DID JESUS CONFIRM TITHING IN MATTHEW 23:23?
Matthew 23:23 (KJV)
Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.
Many believe that Matthew 23:23 shows that tithing is still required in the New Testament. This is a common mistake made by those who are confused as to when the New Testament begins. Jesus was speaking to the law keepers who were still under the Old Covenant law.
The Holy Bible is broken down into the Books of the Old Testament and the Books of the New Testament. Here's where the confusion comes in. Too many people believe that the New Testament begins with the first book in the New Testament, which is the Book of Matthew. The fact is, the New Testament doesn't begin until after Jesus died on the cross, which is near the end of Matthew. Matthew 23:23 is still Old Testament.
Jesus confirmed that those under the law were to tithe per the law. The herbs tithed by the scribes and Pharisees are considered crops, no matter how small. Therefore, those herbs met God's commands to tithe from the increase of the seed (crops).