The Temple only had two small storerooms for
holding the tithes for those priests who served one week at a time in rotation. It is completely absurd to teach that the
storerooms were large enough to hold the tithe from the entire nation. Hezekiah made that mistake in 2nd Chronicles 31:1-14
and was forced to re-ship the tithes back to the Levitical cities in 31:15-19.
Neh 13:5 [He] had prepared
a large room for him, where formerly they put the grain offerings, the frankincense, the utensils and the tithes
of grain, wine and oil prescribed for the Levites, the singers and the gatekeepers, and the contributions for the priests.
Neh 13:8 It was very
displeasing to me, so I threw all of Tobiah's household goods out of the room.
Neh 13:9 Then I gave
an order and they cleansed the rooms; and I returned there the utensils of the house of God with the grain offerings
and the frankincense. NASU
None of the first
whole Levitical tithes were brought to the Temple!They were brought to the 48/13 Levitical cities where
98% of the Levites and priests lived and needed them for food per Joshua 20-21, Numbers 35, 1 Chron 6 and many other texts.
Neh 10:35 and that they
might bring the first fruits of our ground and the first fruits of all the fruit of every tree to the house of the LORD annually,
FIRSTFRUITS---- TO THE TEMPLE – FOR PRIESTS
Num 10:36 and bring
to the house of our God the firstborn of our sons and of our cattle, and the firstborn of our herds and our flocks as it is
written in the law, for the priests who are ministering in the house of our God.
FIRSTBORN – TO TEMPLE – FOR PRIESTS
Neh 10:37 We will also
bring the first of our dough, our contributions, the fruit of every tree, the new wine and the oil to the priests at the chambers
of the house of our God
FIRST DOUGH & WINE – TO TEMPLE – FOR PRIESTS
Neh 10:37b ... and the
tithe of our ground to the Levites, for the Levites are they who receive the tithes in all the rural towns. NASU
TITHES – TO LEVITES – IN LEVITICAL
This is hard to believe,
but true. Only a very small part of the Levitical tithe ended up at the Temple. When the Levites and priests went up from the Levitical
cities to minister for one week at a time they brought only what they needed for that week with them.
Neh 10:38 The priest,
the son of Aaron, shall be with the Levites when the Levites receive tithes [IN THE LEVITCAL CITIES], and the Levites shall
bring up the tenth of the tithes to the house of our God, to the chambers of the storehouse.
Neh 10:39 For the sons
of Israel and the sons of Levi shall bring the contribution of the grain, the new wine and the oil to the chambers; there
are the utensils of the sanctuary, the priests who are ministering, the gatekeepers and the singers. Thus we will not
neglect the house of our God.
In other words the people
were never commanded to bring all the tithes to the Temple, therefore Malachi must only refer to the priests who had removed the tithe as seen in Nehemiah 13:5-10. Only the Levites
went home to get something to eat.
Mal 3:10 Bring ye all
the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house ...
Neh 13:10 And I perceived
that the portions of the Levites had not been given them: for the Levites and the singers, that did the work, were fled every
one to his field.
7-20-2010: JOKE ABOUT THE WIDOW'S MITE:
I am a retired widow. Thank you so much
for taking on the controversial challenge of tithing. … There is nothing better than laying out the biblical explanation.
I was once in church when I was prompted by the Holy Spirit to give all that I have. When I looked in my wallet,
I had the last $5 that was just in case I needed it until the end of the month. So I gave it. The following Sunday,
while the preacher was getting ready to call on the tithing, he specifically mentioned that $5 and said he felt like "some
were simply tipping him." Why I took that personally I will never know, but I was so hurt and angry by it that I left his
church. Blessings to you, Judy L.