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(We are freed from blood sacrifice, giving of tithes, and all the law contained)

(By George Fox)

In Christendom today, we cannot choose and pick what part of the old covenant we want to keep. Can we keep the blood sacrifices, bringing of the produce of the land, killing bulls, goats, rams and turtle dove before the Lord? What about the heave and the wave offerings? Christ has fulfilled all the ceremonial laws of the old covenant, and has abrogated them on behalf of those who will come to God through Him.

Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the Law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, “Cursed is everyone that hangs on a tree. That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.” (Gal.3:13-14)

The Law and the Commandment of the Lord concerning payment of tithes, to whom, and how they were to be disposed to the Levitical priesthood in the Old Testament, and how Christ has come to end that priesthood, law, and commandment, by which he took the tithes and offerings.

All the tithes of the land, whether of the seed of the land, or of the fruits of the trees, are the Lord’s, they are holy unto the Lord.

And concerning the tenths of the herds, or of the flock, even of whatsoever passes under the rod, ‘the tenth shall be holy unto the Lord.’ Lev.27:30-32.

‘Behold, I have taken your brethren the Levites, from among the children of Israel, to you they are given as a gift from the Lord, to do the service of the tabernacle of the congregation: therefore, you and your sons with thee shall keep your priest’s office, for everything of the altar; and within the veil you shall serve: I have given your priest’s office unto you, as a service of gift; and I have given to thee, the charge of the heave-offerings, and you shall keep the charge of the altar and the sanctuary, and you shall keep the charge of the tabernacle for the congregation, and for all the services of the tabernacle. Num.18:6-8, ‘and the Levites shall be mine, I am the Lord.’ Num.3:45.

‘And behold, I have given the children of Levi all the tenths in Israel for an inheritance, for their services which they serve, even the service of the tabernacle.’(Christ has annulled this charge)

Neither must the children of Israel come near the tabernacle of the congregation, least they bear sin and die.

But the Levites shall do the service of the tabernacle of the congregation, and they shall bear their iniquity, this shall be a statute forever among your generations, that among the children of Israel they have no inheritance, (namely, the Levites.)

But the tithes of the children of Israel, which they offered an heave-offering unto the Lord, I have given to the Levites to inherit, for they have no other inheritance among the children of Israel.’ And the Lord said unto Moses, ‘thus speak unto the Levites, when you take of the children of Israel’s tithes, which I have given you from them for your inheritance, when you shall offer an heave-offering of it for the Lord, even a tenth part of the tithe.’ ‘And this your heave-offering shall be reckoned to you, as the corn of the threshing-floor.’

‘And thus you also shall offer an heave-offering unto the Lord, of all your tithes which you receive of the children of Israel, and you shall give thereof the Lord’s heave-offering to Aaron the priest.’ Num.18:21-32.

‘The place which the Lord your God shall choose out of all your tribes to put his name there, even unto his habitation shall he seek, and there shall you come, and there shall you bring your offerings and sacrifices, and your tithes and heave-offerings of your hands.’ ‘And there you shall eat before the Lord your God, and you shall rejoice in all that you put your hands unto, you and your households, wherein the Lord your God has blessed thee. For you are not as yet come to the rest.

But when you go over Jordan, and dwell in the land which the Lord your God gives you to inherit, and he gives you rest from all your enemies round about you, so that you dwell in safety.

Then there shall be a place which the Lord your God shall choose to cause his name to dwell there, there shall you bring your offerings, sacrifices, tithes, and your heave-offerings of your hands, unto the Lord.

And you shall rejoice before the Lord, you and your sons, and your daughters, and your men-servants and maidservants, and Levi that is within your gates; forasmuch as he has neither part nor inheritance with you his brethren. The Lord is his inheritance according as the Lord promised him; for the Lord separated the tribe of Levi, to bear the ark of the covenant of the Lord, and to stand before the Lord, to minister unto him, and to bless in his name.’ Deu.12:7-12, 10:8-9

‘And you may not eat within your gates the tithes of your corn, or of the wine, or of the oil, or of the firstling of your herd, or of your flock.

But you shall eat them before the Lord your God, in the place which the Lord your God shall choose, you and your son, and your daughter, and your man-servant, and your maidservant, and the Levite that is within your gates, and you shall rejoice before the Lord your God, in all you put your hands unto.’ Deut.12:17,12.

‘And take heed to yourself that you forsake not the Levite. And you must eat flesh within your gates, or what you desire: only the holy things which you has, and your vows, you shall take, and go unto the place which the Lord your God shall choose, observe and hear all these words which I command thee.’

And in Deut.14, ‘You shall truly tithe all the increase of your seed year by year, and you shall eat it 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, of your oil, and the firstlings of your herds, and of your flocks, that you may learn to fear the Lord your God always.

And if the way be too long for thee, so that you are not able to carry it; or if the place be too far from thee, which the Lord your God shall choose, and set his name there; when the Lord your God has blessed thee. Then you shall turn it into money, and bind up the money in your hand, and shall go unto the place which the Lord your God shall choose.

And you shall bestow that money for whatsoever your soul desires after, for oxen, or for sheep, or for wine, or for strong drink, or for whatsoever your soul desires; and you shall eat it before the Lord your God, and you shall rejoice, you and your household. And the Levite that is within your gates, you shall not forsake him, for he has no part nor inheritance with thee.

At the end of three years you shall bring forth all the tithe of your increase, the same year you shall lay it up within your gates. And the Levite, and the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, which are within your gates, shall come, and shall eat and be satisfied, that the Lord your God may bless thee, in all the works of your hands which you do.’ Deut.14:22, to the end. And also, in Deut.26

‘When you have made an end of tithing all, the tithes of the increase, the third year, which is the year of tithing, and has given it unto the Levite, the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, that they may eat within your gates and be filled. Then you shall say before the Lord your God, I have brought away the hallowed things out of my house, and also given them unto the Levite, and unto the stranger, to the fatherless, and to the widow, according to your commandments, which you have commanded me,’

Here you may see the laws and the commandments of God concerning tithes, and who they were to. Deut.26:12-13 And you may see how that the tithes were to be brought to the chambers of the house of God at Jerusalem. Neh.10:37-38 And in 2Chro.31:11, how the chambers for the tithes, were in the house of the Lord, which was the place the Lord had chosen according to Moses.

And in Mal 3, it was called a robbing of God and the whole nation, when they did not bring in their tithes into the storehouse, that there might be meat in his house, so it was a wronging of Levi, the stranger, the widow, the fatherless, http://www.biblesnet.com

Online Christian Library from their right, for the tithes of the land were the Lord’s, and for Levi, the widow, stranger, and fatherless, and so if they did not bring them in, they robbed God in his tithes and offerings, and walked contrary to the law and command of God, therefore, says he, you are cursed with a curse, for you have robbed me, even this whole nation.

And the apostle said, ‘cursed is everyone that continues not in all things which is written in the book of the law to do them.’ Gal.3:10, Deut.27:26. ‘But no man is justified by the works of the law in the sight of God, for the just shall live by faith; for as many as are of the works of the law, are under the curse.’ Gal.3:11

And Christ has redeemed us from under the curse of the law, so they are not under that curse who do not pay tithes now. And the apostle said, ‘that no man is justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Christ Jesus, even as we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law:’ and the apostle said, ‘by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified in the sight of God:’ therefore you are not justified by the law of tithes and offerings, nor outward circumcision in the sight of God. Gal.2:16.

And Christ cried, ‘woe unto you scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, you pay tithe of mint, anise, and cumin, and have omitted the weighty matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith, these things you ought to have done, and not to have left the other undone.’ Matt.23:23, Lk. 11:42 and in Gen.14:20.

‘When Melchizedek, king of Salem, brought forth bread and wine, he was the priest of the most high God, and he blessed Abraham, and Abraham gave him the tenths of all that he had taken in the spoil,’ as also you may see in Heb.7:4.

Now did ever Abraham pay tithes to Melchizedek after this time? Or did he ever pay Melchizedek tithes before of his own yearly increase, except now from the spoil of the war? And did ever any of the kings or judges pay the tenths of their spoil of the wars afterwards?

‘And Jacob vowed a vow, saying, if God will be with me, and keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat, and raiment to put on; so I come again to my father’s house in peace, then shall the Lord be my God: and this stone which I have set up for a pillar, shall be God’s house, and of all that you shall give me, I will surely give the tenth unto thee.’ http://www.biblesnet.com

Online Christian Library Now where did ever Jacob pay tithes, or the children of Israel in Egypt? Not until they came out of Egypt and received his law, for this was only Jacob’s condition and free vow, not a command from God, as you may see in Gen 28:20-22.

And in Heb.7, ‘when Abraham returned from the slaughter of the kings, Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, met him and blessed him, to whom also Abraham gave the tenths of all the spoils, so this was not of the increase of his personal estate, neither did other kings or judges, (as I said before), follow this example, to give the tenth of their spoils that they had gotten in war. Neither did Abraham lay this as a command of God, upon his own family to pay tithes, either of their personal estates, or of the wars to Melchizedek afterwards.

Neither do we read that Jacob, or his children, did pay tithes, until after they came out of Egypt, as before it is said, by the law of God: but the apostle said, as I may so say, ‘Levi, also, who received tithes, paid tithes in Abraham, for he was yet in the loins of his father, when Melchizedek met him who received the tithes: and as for Melchizedek, his descent is not counted from them;’ so here the apostle goes to cut off Levi who received tithes, and his priesthood, and place it upon Levi, as paying tithes, (in Abraham.)

For the apostle said, ‘verily those who were of the sons of Levi, who receive the office of the priesthood, have a commandment to take tithes of the people according to the law, that is of their brethren, though they came out of the loins of Abraham,’ so here is the law and commandment to take tithes of their brethren, and not of them that was not their brethren.

And the apostle said, ‘if perfection were by the Levitical priesthood, for under it the people received the law, what further need was there that another priest should arise, (namely, Christ), after the order of Melchizedek, and not after the order of Aaron,’ who had a law and a commandment to take tithes.

For the apostle said, ‘the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law, for there is a disannulling of the commandment going before, and so the priesthood changed, and the law changed by which he was made, and the commandment disannulled that gave him his tithes; for it is evident, that our Lord Jesus Christ sprang out of Judah, of which tribe, Moses speaks nothing concerning the priesthood, and Christ is made a priest, not after the order of Aaron: and yet it is far more evident, for that after the similitude of Melchizedek, there arises another priest, (namely, Christ), who is made not after the law of a carnal commandment, (as the other priests were that took tithes), but after the power of an endless life, for this law of the carnal commandment, commanded all these carnal things, tithes, offerings, to be given to Levi’s priesthood: and therefore the apostle said, ‘the law is changed by which the priesthood was made, and the priesthood is changed: and the apostle said, ‘there is a disannulling the commandment going before, for the weakness and un-profit thereof;’

So here the apostle notes both the weakness and un-profitability of that law of tithes. Moreover, he said, ‘the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of http://www.biblesnet.com – Online Christian Library a better hope did, (namely, Christ), by the which we draw nigh unto God, now Christ our high priest was made with an oath, but the priesthood under the law was made without an oath,’ and so Christ performs God’s oath and fulfills it, and so ends oaths and swearing, and forbids them.

For the Lord swore, and will not repent, you are a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek, namely, Christ, by so much was Jesus made a surety of a better testament than the Old Testament, because Christ continues ever, he has an unchangeable priesthood, and the Levites’ priesthood is changed, and their law and command: so the apostle did not intend here that people should hold up Aaron’s priesthood and tithes, but he shows a change of the law by which the priesthood was made, and a change of the priesthood, and a disannulling the command, and setting up Christ and his priesthood that is unchangeable; and showing the un profit, and the weakness of the law, and the commandment, and the first priesthood, and how it made nothing perfect; but the gospel brought people to Christ the better hope, which purified them as he is pure, through which they drew near to God.

Now all the tithes by the law of God and his commandment, the children of Israel were to pay to the Levites, and the Levites were to offer up the tenths of the heave-offerings to the Lord. But Christ Jesus, it is said of him, ‘lo I come to do your will O God, to take away the first, [mark,] that I may establish the second, by the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus once for all, once for all their offerings.’ So he has ended all the offerings, by offering up his own body, namely, the offering of tithes, and all other offerings; and those who offer by the priests; and so he has taken away the first priesthood, his law, and command, and his tithes, he has taken away his altar, and temple, his tabernacle, his sanctuary, and all his offices and services; and all the Levitical priests, offices and services, for the first priesthood had his tithes for his service at the tabernacle, altar, sanctuary, and keeping the charge of all holy things: but all these things Christ has taken away, and has taken away his priesthood, and so has taken away his tithes, his maintenance, and taken away his offices and offerings, and his charge, and he has discharged him, and so has changed his law, and disannulled his commandment, and so all is fallen to the ground, for God will have no pleasure in these offerings which were offered by the law; but Christ is come, as in the volume of the book it is written of him, ‘to do the will of God, he takes away the first, that he may establish the second; first priesthood, first covenant, with all his tithes and offerings.’

For Christ, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins, forever sat down at the right hand of God, so this one sacrifice has ended both sacrifices and those who sacrifice. And also the tithes, their sacrifices, offerings, and maintenance in the time of the law, which made none perfect, ‘for by one offering of Christ he has perfected forever them that are sanctified,’ [mark, forever.] Heb. 10.

And the Levites or priests, who took the tithes for the services, these stood daily offering, oftentimes, the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins; but Christ, after he had offered up one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God, who by this offering ended the first priest and his daily sacrifices. Heb.9:19. And Moses sprinkled the book and the people with blood: but how much more shall the blood of Christ, through the eternal spirit, offer up himself without spot to God, purge your consciences from dead works, to serve the living God.

 

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