Scripture refers to the tithe as God's just requirement. Free-will gifts were those given in addition to the tithe. The New Testament enlarges the Old Testament call for cheerful giving. While the New Testament emphasizes the freedom of thankful giving, it certainly does not imply that the New Testament Christian should donate less than that which was required of the Old Testament believer!
When teaching his high-school class the necessity of tithing for church, Christian education, the needy, and various other Christian ministries, a catechism teacher wrote the following statements on the blackboard.
Abraham commenced it;
Jacob continued it;
Moses confirmed it;
Malachi commanded it;
Christ commended it.
Using the texts in the box on the corresponding page, can you prove from Scripture the truth of each of the quoted "tithing statements"?
Which texts in the box on the previous page establish the truth that tithing is not only a ceremonial or Old Testament practice, but applies to the New Testament as well?
For God loveth a cheerful giver.
- II Corinthians 9:7b
Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase.
So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.
- Proverbs 3:9-10
The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall be watered also himself.
- Proverbs 11:25
Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.
- Luke 6:38
He that hath a bountiful eye shall be blessed; for he giveth of his bread to the poor.
- Proverbs 22:9
He that giveth unto the poor shall not lack: but he that hideth his eyes shall have many a curse.