Articles on Nations:
Alcohol Prayer Initiative 2009, New York
CAN EUROPE BE SAVED?
CHURCH SUPPORTING POLITICS
CONGO-KINSHASA, A REMARKABLE CONFERENCE
CORPORATE IDENTITY OF AFRICA
CORPORATE IDENTITY OF AMSTERDAM
CORPORATE IDENTITY OF AUSTRALIA
CORPORATE IDENTITY OF BELGIUM
CORPORATE IDENTITY OF BRAZIL
CORPORATE IDENTITY OF FRANCE
CORPORATE IDENTITY OF HUNGARY
CORPORATE IDENTITY OF KOREA
CORPORATE IDENTITY OF SOUTH AFRICA
CORPORATE IDENTITY of SWEDEN
CORPORATE IDENTITY OF THE USA
COVERING AN AREA WITH PRAYER
Dialogue with Jacques Ellul
DURBAN II ≈ EVIAN III; NEW ANTISEMITISM
EUROPA – AFRIKA; Indrukwekkende Conferentie
EUROPA – AFRIKA; verzoeningsconferentie dvd
EUROPE - AFRICA; Berlin Congo I: Hist. Overview
EUROPE - AFRICA; Berlin Congo II: Report
EUROPE - AFRICA; Neo-Imperialism
Gebed voor de koning
GEBEDSBEDEKKING VAN EEN GEBIED
GOD'S COVENANT WITH ALL NATIONS
HOW TO DEFEND WHICH BORDERS OF ISRAEL?
ISRAEL’s RESPONSIBILITY 1
ISRAEL’s RESPONSIBILITY 2
ISRAEL’s RESPONSIBILITY 3
ISRAEL’s RESPONSIBILITY 4
Landbelofte of staatbelofte?
LOVING THE CITY GOD'S WAY
MIRACLES AT CITY SCALE
NATIVE AMERICANS, THREE DRAMA'S
NESTOR AFRICAN PRESIDENTS FORGIVES EUROPE
SLAVERY AND HEALING
SPIRITUAL ASPECTS OF THE EUROPEAN UNION
THE CITY AS BEAUTIFUL AS SHE COULD BE
THE CITY, AND WHY CITY PRAYER?
TRANSFORMATIONS IN THE PACIFIC
TWO CITIES DEDICATED TO KING JESUS
ÜBERSETZUNG THE NATIONS CALLED
VERZOENING MET NATIVE AMERICANS
WHY IS AFRICA SO POOR?
ZES LANDEN RIJNPROJECT
ZONDER VERZOENING GEEN TOEKOMST
Articles on Society:
A REVEALING UN-MEETING
A strategic assault on this generation of children
BOEK BOS ANTIDEMOCRATISCH?
CHILDREN OF THE WORLD TARGETED
COPENHAGEN – Five questions
COPENHAGEN - No bread from stones
Copenhagen, where do we go from here?
DE ANDERE AGENDA VAN DE DALAI LAMA
DE OLYMPISCHE SPELEN
EU: HUMANISME VERSUS “GOD”
EUROPA, WAAROM DIE NAAM?
EUROPE, WHAT'S IN THE NAME?
EVROPA - CO SKRÝVÁ TO JMÉNO?
EYPΩΠH, TI KPYBETAI ΣTO ONOMA
HER-MYTHOLOGISERING INTERNATIONALE POLITIEK?
Informed intercession for the UN
Jezus dienaar van Moeder Aarde?
KERK-STAAT VERHOUDING 1
KERK-STAAT VERHOUDING 2
KERK-STAAT VERHOUDING 3 (EU-Referendum)
KERK-STAAT VERHOUDING 4
Massa op Malieveld; nee toch?
MICRO FINANCING AND GRACE
MONDIALE SCHUDDINGEN I
MONDIALE SCHUDDINGEN II
Obama 1: Obama en het leven
Obama 2: Door Obama een les voor de kerk
PRAYING FOR THE G8
PULLING DOWN STRONGHOLDS
RE-MYTHOLOGISATION 0 OF INTERNATIONAL POLITICS?
RE-MYTHOLOGISATION 1: CHURCH-STATE/GOD-STATE
RE-MYTHOLOGISATION 2: GOD-STATE LINK IN OUR TIME
RE-MYTHOLOGISATION 3: EU AND UN “COVENANTS”
RE-MYTHOLOGISATION 4:GOD-STATE IN NEAR FUTURE
RE-MYTHOLOGISATION 5: WHAT ABOUT GOD’S MASTER PLAN
THINKING AND BELIEVING IN THE CHURCH
THINKING, BELIEVING AND SCIENCE
UN-DUURZAAMHEIDS TOP IN JOHANNESBURG
WHAT HAPPENS AT UN CONFERENCES?
WORLD SUMMIT ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
A NATION AS A TREE?
Belijden van de zonden van je land?
BIDDEN VOOR HOOGGEPLAATSTEN
BLOED SCHREEUWT VAN DE AARDE
GODEN DER VOLKEN
'GODS OF THE NATIONS'
HERSTEL VAN HET ALTAAR
HET KRUIS VAN JEZUS
JEZUS KOMT - drie voordrachten
NBV, COMMENTAAR OP ÉÉN ASPECT
OOK TOPCONFERENTIES IN DE BIJBEL GAAN OVER VOLKEN
THE CROSS OF JESUS
THE GLORY OF HIERARCHY
TITHING AND ETERNITY
TITHING AND ETERNITY
by: Pieter Bos
Category: Bible Studies
Titihing and Survival, Globalization and Eternity
Both tithing and
keeping the Sabbath are ways of "giving gifts to God." These two concepts,
and the promises associated with them, should be understood as covenantal
acts: covenant partners exchange gifts! This understanding gives us a
fresh appreciation for God as a covenant God. He gave these concepts not in a context of Old Testament legalism, but as notions >> These concepts cannot be written off as Old Testament stuff, or as legalism. They are instructions, of a universal and creational character designed to establish a global economic system that is drastically different from the present one.
In this article on tithing three strands are woven together: Survival, Globalization and
The principle of survival has become a major motivating force in western society. In the 18th century the
major motivating force was Ratio; in the 19th century it was
Progress; and towards the end of the 20th century Survival has
taken their place as motivating force.
The concept of "survival of the
fittest" in animal life, and the struggle for survival in slum areas and
refugee camps are the two types of survival the reader may be most familiar
with, that is: at a safe distance. Few readers will have ever been a refugee
or one of the urban poor.
However, quite a few readers may have been in
some way burdened with a heavy workload, responsibility or concern, to the
point that you may have sighed "If I can only survive this day, this
week...." Did you realize that, in saying that, you were willing to
sacrifice something - a meal, an outing, an evening with your wife or your
son, part of your salary... a part of the truth, a part of the value or the
joy of life, if only you could get through that day, that week, if only you
Surviving, then, has come to mean, "Come through at
some cost," or even, "Come through at any cost."What actually happens
is that when a person or nation (a corporate person) seeks to survive, they are >> he is willing to sacrifice an aspect of (corporate) life or of (corporate)
values, but suffer >> but he will suffer spiritual loss: striving for survival leads to spiritual
impoverishment, the egocentrism of it individualizes and alienates us.
Rather than offering a grander scale of humanness, all it guarantees is a
lower state of life, and that only temporarily! That is why survival as
motivating force is a lie.
The core of UN global policies is: the
survival of the planet. The emphasis on sustainability in the UN >> in the UN on sustainability is so strong
that in fact the position is taken: "Sustainability is the fulfillment
of the law," indeed at the expense of love and life:
marriage and unborn life are deemed "unsustainable"!
Global economy is based on
the law of scarcity: resources are assumed to be limited, our needs are
assumed to exceed our means; humanity is assumed never to grow tired of
wanting more goods for a lower price.
In "The Lexus and the Olive Tree"
Thomas Friedman analyzes globalization. He concludes that we "can't stop it .
except at a huge cost to human development" (p. xxii). In summary he says:
Globalization is not just a development, but a (new) system, the inexorable
integration of markets, nation-states and technologies, through which
individuals, corporations and nation-states can mutually reach into one
another far and fast, cheaply and deeply, leading to international cultural
homogenizing. Globalization, he suggests, is designed to lead to the most
sophisticated high-tech production, the "Lexus." If for some reason the "Olive
Tree" [the place or culture or value that might suffer under this system] is
esteemed more important, then only with huge sacrifice, even poverty and
isolation, can this Olive Tree be secured.
This widely quoted >> recognised journalist
wants us to believe that global economics rolls along under its own steam. He
assumes that it is not good or bad, but simply the next phase, and a very
encouraging one: with more high-technology we can survive more comfortably,
but an "Olive Tree" can only be secured with huge sacrifice, at a "lower"
state of life. In the meantime he implicitly underwrites what I stated
above: survival is a good motivating force, possibly requiring the
sacrifice of higher values.
The term >> concept "survival of
the fittest" became well known through the biologically inspired theory of
evolution. The goals of the UN (and WHO) subject human individual life to the
survival of the planet "Mother Earth." On both counts, human individual life is
not highly valued.
Ruthless striving after the survival of the fittest or
the survival of the planet is in entire opposition to the promise of life by
the Author of Life, who does not write off the unfit, but heals him >> them; even the
old will be taken care of (Zech 8:4).
Who, other than the Author of
Life, can promise survival at all, even "life to the full" (John 10:10),
Who, other than the Author of Life, can on top of that guarantee to
fulfill such a promise?
Jesus emphasized that survival is a spiritual matter:
"Whoever wants to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his
life for me and for the gospel, will save it." (Mark 8:35).
This indicates that to survive we must give our life to the Author of
Now it can be easily reasoned and understood that there is no
survival, no life, outside the Author of Life.
But how can giving
(life) to God be the answer to the quest for survival?
From giving to tithing and to keeping the Sabbath.
The answer is shockingly
simple and basic: we can survive, or rather: we should live, by giving 10%
of our resources and 14% of our time (one day a week) to the Author of
Life! This is not meant legalistically, but it reveals a universal
I understand this spiritual dynamic as follows. God is
infinite, and He created in his infiniteness. Man is a finite creature, and in
his drive to be (like) God, he constantly hits the ceiling of his finiteness.
He feels so finite, that he constantly says to himself: If I had just some
more income, just some more time, then. I could survive. But God never made us
to survive through some more of the created; He wanted us to survive through
some more of Himself! So in his wisdom He said to his creature: Give to me
something finite even out of your finiteness, then I will give you abundance
out of my infiniteness; submit to your finiteness and so enjoy my
The striking thing is that long before our hurrying
and greedy generation said: "Time is money", God already made sure to claim
both time and money out of our finiteness. We tend to think that the
people in Moses' time lived at a slow pace; still God claimed not only a tithe
of their income, 10%, but also one day of the week, even 14%.
already gave a tithe of everything to the Eternal Melchizedek (Gen 14:20) and
Jacob to Elohim (Gen 28:22). As they were under no such law, I understand they
followed a universal principle. And God's claim on one day a
week was already assured before the fall of mankind; that also concerns
a universal principle.
This giving is an exchange of
gifts among covenant partners.
There is another aspect here. The core
of covenant is that the stronger party chooses the weaker party to prosper
and protect him/her, for ever, on the sole condition that the weaker party
will for ever follow the initiating party. Such a covenant was stipulated
by blessing and curse sanctions, sealed with blood, and at set times
celebrated and renewed with a meal and with an exchange of
God established the keeping of the Sabbath and tithing as
covenant actions, captured in the blessing sanctions of the covenant: Sabbath:
Ex 31:16, Jer 17:24 .25; tithe: Mal 3:10. Likewise David and Jonathan
covenanted to one another, and they made promises and gave gifts (1Sam 18:1-4)
and so did Solomon and Hiram (1Kngs 9:11; 2Chron 8:2).
And what do we see
in the concepts of tithing and of keeping the Sabbath? God and Man give to
each other according to capacity: Man gives 10% of his resources and God gives
abundant prosperity; Man gives 14% of his time and God gives eternal life.
Infinite God and finite Man, unequal as they are, team up in a covenantal
exchange of gifts!
Living with eternity in mind.
Every thought that handing over 10% of your (personal-business-national)
money-budget or 14% of your (personal-business-national) time-budget is too
much to survive, is fear, is mistrust of our infinite Covenant Partner. It
puts us and/or our nation under a curse (Mal 3:9) (for the concept of modern
nations as covenant partners to God, see The Nations Called.
Isn't the incredible haste with which this world runs for
survival almost a curse? It is certainly not a sign of trusting God. The
incredible level of direct and indirect taxation, in Germany mounting up to
70-75% of the average income, is also, if not a curse then a form of slavery.
(This seems to me a form of the authorities impoverishing the people, which is
one of the signs of the Queen of Heaven at work.) Present global economics
require a 24-hour economy, cause fierce competition, guarantee minimal profits
and pose a constant risk of not making it.
God's economy provides a day of
rest (in God) a week, a whole year of rest every seventh year, and every
50th year a complete release of debts. God's economy provides a
flow of money for God's purposes that is enormous; the banks of the world
would notice such a flow, and track and covet and try to control it, because
it would shake their monopolies! (Besides: the heavier the direct and indirect
taxation, the more the evil of "gray" and "black" money flows
Challenge to the Church.
Church, where is God's money flow? Church, why don't we surprise the world by a righteous money
Do we trust God for life, not for barely surviving, but for
life abundant, by giving generously from our personal-business-national time
and from our personal-business-national resources to Him?
This is not legalism, nor a way to manipulate God, nor a way to secure spiritual
dynamics. Of course, certain details are still to be discussed. But this is
the way to express that we trust God as our Eternal Covenant Partner, and as
such as Author and Keeper and Redeemer of our individual and national
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Thomas Friedman "The Lexus and the Olive Tree" (Harper Collins, London, 2000).
"Steuern und Sozialabgaben" (Rundbrief 4/02, Fürbitte für
Helene Bos "De Koningin des Hemels in de 21ste eeuw" (The Queen of heaven in the 21st century; emergence, influence and prayer strategy," Serving the Nations" January 2005.