Bible Exposition on Tithing — Matthew 2:11-12

Offering box for tithing

The tithe is the tenth part arising from the profit of a man’s earning or production given to God to show appreciation. Tithing has been a controversial issue in Christendom as some say it’s biblical while some others erroneously say it isn’t. 

 Matthew 2:11 exposes the essence of tithing. The verse says, “And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.”

This is from the story of the wise men who came from a distance to pay homage to the newborn Christ, the promised Savior, and Messiah of the world. After they had visited Herod who had evil intentions concerning the newborn king, they departed from his presence and came to the place where Jesus was (Matthew 2:9).

On seeing Jesus, they fell (knelt) and “worship him”. The worship was expressed reverence. It was an act of respect for the Messiah. This act was followed with gifts (gold, and frankincense, and myrrh).

Giving gifts to God is a way to show God respect and so our tithing is. Not only our monetary tithing but also any other thing that is given to God. A wife who respects her husband is always loved by him and will do all means to please her and provide for all her needs. This applies to God as well. When we give God gifts through tithing and offerings, it increases the love he has for us.

Not tithing does not take one to hell, but it’s a condition that must be meant to attract the love and blessings of God (Malachi 3:10).

The wise men who visited Jesus were kings. They might not have been the holiest but their act of giving openly the door for a temporal communion with God. God spoke to them in a dream warning them not to return to Herod (Matthew 2:12). 

Their giving to God helped them gain guidance and direction from him which even the high priests and scribes (experts of God's word and laws) didn’t get when they were giving out the secret of the kingdom concerning where and how Jesus will be born (Matthew 2:5-6).

Tithing and offerings can also include giving anything due unto God. Our prayers and time are also an offering to God and failure to render it to him are same as robbing him (Malachi 3:8). 

May God give us the grace to be faithful in tithing. Amen.
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