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Aren't these principles only for the Jews?

Submitted: 2/21/2008
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Question: Regarding those priciples from OT like tithes, they were given principle for the Jews and not for Gentile believers. As Malachi 3:9 says, '...even this whole nation (Israel)' and in Malachi 3:12, 'All nations shall called you blessed.' Why then is this principle being put on the neck of the Gentiles?

Answer: The principles of God apply to all people. Concerning Jews and Gentiles, under the New Testament God 'has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two' (Ephesians 2:14-15). 'For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body -- whether Jews or Greeks' (1 Corinthians 12:13).
'There is neither Jew nor Greek...for you are all one in Christ Jesus' (Galatians 3:28). 'Or is He the God of the Jews only? Is He not also the God of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also...' (Romans 3:29).

We cannot imagine why you would characterize tithing as something that is put upon the neck, as though it were some horrible weight to bear. We consider tithing to support the work of God a great privilege and joy. We recommend that you ask the Lord to search out your heart and show you why you would hold such a negative view.