Did Jesus Tithe?

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

  1.       The biblical tithe consisted of agricultural produce/crops (Deut. 14:12)
  2.       The biblical tithe consisted livestock (Lev. 25:32)

 Point 2 – God only required three groups of people to pay tithes

  1.       Farmers
  2.       Herdsmen
  3.       Levites (Numbers 18:25-29)

Point 3 – Jesus was exempt from paying tithes

  1.       He was a carpenter (Mark 6:3)
  2.       He earned wages
  3.       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.

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16 comments for “Did Jesus Tithe?

  1. kathryn C.
    May 29, 2013 at 11:32 AM

    Jesus said render unto ceasers what belongs to ceasers.so I believe

    • Joe Ayala
      November 21, 2013 at 7:58 AM

      Jesus said render to ceaser what is ceaser’s (TAX) not tithes. God bless!

      • R. Renee
        November 22, 2013 at 1:14 PM

        Thank you for visiting and sharing your comment.

        Peace & Blessings

  2. Tony
    July 1, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    Interesting conclusion. This is a much debated issue that each follower of Jesus Christ must reconcile with the Word of God. I know people that feel that tithing was abolished at the Cross and folks like yourself that would say Jesus did not tithe. For myself, I can not speak for anyone else, scripture shows me that with Abraham, tithing was a principle established long before Moses. Scripture also shows me that Jesus approved of tithing, although we should not to place its importance above that of weightier matters of the heart. I do not say this to try to convince or discredit your argument, but these are just a couple of the things I consider in the matter of tithing.

    • R. Renee
      July 6, 2013 at 3:12 PM

      Tony, thank you visiting. I appreciate your comments. While the Bible mentions tithing before the establishment of the Mosaic law, I suspect tithing proponents assume that Abram/Abraham tithed because God told him to do so. However, the Bible does not support that view. In fact, tithing was social custom of the Near East during that time – not a command/requirement that God instituted. As for Jesus, he was a Jewish Rabbi and follower of the Mosaic Law. As such, he was supportive of tithing because it was part of HIS JEWISH religious faith. Another fact that tithing proponents overlook is that New Testament Christians did not practice tithing in any form or fashion. If tithing was spiritual principle or law that God carried over into the New Testament there would be biblical evidence that the Apostle Paul and other New Testament Christians practiced tithing.

      Once again, thank you for sharing your views.

      Peace & Blessings

    • WalkByFaith
      October 9, 2013 at 9:30 PM

      There is no argument or debate! READ YOUR…..RATHER, STUDY YOUR BIBLE AND YOU WILL KNOW! The BIBLE says that Jesus DID NOT TITHE! He was NOT a FARMER, HERDSMAN, OR LEVITE! If you do tithe your money, you are UNDER A CURSE because you are forfeiting GRACE for MOSAIC LAW.

  3. The Truth Shall Set You Free
    September 25, 2013 at 8:57 AM

    R. Renee,

    You are absolutely right. There is no evidence of not one single New Testament Tither. In fact in the story of the rich young ruler, he asked Jesus what must he do to inherit the kingdom of God. As the story goes Jesus end up telling the rich young ruler to sell all that he has (which in today’s world would have been an increase) and give all to the poor. Now why didn’t Jesus ask the rich young ruler to pay his tithe & offering and then give what was left over to the poor. Jesus only tells us to be cheerful givers. And since we are no longer under the law that means He is leaving it to you and your will to give as God leads you.

    My thing is that we fail to study the word for ourselves and therefore let our religious leaders define the Word of God for us. That is a dangerous road to travel. And concerning Abraham he and his son are documented as tithing one time each. In fact Abraham received an increase first and then tithed, and his son put a stipulation on his tithing experience. Issac propositioned God that if God did something for him he would pay a tithe of all.

    In the second mentioning of Jesus mentioning tithe he said a sinner was more justified than the person who fasted twice a week and the tither payer. Lastly, the story of Annais and Sophire (sp) was not about not tithing but about lying to the Holy Spirit. Here again would have been a perfect opportunity to validate tithing as a New Testament principle. Long story short, tithing was not to be implemented in the church as we are being led to believe. If you want to use as a guide for your giving, that is not a bad thing. But don’t let any man make you feel like you have to tithe to get to heaven or lay some kind of guilt trip on you if you chose not to tithe.

    Study to show thyself approved!!!!!

    • R. Renee
      September 25, 2013 at 3:59 PM

      Well said. Very informative. Thanks for visiting and sharing your knowledge.

      Peace & Blessings

  4. WalkByFaith
    October 9, 2013 at 9:39 PM

    R. Renee,
    Greetings in Jesus’ Name. I apologize for the “yelling” in my reply above response. I simply have just grown so weary of people having things plainly explained to them, only to interject opinions that are not Bible-based. I am going to refer every person who will receive to this website. Millions upon millions of believers are yearning to be free of the evil yoke of bondage, that leaves so many believers, broke, financially bereft, confused, and in despair. Pray for those who are seeking the Lord about this that the scales will be removed from their eyes and that they will become sensitive to the voice of the Spirit of the Lord.

    • R. Renee
      October 10, 2013 at 11:47 AM

      No need to apologize (smile). I understand why you feel weary. Rest assured, people are waking up to the truth. It may not be happening as quickly as we hope, but all we can do is plant the seeds and let God handle the rest.

      Thank you for visiting us and sharing your comments.

      Peace & Blessings

  5. hargrovevending@hotmail.com
    December 2, 2013 at 7:33 AM

    Interesting Article. God is all about love in His word. The principle that good endorses is supporting the needy and loving your neighbor as your love yourself. Here is an interesting scripture. Proverbs 19:17 ESV:

    Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed.

  6. David
    December 11, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    Jesus didn’t pay tithes because he didn’t have an income. he never ever said do not tithe. He actually commended a woman who gave 100% and is more interested in the heart. A non-tither then should out give a tither but they never ever do because they hold more of their income for themselves. n 36 years this has never been shown otherwise. Paul talks about a collection of what is on your heart as an ‘offering’. An offering is not a tithe, their tithes were given to their local church and the offering was going to Jerusalem that why it was of the heart and not under compulsion.
    Of course you’ll disagree so I ask this. How much do you give? Mine is about 14% in total, one year it was 25%, yet I’m a tither. What you give reveals your heart and with what you sow you receive. That’s why I have more than ever flowing in when the marketplace say otherwise. Give it oit and God will get more to you. ,

  7. March 20, 2014 at 12:18 PM

    For years I have felt that there was something wrong with the way that churches were putting people into a mental and emotional bondage because they were so called stealing from God, but then Jesus never spoke on it, nor has anyone since Christ. It is said that the Lord love a cheerful giver, yet most of us we were faking our joy when it came to tithing, thereby putting even more guilt upon ourselves, total bondage. So this morning in my spirit I was lead to seek out information on this issue, and I was led here, Thanks for the information, and helping me in lifting this burden from me. Who the Son sets free is free indeed, Thank you and God bless.

    • R. Renee
      March 21, 2014 at 1:06 PM

      Thanks for visiting and commenting. We’re glad you found the information helpful.

      Peace & Blessings

  8. January 17, 2015 at 3:44 AM

    Can any one of you show me a scripture where Jesus said.thou shall not pay tithes, not colect tithes not recieve tithes? as mush as we do not have a direct verse that says Jesus paid his tithes.we also dnt have any verse that says Jesus did not pay tithes.paul never said do not pay your tithes..or pay your tithes.why Jesus never condemed tithe? why paul mantioned it without condeming it? do not Rob God. give your tithes and offerings cheerfuly and willingly.amen

    • R. Renee
      January 23, 2015 at 10:06 AM

      Hi Emmanuel,

      Thank you for visiting and submitting your questions. Here is a link to a pamphlet you can download. It answers your questions and provides supporting scriptures.

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