|Deuteronomy 14:22-30 |
22 You shall truly tithe all the increase of your seed, that the field brings forth year by year.
23 And you shall eat before the LORD your God, in the place which he shall choose to place his name there, the tithe of your corn, of your wine, and of your oil, and the first borns of your herds and of your flocks; that you may learn to fear the LORD your God always.
24 And if the way is too long for you, so that you are not able to carry it; or if the place is too far from you, which the LORD your God shall choose to set his name there, when the LORD your God has blessed you.
25 Then shall you turn it into money, and bind up the money in your hand, and shall go to the place which the LORD your God shall choose.1
26 And you shall spend that money for whatever your soul desires to eat: for oxen, or for sheep, or for wine, or for strong drink, or for whatever your soul desires; and you shall eat there before the LORD your God, and you shall rejoice, you, and your household,
27 And the Levite who is within your town; you shall not forsake him for he has no part nor inheritance with you.
28 At the end of three years you shall bring forth all the tithe of your produce the same year, and shall lay it up within your town.
29 And the Levite, (because he has no part or inheritance with you), and the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, who are within your town, shall come, and shall eat and be satisfied; that the LORD your God may bless you in all the work of your hand which you do."2
2 The tithes were then used to provide a meal for the owner of the produce and those within that person's town who needed a gifted meal: the Levite, the strangers, the fatherless, and the widows. This was not a means of support for the synagogue or the priests within it. And don't forget, that since the Levite priesthood was superceded by the everlasting priesthood of Jesus Christ, with his everlasting sacrifice, all tithes were abolished with the Levite priesthood, Heb 7. For more information on tithing see George Fox's work on tithing.