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Next Level: The Teething of Tithing: Leviticus 27:30-33

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“One-tenth of the produce of the land, whether grain from the fields or fruit from the trees, belongs to the Lord and must be set apart to him as holy. 31 If you want to buy back the Lord’s tenth of the grain or fruit, you must pay its value, plus 20 percent. 32 Count off every tenth animal from your herds and flocks and set them apart for the Lord as holy. 33 You may not pick and choose between good and bad animals, and you may not substitute one for another. But if you do exchange one animal for another, then both the original animal and its substitute will be considered holy and cannot be bought back.”
Leviticus 27:30-33 (NLT)

What Is A Tithe?

Bring the best of the firstfruits of your land to the house of the Lord your God.
Exodus 23:19 (CSB)

Why Should I Tithe?

A. It Belongs To The Lord

The silver is mine and the gold is mine,’ declares the Lord Almighty.
Haggai 2:8 (NIV)

…but remember that the Lord your God gives you the power to gain wealth. 
Deuteronomy 8:18 (CSB)

B. It’s Holy To God

What Happens When I Tithe?

A. Keeps me from becoming selfish  

“In every way I’ve shown you that it is necessary to help the weak by laboring like this and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, because he said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”
Acts 20:35 (CSB)

B. Empowers my church

Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. 
Matthew 28:19-20 (CSB)

C. Puts me in the place of blessing

Give, and it will be given to you; a good measure—pressed down, shaken together, and running over—will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.
Luke 6:38 (CSB)

But I have received everything in full, and I have an abundance. I am fully supplied, having received from Epaphroditus what you provided—a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God.  And my God will supply all your needs according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:18-19 (CSB)

D. Challenges me to live by faith

Now without faith it is impossible to please God, since the one who draws near to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. 
Hebrews 11:6 (CSB)