If the scribes and Pharisees were tithing of spices why do chruches today receive tithes of money?

jt 2009/12/31 05:08:09
Matt 23:23 "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cummin..." Why did they tithe of mint, dill & cummin? Were these expensive spices?
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  • Tora 2010/01/05 02:05:24
    a tithe is to the church so it can stay around. you need money to pay for the electric, water, keep the building up,
    thats what he meant for it to be.
    to the others, i think its like a tax. he said give to ceasar what is ceasars, and give to god what is gods... give to the church, so it can stay.
  • bamalady35077 2010/01/03 19:21:21
    In the time of Jesus money was not the main currency as the Romans ruled the area the only money was roman coins. taxes were paid with them or if you were a farmer with crops, ect... spices had been a currency also in that time the wise men brought 3 things gold frankincense and myrrh the last two were extremely expensive aromatic spices. People traded for what they needed. So Mary and Joseph probably paid tihes and bought supplies for daily life with these items. Remember Jesus said; "give to Ceaser what is Ceaser's give to God what is God's " Mark 12:13-17
  • Gregaj7 2010/01/02 07:32:19
    The scribes and Pharisees were "straining a gnat and swallowing a camel". They were working the letter of the Levitical law, but completely missing the Spiritual element.
  • jackolantyrn356 2010/01/02 01:33:00
    The Church does not have the burden of paying a tithe to the Lord, (10% of all you make and have) The Jews have that burden. If you tithe it is a self imposed obligation. (Protestents Baptists or Catholics) .........The important is to be sure to contribute to your church. Soon they will be back in the business of caring for the poor.
  • Dagon 2009/12/31 20:35:01
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  • Russell Earl Kelly 2009/12/31 17:23:25
    Russell Earl Kelly
    Money occurs 44 times before tithing is mentioned in the Bible. Money was very common and was essential for sanctuary worship. Tithes were always only food from inside Israel which God has miraculously increased. Nobody can tithe today unless you are under the Old Covenant and give food from inside Israel. The context of Mt 23:23 is "matters of the law." Why don't Christians tithe garden herbs as Jesus commanded?
  • STU~PWCM~JLA~POTL~AFCL 2009/12/31 14:24:38
    The complete verse is "Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone."

    The basic idea is that the scribes and Pharisees were practicing the old covenant, placing full weight on following ceremonial ordinances, and no weight on the meaning of the law (in particular the Ten Commandments).

    Under Jesus, the new covenant became "...Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself." (Luke 10:27). This in no way dispensed with the Ten Commandments, but summarized them from a spiritual point of view.
  • LVslotdoc 2009/12/31 11:04:48
    This verse in Matthew isn't entirely about tithing, it's about neglegence of the laws of God by the spiritual leaders and priests. Jesus is rebuking the scribes and Pharisees for using their tithing as a hypocritical show of piety, while people go hungry, are treated unmercifully, and the true laws and knowledge of God are not taught. The entire 23rd chapter of Matthew is devoted to Jesus rebuking the spiritual leaders for their shortcomings.

    Since the Mosaic law and the Livitical Priesthood where established, God commanded that all people tithe one tenth of their income as an offering to God. That included goats, cattle, herbs, grains, oils, and money... whatever they made their livelihood on. Some of the Pharisees had a tendancy to set aside the choice offerings for themselves, and give the not-so-choice offerings to God. This is one of the things that Jesus was rebuking them about.

    God doesn't want our leftovers. He expects our offerings to come from "off the top." In todays monetary based economy, this is how we present our tithe offerings to God, by giving to Him one tenth of our gross earnings.
  • positivevibration9 2009/12/31 06:28:18
    Churches should pay taxes.
  • Steve☮END THE FED☮ 2009/12/31 06:20:16
    Steve☮END THE FED☮
    Because spices were the currency of that time.
  • TruBluTopaz 2009/12/31 05:54:07
    Fast food?
  • ImgonaluvAztroBoi4eva 2009/12/31 05:46:15
    The pharisees can have most of the spices in my spice cabinet, they're all getting kind of old now...

    Spices were always considered expensive luxuries back in the biblical days and the middle ages. It was a grand celebration when common folk had some spices, or an abundance of food and shelter for that matter. The things we take for granted in modern life. We've come a long way.
  • FREED Speaks Up 2009/12/31 05:13:24
    FREED Speaks Up
    Produce was their livelihood. The first fruit was to be given back to the Lord. Today, our income is money. We also are to give our "first fruit" to the Lord.

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