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On October 24 Eliyahu ben David was pleased to make an encore guest appearance on S. Denice Newton's radio program, AfterThoughts. Denise had some great new questions and the interview took some surprising turns. Thanks Denise, for a great interview! We are airing the concluding portion of that interview in this week's program.
Listener Feedback Questions - Favorite Bible? Tsiyon Address? How do I tell my friends? What about tithing?
Listener Comment: What Bible do you use the most?
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Tsiyon Answer: I use E-Sword for most of my Bible study, comparing different versions. I use the KJV with Strong's numbers a lot, to examine the meanings of the original language words in Strong's Dictionary and other resources linked to Strong's numbering. Most of my quotes are from the HNV. If you don't have e-sword I know you will love it. It's free! You can download it and an amazing array of free Bible resources for the program here:
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Listener Comment: Question, I have been faithfully listening on the radio for 3 or 4 months now and I need a book that will help me have answers for my church friends and other Christian friends who now think I'm crazy cause I think that Christianity might be a false religion created so that we miss the boat, personally I want to be an overcomer. I have an associate degree in ministry and all the way through school I thought they were missing something. I learned Greek but now I wish they would have chosen Hebrew. I hope to find me a mentor in the Torah. I have found a fellowship. I want to know about missionary work in the Torah and tithing. I am faithful in my tithing, but I would rather give my tithe to something that is really tangible, like helping a single mom or family in need, to help a struggling radio show that is putting out the truth in the Torah. Oh I love your show.
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Tsiyon Answer: Thanks for writing, and for listening to
Tsiyon Radio. I love that you want to be an overcomer! I think I'm
writing the book you're looking for right now. It is the second book
in my Messianic Revelation Series and it will include information
that will answer many of those questions your friends no doubt ask.
The first book in the series came out last spring and has done
amazingly well with Christians. See the radio interview by
S. Denice Newton
for an example. Another
approach would be to make some CDs of a few of our programs on the
topics you need and give them to friends. Our 1st few programs deal
immediately with the issues you mention. You will find those
Since you tithe, you clearly
understand the core of what I am about to write. However, since you
asked what we teach on tithing I will include it here, and probably
in our newsletter later:
This pledge is binding on all of Jacob/Israel's progeny, both natural and grafted in. This is the source of our obligation to tithe. It is why a blessing is attached to tithing, since tithing fulfills this covenant obligation established by our fathers, Israel in particular. The reverse is also true. To fail to tithe is to disregard this covenant obligation of our fathers, and this is considered wicked by YHWH. In fact, failing to keep our tithing obligation is to rob YHWH.
YHWH addresses this sin in Malachi 3:6-10:
Notice that YHWH reminds us,
first of all, that He does not change. He remains true to all of His
covenants in every generation.
Notice in this that we and our
fathers are all considered guilty of not keeping His ordinances.
This shows us that from His point of view, all generations of Israel
are equally required to keep the ordinances established between our
fathers and YHWH. This, of course, includes the tithe established by
Most of us are still too dull of hearing to get the point, so YHWH includes our question:
In other words, "Return? We didn't even know we need to return! We thought we were ok just the way we are!" Here YHWH becomes very blunt in telling us where we have strayed off the path. He says;
Wow! YHWH calls us thieves - thieves of God Himself, no less! In disbelief we say;
Here YHWH gets very specific about how we are robbing Him:
YHWH says, not giving our
covenantal tithes and offerings is robbing God because we are
obligated to Him to give these and are not doing it!
Every covenant includes a
blessing and a curse - no less so the covenant of tithing laid upon
us by Jacob/Israel. The curse is the curse of want. The blessing is
the blessing of abundance. This is confirmed in these words of YHWH.
When we tithe it is in the knowledge and faith that YHWH will keep
His covenant obligation to us. He promises to pour out a blessing,
if only we will first give up to Him the tithes and offerings we owe
to Him. When we renege we are telling Him we don't believe that He
will keep His word - so we must grab onto every penny under our
control! We really shouldn't treat Him like that. He does not
change. He WILL keep His word. As He says; test Him out.
Thoughts from Eliyahu ben David:
Just mentioning the subject of tithing seems to make some people freak out, so I'm writing a little more about it here. We seldom talk about tithing in this newsletter. This is only the second time, as I recall. The last time we spoke of it we had a number of folks go running for the hills. Relax! If you are feeling like that realize that we didn't mention it to twist your arm to give to Tsiyon. We answered a real question we were asked and shared that answer in our newsletter. There is a truth about tithing that needs to be taught with the rest of the truth, and we owe it to you to share that truth when the subject is brought up. We never convict individuals to give. YHWH never sent us forth to do that. It is the Word and the Holy Spirit that are sent forth to convict the hearts of men to do the Father's will. Nobody needs to explain to us why they are tithing elsewhere or giving elsewhere rather than here - or not giving or tithing at all. The truth is, we really don't want to know. What and where you give, or don't give, is between you and Him. All we say is this; be faithful to do as He says and you will be blessed - fail to do as He says and you will miss the blessing. Your outcome is your choice. If you hear what He is saying to you but lack faith to follow through, then ask Him for the faith you need to obey Him. It is all about being real with Him and naturally responding to His love. Now, isn't that simple?
Blessings and Shalom in the Name of Y'shua Messiah,
Eliyahu ben David
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