Is The Whole Torah for Today?
James Scott Trimm
Sadly even with the Torah Observant movement, there are those teaching that while most of the Torah is for today, certain commandments have been abolished.
We read in the Torah:
You shall not add to the word which I command you,
neither shall you diminish a thing from it,
that you may keep the commandments of YHWH your Elohim which I command you.
Whatever thing I command you, observe to do it:
you shall not add thereto, nor diminish from it.
And the Psalms assure us:
Your word is truth from the beginning:
and every one of your righteous judgements endures forever.
One commandment that has become a common casualty of this kind of teaching has been the commandment to tithe. Is tithing for today? Does YHWH have a definite system in place to finance His work? Or has He left His laborers to resort to funding His work through car washes, raffles and bingo games? Or did YHWH left His work to be financed simply as believers donate what they feel like, if they feel like donating anything at all? Did YHWH Himself ordain a system providing for His work, leaving His true called servants, like prophets of old, free to serve Him and Him alone?
An important PROPHECY for Today!
Let me repeat briefly a stern prophecy for our day- a warning from YHWH to believers in these last days!
1 Behold, I send My messenger, and he shall clear the way before Me: and the Adon
whom you seek, will suddenly come to His Temple. And the messenger of the covenant,
whom you delight in: behold, he comes says YHWH Tzva’ot.
2 But who may abide the day of his coming? And who shall stand when he appears? For
he is like a refiner's fire, and like fullers' soap.
3 And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he shall purify the sons of Levi,
and purge them as gold and silver. And there shall be they, that shall offer unto YHWH,
offerings in righteousness.
4 Then shall the offering of Y’hudah and Yerushalayim be pleasant unto YHWH: as in
the days of old, and as in ancient years.
5 And I will come near to you to judgment: and I will be a swift witness against the
sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against false swearers, and against those that
oppress the hireling in his wages; the widow, and the fatherless, and that turn aside the
stranger from his right, and fear not Me, says YHWH Tzva’ot.
6 For I YHWH change not! And you, O sons of Ya’akov, are not consumed.
7 From the days of your fathers, you have turned aside from My ordinances, and have
not kept them. Return unto Me, and I will return unto you, says YHWH Tzva’ot. But you
say, Wherein shall we return?
8 Will a man rob Elohim? Yet you rob Me. But you say, Wherein have we robbed You?
In tithes and heave-offerings.
9 You are cursed with the curse: yet you rob Me, even this whole nation
(Malachi 3: 1-9 HRV).
This message was not just for ancient Israel, it is clearly a last days prophecy. The phrases "the Adon whom you seek, will suddenly come to His Temple" Malachi 3:1 and "who may abide the day of his coming?" (Mal. 3:2) clearly refer to the return of the Messiah to the earth. But look at his judgement when He returns; it is a prophetic warning to those who teach that the tithe is not for today. In verse 6 he tells us "I YHWH change not" then he says "Return onto Me" (verse 7) but they reply "wherin shall we return?" (verse 7). You see these people think they are already Torah Observant... they do not think that they have anything to which to return. And YHWH responds to them "Will a man rob Elohim? Yet you rob Me." (verse 8) Still confused they ask "Wherein have we robbed You?" (verse 8) and YHWH responds "In tithes and heave-offerings. You are cursed with the curse: yet you rob Me, even this whole nation." (verses 8-9)
This is an amazing prophetic warning. This prophecy reveals to us that there will be those in the last days who will believe they are Torah Observant but will not have returned to giving tithes and offerings. This prophecy predicts the last days theology that while most of the Torah if for today but that the Tithes and offerings are not. I have found many such theologies being taught. It is amazing the amount of theological gymnastics that people have gone through to supposedly prove that the tithe is not for today. Some teach that the tithe was only to be paid to Levites in the Temple (This is not true, Lev. 27:30 recognizes that the Tithe belongs to YHWH, while a separate commandment in Num. 18:21 tells us that the Levites were to be paid out of the tithe, for their service in the Tabernacle, and Paul tells us that those who labor in the word are equally entitled to receive the same support as those who labored in the Temple at the alter 1Cor. 9:6-14). Others teach that the tithe is only on agricultural produce or even only agricultural produce from the Land of Israel. But the Torah tells us that Abraham tithed on "all" (everything) (Gen. 14:20) and while some will try to argue that Abraham's tithe was not the same tithe as the tithe paid in the Mosaic Torah, in Heb. 7:4-10 the whole logic of Paul’s argument is based in the fact that the tithe that Avram paid to Melchizadek was EXACTLY the same tithe that the Levites were paid from.If the tithe is not to be paid in the last days, for whatever reason, why does YHWH speak such harsh judgement at the return of Messiah to those who were stealing the tithe?
These men have not only stolen the tithe, but they have diminished from the Torah by subtracting a commandment, and many have also taught others this diminished Torah. As our Messiah Yeshua says:
18 Truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not one yud or one hook will
pass away from the Torah, until they all be fulfilled.
19 And whoever shall abolish one of these least commandments, and shall teach the sons
of men so: the same will be, called least, in the Kingdom of Heaven. And whoever shall
keep one of these least commandments, and shall teach the sons of men so: the same will
be, called greatest, in the Kingdom of Heaven.
20 And I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the P’rushim
and scribes, you will not come into the Kingdom of Heaven.
(Matthew 5:18-20 HRV)
Notice that YHWH says he has been robbed “In tithes and heave-offerings!” (Mal. 3:8) The Hebrew word for "heave-offering" is TERUMAH, this word comes from the root RUM meaning "to raise or lift up" and refers to a gift or offering to YHWH. There are those who maintain that YHWH's work today is to be supported by offerings or gifts only, but that the Tithe is not for today. But notice that YHWH makes it clear that these persons have robbed YHWH not only in offerings but in tithes as well. The tithe differs from offerings, in that the tithe is already YHWH's (Lev. 27:30) so the tithe is not given it is paid. Offerings on the other hand are given, they are gifts. But notice that YHWH says that he has been robbed in tithes and offerings? This means we are directed by YHWH not only to pay the tithe but we should be giving offerings beyond just the tithe as well. The usage of both words here disproves forever the false teaching that the work of YHWH in the last days should be funded only by freewill offerings and not by tithing.
And now here is the goodnews:
10 Bring you the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house,
and try Me now herewith, says YHWH Tzva’ot: if I will not open you the windows of
heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall be more than sufficiency.
11 And I will rebuke the devourer for your good, and he shall not destroy the fruits of
your land: neither shall your vine cast its fruit before the time in the field, says YHWH
(Malachi 3:10-11 HRV)
In the Torah we are told that there are curses for us if we violate the Torah (Lev. 26; Deut. 28:15-68) but that He has blessings for us if we observe the Torah (Deut. 28:1-14). But here is the one commandment about which YHWH dares us to test Him. If we do not pay the tithe, then we are stealing from YHWH, and how can we expect to be blessed by YHWH when we are stealing from Him?
On the other hand if we pay our tithes and offerings joyfully YHWH has blessings for us, as we read in the Wisdom of Ben Sira:
In a generous spirit pay homage to YHWH,
Spare not freewill gifts.
With each contribution show a cheerful countenance,
and pay your tithes in a spirit of joy.
Give to Elyon as he has given you,
generously, according to your means.
For YHWH always repays,
and he will give back to you sevenfold.
(Sira 35:8-10 HRV)
Now notice Malachi 3:11 "And I will rebuke the devourer for your good." If you wish to deal a blow to the Devourer and and his intentions, one way to do this is to pay the tithe and give offerings.
It’s about time we as believers got back to the Faith once and for all delivered to the set apart ones! (Jude 1:3) Yes there is really a definite financing plan ordained for YHWH's work laid out in the Scriptures. The fact is that it costs money to carry on YHWH's work. And today's high-tech world is making it possible like never before for us to reach vast masses over great distances virtually instantaneously! The proclomation of the restoration truth of Torah and Messiah is a task of gigantic proportions, but it requires money. YHWH, in His infinite wisdom has provided for this financing, and in such manner that His true called laborers can be free to serve Him alone, carrying His Message boldly. Just as we would expect, this plan is plainly revealed in His Word.
HaSatan hates the tithe, he wants to steal the blessings that YHWH has in store for us, and he wants to destroy the work of YHWH. He is terrified at the thought of Nazarenes all over the world tithing. If we wish to stand against HaSatan we must start by getting serious about the Tithe. Go ahead... test YHWH and see if he does not repay you seven fold in His blessings!
HaSatan wishes "to steal and to kill and to destroy" (Jn. 10:10) and he knows the time is short and has stepped up his war with those who proclaim both Torah Observance and Faith in Messiah (the two pillars of Nazarene Judaism) (Rev. 12:12, 17; 13:7). But no weapon forged against us will prosper (Is. 54:17).
To pay a tithe or give a freewill offering, go to http://www.nazarenespace.com, click on the Pay Pal box and give as He has given you. (You can also donate directly thru PayPal by sending paypal donations to email@example.com .
You can also mail tithes and freewill offerings to:
PO Box 471
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