We first encounter tithing in the Bible after Abraham defeated the four kings:
Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. He was priest of God Most High, and he blessed Abram, saying, “Blessed be Abram by God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth. And praise be to God Most High, who delivered your enemies into your hand.” Then Abram gave him a tenth of everything. (Genesis 14:18-20)
It seems to have been a common practice in Abraham’s time to give a tenth of one’s income, or in this case the spoils of war, to a priest.
Later we read from Abraham’s grandson Jacob that he also wanted to reserve a tenth for God:
Then Jacob made a vow, saying, “If God will be with me and will watch over me on this journey I am taking and will give me...
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