PROPOSITION: BASED UPON the tithe commandments of the Mosaic Law Jesus was not required to pay tithes.
Objective: To show Christians that if tithing was not required of Jesus then it is not required of them.
One of the misconceptions about the biblical tithe is that God required everyone to pay tithes. However, this is not the case. The Bible is very specific regarding who was commanded to pay tithes. There were only three groups of people commanded to pay tithes. And when we rightly divide the word of truth we discover that Jesus was not included in any of these groups. Therefore, Jesus did not pay tithes.
Point 1 – God did not want tithes paid in the form of money
- The biblical tithe consisted of agricultural produce/crops (Deut. 14:12)
- The biblical tithe consisted livestock (Lev. 25:32)
Point 2 – God only required three groups of people to pay tithes
- Levites (Numbers 18:25-29)
Point 3 – Jesus was exempt from paying tithes
- He was a carpenter (Mark 6:3)
- He earned wages
- He was of the tribe of Judah (1 Samuel 16:12-13)
In the Old Testament (specifically, the Mosaic Law) God is specific regarding who is commanded to tithe. Although Jesus was a follower of the Mosaic Law he was not required to pay tithes. According to the Mosaic Law, God only wanted tithes from farmers, herdsmen and the Levites. And since Jesus did not fall into any of the categories he did not tithe. Jesus was not the only one exempt from paying tithes. In fact any ancient Israelite/Hebrew who earned a living as a skilled tradesman such as a tent maker, artisan, or fisherman, etc. was not required to tithe. For example, Jesus disciples, such as Peter, who was a fisherman, did not pay tithes.
In knowing this it should apparent to Christians believers that they are not required to pay tithes. Christians are not under the Law. If Jesus was under the Law and didn’t pay tithes, It stands to reason that Christians who are not under the Law are exempt from paying tithes.