He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster.
- Proverbs 18:9
By much slothfulness the building decayeth; and through idleness of the hands the house droppeth through.
- Ecclesiastes 10:18
Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed Me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed Thee? In tithes and offerings.
Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed Me, even this whole nation.
Bring ye all tithes into the store house, that there may be meat in Mine house, and prove Me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.
- Malachi 3:8-10
Tithe - A thankful returning of one-tenth of one's income to the Lord
The purpose of Christian education is to "train up a child in the way he should go," for the Lord has promised that "when he is old, he will not depart from it" (Proverbs 22:6). The home, church, and school all have a God-given responsibility to bring up their children and guide their young people "in the nurture and admonition of the Lord" (Ephesians 6:4). All subjects studied, instruction given, guidance exercised, and policies developed are prayerfully undertaken upon the basis of God's Word, which' 'is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, and for instruction in righteousness" (II Timothy 3:16). To deprive one's children of Christian education or to despise its blessings and opportunities, as a student does through carelessness or laziness, are both examples of burying or wasting God's gifts; they are both serious transgressions of God's eighth commandment.
Besides despising Christian education, a person can commit spiritual theft by robbing God of that which is His due, or his own soul of the means of salvation, in many other ways. Ignoring church worship services, personal Bible-reading, meditation, and prayer are all forms of spiritual theft. Robbing God of His one, special worship day each week or of His tithe are both forms of spiritual robbery.
Tithing, the returning of one-tenth of our income to the Lord, is required by God in numerous places in the Bible. The chart below provides several examples.
SCRIPTURAL COMMANDS AND EXAMPLES REGARDING TITHING
And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he gave him tithes of all.
- Genesis 14:20
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.
- Genesis 28:22
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.
- Leviticus 27:30
And as soon as the commandment came abroad, the children of Isarel brought in abundance the firstfruits of corn, wine, and oil, and honey, and of all the increase of the field; and the tithe of all things brought they in abundantly.
- II Chronicles 31:5
Then brought all Judah the tithe of the corn and the new wine and the oil unto the treasuries.
- Nehemiah 13:12
Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.
- Malachi 3:10
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.
- Matthew 23:23
Upon the first day of the week let everyone of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.
- I Corinthians 16:2
Now consider how great this man was, unto whom even the patriarch Abraham gave the tenth of the spoils.
But he whose descent is not counted from them received tithes of Abraham, and blessed him that had the promises.