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What is the difference between tithes and offerings? The word tithe literally means 10%, so a tithe is the first 10% of your income. This was often called the first fruit of the income. This meant that the first part of one’s income was set aside to God as an act of worship and trust in the God who provides. An offering is a gift that is given above and beyond 10%.
In Malachi 3:10 (NLT), God says this: “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.” This is the only place in Scripture where God tells us to put him to the test. In other words, he’s saying, “Go ahead. I dare you. See if you can out-give me.”