Tithing Misunderstood (Part Four)

God has never asked man to do anything He hasn’t done Himself. And if He didn’t intend for us to follow suit; He would not have initiated it in the earth. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world…” God loves this world and He expects us to love it just as much as He does. “…that He gave…” God gave something to man and He expects men to become givers just as He is a giver. “…His only begotten Son…” The something He gave was His Son, and He expects us to be willing to lay down our life for Him just as His Son lay His life down for us. “…that whosoever believes in Him should not perish…” There was a reason why God gave the life of His Son. He gave that we might receive… therefore, we are to give that He might receive… and the thing He desires we present to Him is not our money; but the souls of men ready to be redeemed… “but have everlasting life.” God’s desire is; and the reason Jesus came was to redeem fallen man from their low place and raise them up to the heights of heaven as the bride of Christ. God cannot (or I should say God will not) do this alone; He needs our help. Therefore, He has given man the opportunity to share with the world what He gave to us… His Son.

Since this is my last entry on Tithing Misunderstood, I would like to end part four with the same words I used to start it, “God has never asked man to do anything He hasn’t done Himself.” So you might be wondering exactly what does God sacrificing the life of His Son for the saving of mankind have to do with our subject on tithing? If you have noticed in each of the examples I’ve used in my entries… the thing that was God’s tithe had both life and death in it. Life for the one who was faithful and honest in their relationship with God, and death for those who abused their relationship with Him. And I respectfully submit to you that has not changed one iota since man first set foot on the earth. And I also respectfully submit to you, that, “Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Word of God, was the tithe the Father gave for the life of man.” As we saw with Adam; God placed Adam’s tithe called, “the tree of the knowledge of good and evil” in the garden with Adam, and warned him not to eat from that tree; or he would die. Well, we know Adam ate from the tree he was to leave alone; and Adam died. The bible also tells us in 1 Chronicles 16:22, “Do not touch my anointed ones, and do my prophets no harm.” Jesus was the Anointed One of God, the Prophet to the Nations, and God’s tithe to the world; He was not to be touched or harmed because He was the Holy One of God; but He was.

Just because Jesus did not dress or look like a king, or a priest, and there wasn’t anything about Him that set Him apart from the common man except for the works He did; He was judged by the religious people of Israel as a common criminal worthy only of death. And as a result of the Israelites killing God’s tithe; the Israelites went into captivity and was spread out across the world and suffered unimaginable physical torture, torment, and death over two milleniums as a result of their actions. The tree of the knowledge of good and evil looked like any other fruit tree in Garden of Eden, and eventually Adam and Eve was convinced by the serpent that it was alright to eat from it the same as they did the other fruit trees in the garden. They disobeyed God and lived to regret it. Our tithe money looks just like the rest of the money in our wallet; and most of the church going public has been convinced there is nothing special about it, so they spend it right along with the rest of their money. As a result; the modern church in America has become stagnant, stopped growing, or they have had to combine with other churches to keep the doors open, or they are shutting down altogether, or their parishoners are dwindling in number because no new people are coming in. If new people do come in, they are usually in transition between churches and are not new converts, therefore they are gone by the next Sunday in search of a church that fits their description of what a church should be; our young people are departing the church for the pleasures of the world, and our religious leaders don’t have a clue as to why these things are happening to us. 

That which belongs to God is anointed and God has placed within it life and death. We are blessed if we leave it alone, and cursed if we don’t. Adam learned this lesson the hard way and lost his beloved paradise, the Jews learned the same lesson the hard way and lost their promise land, and the church is learning this lesson the hard way and losing our members and our youth. If the church wants to reverse its present course; it will have to stop stealing from God, repent, and return unto Him with a pure heart. Then and only then will we become the church God intended for us to become. A body of believers that are truly worthy of being the bride of Christ, who is the Lord of Glory, who gave His life for us, and who expects us to do the same for Him. DThrash

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