“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you pay tithe of mint and anise and cumin, 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. Blind guides who, strain out a gnat and swallow a camel”
- Matthew 23:23
Today Jesus warns that you can be very careful about the small details with great emphasis on their importance and yet neglect the most important things.
It is right, according to the laws of Moses, to pay a tithe. That is ten percent of all that one received, which is declared to be holy and belongs to God. Jesus does not say that this is not to be done but “this you ought to do”. Tithing is not an option but a requirement of God. People, many times, will find excuses for not tithing by saying it is under the law, which is no longer valid and is not necessary. But the word indicates that paying one tenth of all that you receive in wages, in interest or profits will cause the blessings of God to flow in a way t at you will not be able to contain it.
The promise of God is that He will rebuke the devourer, which is the power of darkness. He says that He opens the heavens above and He challenges us to prove Him in this act of obedience by tithing. Remember that Jesus said, “This you aught to do”. This He did, therefore we follow His example. It is to be brought into the storehouse, which is the local church where I worship and where I receive spiritual sustenance and help.
Jesus further says, “Don’t forget justice”. We should be just in all our dealings. We should show mercy and exercise faith in all things today.
Dear Father in heaven we thank You in the name of the Lord Jesus for Your love, mercy and grace. You have and do bless me for which I am very grateful. Help me to be faithful in that which You require of me and to be obedient to Your will. I ask this in the name of the Lord Jesus