Bible Study Lesson for Cell Groups : Christian Giving * Compiled by Ate Nessie *
the last statement: “… and all that You give me … I will give Youa tenth.” This is the biblical concept of returning or bring back.
(2) Tithing was an exercise of apportioning a part of a man‟s produce for
offering to God even before the Law of Moses was established.
Does the Old Testament law of tithing apply to modern-day Christians?
If we impose the “10% rule” on everyone, we will become legalistic.
“For it is by grace you have been saved… “
“… you are not under law, but under grace.”
If we “are not under law, but under grace,” then how much should we
“For God so loved the world that He gave his one and only Son, that
whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal lif
e.” God gave His best!
We should also give our best!
Did Christ abolish tithing?
“I tell you the truth, he said, „this poor widow has put in more
than all the others. All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out
of her poverty put in all she had to live on.”
Does the Lord Jesus still watch people today in the manner He lookedat the widow and her mite?Hebrews 13:8
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.”
What in the Law should we not be subjected to?
The holiness code
feasts, sacrifices; ceremonial law
which pertains to thedictates on how to be clean before God. The Moral and Ethical Law remains.
What did Jesus say about tithing?Matthew 23:23-
“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you
hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices
mint, dill and cummin. But you haveneglected the more important matters of the law
justice, mercy and faithfulness.
You should have practice the latter, without neglecting the former.”
Zacchaeus immediately gave 50% (not only 10%) and pledged togive back 400% to an
ybody he might have cheated. He said, “Look, Lord! Here and
now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of
anything, I will pay back four times the amount.”
What did Jesus say about him?
In v.9, Jesus said to him, “Toda
has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham.”
Why was Abraham mentioned?
He exemplified the act of tithing
“Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus, whom the apostles
called Barnabas(which means Son of Encouragement), sold a field he owns and brought the money
and put it at the apostle‟s feet.”
This perspective is of vital importance. Here, we learned that we mustconstantly realize that we are presenting to the Lord and not to men.