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Part 11: The Tithe Was To Be Eaten
Peace be unto you. There is a blessing in our on-going quest to follow God’s Laws. What are God’s Law’s? Are they found in the Bible?
Peace and Love, Carl Patton a willing slave of Almighty God writing for the FreedomJournal 7 April 2006 in the year of our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus.
In the name of God, Master of the universe, Ruler of the earth
Beloved we conclude our discussion (Duties of Priests) taken from Deuteronomy 18: 1-8 with verse 8. Here we find another important note on the tithe of Old but not of the New.
Deuteronomy 18: 8. “They shall have like portions to eat, beside that which cometh of the sale of his patrimony.”
The Levites were to be given the same consideration and support although they were not regular members so to speak of a tabernacle during the time they were scattered abroad. Also they could not be denied this right because they already had property they had inherited from their fathers, which here is called patrimony. Turn now to Leviticus 27: 30 for a word on what is the tithe?
“And all the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land, or of the fruit of the tree, is the Lord’s: it is holy unto the Lord.”
We suggest and advise the reader who is in doubt as to the existence of the tithe during the times we now live to read and digest this entire chapter. As you read try to determine why has only a corrupted portion of the tithing principal survived?
A 10th or tithe of all their products belongs to God. This tithe was for the support of the tribe of Levi in general. (For the line of Aaron the Priests had even more privileges). Since the Levites stood ready to attend the special services at the tabernacle they had no opportunity to produce anything, thus they must be supported by the tithes of the people (the other 12 tribes). Go with us to Numbers for an additional word on this subject.
Numbers 18: 21. “And, behold, I have given the children of Levi all the tenth in Israel for an inheritance, for their service which thy serve, even the service of the tabernacle of the congregation.
The tithe mentioned here is not to be confused with the food given to the Priests to eat. The breast and shoulder and the bulk of the grain of the meat (meal) offerings were used by the Priests as food for the body.
Meanwhile the Levites were not exempt from the tithe. Out of the tithe that they received they were also to give a tenth to the Lord. For the record we have noted earlier in this discussion where Paul in 1 Corinthians 9: 14 writes that those who preach the Gospel shall live of it. Here Paul made a reference to service under the tabernacle system. However Paul never mentions anything about tithing under the new system of the Gospel and Christ.
We also suggest you read this entire chapter and go back and review 1 Corinthians 9 for an understanding of what was commanded in the Old and what we are to follow with Christ.
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