Is the tithe mentioned in Deuteronomy for use only during the Feast of Tabernacles ?
What is the purpose of the tithe mentioned in Deuteronomy 14:22-26?
It has been assumed by some of God’s people that the tithe was intended to be used only for the Feast of Tabernacles. However, there is no such specification mentioned in the verse, or for that matter anywhere else in the Bible. Read now what God says, not what some people think:
"You shall truly tithe all the increase of your grain that the field produces year by year. And you shall eat before the Lord your God, in the place where He chooses to make His name abide, the tithe of your grain and your new wine and your oil, of the firstborn of your herds and your flocks, that you may learn to fear the Lord your God always.
But if the journey is too long for you, so that you are not able to carry the tithe, or if the place where the Lord your God chooses to put His name is too far from you, when the Lord your God has blessed you, then you shall exchange it for money, take the money in your hand, and go to the place which the Lord your God chooses.
And you shall spend that money for whatever your heart desires: for oxen or sheep, for wine or similar drink, for whatever your heart desires; you shall eat there before the Lord your God, and you shall rejoice, you and your household.” (NKJV).
The above passages simply states WHERE the tithe was to be used – not what festival God intended it to be for.
However, in the below verse it can be seen that the place that God chose (where God put his presence) was a place set aside for celebrating, not just the Feast of Tabernacles, but ALL of the festival seasons:
“ Three times in a year shall all thy males appear before the Lord thy God in the place which he shall choose; in the feast of unleavened bread, and in the feast of weeks, and in the feast of tabernacles: and they shall not appear before the Lord empty: ...” (Deuteronomy 16:16; KJV)
The tithe mentioned in Deuteronomy is intended to be used in celebrating ALL of God’s festivals listed in Deuteronomy 16:16 – not just the Feast of Tabernacles.
P.S. Today, God does not confine his presence to a particular place, like the tabernacle in the wilderness, the temple in Jerusalem, but is present in his people (his spiritual temple in which he now dwells) wherever they meet together. Therefore when observing the Festivals of God it is not a matter of God’s people going to a set location where God is present. He is already present within his people wherever they assemble together to keep the festivals of God.
This is also supported by the principal contained in the following verse “ For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” (Matthew 18:20; KJV).