Deuteronomy 14-16…Tithing, sabbaticals, and feasts.
A second portion from the produce of their land was required in Deuteronomy 14. This was done to oppose the covetousness, distrust, and selfishness of the human heart. It promoted friendliness, liberality, and cheerfulness, and raised a fund for the relief of the poor. They were taught that their possessions were not really their own, but belonged to God. Accumulation of wealth is a tenet of the prosperity gospel, making it a false gospel according to God’s word.
In Deuteronomy 15, the sabbatical year (or year of release) was when every creditor would exercise grace toward debtors. This is symbolic of the gospel, as God extends grace to us. We cannot pay, and are greatly indebted to the Lord for what He has done for us in Christ Jesus.
The laws for the three yearly feasts are repeated in Deuteronomy 16. These were done to remember sin, and to rejoice in God’s righteousness and goodness. As believers, we should never forget to be laid low in the dust because of our sin. However, this reminder should also stir up joy and gratitude because we’ve been pardoned in Christ.