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|NASB||Numbers 18:24 "For the tithe of the sons of Israel, which they offer as an offering to the LORD, I have given to the Levites for an inheritance; therefore I have said concerning them, 'They shall have no inheritance among the sons of Israel.'"|
|Numbers 18:24 "But the tithe of the Israelites, which they present as an offering to the LORD, I have given to the Levites as an inheritance; therefore I have said to them, 'They shall have no inheritance among the children of Israel.'"|
From God's view what is the purpose for giving offering and tithes?
Secondly, what should be our motivation for giving offerings and tithes?
Bible Answer: Hi New Creature,
I am certain this will only be a partial answer, but this is what I understand.
Tithes and offerings are mechanisms for transfering resources from the one whom God has given the resources to, towards the one whom God wishes to supply.
The simple example is as God gave farmland as an inheritance to Judah, He did not give farmland to Levi. Instead of spending their time producing food like Judah and the other tribes, the Levites spent their time serving before the LORD.
So the LORD instructed Judah, and the other tribes, to give to the Levites. So this becomes a very natural and perpetual mechanism for supplying each person's needs.
This is echoes in the New Testament as well in numerous places, such as:
2Co 8:14 But by an equality, that now at this time your abundance may be a supply for their want, that their abundance also may be a supply for your want: that there may be equality:
2Co 8:15 As it is written, He that had gathered much had nothing over; and he that had gathered little had no lack.
2 Cor. 8-9 are excellent chapters to study regarding this.
Our motivation is to be love. Foremost, love for the LORD, showing itself in the desire and intent to do as He tells us to do. Secondly, in our love for others, wanting them to have all they need.
It is my belief that God uses our giving to teach us faith, and self-sacrifice, and and love.
God also tells us to lay up for ourselves treasure in heaven by giving to the poor here.
As I said, there is much more that can be said on this topic, and I trust others will add what else the Bible says.
Love in Christ,
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