In September 04, I set off on a search to
find out what the Bible had to say concerning the "tenth". I have never
been interested in numbers, even though I knew that there were methods of
scripture revelation that used numbering systems, and I vaguely
acknowledged the numerical basis of physics as applying to Gods' creation.
As a working musician, I worked with
primes, thirds, fifths, sevenths, (ninths, and thirteenths in jazz) on a
I knew that the 10th was of the same
frequency but a doubled vibration of the 3rd, and that the third was the
note that gave everything its color. It could take your soul into despair
or joy by its artful use.
Spiritually the only thing that I knew
about the tenth was that it applied to financing The Kingdom of God.
People were supposed to pay tithes. When they did, their lives were
blessed. Now, finance was something else that I knew little about. So I
decided to check this one out with the big Boss.
What I found was a richness in this
number that extended into the moral and judicial realms of a physical and
spiritual universe, especially in issues of judgment and preservation.
Multiples of it were used for blessing. Kingdom principles were taught
with it. The priesthood was financially supported on it, and more
importantly, offerings based on the tenth, were what God required in His
worship. God liked ten. I began to like ten. Maybe you will like TEN. jane
The Moral Code
The Ten Commandments
given by Moses, are the basis for civilization and
Judicial Rulership (of the moral
code) was organized by multiples of ten.
Under Moses these men were
selected with righteous qualifications ----
able men, who fear God, men of
truth, who hate dishonest gain, and were
placed over thousands,
hundreds, fifty and ten's. Exodus 18:21,25; Deut. 1:15
Judgment (keep from)
God said HE would spare the city
of Sodom from deserved destruction for
ten righteous souls. Gen
In Isaiah's commission (Is
6:8-13) he was told in verse 13 that the
inhabitants of the land would
not be able to see, hear, or understand, until
the land was utterly desolate,
yet there would be a tenth portion left in it,
that is the holy seed. This is
one of many cases where God keeps a tenth
from judgment. He
also calls it seed, which means that it contains life for
Zechariah 8:23 prophesies
redeemed Israel being a tenth in the earth,
Leading the nations of the earth
to God, in a ratio of one redeemed to ten
Judgment (completion for)
God uses ten as an indefinite
number representing completion for
see Genesis 31:7; Leviticus 26:26; Numbers 14:22;
So far in our study we see ten represented in morality, governmental
and judgment. Next we will look at its' use in Blessings, and the Kingdom.
Most of the
blessings are based on the hundredth. Lets look at these
they show the line of blessing to be in perfect multiples of ten.
Isaac sowed in that land and reaped in the same year a hundred-
fold. And the Lord blessed him, and the man became rich, and
continued to grow richer until he became very wealthy. Gen.26:12-13
Truly I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or
sisters or mother or father or children or farms, for my sake and for the
but that he shall receive a hundred times as much now in
age, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children
and farms, along with persecutions; and in the age to come, eternal life.
using the tenth
Jesus' parables were examples
using everyday situations, to illustrate
principles of the Kingdom that
are heart issues.
Ten slaves were each given 1
minas to do business with while the master
was gone. One slave brought a
10 fold return and was given ten cities to
rule over. The slave who hid
his one minas had it taken away and it was
given to the one who had ten.
This parable has multiple meanings beyond
notice that money
in tens was used for the illustration of
reproduction, with authority as reward.
Everything that we
have been given (spiritual or physical) is from God and
needs to be exploited (by faith) for the Kingdom.
The Kingdom is
Parable of the ten virgins
is about PREPARATION.
of the lost coin Luke 15:8 (One coin of ten is lost.)
The Kingdom is about
Parable of the seed Matt
(The seed in good soil produced
The Kingdom is about
In Matt 23:23 Jesus talks about
hypocrites tithing physical things and
neglecting justice, mercy and
faithfulness which He calls the weightier
matters of the law. Just in
case you might think that He does not care
about the physical, act of
tithing, He says not to neglect either one!
The Kingdom is about both
spiritual and physical matters.
Luke 17:11-19 highlights one
foreigner (out of the ten healed lepers) who
turned back to give God glory
and thanks for his healing. Could this be a
ratio representing those who
partake of the Kingdom, (10 were healed) and
those who actually enter, as
shown by a response?
The kingdom is about your
First record of a tenth being
received as a tithe, is in Genesis 14. Abram
Paid tithes to Melchizedek from
the spoils of war. Melchizedek was, by
Name and type, a representative
of Christ's Eternal Priesthood
(Hebrews 7:2-8); and Abram was
the type of all who believe God by faith.
Consequently the tithe
becomes a principal of the eternal Kingdom,
since it predates the
law, and applies to all of the nations, past,
present, and future,
Look what happens when "faith"
(Abram) and "priesthood" (Melchizedek) meet.
A tenth from one (Abram), and a
blessing from the other (Melchizedek),
produced a covenant of ETERNAL
The Temple and the Tithe
The physical temple, given by
pattern to Moses, is a representation of the
body of Christ today. Eph 2:22,
The temple housed the Shekinah
glory of God in the Most Holy Place where
The Ark of the Covenant was
kept. The different courts went around this
Most Holy Place. Each of these
courts were further and further away from
the presence of God. Today,
everyone who confesses Christ dwells in one of
these courts. Each one has a
gate of Baptism. I will address the courts of
the Lord in a later teaching.
The question to be answered is:
“How far into the temple did the tithe go?”
This will give us the pattern
of sacrifice for today too.
We find in Num 18 that tithes
were offered in every court except the Most
Holy place. Only blood was
offered there, and that once a year, by the
High priest. In Num. 18:28 we
find that Aaron and his family ate of the
tithes. This is very
interesting because as the type follows through, it
shows that Christ, (ministering
in the heavens) and us, (His earthly family of
priests), also get to “eat” of
the tithes of the various courts.
Just as Jesus brought in a higher
standard in fulfillment of the law, so there are heart issues we
must embrace in regards to tithes. Does this higher standard do away with
the law? No. The higher standards fulfill the law.
Jesus’ Higher Standards are always
Heart Issues. That is why
the parables are ultimately about
the value of an internal heart issue.
Heart qualities for giving
tithes (and beyond!) to God:
1. Without ostentation Mat
2. Regularly 1Cor. 16:2
3. Liberally 2 Cor 9:6-15
4. Cheerfully 2Cor 8:11
Priesthood heart issues
produce righteousness, peace, and
joy in the Holy Ghost.
As we keep our faith focused upon
the promises that extend from the covenants, then, our faith will agree
with His will, and we will bring forth those heart qualities of the
Judicial Rulership & Morality
has the heart issues built right
into the Law. Go to the top and read them again. This is true ageless