A tithe of everything from the land, whether grain from the soil or fruit from the trees, belongs to the LORD; it is holy to the LORD. Whoever would redeem any of their tithe must add a fifth of the value to it. Every tithe of the herd and flock—every tenth animal that passes under the shepherd’s rod—will be holy to the LORD. No one may pick out the good from the bad or make any substitution. If anyone does make a substitution, both the animal and its substitute become holy and cannot be redeemed.’ ” These are the commands the LORD gave Moses at Mount Sinai for the Israelites.
Reflection. Whatever we might think of 'tithing,' we cannot avoid that it is found in Scripture. And that there is a link with holiness. What we give is holy to the Lord. Holiness, in this sense, means that it is set apart.
Folk baulk at tithing because 10 percent of our gross income seems a massive amount. Yet, tithing was put to me another way by a wise person. She said that all we have comes from God anyway. So, rather than think of God wanting as much as 10 percent, why not see it as God letting us 'play' with the 90 percent. She added with a marvellous twinkle in her eyes, that our giving then comes from the 90 percent....
Am I suggesting that we ought to start tithing? Let our hearts decide about this holy thing.
Prayer. Oh Lord, the great provider, thank you for your bountiful goodness. Help us to use our resources wisely. In the name of the one who gave 100 percent of himself, our saviour Jesus. Amen.