The Law of Tithing
OUTSIDE THE LAW:
Part 1 - Abraham
Part 2 - Jacob
As we learned in Part 1, Matthew 23:23 is referring to the law; therefore, it does not apply to the New Covenant, or Christian Church. But the verse is important as you will see below.
Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance
Matthew 23:23 (KJV):
23WoeG3759 unto you, scribesG1122 and PhariseesG5330, hypocritesG5273! for ye payG586 titheG586 of mintG2238 and aniseG432 and cumminG2951, and have omittedG863 the weightierG926 matters of the lawG3551, judgmentG2920, mercyG1656, and faithG4102: theseG5023 oughtG1163 ye to have doneG4160, and not to leaveG863 the otherG2548 undone.
The phrase "pay tithe" comes from the Greek word and definition below:
In Matthew 23:23 Jesus is talking to the scribes and Pharisees regarding the Levitical tithe, or the Lord's Tithe, the command to tithe; thus, this tithe was required by law. Notice Jesus says ye pay tithe, not give tithe. Notice the definition says to tithe as a debtor or creditor; in this case, you pay as the debtor. This is in sharp contrast to Abraham's tithe, and Jacob's vow to tithe, which were given, not paid.
To properly interpret these scriptures, we must pay strict attention to whether the Kings James Version has chosen the word give, or the word pay. We must honor the choice of words chosen by the Kings James Version of the Holy Bible if we are going to use it as the authoritative translation of the scriptures. We can't substitute give for pay, or pay for give. It's imperative that we interpret the scriptures as written, not as we think they should have been written.
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