Why We Give Tithes and Offerings
The first time offerings are mentioned in the Bible is with Adam and Eve’s sons, Cain and Able. Cain gave what he wanted, the fruit of the ground, while Able gave what God wanted, the first born of his flock and the fat. Cain was angry at his brother Abel because Abel’s offering gained him more favor with God. (Genesis 4:5-8) Sacrificial offerings get God’s attention and activate His provisions stored up for us in the spiritual realm. (Matthew 6:19) It’s no wonder that offerings can be a source of conflict; it actually led to the first murder in the Bible when Cain slew Able.
Noah built an altar and offered sacrificial offerings immediately after the global flood subsided. God said “while the earth remains, Seed time and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease. Seed has to be sown (given) in order for a harvest to be received. (Genesis 8:22)
Ten generations later, Abraham gave a tithe (tenth) of all he had to the King/Priest Melchizedek after he pronounced a blessing upon him. (Genesis 14:18-20) Giving or seed time and harvest are the law of the spiritual realm that preceded the Levitical law which came later by Moses. We give because that’s how we honor God and in response to how He blesses us with a harvest of increase.
Giving locates our heart and what we value. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Giving is how we show relational generosity.
19 “Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. 21 Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.
Our giving also releases God’s provision in our lives and in the church.
10 Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.
We believe that generosity can be measured in 3 ways:
Forgiving, Giving and Thanksgiving are all essential to a healthy relationship with our self, God and others.