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Question from Freda Gomes on 10/20/2012:

Dear Team,

Please may I seek your help to learn about Tithe.

Look forward for your guidance to keep God's will.

Thank you.

Regards, Freda

Answer by Fr. John Echert on 10/30/2012:

the short answer is that in the Old Covenant period, going back to Abraham but formally specified during the time of Moses, tithing of ten percent was established and binding. With the New Covenant, there is not an explicit requirement for this but there are references to the generousity of the early Christians, especially in Acts of the Apostles and some Pauline writings, which show that many Christians freely gave much, much more. Catholic practice does not require a ten percent tithe but we are all required to financially support our churches, based upon our means, responsibilities and circumstances. God judges the heart and how we make use of our treasure. Some parishes urge a practice of ten percent tithing, but there is not canon law or moral law obliging this.

Father Echert

Here is a list of all the bible verses from the Old and New Testament that are about tithing.  Genesis 14:20 – Melchizedek comes out to meet Abraham, as Abraham gives him a tithe of the spoils of his victory.  Genesis 28:20-22 – After the vision of God’s renewed covenant, Jacob initiates a covenant with God vowing to give him a tithe of what he receives from the promised land.  Leviticus 27:30-32 – The specifications of the tithe is introduced into the law of Moses.  Numbers 18:20-32 – The tithe is dedicated the Levites for the work in the tabernacle.  Deuteronomy 12:5-11 – God gives instructions for what to do with the tithe once Israel crosses the Jordan.  Deuteronomy 14:22-29 – God gives instructions on how to disperse and exchange the tithe.

Deuteronomy 26:12-15 – God gives instructions on how Israel should sanctify the tithe before they can ask for a blessing.  2 Chronicles 31:5-12 – The children of Israel do what’s right under the reign of Hezekiah, and bring the tithes to the designated places.  Nehemiah 10:37-38 – Israel obeys God and brings the tithes to the storehouse.  Nehemiah 12:44 – Officers were appointed to watch over the tithes in the storehouse.  Nehemiah 13:5-12 – Nehemiah cleanses the storehouse and kicks Tobiah out of the room that was designated to store the tithe. He then restores order.  Amos 4:4 – God commands Israel to bring back the tithe and reiterates the curse that is upon them if they don’t.  Malachi 3:8-10 – God reprimands Israel for not delivering the tithe, and reiterates the blessings and curse that would be in result of whatever decision they chose.  Matthew 23:23 – Jesus rebukes the Pharisees for not obeying the weightier matters of the law along with tithing.  Luke 11:42 – A parallel passage of Matthew 23:23 as Jesus rebukes the Pharisees for not obeying the weightier matters of the law along with tithing.  Luke 18:12 – A Pharisee brags about his obedience to the law and tithing.  Hebrews 7:5-9 – Abraham’s tithe is used to illustrate a change concerning the priesthood.


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