What is more important than the tithe?

What did Jesus say about the tithe?


Almost every Sunday, I hear the word tithe .Many churches preach about regularly bringing our tithe to God. We are encouraged to pay our tithe. Recently, I decided to do some research about what Jesus had to say about the tithe and His words absolutely shocked me.  Jesus was criticizing the Pharisees as hypocrites as they obeyed the letter of the law but bot the spirit of the law. Jesus’ comments about the tithe can be found in the following scriptures:

 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone (Matthew 23:23)

“But woe to you Pharisees! For you tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass by justice and the love of God. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone (Luke 11:42)

Jesus in essence was saying that there is more than just paying the tithe. Yes, the tithe was important but so was justice, mercy, faith and loving God. Sometimes in Christendom we talk so much about the tithe but not about the ‘weightier matter’, as Jesus describes it. We need to get our priorities right. Jesus stated that the Jews were very careful about tithing but left other things undone. Jesus denounced using the tithe as a way of evading ‘the weightier matters of the law” which command real sacrifice.

There is no greater example than Abraham, who out of his love for God was prepared to sacrifice his son and had a zeal to establish God’s covenant on the earth. Let’s be like Abraham who also demonstrated righteousness and justice.

I have to confess that in my years as a Christian, I have never heard this preached about the tithe. Of course the church needs money and I am a great believer in extravagant giving but out focus on money should be the same as our master.  If He says that there are things that are more important than the tithe, then we better believe it and act on it.

Let us take a second and reflect on these words. Are we passionate about paying the tithe and leaving other essential things undone.  Let’s assess ourselves against justice, mercy and faith to establish how we are doing in these areas. May God help us to live according to the truth in His word.

So until I appear again in your inbox, with more insight from the scriptures, stay blessed



About the Author: Ola Aroyehun

Ola Aroyehun editor of The Christian Business and Professional Magazine: a magazine dedicated to helping Christians apply biblical principles to their professional lives.

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