Monday, May 12, 2008

Tithe... or a Thank Offering

Do any of you think of your tithe as a Thank Offering?

I'm studying my Sunday School Lesson on Giving. The writer of the book mentioned that our tithe is a form of worship. He was using Psalm 96 as a guide to worship. Mr. H. Joseph Miller pointed out that there is singing, preaching, offering, prayer and service mentioned in this Psalm.

Psa 96:1 O sing unto the LORD a new song: sing unto the LORD, all the earth.
Psa 96:2 Sing unto the LORD, bless his name; shew forth his salvation from day to day.
Psa 96:3 Declare his glory among the heathen, his wonders among all people.
Psa 96:4 For the LORD is great, and greatly to be praised: he is to be feared above all gods.
Psa 96:5 For all the gods of the nations are idols: but the LORD made the heavens.
Psa 96:6 Honour and majesty are before him: strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.
Psa 96:7 Give unto the LORD, O ye kindreds of the people, give unto the LORD glory and strength.
Psa 96:8 Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come into his courts.
Psa 96:9 O worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness: fear before him, all the earth.
Psa 96:10 Say among the heathen that the LORD reigneth: the world also shall be established that it shall not be moved: he shall judge the people righteously.
Psa 96:11 Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad; let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof.
Psa 96:12 Let the field be joyful, and all that is therein: then shall all the trees of the wood rejoice
Psa 96:13 Before the LORD: for he cometh, for he cometh to judge the earth: he shall judge the world with righteousness, and the people with his truth.

vs. 7 and 8 say GIVE unto the Lord. Worship by giving. That was new to me. I think of tithe as what I OWE God. He deserves at least a 10th doesn't He. But NO... look at that... I WORSHIP Him by giving. So I looked up tithe on my e-sword today and read what the commentators have to say about it.

Jamieson, Faucet and Brown says this about tithe in Leviticus 27.30...

The whole produce of the land was subjected to the tithe tribute - it was a yearly rent which the Israelites, as tenants, paid to God, the owner of the land, and a thank offering they rendered to Him for the bounties of His providence. (See Pro_3:9; 1Co_9:11; Gal_6:6).

So of course... I looked up Gal 6.6 Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things.

Thank you... Thank you God. And of course... a good way to say thank you is by WORSHIPING as you tithe.

This is a GREAT Sunday School class we are having. I really enjoy the discussion. The teacher keeps reminding us how he doesn't like to teach, but he seems to be doing fine. If a 1 period class turns into 2, because we are learning so much... isn't that a good class? I'd say so. Thanks for the challenge to keep on digging. I look forward to all I'm going to learn about giving this week.