Giving, or tithing, is an act of worship that tangibly demonstrates our trust in God. We give to Jesus, our king and high priest, our first fruits — the best of what we have.
In ancient times, the tithe, which literally means “one-tenth,” was used by various cultures to demonstrate loyalty or fidelity. However, most people know about the tithe because of the influence of the Scriptures.
In the Bible, the tithe is first mentioned when Abraham worshipped God by giving the king and high priest, Melchizedek, a tenth of all he had. The Israelites abided by a triple tithe principle in giving to their place of worship. Then, in the New Testament, the church followed the principle of the tithe.