THE PURPOSE BEHIND THE RULES
Lev 27:30 “Every tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land or of the fruit of the trees, is Yahveh’s; it is holy to Yahveh.
Lev 27:31 If a man wishes to redeem some of his tithe, he will add a fifth to it.
Lev 27:32 And every tithe of herds and flocks, every tenth animal of all that pass under the herdsman’s staff, will be holy to Yahveh.
Lev 27:33 One will not differentiate between good or bad, neither will he make a substitute for it; and if he does substitute for it, then both it and the substitute will be holy; it will not be redeemed.”
Lev 27:34 These are the commandments that Yahveh commanded Moses for the people of Israel on Mount Sinai.
for the people of Israel
As we take our last look at Leviticus, we are reminded of the specific context in which the LORD gave these laws. He gave them through Moses, and for the people of Israel as they were about to enter the land that the LORD promised them. Everything that land produced for the Israelites belonged to the LORD, and had to be tithed. The tithe was one way of acknowledging that fact in gratitude.
For those of us under the new covenant ratified not with an animal sacrifice, but with the death of Christ — tithing is not required. But many of us tithe our incomes, because we want to show gratitude and commitment. We also want to further the work and ministry of our churches.
Many of the rules in Leviticus no longer apply under this new covenant, but the purpose behind those rules is eternal. We all need ways to show that we value our relationship with God, and are committed to him.
LORD, as we walk through our lives, show us how to reflect our commitment to you, and our gratitude to you.