Should tithes and offerings be given?

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Several people question whether tithes or offerings should be given. This often happens because of the wealth that many men acquire through the money received by the faithful. Many believers are poor, others have difficulties, and we can see these things mentioned in the Bible in the text of Mark 12:41 to 44, in that text Jesus sees a poor widow, who gives all her support in the sanctuary. See that Jesus did not condemn her, saying that she was a fool, or went to tell her not to do so. But we can see in the continuation of the text that Jesus defined that she was doing more.
But this can generate indignation, as there were many poor people in Israel, who gave money to the rich class of priests. But what would be the source of this?
Before, before Abraham, the men who lived in regions close to the cities, paid tribute to the King, as tribute for security. So the King had warriors, who would destroy foreign forces, who could harm farmers, and producers in the surrounding area. This tribute was tithing. Abraham lived with this custom, and when God told Abraham to leave his family, he no longer had the protection of the King, which he had before.
When Abraham had to fight other groups, we can read this in Genesis 14:18 to 20, Abraham defined tithing, defining that God was the being who guaranteed his safety. We can see this in another episode now with Jacob, in Genesis 28:21 and 22, in which if God cared for Jacob, he would tithe everything he had.
Note that in these verses tithing was not determined by God, it was a decision of the heart, and the priest in this period is the Melchizedek priesthood. In fact, this is the only real priestly line. But coming to the tribe of Levi, in which God had determined that they would be a specialized tribe to the priesthood, a law of the commandments contained in ordinances was now enacted, as it involved these people.
And this law can be read in Leviticus 27:32. Defining that tithes would go to the Levites. And so we also see in Numbers 18:21, defining that God gave the Levites Israel's tithes. But after the death of Jesus a serious problem occurs, the Levites are no longer priests.
And now what we have is the priesthood of Jesus of the Melchizedek order, we can read that in Hebrews 5: 6 where it clearly says that Jesus is high priest of the Melchizedek order. And now how do you do with tithing and offering, if you don't have but the Levitical priesthood? It is done in the same way as Abraham and Jacob, defining with God what one wants to give.
But if there is no more group of Levites, who should it be given to? For Abraham gave it to Melchizedek, and who is Melchizedek? In the case of Christians, the high priest is Christ. Thus tithes and offerings are to be employed, in the orders given by Christ. In this way, we have several standards determined by Christ. We can read this in Mark 16:15, where it says to preach the gospel to every creature. Then tithes and offerings are to be spent on the orders of Jesus, the High Priest by the order of Melchizedek.
After the death of Jesus Christ, several churches were opened, and they lived with tithes and offerings. As we read about Abraham and Jacob, tithing is in the same definition as covenants. So the churches were maintained. So it involves the heart of the covenant, or whoever offers, to define their pact or offer. A man can give his tithes and offerings in the congregating church, and if in his heart he thinks he is doing the work of God, then that person is right. But another man can in his heart give tithes and offerings for preaching, and not involve the church, and if in his heart he accepts that he is doing his best, then he is right.
What you cannot do is use texts from the Levite period, with their commandment laws contained in ordinances, and now use in the period of Jesus as a priest according to the order of Melchizedek. Remember that there is another verse of the order of Jesus, in Matthew 25:45, in which Jesus defines that it should be done to the little ones, and that when doing the little ones, it is as if it were done to Him.
Thus, it is necessary for man to have a free heart from links to wealth, so that God's objective is done, this does not mean that he does not have to earn a living, but that he must choose the way that is most linked to preaching gospel, and help the little ones, and less in having luxury in their life. If the person considers that a church is doing the work of God, then use the money in that church, as if doing the work of God. But if you think of another way to spread the gospel, that in your heart does not involve your greed for money, then use money that way.
All people will be accountable to God, about how they used their income for the cause of Christ, the high priest, according to the order of Melchizedek.



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