Moses said to all the congregation of the people of Israel, “This is the thing that the Lord has commanded. Take from among you a contribution to the Lord. Whoever is of a generous heart, let him bring the Lord’s contribution: gold, silver, and bronze; blue and purple and scarlet yarns and fine twined linen; goats’ hair, tanned rams’ skins, and goatskins; acacia wood, oil for the light, spices for the anointing oil and for the fragrant incense, and onyx stones and stones for setting, for the ephod and for the breastpiece. “Let every skillful craftsman among you come and make all that the Lord has commanded:
Are you generous with God, or do you give more to your server at a restaurant? The issue of a “tithe” is not one of obligation, but of gaging our generosity. Do you give the “minimum” and thus are you “tipping” God, or are you giving of your best. The first of what you earn, your talent and ability, or does God get the leftovers? He deserves your best of everything.