Revive the Tithe: The House of God

He named that place Bethel (which means “house of God”), although the name of the nearby village was Luz. Then Jacob made this vow: “If God will indeed be with me and protect me on this journey, and if He will provide me with food and clothing, and if I return safely to my father’s home, then the LORD will certainly be my God. And this memorial pillar I have set up will become a place for worshiping God, and I will present to God a tenth of everything He gives me.”  (Genesis 28:19-22 NLT)

We find plenty of evidence of the practice of tithing prior to the Law of Moses.  Abraham did it.  Here we find his grandson, Jacob, making a vow to tithe, if GOd keeps HIs promises of protection and provision.  He seems to connect the idea of the tithe with coming back to a place he considers to be the house of God, a place where he had a personal encounter with the Almighty.  He connects the act of tithing to the act of worship.

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