January 7, 2011

Giving Tithe, Firstfruits, and Alms: The When, What, and How For Each

Posted in Christian Living, Christianity, Faith, Keys To The Kingdom tagged , , , , , , , , , at 4:00 am by Lisa Ritchey


In the Bible, we are told to give tithe* (10 percent of your increase [pay, or profit], and I believe it should be the first ten percent!), alms** (offerings to help the less fortunate), and firstfruits.***  Firstfruits are the first of your increase: the first paycheck or income from the job and/or for the year, the first increase from a raise (the amount of the raise on the first paycheck with the raise on it), the profit from the first sales of the year, and so on.  I firstfruit all the fruits and vegetables that we grow by giving my first harvest to someone else.  (It doesn’t count if you give it to someone who makes something with it and gives yu part of it.  You ARE NOT to partake of it in any way, form or fashion).

As we start another new year let’s make sure that we start it out right, Biblically.  We can not out give God, so let’s give like He said for us to.  After all, it is for our sakes that He has us do it!****


*How and why give tithe:

Deuteronomy 14:22-23

(22) Thou shalt truly tithe (on) all the increase of thy seed, that the field bringeth forth year by year.

(23) And thou shalt eat before the LORD thy God, in the place which he shall choose to place his name there, the tithe of thy corn, of thy wine, and of thine oil, and the firstlings of thy herds and of thy flocks; that thou mayest learn to fear the LORD thy God always.

2 Chronicles 31:5 And as soon as the commandment came abroad, the children of Israel brought in abundance the firstfruits of corn, wine, and oil, and honey, and of all the increase of the field; and the tithe of all things brought they in abundantly.

Leviticus 27:32

And concerning the tithe of the herd, or of the flock, even of whatsoever passeth under the rod, the tenth shall be holy unto the LORD.

**How and why give alms:

Luke 13:33,34

(33) Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth.

(34) For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

Acts 10:4 And when he looked on him, he was afraid, and said, What is it, Lord? And he said unto him, Thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial before God.

***How and why give firstfruits:

Exodus 34:26 The first of the firstfruits of thy land thou shalt bring unto the house of the LORD thy God. Thou shalt not seethe a kid in his mother’s milk.

2 Chronicles 31:5 And as soon as the commandment came abroad, the children of Israel brought in abundance the firstfruits of corn, wine, and oil, and honey, and of all the increase of the field; and the tithe of all things brought they in abundantly.

Romans 11:16 For if the firstfruit be holy, the lump is also holy: and if the root be holy, so are the branches.

****Malachi 3:8-12

(8) Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.

(9) Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation.

(10) Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.

(11) And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the LORD of hosts.

(12) And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the LORD of hosts.

©Original content Copyright 2011 Lisa Ritchey


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