By Nthungo YaAfrika

TITHING is a very controversial, emotional and sensitive subject to the children of Yahweh.

This is the meaning of the word ‘tithe’ in the secular world: ‘One tenth of one’s income or produce paid to the church as a tax’.

This is the sacred history of the tithe, and if one is interested, then read Genesis 4:17-20 and Deutronomy 14:22-30. 

Then compare and contrast with the books of Haggai Chapter 1:4-6 and Malachi Chapter 3:7-12.

The Book of Samuel shows the corrupt tendencies of those who were part of the family of the priesthood, 1 Samuel, Chapter 2:12-25: “Now the sons of Eli were wicked men; they had no regard for Jehovah. 

This is what they did with the due right of the priests from the people: Whenever a man was offering a sacrifice, an attendant of the priest came with a three pronged fork in his hand when the meat was boiling, and he would thrust it into the basin, the two handled cooking pot, the cauldron or the one-handled cooking pot. 

Whatever the fork brought up, the priest would take it for himself. 

That is what they would do in Shiloh to all the Israelites coming there. 

Also, even before the man sacrificing could make the fat smoke, an attendant of the priest would come to him and say to him: give the priest meat to roast. 

He will not take boiled meat from you, only raw meat. When the man would say to him: Let them first be sure to make the fat smoke, then take for yourself whatever you desire, he would say: No give it to me now; if not, I will take it by force!  

Thus the sin of the attendants came to be very great before Jehovah, for the men treated the offering of Jehovah with disrespect. 

Now Eli was very old, but he had heard about everything that his sons were doing to all Israel and how they would lie down with the women who served at the entrance of the tent of meeting. 

He used to say to them: Why do you keep doing things like these?  

For the things I am hearing about you from all the people are bad. 

No, my sons, the report that I hear circulating among the people of Jehovah is not good.

If a man should sin against another man, someone may appeal to Jehovah for him; but if a man should sin against Jehovah, who can pray for him?”  

But they refused to listen to their father, for Jehovah had determined to put them to death. 

Did the houses of priesthood change their behaviour? 

The answer is in all the books of Prophets Isaiah, Ezekiel, Jeremiah, Hosea, Amos, Micah, Haggai, Zechariah Malachi and The New Testament. 

Did the corruption and greediness of the priesthood change in the New Testament? 

Let’s look at John, Chapter 2:13-17: “Now the passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 

He found in the temple those selling cattle and sheep and doves, and money brokers in their seats. 

So after making a whip  of ropes, he drove all those with the sheep and cattle out of the temple, and he poured out the coins of the money changers and over turned their tables. 

And he said to those selling the doves: Take these things away from here! 

Stop  making the house of my Father a house of robbers.”

Ecclesiastes 1:9-10: “What has been is what will be, And what has been done will be done again; There is nothing new under the sun. Is there anything of which one may say, Look at this- it is new? 

It already existed from long ago; It already existed before our time.”    

The tithe was instituted to remove destitution and poverty among the human race, but was, and still is, being hijacked by the leaders of religions, for their own selfish benefit. 

Our ancestors used to have a common field, the ‘King’s Field’, whose produce catered for the widows, orphans and the sorjouners. 

A person could pluck grain and fruit from anyone’s field if hungry, when passing by the field. 

This is also reflected in Mathew 12:1-2: “At that season Jesus went on the sabbath day through the grainfields; and his disciples were hungry and began to pluck ears and to eat. 

But the Pharisees, when they saw it, said unto him, behold thy disciples do that which it is not lawful to do on sabbath.” 

When we were a humane race, poverty was managed and there was no destitution on the motherland because the tithe was used for the purpose it was meant for. 

Corruption and greed were anathema. 

Two thousand years later, despite calling ourselves Christians and Moslems, being humane is now not part of our race, as we have become an inhuman lot. 

The precepts, statutes and ordinances of Yahweh are now detestable to us. 

No wonder we have become the scum of humanity. 

We have embraced capitalism, a system that even Semjaza (Satan) is afraid of, instead of Yaweh’s Laws, to our own detriment and hurt because of the philosophy of ‘I, me and myself ‘. 

The tithe can easily kill the spirit of capitalism if it is used for the purpose it was designed for. 

The problems being experienced by human beings are not from the devil, but from human beings themselves. 

Poverty is our own creation, from the philosophy of ‘I, me, myself’. 

The religious leaders have been leading people astray, since the time of Eli to date. 

But the people are also to blame, because they were not created by the religious leaders, but by Yahweh; so, why not diligently search the ways of Yahweh! 

The ways of Yahweh are simple, they are just based on ‘love.’

This is how the English Medieval masses viewed the tithe: “Other sources of income for the Priest were fees of baptism, marriages, burials, offerings and masses, and the hated tithe, a tenth of all produce; a man unwillingly paid to the Priest a tenth of his corn and hay, a tenth of his wool clip, and of the cheese made from his cows, goats and ewes, a tenth calf, lamb and piglet born in the year, the tenth chicken hatched, a tenth of his honey, eggs, nuts, and even vegetables and herbs grown in his cottage garden.  

In towns, the Priest took one-tenth of a craftsman’s work and all of that he sold in his shop or at market. 

Furthermore, on the assumption that the man did not faithfully pay tithe on all gains, when he died the Priest took his second best beast, bed or garment as a mortuary. Tithe and mortuary did not improve the relations between a Priest and his flock, for the Priest was often of villain stock himself or, as we have seen, a tardy shepherd, while his power to excommunicate those who did not pay tithe made him doubly unpopular.” (British History by C.Emmott, R.K.Gilkes and J.B.Dalzkiel)

Tithes were helped by other laws called sundry. 

These were not enforced but depended on moral values of the people; such as when reaping the harvest, one had to leave some parts of the field and was not allowed to gather fallen fruit, all this was for the poor and the foreigner. (Leviticus 19:9-11)

People were not allowed to steal nor deal falsely with one another while oppression of one another was not allowed. People were encouraged not to withhold labourers’ wages overnight if payment was due. 

Just measures of length, of weight and quantity were encouraged, while  cheating was frowned upon. (Leviticus 19:11,13 and 35)

With the above, poverty was managed. 

If the above had been followed in medieval England, the clergy would not have been hated. 

On the motherland, this was a way of life until people were corrupted by capitalism and polluted Christianity which instilled the philosophy of ‘I, me and myself’. This resulted in what we see today; people being called ‘street people’, with no roof over their heads, this was unheard of during the times of our ancestors whom we always call pagans.

Twentieth and 21st centuries saw the daughters and sons of the motherland discarding all morality. 

We find it normal to call our fellows, ‘people of the street’ without batting our eye lids. 

We have no moral values as we now have bankrupt consciences.

To conclude, because of mismanagement of tithes, Yeshua, never talked about them. 

The Books of Haggai, Chapter 1:4-6 and Malachi Chapter 3: 7-12, that are always preached to the unsuspecting masses, are a reminder of how corrupt the clergy and the top brass were. 

They had lost total faith in Yahweh and were abusing tithes which were supposed to help the poor. 

Much as the religious leaders bombard the congregants about the contents of Haggai and Malachi, concerning tithes, these books are actually rebuking their behaviour of lacking faith in Yahweh, by abusing tithes. 

Deuteronomy 26 is an eye opener on how the tithe is to be used. 

This can only be understood by those who are not swayed by the philosophy of man, but are set free by the truth. (John 8:32) 

Poverty will always be the second name of mankind because we give lip service to the commandments of Yahweh.

Nthungo YaAfrika, aka J.L. Mtembo, is a Hamite who strongly believes in the motherland renaissance.For views and comments, email: lovemoremtutuzeli@gmail.com

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