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What to Learn from the Tithing System of the Hebrew Nation

Updated: Jun 19

Date: 10 June 2024

Preacher: Apostle General Jannie Ngwale

Editor: Digital Team

Principal Scripture Reading: Leviticus 27:30, Deuteronomy 8:2-4, Deuteronomy 29:5, Nehemiah 9:21, Genesis 14:20, Genesis 28:22, Malachi 3:10,1 Chronicles 21:14-27

The Scriptural Foundation

In Sunday’s sermon titled "What to Learn from the Tithing System of the Hebrew Nation," Apostle General Jannie Ngwale brought to life the principle of tithing, rooted in Leviticus 27:30. This scripture emphasizes that all tithes of the land, whether from the seed of the land or the fruit of the trees, belong to the Lord and are holy to Him. This foundational truth reminds us of the sacredness of tithing and its crucial role in our relationship with God.

The Power of Tithing

Tithing has the potential to transform you into someone you never thought you could be. This practice brings preservation and sets you apart, just as it did for the Hebrew nation.

Historical Context and Lessons

Consider God's incredible provision for the Israelites during their 40 years in the wilderness. Moses reminded them of this miraculous period, highlighting how their clothes and shoes never wore out. Imagine wearing the same clothes and shoes for 40 years without them needing replacement. Think about how many pairs of shoes you would have gone through in that time, and how many clothes would have worn out. Yet, for the Israelites, their garments and footwear remained as new as when they left Egypt. This is a powerful testament to God's ability to sustain and care for His people.

Moreover, God's provision wasn't limited to clothing. For 40 years, He ensured that the Israelites had food every single day. Angels were assigned to prepare meals daily, without fail. This divine catering service demonstrates the level of care and sustenance God provides. It shows His commitment to meeting the needs of His people in extraordinary ways.

Tithing and Its Role in Helping Those in Need

Tithing isn't just about giving a portion of your income to God; it also plays a crucial role in supporting those in need. Apostle General Jannie Ngwale highlighted several groups that benefit from the tithing system:

- Levites: As the religious leaders and administrators who didn't receive land, the Levites depended on the tithes for their sustenance.

- Priests: The priests, including the high priest, received a portion of the tithes from the Levites.

- Orphans: Those who have lost their parents and are without family support.

- Widows: Women who have lost their husbands and are often left without financial support.

- Refugees: Individuals who have fled their homes due to war, persecution, or disaster and are seeking refuge among the Israelites.

The tithing system was designed to ensure that these vulnerable groups were taken care of. By setting aside a portion of their resources, the Israelites demonstrated their commitment to community and compassion, reflecting God's heart for the needy.

Modern Application and Practical Insights

The intricate system of tithing among the Israelites was arranged in cycles of seven years. Apostle General Jannie Ngwale introduced terms like "Ma'aser Rishon" (the first tithe for the Levites) and "Ma'aser Sheni" (the second tithe for pilgrimage), highlighting their roles in supporting religious leaders and ensuring communal welfare.

The Spiritual Impact of Tithing

Tithing is like a threshing floor where God's blessings are separated from the ordinary. By faithfully observing tithing, you invite God's favour and protection into your life, just as King David did during the plague in Judah. Tithing breaks the power of devastation and brings divine preservation.

Encouragement and Conclusion

Embrace the principle of tithing wholeheartedly. Observing this practice opens the floodgates of God's blessings, rebukes the devourer, and positions you for favour and provision. Follow the example of the Israelites and trust in God's provision through the sacred act of tithing.

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