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The Bible Slam: Deuteronomy Chapter 26 (The Promised Land and Tithing)

Moses shifts his attention from daily rules and regulations to how the Israelites are to behave when they arrive in the Promised Land.  They are to remember their past and give the priests the first of whatever they harvest.  In the third year, they are to give a tithe that will help widows, orphans and foreigners living in their midst.

Note: The narrator occasionally uses language that some would find offensive. See the alternate links in the narration section below.

Discussion Points.

Most Christians give a 10% tithe, but according to Deuteronomy 26 (SAB – King James translation), an additional tithe should be paid every third year for the destitute:

26:12 When thou hast made an end of tithing all the tithes of thine increase the third year, which is the year of tithing, and hast given it unto the Levite, the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, that they may eat within thy gates, and be filled;

As Skeptic's Annotated points out, you're not supposed to cheat when handing out food tithes, such as giving your food to the dead:

26:14 I have not eaten thereof in my mourning, neither have I taken away ought thereof for any unclean use, nor given ought thereof for the dead: but I have hearkened to the voice of the LORD my God, and have done according to all that thou hast commanded me;

26:15 Look down from thy holy habitation, from heaven, and bless thy people Israel, and the land which thou hast given us, as thou swarest unto our fathers, a land that floweth with milk and honey.

Here is a Christian talking about the concept of the faithful being blessed if they tithe. He says that it is an Old Testament concept and is not part of the New Testament … and that the notion that people will be blessed if they tithe is a lie.  He raises some interesting points about whether donations are grudgingly given to churches because of tithing laws or if they are given out of love.

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