Q. I believe in tithing. Can I use my tithe for charities and to help my needy neighbor?
A. The tithe is holy to Yahweh. The tithe is to be used to glorify Him by helping proclaim the evangel to expand His kingdom. As new converts are added to Yahweh’s truth, His Spirit indwells more people:
“Know you not that you are the Temple of Yahweh, and [that] the Spirit of Yahweh dwells in you?” (1Cor. 3:16)
When something is holy to Yahweh, we must be careful how we handle it. We can always find the poor, who for one reason or another can use our help, and like Paul we could bestow all our goods on the poor, 1Corinthians 13:3. However, Yahshua said we would always have the poor with us, Matthew 26:11. We are expected to do good to all people, but especially to those of the true faith, Galatians 6:10. This often means some sacrifice on our part in being faithful to Yahweh.
Yahweh provides for the needy through the third tithe, Deuteronomy 14:28-29. This is not the first or regular tithe.
We are commanded to deliver the first tithe to the treasure house (Neh. 10:38-39), which is put in the charge of certain ones to handle (Neh. 12:44; 13:11-12). Hebrews 7:5 says the Levites, the priests, were to take the tithe (reference to Num. 18:22-26). A special chamber was set aside for the tithe, 2Chronicles 31:11-12.
In Malachi 3:10 He says, “Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there might be meat in Mine house.” We are to take care of Yahweh’s work first and foremost. If Yahweh’s people do not do their share in proclaiming the Good News, who else will?