In numbers 17, God has Moses get a leader from each of the 12 tribes of Israel to bring their rod (like a walking stick, but also a symbol of leadership) to Moses. Aaron’s rod was brought as the leader of the Levites. Moses took the twelve rods and placed them in the tabernacle. The next morning, Aaron’s rod had not only gotten blooms but ripe almonds on it! Now these were not fresh cut sticks, they were well-seasoned wood. They shouldn’t be blooming! But God wanted to miraculously confirm that Aaron was to be the leader of the Levites and the Levites were to be the priests in the tabernacle. Since the people had been complaining, God showed exactly who should lead.
Chapter 18 goes on to talk about how the priests are to serve in the tabernacle and how they are to be paid. Since the Levites spent all their time in the tabernacle helping the people be forgiven of their sins, they didn’t have time to raise crops to feed their own families. So God provided for the needs of the Levites by allowing them to take a portion of the offering the people brought as sacrifices. This way the Israelites could show God how much they loved Him and the Levites could still have their needs met.
It still works this way today! God’s word tells us to give one tenth of everything we earn back to him. (These days we do this with money. In Aaron’s day if you grew 10 ears of corn, you brought 1 to the tabernacle!) We give these tithes to the church. The church then pays our pastors and other staff as well as paying for buildings and lots of projects too!! If we don’t pay our tithes, then our pastors don’t eat and the lights might not be on the next time we come!!
God has a perfect plan. He gives some people jobs, and then they thank God for His provision by giving to the church. The church uses that money to tell more people about God and to provide for those who are called to be missionaries and pastors full time. Then the people they reach give back to God and the church reaches more people! Isn’t God amazing!!
If your child gets an allowance, help them figure out how much they should be tithing and help them remember to take it to church the next time you go.
If your child doesn’t get a regular allowance, discuss how much 10% is of different amounts. (1 cent is 10% of 10 cents, $1 is 10% of $10, $10 is 10% of $100, etc.)