Tithes and Offerings
God established the Law of Firstfruits early in His relationship with Israel. “The first of the firstfruits of your land you shall bring into the house of the LORD your God.” (Exodus 23:19) “Honor the LORD with your possessions and with the firstfruits of all your increase; So your barns will be filled with plenty and your vats will overflow with new wine.” (Proverbs 3:9-10)
God established that law as a way for people to know and demonstrate that He is the Source of everything that is good – He is the lavish Provider for His children. When we realize God’s faithful provision, we joyfully and expectantly bring Him the first of everything – our money, our time, our thoughts – everything – confident that He will then bless it all.
God established the tithe as a way of fulfilling the Law of Firstfruits. The very first 10% of any money that comes under our management is our tithe and it goes to our local church. The first portion redeems the rest and carries the blessing. In the Bible, 10 is the number of testing. There is no greater spiritual test than how you handle your money.
Bringing God the first 10% of our money insures the blessing of all our money; 90% blessed by a Sovereign LORD will go much further than 100% without His blessing. We never “give” tithes – it’s not ours to give; the Bible says “bring” tithes to your local church – this is God’s plan. The tithe is the beginning – the first 10% - undesignated and brought to your local church. That’s what the Bible says about it, so that’s where the blessings are! Get in on the blessings, Landmark! I don’t want something from you, I want God’s best for you!