Today's Bible reading at http://kjvdevos.blogspot.com/ makes me think about the tithe. I have heard many things online from those who do not believe tithing is for Christians, or who do not give to their church on a regular basis. However, in today's reading in seems so clear to me what the tithe is for...not a "jewish law", but a principle that transcends one time period or one group of people. That principle is found in this passage: "Thou shalt truly tithe all the increase of thy seed, that the field bringeth forth year by year. And thou shalt eat before the LORD thy God, in the place which he shall choose to place his name there, ...that thou mayest learn to fear the LORD thy God always."
The passage goes on for some time, but this thought is then related: "that the LORD thy God may bless thee in all the work of thine hand which thou doest. Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him. For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust. As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth. For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more. But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children's children; To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them."
The thoughts I bring from today's passage are that the tithe is God's way of training us to fear the Lord, and put Him first. When we do, it clears the way for Him to then bless us as obedient children, and to take pity on us when we are in trouble, because we fear Him. As a mom, I can relate to this thought. Sometimes just my children submitting to a rule, makes me have pity on them and softens my heart to their needs and even their desires. Sometimes I think the reason God set up humans to procreate the way we do, is so we can see firsthand how He sees our relationship, and understand just a little the way He deals with us.
I also like the way the reading ties into Psalm 103:13-22.