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Jesus Law

Jesus Law is not “Jesus’ Law”. It is not only the Law of Jesus, like the Levitical Law is known as the Law of Moses. It is not only the words of Jesus recorded for us in the Bible, which disciples are instructed to listen to, practise and keep. It is more than that.

Jesus Law is the way, the truth and the life of the Kingdom of God. It is law that is of the nature of God, who is Life. Jesus Law is to be obeyed, understood, honoured, upheld, treasured, and most of all, it is to be lived. It is the way a man thinks, speaks, acts and IS, because he is born again, and he believes and lives in Jesus, and has faith that he will never die.

How does a man like this walk today, tomorrow and forever? It is a walk that remains unchanged. It is a walk where everything in his life is consistent with coming to know Jesus Christ and the only true God. For eternal life is man’s true destiny: to come to know the only true God and His Son Jesus Christ, as sons and daughters who are called by His Name, whom He created for His glory, whom He formed and made.[1]

See the transition: The Law and the Prophets were proclaimed until John the Baptist. From the days of John the Baptist until the time when he was imprisoned, the Kingdom of Heaven has been forcefully advancing, and forceful men lay hold of it. For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John. Since that time, the Good News of the Kingdom of God is being preached, and everyone is forcing his way into it and presses to enter it, eager to get in.[2]

So which kingdom do you live in, or want to enter?

Consider then the covenant you live under and the laws of the covenant you obey. For the laws follow the covenant. The covenant follows the kingdom. And the kingdom dictates the destination or destiny. Do you see this?

3 Covenants

There are 3 kingdoms we know of from the Bible: the Kingdom of Israel, the Kingdom of Heaven and Kingdom of God. These are the 3 covenants under each kingdom:

1. In the Kingdom of Israel, the Covenant of Deliverance and Healing was established between God and Israel. This covenant is the promise of God, “I have promised to bring you up out of your misery in Egypt into the land of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites—a land flowing with milk and honey.[3] To keep this covenant, Israel was to listen carefully to the voice of the Lord their God and do what is right in His eyes, pay attention to His commands and keep all His decrees, so that He will not bring on them any of the diseases He brought on the Egyptians, for He is the Lord, who heals them.[4] The promise of blessing under this covenant is deliverance and healing so that the Israelites may possess the inheritance the Lord gave them.

2. In the Kingdom of Heaven, the covenant is the Covenant of Repentance, which is a promise from God to king Solomon at the consecration of the temple in Jerusalem. The Lord said, “When I shut up the Heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among My people, if My people, who are called by My Name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from Heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place. I have chosen and consecrated this temple so that My Name may be there forever. My eyes and My heart will always be there.”[5] The promise of blessings under this covenant is forgiveness and healing. Turn your attention to these 2 focal points to make the switch of understanding from Israel to the church. Firstly, the Covenant of Repentance relates to the temple that bears His Name. Jesus said that disciples are to baptise into the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.[6] And Paul said that our body is a temple of the Holy Spirit. Secondly, the law of the Kingdom of Heaven is, “Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near.”[7] Therefore, the Covenant of Forgiveness applies to the church when believers of Jesus apply their faith in God to believe that forgiveness and healing will cause them to reach the destination that is Heaven.

3. In the Kingdom of God, the covenant is the Covenant for the Forgiveness of Sins, which is established between the Father and Jesus. We are beneficiaries of this covenant when we repent and believe in the Name of God’s one and only Son. Repentance and faith in Jesus are imperative under this covenant. That is, unceasing repentance and unbroken faith in Jesus Christ. The promise of blessings under this covenant is not just forgiveness. It is life. For whoever believes in Jesus, the Son of God, does not perish but has eternal life. Jesus said those who believe in Him, the Resurrection and the Life, will see the glory of God.[8] The glory of God is His power that changes that which had death, to that which has life and life to the full. This is the Covenant of Life for those who apply their faith in Jesus Christ to take Jesus at all His words, and believe that forgiveness in His Name does cause them to live and never die, for they know that eternal life does not begin when they are dead. For Jesus said, “Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.”[9] A fancy theory? However, when the Son of Man returns, will He find many with faith on the Earth?[10]

In light of this understanding, today is the day we solve the mystery of the Law of Tithing once and for all. For if you can accept and understand that the laws go with the covenant, the covenant goes with the kingdom, and the kingdom dictates the destination or destiny, then you will look into tithing with a new light.

Tithing

So what is tithing? Whichever language the word “tithe” originated from, tithing is in truth, an act of freewill. It is a gesture that overflows from the heart to the hands, which acknowledges this truth: all our fruitfulness comes from the Lord alone. Whatever you give to the Lord out of what you have received from Him is based on gratitude, appreciation, respect, honour, praise and awe.

Get this straight. TITHE IS NOT ABOUT GIVING TEN PER CENT. God NEVER commanded Israel to tithe in the manner that the church has interpreted and regulated into a rule to tithe ten per cent of income. How can I say this? Because a command to give ten per cent is NOT A TITHE. IT IS A TAX. A tax is not a freewill gesture of grace and gratitude. A tax is an obligation to pay, and when unfulfilled, incurs a punishment.

The principle of God’s tithe based on His laws to Israel is for the Israelites to enjoy in the presence of the Lord, the increase of the produce from the land that God gave Israel as their inheritance, a land flowing with milk and honey, so that they would not forget God. The tithes were given to the Levites because the Levites had no inheritance in land. The tithes were their inheritance. And to Aaron, the Lord said, “You will have no inheritance in their land, nor will you have any share among them; I am your share and your inheritance among the Israelites.”[11] It was to be a system that ensured everyone is taken care of, like how the Israelites were commanded not to reap to the very edges of their field or gather the gleanings of their harvest, but to leave them for the poor and the alien.[12]

Just like one cannot read the Epistles without first listening to Jesus carefully, we cannot read Moses’ letter to the Israelites in Deuteronomy without knowing the full counsel of the words of the Lord under that covenant.

Hear the Laws of Tithing under the 3 covenants of the 3 kingdoms:

Laws of Tithing

A decree is a statement of fact or a statement of being. It’s “how it is.”

A command is what to do.

A regulation is how to do it; what it means for your daily life.

1. Kingdom of Israel

Decree

A tithe of everything from the land, whether grain from the soil or fruit from the trees, belongs to the Lord; it is holy to the Lord.”[13]

Command

To an Israelites who wants to redeem his tithe: “If a man redeems any of his tithe, he must add a fifth of the value to it. The entire tithe of the herd and flock—every tenth animal that passes under the shepherd’s rod—will be holy to the Lord. He must not pick out the good from the bad or make any substitution. If he does make a substitution, both the animal and its substitute become holy and cannot be redeemed.”[14]

To the Levites: ‘When you receive from the Israelites the tithe I give you as your inheritance, you must present a tenth of that tithe as the Lord’s offering. Your offering will be reckoned to you as grain from the threshing floor or juice from the winepress. In this way you also will present an offering to the Lord from all the tithes you receive from the Israelites. From these tithes you must give the Lord’s portion to Aaron the priest. You must present as the Lord’s portion the best and holiest part of everything given to you. When you present the best part, it will be reckoned to you as the product of the threshing floor or the winepress. You and your households may eat the rest of it anywhere, for it is your wages for your work at the Tent of Meeting. By presenting the best part of it you will not be guilty in this matter; then you will not defile the holy offerings of the Israelites, and you will not die.”[15]

Regulation

“Eat the tithe of your grain, new wine and oil, and the firstborn of your herds and flocks in the presence of the Lord your God at the place He will choose as a dwelling for His Name, so that you may learn to revere the Lord your God always.”[16]

So you see, the only regulations the Lord directly gave Moses that required ten per cent were for redeeming the tithe and the Levite’s offering to the Lord.[17] Moses then taught the Israelites to tithe one tenth of their crops in Deuteronomy 14.22 and one tenth of the produce in the third year in Deuteronomy 26.12.

It is not justified to manipulate God’s words in Leviticus 27.30 and Numbers 18.25, and Moses’ teachings in Deuteronomy 14.22 and 26.12, and turn them into a “church law” for obligatory financial giving to the church.

This law doesn’t work. That is why the “church law” of tithing is such a stumbling block to the church and the world. It’s like jamming a car engine into a jet plane, and then pushing it along and pretending it is flying. The hypocrisy is blatantly obvious. Enforcers of this “church law” shut the Kingdom of Heaven in men’s faces. Those who enforce it do not enter, nor do they let those enter who are trying to.[18]

2. Kingdom of Heaven

This is “what not to follow” because of Jesus’ words against the Pharisees and teachers of the law. He said unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the Kingdom of Heaven.[19] And this is what the Pharisees and teachers of the law were doing in Jesus’ time:

Decree

But you say that if a man says to his father or mother: ‘Whatever help you might otherwise have received from me is Corban’ (that is, a gift devoted to God), then you no longer let him do anything for his father or mother.”[20] They mistake this for holiness.

Command

You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill and cummin.”[21]

Regulation

You nullify the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down. And you do many things like that.”[22] This is their way of living/being.

So what is the correct tithe under the Covenant of Repentance in the Kingdom of Heaven? I will get into that. First remember Jesus said, “You should tithe, yes, but do not neglect the more important things.”[23] The more important things of the law are justice, mercy, faith, faithfulness and love of God.

However, the commands of God and the teachings of Moses have been isolated and taken out of context to promote the agenda of forceful men in their campaign to lay hold of the Kingdom of Heaven.

Jesus said to those under the Levitical Law, the Pharisees and teachers of the law, “Tithe, yes”. Therefore, feel free to support your fellowship and fellow disciples. But know the correct reasons why you are tithing or giving, and know that tithing cannot be done to placate your conscience or to quiet the voice of the Holy Spirit, nor replace a relationship with Jesus, the Father and the Holy Spirit. Righteousness cannot be bought. No one can bribe his way to Heaven.

So what is the correct tithe under the Covenant for the Forgiveness of Sins for a believer and disciple of Jesus Christ?

3. Kingdom of God

In the Kingdom of God, instead of the law being decrees, commands and regulations, Jesus Law is the way, the truth and the life.

The way (like a decree – how things are)

Anyone who loves his father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me; and anyone who does not take his cross and follow Me is not worthy of Me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.”[24]

The truth (like a command – what to follow – how to live)

But seek first His (the Father’s) Kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.[25]

The life (like a regulation – what it means for your daily life – how to do it)

If anyone would come after Me/wishes to follow Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever wants to save his life (and soul) will lose it, but whoever loses his life for Me will find it.”[26]

Jesus said, “Seek and you will find … For he who seeks find … Keep on seeking and you will find.”[27] Therefore, the Law of Tithing in the Kingdom of God means that whoever seeks first the Father’s Kingdom and His righteousness will lose His life for Jesus when he denies himself to take up his cross to follow Jesus. And by doing so, he will find his life.

Why is this? It’s quite simple. Because you tithe what you receive under the covenant you live by.

In the Kingdom of Israel, the Israelites are to tithe, or give thanks to God by setting aside the best portion as holy to honour Him, of what they received from the land because their inheritance was a land flowing with milk and honey.

In the Kingdom of Heaven, the subjects are to tithe repentance and forgiveness, for that is what they received from God under the Covenant of Forgiveness.

And in the Kingdom of God, you are to tithe your life, for that is what you received as beneficiaries under the Covenant for the Forgiveness of Sins. Prevalent under all 3 covenants, the important matters of the laws are justice, mercy, faith, faithfulness and love of God because God’s principles do not change. God is Justice!

In the Kingdom of God, man is forgiven so that when we repent and believe, we would not perish, but have life and have it to the full. So, like king Hezekiah, we are given extended time on Earth if we believe and live in Jesus and never die. It means that we tithe our lives, starting from now. If it is the best years of your life, it’s your tithe. If it’s the best part of your day, it’s your tithe. And if it’s your hopes and dreams, it’s your tithe. So how can one count one tenth, or any other percentage, in this way? Jesus said no one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the Kingdom of God.[28]

What for? Because we are blessed by God to bless God and His kingdom. Freely as you receive, freely give!

In addition, we are not condemned but have eternal life, which is coming to now know the only true God and Jesus Christ whom He sent. So we also tithe the power, wisdom, knowledge and understanding we have received from on high. We display the power of the Holy Spirit to keep Jesus’ words, as we testify and preach the Good News of the kingdom we belong to.

So your whole life, your whole day, all your plans and dreams, becomes your tithe. Then you are living Jesus Law; you are walking in the way, the truth and the life.

This is why the first declaration of Jesus Law is the Law of Tithing. What you tithe, or rather, what you give unconditionally back to Lord from what you have received from Them out of Their generosity of grace is the proof of the covenant you live under. It is acknowledgement and gratitude of what you received under that covenant. For example, would it be appropriate to receive a gift of a box of chocolates, but thank the giver for a book?

We speak of destiny as being a relationship with God. As Jesus also spoke about having a rich relationship with God,[29] it denotes quality. And the stature of Christ in you has everything to do with the quality of God’s relationship with you, not yours with Him.

Obeying, understanding, honouring, upholding, treasuring and living Jesus Law bears the fruit of the stature of Christ the Son. I say this because the Father commanded, “This is My Son whom I love with Him I am well pleased, listen to Him!” This is the Law of the Kingdom of God, where Jesus is the Law. So when you consider destiny, you must consider also the stature of Christ the Son.

So what do you tithe?

Therefore be earnest, repent and believe! The Kingdom of God is within you! Amen Holy Spirit.


 

[1] Isaiah 43.7

[2] Luke 16.16 NIV, Peshitta and NLT

[3] Exodus 3.17

[4] Exodus 15.26

[5] 2 Chronicles 7.12-15

[6] Matthew 28.19

[7] Matthew 3.2 and Mark 4.17

[8] John 11.40

[9] John 17.3

[10] Luke 8.18 NIV and NLT

[11] Numbers 18.20-21

[12] Leviticus 23.22

[13] Leviticus 27.30 (God to Moses to the Israelites)

[14] Leviticus 27.31-32 (God to Moses to the Israelites)

[15] Numbers 18.26-32

[16] Deuteronomy 14.23 (Moses to all Israel)

[17] Number 18.25

[18] Matthew 23.12-14. Also see Matthew 5.20; 7.21 and 18.3 on the entry into the Kingdom of Heaven to understand why Jesus said that the Pharisees and teachers of the law did not enter the Kingdom of Heaven.

[19] Matthew 5.20

[20] Mark 7.11 (Jesus to the teachers of the law and the Pharisees)

[21] Matthew 23.23 (Jesus to the teachers of the law and the Pharisees)

[22] Mark 7.13 (Jesus to the teachers of the law and the Pharisees)

[23] Matthew 23.23 NLT

[24] Matthew 10.37-39 (Jesus to His apostles)

[25] Matthew 6.33 (Jesus to His disciples)

[26] Matthew 16.24-25 NIV and NLT and footnote reference in NIV (Jesus to His disciples)

[27] Matthew 7.7-8 NIV and NLT

[28] Luke 9.62. See also NLT

[29] Luke 12.21 NLT

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