A portion of the produce of the earth (or the fruits of our labor) consecrated and set apart for special purposes. The dedication of a tithe to God was recognized as a duty before the time of Moses. Abraham paid tithes to Melchizedek (Genesis 14:20; Hebrews 7:6); and Jacob vowed unto the Lord and said, “of all that you give me I will give you a tenth” (Genesis 28:22) The first Mosaic law on this subject is recorded in Leviticus 27:30-32. Subsequent legislation regulated the destination of the tithes.
The tenth Abraham gave in Genesis 14:18-20 represented the whole–everything he had. In giving the tithe, Abraham simply acknowledged that everything he had belonged to God.
An oblation (or something offered in worship or devotion: a holy gift offered usually at an altar or shrine), dedicated to God. Offerings also included the sacrifices found in Levitical law.
Offerings were separate gifts or acts of obedience from the tithe. They were committed to the Lord or the church for various reasons, and in many cases served a very specific purpose or met a certain need.
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