Q & A Series:  Is the ‘tithe’ in Malachi 3:6-12 applied to the Levitical priest?


By Craig Bluemel



Original Message -----

From: John

To: Craig

Subject: Q & A – Is the ‘tithe’ in Malachi 3:6-12 applied to the Levitical priest?



Hey Craig,


Hope you continue to seek God first in all that you do!


I had a question.  Malachi 3:6-12 is often the favorite verse of minister’s to guilt their congregations into tithing. My reading of these verses tells me that the context of these verses is that the Priests were not tithing properly sometime around 435 BC after Nehemiah’s rebuilding program.  The priests were using sick and lame animals instead of unblemished healthy ones.


It is my understanding that the tithes at this point were given back to the poor and infirm so the priests in effect were reneging on the responsibility to care for the destitute.


What is your sense here?


Can you also suggest some good Internet sites to assist the deepening of my Bible study?






Craig’s Answer:



Hi John,


I agree with you brother, that tithing in Malachi is specifically to the Levites.  I address this issue in great detail in my series about tithing, which I have provided you the links to below:



Part 1: TITHING: New Testament Practice or Old Testament Bondage?

Part 2: TITHING: Giving God's Way

Part 3: TITHING: Supplemental Scriptures on New Testament Giving

Part 4: TITHING: Abraham's Tithe Prefigures Giving from the Heart

Part 5: TITHING: Q & A Series - Does Abraham’s tithe to Melchizedek justify church tithing?


I give you the contextual; historical setting of Malachi, and how the Levitical “tithe” was to be distributed amongst the poor, stranger, widow, etc.


I hope this helps.  I’m buried in email questions, so I have to keep this brief, but it is good hearing from you again.


Love in Jesus,




Craig Bluemel

The Bible Answer Stand Ministry

1 Peter 3:15 Always be ready to give reasonable justification to anyone who asks you for an explanation of the hope that is within you,  but do it considerately and courteously.





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