TITHING VERSUS GIVING

Definition of Tithing: A tenth part of something paid as a voluntary contribution or tax for the support of a religious establishment. Webster's Dictionary
Definition of Giving: To grant or bestow something to someone else. Webster's Dictionary
 
1) Tithing was for the tribe of Levi since they had no inheritance in the land.
Numbers 18:21 "Behold, I have given the children of Levi all the tithes in Israel as an inheritance in return for the work which they perform, the work of the tabernacle of meeting."
Numbers 18:24 "For the tithes of the children of Israel, which they offer up as a heave offering to the LORD, I have given to the Levites as an inheritance; therefore I have said to them, 'Among the children of Israel they shall have no inheritance.'"
 
2) The tithes were taken to a place where the Lord chose for the nation of Israel.
Deuteronomy 12:13-14 "Take heed to yourself that you do not offer your burnt offerings in every place that you see; but in the place which the LORD chooses, in one of your tribes, there you shall offer your burnt offerings, and there you shall do all that I command you."
 
3) Giving involves compassion.
Matthew 25:40 "And the King will answer and say to them, 'Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.'"
Luke 10:33 "But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion on him,"
 
4) Giving involves your substance and time.
Luke 10:34 "and went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him."
Romans 12:13 ...distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality.
James 2:15-16 If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, "Depart in peace, be warmed and filled," but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit?
 
5) Giving involves your money.
Luke 10:35 "On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said to him, 'Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you.'"
 
6) Giving is a command of Jesus Christ.
Luke 10:37 "And he said, "He who showed mercy on him." Then Jesus said to him, "Go and do likewise."
James 1:22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
 
7) Giving should be done from the heart.
2 Corinthians 9:7 So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.
1 John 3:17 But whoever has this world's goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him?

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