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The System of Tithing

Date: 28 May 2024

Preacher: Apostle General Jannie Ngwale

Editor: Digital Team

Principal Scripture Reading: Leviticus 27:30, Genesis 14:20, Genesis 28:22, Malachi 3:10


Tithing is not just a practice; it's a principle deeply rooted in the Bible and upheld by countless believers throughout history. As we delve into the heart of tithing, we'll explore its origins, significance, and its impact on our spiritual and material lives. This principle isn't limited to the laws given by Moses but stretches back to the patriarchs, Abraham and Jacob, who observed it out of their deep love and reverence for God.

Understanding Tithing

Tithing, at its core, means giving 10% of one's income or produce to God. Leviticus 27:30 clearly states, "A tenth of the produce of the land, whether grain or fruit, is the Lord's, and is holy." This command highlights that the tithe is not just an offering but something sacred, belonging to the Lord.

Historical Context

Long before the law of Moses, patriarchs like Abraham and Jacob practised tithing. In Genesis 14:20, after God delivered Abraham's enemies into his hands, Abraham gave a tenth of everything to Melchizedek, the king and priest. Similarly, Jacob, in Genesis 28:22, vowed to give a tenth to God, recognizing His providence and blessings.

These examples illustrate that tithing was a response to God's faithfulness and provision, not merely a legal requirement. It's an act of worship and acknowledgement of God's sovereignty over our lives.

The Spirit of Tithing

Tithing goes beyond the act of giving; it's about the heart and intention behind it. As believers, our love for God should motivate our tithing. This principle was evident in the actions of Abraham and Jacob, who tithed out of gratitude and recognition of God's hand in their lives.

Tithe's Relevance in Today's Times

Tithing remains relevant today as it teaches us to trust God with our resources. In Malachi 3:10, God challenges His people to bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, promising to open the floodgates of heaven and pour out blessings. This promise underscores that God honours our faith and obedience in tithing.

Cheating God: A Missed Blessing

Apostle General Jannie Ngwale posed a critical question during the sermon: What happens if you give only 8 percent instead of the full 10 percent? He emphatically answered that it isn't considered a tithe. In this case, one is robbing God. He elaborated, stating that giving less than the full 10 percent is equivalent to cheating God, thus missing out on the fullness of His blessings.


Tithing is a timeless principle that connects us to the faith of our forefathers and invites God's blessings into our lives. By faithfully giving a tenth of our income, we honour God, support His work, and position ourselves to receive His abundant provisions. Let us embrace tithing not as a burden but as a joyful act of worship and trust in our faithful God.

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