Summary: This messages gives five reasons for tithing using an acrostic outline using the word "whole".
THE W.H.O.L.E. OF THE TITHE
W – FOR WORSHIP
“And we ________ God Most High, who has helped you to defeat your enemies." Then Abram gave Melchizedek a tenth of everything he had brought back from the battle” (Gen. 14:20).
“Give to the Lord the glory due His name; Bring an ___________, and come into His courts. Oh, ________ the Lord in the beauty of holiness!” (Psalm 96:8-9).
H – FOR HOLINESS
"’One-tenth of all crops belongs to the Lord, including the crops from fields and the fruit from trees. That one-tenth is _____ to the Lord….The priest will take every tenth animal from a person’s herd or flock, and it will be _____ to the Lord” (Lev. 27:30,32).
O – FOR OWNERSHIP
“I will give God one-tenth of all he ______ me" (Gen. 28:22).
“But who am I, and who are my people, That we should be able to offer so willingly as this? For _____ things come from You, And of Your ______ we have given You” (1 Chron. 29:14).
L – FOR LOVE
“At the end of every third year, everyone should bring one-tenth of that year’s crop and store it in your towns. This is for the _________ so they may eat and be full. (They have no land of their own among you.) It is also for __________, __________, and __________ who live in your towns so that all of them may eat and be full. Then the Lord your God will bless you and all the work you do” (Deut. 14:28-29).
E – FOR EDUCATION
“Take it to the place the Lord your God will choose where he is to be worshiped. There, where you will be together with the Lord, eat the tenth of your grain, new wine, and oil, and eat the animals born first to your herds and flocks. Do this so that you will ___________ to respect the Lord your God always” (Deut. 14:23).