Chapter 9 - Lesson Nine -Tithing, the Road to Prosperity
AS YE abound in everything, in faith, and utterance, and
knowledge, and in all earnestness, and in your love to us,
see that ye abound in this grace also."
"Honor Jehovah with thy substance,
And with the first-fruits of all thine increase:
So shall thy barns be filled with plenty,
And thy vats shall overflow with new wine."
Under the Mosaic law a tithe (or tenth) was required as the
Lord's portion. Throughout the Old Testament the tithe or
tenth is mentioned as a reasonable and just return to the
Lord by way of acknowledging Him as the source of supply.
After Jacob had seen the vision of the ladder with angels
ascending and descending on it he set up a pillar and made
a vow to the Lord, saying, "Of all that thou shalt give me
I will surely give the tenth unto thee." In the 3d chapter
of Malachi we find God's blessing directly connected with
faithfulness in giving to the Lord's treasury, but gifts
should be made because it is right and because one loves to