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On Bublish, author Dr. Frank Chase Jr shares insight about many passages of his book explaining why he wrote them so that readers will know the truth about monetary tithing and the religious institutions that support the doctrine. Here's a short book excerpt from Chapter 7 of Kleptomaniac: Who's Really Robbing God Anyway?
We know the tithe is not money based on the Hebrew word for land. The keyword in Leviticus 27:30 refers to land. The tithe comes from the land. Land in Hebrew is erets (Strong’s #776). It represents the earth, arable ground or owned land. The land God speaks of is the land He promised Abram in Genesis 13:17. If God promised Abram land, then how would God give Abram the land of Canaan that other people occupied? God’s promise fits the Hebrew meaning because erets also means owned land. It is important to note that tithing had not started yet in Leviticus because Israel still roamed the wilderness. Leviticus gives details of the tithe requirements for implementation once they got into the land of Canaan.
Let’s look at Leviticus 27:30-33 with an eye of critical examination. From the scripture, we can extrapolate that the tithe is agricultural products (seed of the land and fruit of the tree) and herds and flocks. Now, the scripture does not say 10 percent of the herds or flocks. It says the tenth animal that passed under the shepherd’s rod is the tithe, not the first tenth that is common in tithe teachings taught today. The first 10th of your check goes to God is the message every time the church doors open, but when examining the scriptures, God never says that in Leviticus. Since farmers and cattle herders tithed in Israel, make sure you understand that Yahweh meant what he said about the tenth animal. If a cattle herder had less than 9 cattle in a birth cycle, whether sheep, bulls, or goats, they did not tithe because God wanted the tenth animal from the increase not the ninth. Herders tithed only the tenth animal no matter whether its condition was good or bad. The scripture text accepted the eleventh animal as a tithe if the herder thought the tenth did not meet the standard. Despite the condition of the tenth animal, it became the tithe and could not be exchanged for a good animal because the tenth animal was holy unto the Lord. Israel paid a tithe on an increase and never on a decrease. For example, if you have nine sheep and during the birth cycle, those sheep would need to give birth to ten or more calves to tithe on the increase. If you had less than ten, you did not tithe. When you examine the Jewish Mishnah, which is a compilation of Jewish oral traditions called the Oral Law, the text reveals that whatsoever is kept watch over, cultivated, and grows from the soil; whatever is used for food (excluding unclean) is what is tithed. The tenth sheep, the tenth goat, the tenth bull was the tithe, not ten percent.