Our Teaching from Torah, The Law of Moses will continue from Deuteronomy 14.22-29.
AND THE TITLE OF OUR MESSAGE IS, TITHING AND THE FEAR OF GOD.
And with that said, let’s read Deuteronomy 14.22-29.
To summarize Deuteronomy 14.22-29, The Bible says, You shall tithe all the increase of your seed that the field brings forth year by year.
The word TITHE, as you know, is a tenth. The word INCREASE, as in, All the INCREASE of your seed, means, INCOME. Income is the money that The People received for selling their crops. Their seed are the crops that were brought forth year by year.
Simply said, GOD Commands The Jewish People to tithe a tenth of their income that they received from selling their crops every year.
Jewish People were primarily agricultural people. They were mostly farmers.
Those people who were not farmers, I assume were Commanded to tithe ten percent of their income from their businesses, or salaries, or from the goods they sold, or their investments, or services they rendered, or from the work they performed.
And with those tithes, The LORD Commanded them to eat before The LORD Their GOD in the Place that The LORD GOD chose to put His Name there.
That Place was The Temple in Jerusalem.
The People ate the tithe of their corn, their wine, their oil, the firstborn of their herds and their flocks, that they were to learn to Fear The LORD Your GOD always.
For those who were not farmers, I presume that they used their tithe money to purchase food in order to follow The Commandment of GOD to eat at The Temple in Jerusalem.
We know that Abraham, who was called Abram at the time, gave Melchizedek tithes of all. Those tithes were ten percent of all the goods that Abram took from his enemies who stole his nephew Lot and his family.
The Hebrew for goods is R’KHOOSH meaning Riches and Property. Abram gave Melchizedek ten percent of the Riches and Property he took as spoil from his enemies and gave them to Melchizedek. GENESIS 14.14-20
Melchizedek was King of Salem, and Priest of The Most High GOD.
Salem was perhaps Jerusalem. So Jerusalem goes back at least 4,000 years.
I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE A POINT HERE ASIDE FROM TITHING.
The Book of Hebrews states that Melchizedek is without father or mother, without descent. That is, Melchizedek has no trace of birth, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but is like The Son of GOD, The Messiah Yeshua.
THE ONLY ONE WHO CAN ANSWER THAT DESCRIPTION IS GOD ALMIGHTY WHO HAS NO BEGINNING OR END. HEBREWS 7.1-3
THEREFORE THE WRITER OF HEBREWS CLEARLY STATES THAT MELCHIZEDEK IS GOD ALMIGHTY WHO IS ALSO THE SON OF GOD, YESHUA THE MESSIAH, KING OF SALEM, PRIEST OF THE MOST HIGH GOD, THE CREATOR OF THE HEAVENS AND THE EARTH AND ALL THAT IS IN THEM.
ALL BEING ONE AND THE SAME GOD. GOD ALMIGHTY, HA SHEM ELOHIM, YESHUA THE MESSIAH.
THE POINT I’M MAKING IS, THERE IS ONLY ONE GOD AND NO OTHERS, GOD ALMIGHTY THE FATHER WHO IS YESHUA THE MESSIAH. AND HE IS MELCHIZEDEK.
HEBREW BIBLE ISAIAH 9.5, CHRISTIAN BIBLE ISAIAH 9.6, JOHN 12.44-45, JOHN 14.9
Back to tithing. Jacob, whom GOD called Israel tithed to The LORD. GENESIS 28.22
All the tithes of The Land are Holy unto The LORD.
And GOD gave all the tithes He received to The Levites for their inheritance for their service of the Tabernacle because the Levites have no inheritance in the Land as the other tribes that inherited land in The Land of Israel.
And from the tithes that The Levites received, they were Commanded to give a tenth part of their tithe to Aaron The Priest. And in later generations those tithes of The Levites went to the Priests in the Priesthood.
LEVITICUS 27.30, NUMBERS 18.20-28
DEUTERONOMY 14.24-25 If the way to The Temple was too far for The People, they were to turn their tithes of corn, etc. into money and go to The Temple and apply that money for whatsoever they desired to eat and drink. Such as oxen, sheep, or wine, or strong drink, or for whatever they so desired. And they ate and drank before The LORD Their GOD, and they rejoiced, they and all their household.
And The Levites who lived among The People in their towns were not to be forgotten. They too were to eat and drink before The LORD Their GOD. For GOD said, They have no territory or inheritance with you.
Every third year, the tithe was shifted away from The Temple to focus on the needs of the Levites, the stranger, that is the non-Jewish Person, and the fatherless and the widow that live in their cities.
GOD says, They shall come and shall eat and be satisfied that The LORD Your GOD will bless you in all the work of your hand which you do.
YOU SHALL LEARN TO FEAR THE LORD YOUR GOD ALWAYS.
LET’S LOOK AT DEUTERONOMY 14.23 THAT TEACHES US TO LEARN TO FEAR THE LORD YOUR GOD ALWAYS.
SO I HAD TO THINK TO MYSELF, WHAT DOES TITHING HAVE TO DO WITH FEARING THE LORD?
AND AFTER LOOKING AT A NUMBER OF SCRIPTURES ABOUT FEARING THE LORD OUR GOD, I CAME TO REALIZE THAT FEARING GOD IS A COMMANDMENT OF GOD. FEARING GOD IS LAW.
YES, GOD COMMANDS US TO FEAR HIM ALWAYS.
THE HEBREW WORD FOR FEAR AS IN, YOU SHALL LEARN TO FEAR THE LORD YOUR GOD ALWAYS, IS YEER’AH THAT MEANS, TO REVERE GOD, TO BE FRIGHTENED AND AFRAID OF GOD, EVEN WITH DREADFUL AND FEARFUL FRIGHT.
GOD ALSO COMMANDS US TO LOVE THE LORD OUR GOD WITH ALL OUR HEART, WITH ALL OUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL OUR MIGHT. DEUTERONOMY 6.5
FEARING GOD, THE GOD OF ABRAHAM, ISAAC, AND JACOB IS A REQUIREMENT OF GOD FOR ALL MANKIND. DEUTERONOMY 10.12-13
WHEN YOU FEAR GOD YOU OBEY GOD. YOU OBEY EVERY WORD GOD SPEAKS IN THE BIBLE. YOU LEARN TO WALK IN THE WAYS OF GOD, AND LOVE GOD, AND SERVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL. AND YOU KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS AND THE STATUTES OF THE LORD THAT ARE ALL HIS LAWS WRITTEN IN THE LAW OF MOSES IN THE FIRST FIVE BOOKS OF THE BIBLE.
MESSIAH SAYS, DO NOT FEAR THEM WHICH KILL THE BODY BUT ARE NOT ABLE TO KILL THE SOUL, BUT RATHER FEAR HIM (FEAR GOD ALMIGHTY) WHICH IS ABLE TO DESTROY BOTH SOUL AND BODY IN HELL.
THE SOUL IS OUR LIFE THAT NEVER DIES.
PSALM 17.15, PSALM 49.15, ISAIAH 66.24, DANIEL 12.2, MATTHEW 10.28, LUKE 12.5, JOHN 11.26
JOHN 11.26 WHEN YOU BELIEVE IN MESSIAH YESHUA, THE MESSIAH YESHUA OF THE BIBLE, YOU BELIEVE THAT MESSIAH YESHUA IS GOD ALMIGHTY THE FATHER. AND YOU OBEY EVERY WORD THAT GOD ALMIGHTY, THE FATHER, MESSIAH YESHUA SPEAKS IN THE BIBLE INCLUDING THE LAW OF MOSES.
DEUTERONOMY 8.3, MATTHEW 4.4, LUKE 4.4
THE BIBLE SAYS, WHEN YOU FEAR GOD, YOU WILL BEGIN TO ATTAIN KNOWLEDGE AND WISDOM AND UNDERSTANDING. PROVERBS 1.7, PROVERBS 9.10
WISDOM, KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING COME FROM FEARING THE LORD YOUR GOD, WALKING IN ALL HIS WAYS AS WRITTEN IN THE BIBLE. LOVING GOD, AND SERVING THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL. KEEPING THE COMMANDMENTS AND THE STATUTES OF THE LORD YOUR GOD THAT THE LORD COMMANDS YOU TO DO.
WISDOM, KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING IN THE SIGHT OF GOD COME FROM FEARING THE LORD YOUR GOD AND DOING WHAT HE SAYS.
PHILIPPIANS 2.12 PAUL IS WRITING TO THOSE WHO OBEY GOD. THOSE WHO OBEY EVERY WORD GOD SPEAKS IN THE BIBLE INCLUDING THE LAW OF MOSES.
PAUL WRITES, WORK OUT YOUR OWN SALVATION.
SALVATION IS BEING DELIVERED FROM ALL YOUR SINS, AND HAVING ETERNAL LIFE IN HEAVEN BY LIVING ACCORDING TO EVERY WORD GOD SPEAKS IN THE BIBLE, AND HAVING MESSIAH YESHUA FOR YOUR ATONEMENT THAT RECONCILES YOU WITH GOD.
PAUL WRITES, WORK OUT YOUR OWN SALVATION. WORK IS AN ACTION WORD OF DOING SOMETHING. AND THAT WORK THAT PAUL IS WRITING ABOUT IS BEING OBEDIENT TO GOD. BEING OBEDIENT TO EVERY WORD GOD SPEAKS IN THE BIBLE. THAT IS THE WORK PAUL IS TEACHING YOU.
WORK OUT YOUR OWN SALVATION, PAUL WRITES, WITH FEAR AND TREMBLING. WORK OUT YOUR OWN SALVATION BY FEARING GOD AND TREMBLING. DOING WHAT GOD SAYS TO DO IN THE BIBLE.
SALVATION TAKES WORK. PAUL SAYS SO RIGHT HERE. SALVATION REQUIRES WORK. AND THAT WORK IS OBEDIENCE TO EVERY WORD GOD SPEAKS IN THE BIBLE. AND HAVING ATONEMENT THAT BRINGS RECONCILIATION WITH GOD THROUGH FAITH IN MESSIAH YESHUA.
DEUTERONOMY 8.3, MATTHEW 4.4, LUKE 4.4
THAT DESTROYS THE FALSE TEACHING OF THE FALSE BIBLE TEACHERS WHO TEACH THAT THE LAW OF MOSES IS ABOLISHED AND YOU DON’T HAVE TO OBEY IT.
ACTS 9.31 THE EARLY BELIEVERS IN MESSIAH YESHUA, MOSTLY JEWISH AND SOME GENTILES, WALKED IN THE FEAR OF THE LORD. AND BY WALKING IN THE FEAR OF THE LORD THEY HAD THE HOLY SPIRIT BECAUSE THEY OBEYED GOD. THEY OBEYED EVERY WORD GOD SPEAKS IN THE BIBLE. AND GOD’S WORD NEVER CHANGES OR ENDS. ACTS 5.32, ISAIAH 40.8
ROMANS 11.17-20 DO YOU WANT TO BE GRAFTED INTO THE JEWISH PEOPLE, THE CHOSEN OF GOD? THEN FEAR GOD, PAUL WRITES. WALK IN ALL HIS WAYS, LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL. AND KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS OF THE LORD, AND HIS STATUTES THAT ARE WRITTEN IN THE LAW OF MOSES FOR YOUR GOOD. THEN YOU WILL BE GRAFTED IN WITH GOD’S CHOSEN PEOPLE.
1 PETER 1.14-17 PETER WRITES, PASS THE TIME THAT YOU LIVE ON EARTH IN THE FEAR OF THE LORD. OBEY GOD. OBEY EVERY WORD GOD SPEAKS.
1 PETER 2.17 HONOR ALL. LOVE THE FAMILY OF GOD. FEAR GOD. HONOR THE KING. HERE IN THE UNITED STATES, HONOR THE PRESIDENT.
PEACE WILL ENTER YOUR LIFE WHEN YOU FEAR GOD AND DO WHAT HE SAYS. ROMANS 3.17-18
THE FEAR OF GOD IS TAUGHT THROUGHOUT THE NEW TESTAMENT. WHEN YOU FEAR GOD YOU WILL HAVE JOY WHEN YOU OBEY EVERY WORD THAT GOD SPEAKS IN THE BIBLE. 2 CORINTHIANS 7.1
THE NEW TESTAMENT TEACHES YOU HOW TO ENTER IN TO ETERNAL LIFE, IN THE 1,000 YEAR MESSIANIC KINGDOM IN ISRAEL, AND ETERNAL LIFE IN HEAVEN, BY FEARING GOD WITH GODLY FEAR.
HEBREWS 12.28-29, REVELATION 11.18, REVELATION 14.6-7, REVELATION 15.3-4, REVELATION 19.5
SO, WHAT IS THE DUTY OF ALL MANKIND? THE DUTY OF ALL MANKIND IS TO FEAR GOD AND KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS.
THAT IS THE GOSPEL FOR A GOOD AND HEALTHY LIFE ON EARTH, AND ETERNAL LIFE IN HEAVEN. FEAR GOD AND DO WHAT HE SAYS.