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This blog is meant to help Christians that believe they don't have to pay for Salvation but are confused by the cash-tithe deception. It's ludicrous to assume that a man will ask his fiancée for 10% of her income. In the same way Jesus (The Bridegroom) has NEVER asked His Church (The Bride) for a cash-tithe. There is nothing we can do to merit God's love and yet He still loves us. Such a love is incomprehensible. The thought of it is humbling and all we can do is surrender without any plea.

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Monday, February 5, 2007

The penalty for not tithing Leviticus 27:31

Although we have learned that God’s established Tithe is edible, there were people that did bring Cash (plus a 5th part penalty) in place of their Tithe to God’s Temple.

Leviticus 27:31, “If a man redeems any of his tithe, he must add a fifth of the value to it.”

The key word is ‘redeem’; which means to buy back; to pay the price. For example, we are redeemed by the Blood of Jesus. Galatians 3:13a, “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law…”

The Jewish farmers in the Promise Land could redeem (buy back) the tithes of their crops and cattle, with cash plus the added penalty of one fifth of the value.

In other words, if a farmer wishes to keep his tithe of grain worth $1,000, he can pay the cash amount of $1,200. [To get a fifth of the value you break the whole into five parts; therefore, a fifth of 1000 is 200.]

God and Moses did not want cash, but for those that insisted in keeping the tithe, they would do so at a cost to them of a fifth part added on to the monetary value of the tithe.

This being so, it is highly unlikely that any Israelite would want to bring cash to the Temple, no matter how rich of a man he was. It would truly cost a lot more for them to use cash as a tithe. Nevertheless, because we see it in God’s Word, chances are there were those that preferred to pay the penalty and they did so because cash was available to them.

This was a penalty for keeping the tithe and this also prevented many of the Israelites from substituting Cash for the Tithe!

This Scripture (Leviticus 27:31) would make no sense if the tithe had been cash or a form of currency. This Scripture also proves (yet again) that cash was available enough to have a cash-tithe if God had wanted it that way.

Why this penalty? Why would Moses allow for this cash penalty if God didn’t want the tithe to be cash?

Because the Israelites’ hearts were harden.

The same thing happened in the case of divorce. Moses allowed the divorce that God never wanted. Matthew 19:8, “Jesus replied, "Moses permitted you to divorce your wives because your hearts were hard. But it was not this way from the beginning.”

In the same way many modern hearts have become harden due to lack of faith in God’s Word.

8 comments:

Aino said...

Dear Rev, I truly was touched by your post. I pray that there will be more Churches that will follow your step i.e stop deceiving people in the name of tithe.

Rev. Amós Ortiz said...

Thank you Aino.

I’m glad you and others are being blessed with God’s truth.

In a few months I plan to have a 10 minute video titled, “Jesus is Our Tithe.”

I hope you’ll be able to benefit from it too.

Regards,



Rev. Amós

Rev. Amós Ortiz said...

Hello Aino,

Back in December you posted a comment on my church blog and I just wanted to thank you once again and invite you to view a video a recently posted on youtube.
Here's the link…
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6kOJsLuhBE

You can also view the video by searching, “Jesus is our Tithe” on youtube.

Your questions and comments are welcome.

Regards,



Rev. Amos Ortiz

arthur ben ephraim said...

Excellent.

Gloria Adotevi said...

Well gone are the days that majority of people use to be farmers and cattle owners. The tithe was for the priests to have food to eat, so they can always be willing to serve the people. In this modern day, people cannot farm and pay with produce as tithe to the priest. They need money to run the church. Farm products can't pay for electricity, Soul winning etc. Please let's not deceive ourselves, times have changed.

Rev. Amós Ortiz said...

Hello Gloria Adotevi:
Thank you for your comment. You err because you assume the Israelites didn’t have money, and thus you think that a produce tithe was set in place of a money tithe. Please do not deceive yourself thinking the ancients didn’t have cash money.
Here’s some of the Bible truth about money…
• Genesis 17:12 Israelites had enough money to buy servants.
• Genesis 33:19 Abraham bought a field for a hundred pieces of silver.
• Genesis 37:28 Joseph was sold for twenty shekels.
• Genesis 42:35 Joseph’s brothers had pouches full of money.
• Exodus 38:26 over 600,000 men paid the atonement money while roaming in the desert.
• Leviticus 25:37 Israelites warned not to charge interest when lending money.
• Numbers 3:48 Israelites ordered to pay the money for the redemption.
• Joshua 24:32 speaks of the land that Jacob bought for a hundred pieces of silver.
• 2 Samuel 24:24 David bought a threshing floor and oxen with fifty silver shekels.
• 2 Kings 5:26 Elisha’s servant thought it was a good idea to accept money from Naaman.
• 2 Kings 12:4 speaks of money from offerings, census, personal vows and voluntary giving.
• 2 Kings 12:11 money to pay carpenters, builders, masons and stonecutters.
• 2 Kings 12:16 the money from the guilt offerings and sin offerings belonged to the priest.
• 2 Kings 15:20 each wealthy person had to give fifty shekels to the king of Assyria.
• 1 Kings 16:24 the hill of Samaria was bought for two talents of silver
• 2 Chronicles 24:5 Israel paid annual money dues to the temple.
• Ezra 3:7 money given to the masons and carpenters so that they would bring cedar logs by sea.
• Ezra 7:17 money to buy bulls, rams and male lambs.
• Nehemiah 5:4 borrowing money to pay the king’s tax on fields and vineyards.
• Esther 4:7 money to pay for the destruction of the Jews.
• Micah 3:11 prophets tell fortunes for money.
• Matthew 17:27 Peter finds the tax money in the mouth of a fish.
• Matthew 21:12 tables full of money.
• Matthew 22:21 the money for paying taxes had Caesar’s image on it.
• Matthew 25:27 money on deposit with the bankers.
• Matthew 26:9 perfume can be sold at a high price and the money given to the poor.
• Matthew 27:3 Judas sells Jesus for thirty pieces of silver.
• Matthew 28:12 they gave the soldiers a large sum of [bribe] money.
• Mark 12:41 a whole crowd of people putting their money into the temple treasury.
• Luke 16:14 the Pharisees loved money.
• Luke 19:2 Zacchaeus was a chief tax collector.
• Luke 21:2 Even the widow had two mites.
• John 2:14 a money exchange.
• John 12:6 the keeper of the money bag helps himself to what was put into it.
• Acts 3:3 people begged for money.
• Acts 4:34 houses being sold and the money used to support church members.
• Acts 5:3 like today’s money-loving pastors, Ananias and Sapphira lied about money.
• Acts 8:18 the Spirit was given at the laying of hands, but someone offered money for it.
• Acts 16:16 girl earns a great deal of money by fortune-telling.
• Acts 22:28 a lot of money was paid for citizenships.
I pray that through God’s Word you will be able to see that the tithe and money are two very different things.
God bless you.

THE MESSENGER said...

I am currently writing on a series called should we pay tithes? and i would like to say that I found your post very valuable. Thanks, and would also love you to check out mine to make your contributions as God leads you. Thank you

Rev. Amós Ortiz said...

Thank you for your comment, Messenger.
Although not edited, please feel free to use the information on this blog. You might also get some insights from the sermons I have on YouTube at www.youtube.com/channel/UC-K8Ke5OHzLRL8sjXlIk2PQ
God bless you.