Darin Hufford’s podcast “Giving in the Wild” has generated a lot of discussion regarding whether tithing applies to us today as New Testament believers. As I read the comments, it occurred to me that the Old Testament laws are a package deal.
Although there were 613 different laws that comprise the law, God treated all 613 as a single unit. The Israelites couldn’t just pick and choose which ones they were going to obey and then ignore the rest. Each of the 613 had to be kept perfectly or the person was considered to have broken the entire law.
The same is true today. If you choose to put yourself under any part of the law, you’ve bound yourself to keep all of it. In the discussion about Darin’s podcast, one person was adamant that the law on tithing had to be obeyed. If that’s the person’s mindset, then she needs to keep the law on tithing PERFECTLY. Just bringing a tenth of her income to church and then putting it in the offering plate does NOT fulfill the law on tithing perfectly since the law on tithing is a series of very different laws. In addition to tithing, that person has also bound herself to keep the other 612 laws.
How stressful and how impossible!
No one can keep the law perfectly and no one ever has except for Jesus. He’s the only person who perfectly fulfilled the law.
The good news is that God never untended for us to keep the law. Its purpose was to enable us to see our inability and to cause us to come to Jesus. So, when we attempt to keep the law, we’ve rejected Jesus’ sacrifice in that area of our lives.
Jesus came to set us free from the Old Testament law with its impossible demands. Today, we're no longer bound by the Old Testament law. Instead, we're now bound by the New Testament law of love. No longer are we bound to an endless cycle of striving and defeat by trying to follow a long list of do's and don’ts . Instead, we're now free to follow love.
God is after our hearts. He put his law in our hearts and has filled us with himself. Now, we give cheerfully because his love in our hearts.
I’ve written several posts on the subject of tithing and giving. To read those, follow the links given below.
Learning to give out in the wild
Majoring in the minors
Great resources to learn more about tithing