And when they were come to Capernaum, they that received tribute money came to Peter, and said, Doth not your master pay tribute? He saith, Yes. And when he was come into the house, Jesus prevented him, saying, What thinkest thou, Simon? of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute? of their own children, or of strangers? Peter saith unto him, Of strangers. Jesus saith unto him, Then are the children free. Notwithstanding, lest we should offend them, go thou to the sea, and cast an hook, and take up the fish that first cometh up; and when thou hast opened his mouth, thou shalt find a piece of money: that take, and give unto them for me and thee. (emphasis mine)
For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
Comparing the two references here one can surmise that the children (read "Sons") of God are lead by the Spirit of God. Since we belong to God as His children then we, as children, according to the very words of Jesus the Christ, are not subject to pay taxes (read tithes, tribute) to God (our King). Only strangers pay the King a tribute (tax, tithe), but family or children do not for they are the heirs of the Kings wealth.
Romans 8:16-17 “The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.”
Think about it, can we really pay God anything? Is our needs being met by our creator contingent upon what or how much we give Him first?
Romans 11:35 “Or who has first given to Him And it shall be repaid to him?”
Tithing was a part of the ceremonial law of Moses, yet we are not to try to keep any part of the law. As indicated through Romans, we are not to be under the ceremonial law but are lead by the spirit. If we try to keep even one part of the law then we have to keep all of it. Yet, we are under grace and have a new covenant with God through faith. If we try to keep even part of the law, we make what Christ did on the cross of no effect and are cursed. We are made free from the curse of the law which is death.
For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse; for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who does not continue in all things which are written in the book of the law, to do them.”
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.
As Jesus pointed out to Peter, “Then are the children free”.
If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.
My next posting will define what a tithe is. For many of you who do not already know, prepare to be shocked, it is not what many of these preachers have been telling you it is.
Read Deuteronomy 14:22-29 and see if you can spot what the tithe actually is.