What is the Definition of Tithing?

Bible Summary. The origin and definition of the word tithe is derived from the Hebrew word, “aser” meaning ten. Many of the hundreds of laws given down from God to Moses are related to tithes and offerings. Another aspect or definition of tithe is a reverent and willing response to give a portion of your earnings for God’s use. See below for Biblical commentary and scriptures concerning the definition of tithing.

Abraham Tithes to Mechisedic

Abraham tithes to Melchisedic
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Definition of Tithing: A Tenth Part of Your Increase.

The origin and definition of the word tithe is derived from the Hebrew word, “aser” meaning ten. The “ma’aser.” or tithe, thus means the tenth part. Tithing is mentioned several times in the Book of Genesis starting with Abraham. Hebrew 7:2 tells us about Abraham tithing to the king and priest, Melchisedec.

Hebrews 7:2, “To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of peace.”

Definition of Tithing: A Mosaic Law of Giving A Portion of Your Earnings for God’s Use.

Tithing is well defined in Mosaic Law. Many of the hundreds of laws given down from God to Moses are related to tithes and offerings. Leviticus 27:30 tells us that tithes are a portion of one’s increase and that it is holy to be set aside for God’s use.

Leviticus 27:30, “And all the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land, or of the fruit of the tree, is the Lord’s: it is holy unto the Lord.”

Definition of Tithing: A Reverent Response of Giving a Portion of Your Earnings for God’s Use.

Another aspect or definition of tithe is a reverent and willing response to give a portion of your earnings for God’s use. In the book of Genesis, Jacob made a voluntary vow to God to give tithes. Jacob gave his vow of tithes immediately after he had had an encounter with God. Genesis 28:22 advises us Jacob’s vow of tithes to God.

Genesis 28:22, “And this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be God’s house: and of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto thee.”