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Really neat insight.
Tithe is the percentage of giving one’s income, precisely a 10 percent. Whereas, offering is a spontaneous giving without a minimum confinement, or a maximum limitation.
At first glance, the understanding of the concept is that a tithe, or 10 percent was the giving amount of everything from the land. This will be the modern equivalent of 10 percent of the giver’s income.
The purpose of tithing will give the reason thereof.
Tithes are not to be viewed as a burden, rather it expressed love and trust in God, and the gratitude for what we are a part of and the support for the cause of the Gospel, by supporting those who bless us and supporting those who bring the Gospel to us and others. According to Numbers 18:21, tithes were to be used as the people give to maintain the Levites. The Levites would be today’s equivalent of those in charge of a Church, mission work or whosoever aid others in their growth and learning of the Word. Herein, the believer supports this cause.
Partaking in tithing
True tithing will become a reality within the giver, through their awareness of being a part of something greater than they are, and their gratitude for the blessings they received. Therefore, they become a willing participant to support and bless others that others will be blessed in return.
Let those who are the recipient of the tithes, in no ways demand of others to bless them for the work they are doing. Instead, continue to do that which is good unto all. For those who received, with thankfulness they will bless others.
Such was Abraham, the father of the Faith. Having returned from a victorious battle, he was met by Melchizedek, king of Salem, who blessed him with food and drink. Melchizedek did what he had to do, for it was the right thing to do. Therefore, in return, Abraham blessed Melchizedek, king of Salem, and a priest of the Most High God. Hebrews 7:1
An offering is a voluntary contribution without any limitation of how little or how much is given. The Old Testament Church was that of a Sovereignty through the nation of Israel. Today, the Church is Universal, (without replacing Israel) Therefore, offering serves as a crucial pillar of upholding the Church and its Gospel through the offerings of its members, one to another. Without a rule of a specific requirement to be given, now, all can give freely.