
As Christians, when we say, ‘I must tithe to the Lord’ we are actually stating that the Sacrifice of Jesus is incomplete.
What’s more, a cash-tithe stomps upon the Body and Blood of Christ, because a cash-tithe implies that our money is an acceptable substitute for the Body and Blood of Christ. I’ll explain this…
Malachi 3:10a reads, “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house.” The word ‘food’ in Malachi 3:10 should never be used to refer to money, because food and money are two very different things! The Holy Spirit made no mistake in His inspiration of the Word; food is food, not money!
Now, in Deuteronomy 14:23 God instructs His People to, “Eat the tithe … [while] in the presence of the LORD.” So the tithe was edible.
Can you imagine the believers in Malachi 3:10 going to eat money in the presence of the Lord? No… the tithe is food!
Jesus is food too. He called Himself the Bread of Life. In John 6:53 Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you.”
Just as when the Israelites ate their tithe while in the presence the Lord; when we have our communion, we are eating our tithe (the Body and Blood of Christ) in the presence of the Lord. By this we know that the Bible does teach that Jesus is indeed our Tithe. The tithe was another typology of our Lord Jesus. This same lesson is found in the Passover. The Passover Sacrifice was eaten by the recipients of God’s forgiveness.
Unfortunately, our cash-tithe is now casting a shadow over the True life-giving tithe; Jesus.
However, Malachi 3:10 is clear, “That there may be food in my house…” God is a Spirit and today, right now, we are His house! 2nd Timothy 1:14b reads, “the Holy Spirit who lives in us.” So, just like the house mentioned in Malachi 3:10 needed food, so does God’s new house need food and we feed it Jesus; He is our Manna that descended from Heaven.
You see, Israel’s journey to the Promised Land was a foreshadow of our own journey to Heaven. While they wondered in the desert they ate Manna and they did not tithe! Now it’s our turn to eat Manna.
Once they arrived in the Land of Milk & Honey, the Israelites worshiped & tithed in the place that God had chosen for them; but the place that God has chosen for us is in Heaven. This is why Jesus told the Samaritan woman that the time had now come for us to worship (not so much in this place or that place) but to worship God in Spirit and in Truth.
When we worship God in Spirit it doesn’t matter how much money there is or there isn’t, because the Spirit does not need of a building with pews or instruments or big screen TVs. You can be in somebody’s living room and be worshiping in Spirit, because God’s Spirit is within us, not outside of us. For matters of convenience we do have a church building, but in reality, we don’t have to go to a specific building or place to worship our God in Spirit.
And if we are to worship God in Truth, then we should never refer to the word ‘food’ in Malachi 3:10 as being ‘money’, because that’s just a lie.
God never said, ‘bring the whole tithe that there may be money in my house.’
The house mentioned in Malachi 3:10 did not have need for money. There was already plenty of money in the Lord’s house. Even the walls were overlaid with pure gold.
Jesus said in Matthew 5:17, “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.” Jesus fulfilled the tithe law when He presented His own flesh and blood as our tithe to the Father.
Therefore, the demands of the Tithe law have now been fulfilled. It has been completed, it is finished.
Like the disciples of John the Baptist, many Christians have difficulty understanding these things. This is why Jesus explained to the disciples of John the Baptist that an old wineskin (which represents the Old Covenant of the Law) cannot be filled with new wine (which represents the New Covenant of Grace), because if we mix the old covenant of the Law with the new covenant of Grace, both blessings will be lost.
Dear friends, Jesus paid it all and today we are saved, not by paying a percentage of our income to a church, but by faith, by God’s Grace. I invite you to learn the significance of Jesus as our tithe and if you haven’t yet, I invite you to make a decision for Christ as your personal Savior. And remember, it’s free, because God loves you, not your money.
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Thank you for listening.
God bless you.