In my new upcoming book, Kleptomaniac: Who’s Really Robbing God, I spend a lot of time examining money scriptures throughout the Bible. The chapter title is called, Show Me the Money. There are 113 Bible references to money in the first five books, and if you studied each verse, you will not find one Scripture showing money being tithed to the temple as a command from God. When Money was carried to the temple it was because the cattle and crop tithe was too much to carry to the place of worship. Check out Deuteronomy 14:22-26 which is direct in saying people ate the tithe.
You shall truly tithe all the increase of your grain that the field produces year by year. And you shall eat before the LORD your God, in the place where He chooses to make His name abide, the tithe of your grain and your new wine and your oil, of the firstborn of your herds and your flocks, that you may learn to fear the LORD your God always. But if the journey is too long for you, so that you are not able to carry the tithe, or if the place where the LORD your God chooses to put His name is too far from you, when the LORD your God has blessed you, then you shall exchange it for money, take the money in your hand, and go to the place which the LORD your God chooses. And you shall spend that money for whatever your heart desires: for oxen or sheep, for wine or similar drink, for whatever your heart desires; you shall eat there before the LORD your God, and you shall rejoice, you and your household (NKJV).
In the chapter, Show Me the Money, money scriptures will be examined in context so readers will know what God required of Israel. According to the Bible, cash was not on the mind of Yahweh but food and crops were the real authentic tithe.
Money was plentiful in Israel and Egypt. One thing I learned from studying money in the Bible is that the Hebrew people used money from purchasing land to buying goods. In my initial power point study, I created a slide showing some of the money verses in the Bible and their context is never about tithing money. The Hebrew word for money is Keceph. In my original, I spelled it Keseph. The verses in the slide prove that no teacher of the Bible can pull the wool over your eyes about Israel’s familiarity with money. Check out my list of money verses. In the first reference, it should read Genesis 13:2.
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