This is a very sensitive subject and not easy for many people. The thing is YAH Almighty wrote about it in HIS Holy Biblical Scriptures which means we can’t ignore it.
It’s Rosh Chodesh, a time to blow the Shofar and bring your sacrifices of Praise into the House of YAH!
It’s when we celebrate the Appearance of the New Moon hence the commencement of the New Hebrew Month!
Rosh Chodesh is also referred to as The:
“NEW MOON FESTIVAL.”
It is also called:
We’re required by YAH Almighty to present our TITHES and OFFERINGS unto HIM today! We tithe from our incomes.
ROSH CHODESH is a special day for Jewish women as it is tradition for them to have the day off their usual house duties. Conferences or Seminars are usually held in various places for the women to have fellowship.
The Holy Biblical Scriptures say that,
Numbers 28:11-13 Tree of Life Version (TLV)
Rosh Chodesh: New Moon
11 “On the first of the month you are to present to Adonai a burnt offering of two young bulls, one ram, and seven flawless male lambs a year old, 12 with three tenths of an ephah of fine flour mixed with oil as a grain offering with each bull, and two tenths of an ephah of fine flour mixed with oil as a grain offering with the ram, 13 and with each lamb a tenth of an ephah of fine flour mixed with oil for a grain offering, a burnt offering as a pleasing aroma, an offering by fire to Adonai. 14 Their drink offerings shall be: per bull, half a hin of wine, a third of a hin of wine per ram, and, a fourth of a hin per lamb. This will be the monthly burnt offering at each new moon throughout the year. 15 Also, one male goat as a sin offering to Adonai beside the regular burnt offering is to be offered with its drink offering.
So, in summary, YAH required Offerings under two categories at every New Moon Festival, that is to say, ANIMAL OFFERINGS, GRAIN OFFERINGS, DRINK OFFERINGS and SIN OFFERINGS as follows:
A burnt offering of:
- 2 young bulls
- 1 ram (an uncastrated male sheep)
- 7 flawless male lambs (a young sheep)
- Three tenths (3, 1/10ths) of an ephah of fine flour mixed with oil
- two tenths (2, 1/10ths) of an ephah of fine flour mixed with oil
- a tenth (1/10th) of an ephah of fine flour mixed with oil
- half (1/2th) a hin of wine,
- a third (1/3th) of a hin of wine
- a fourth (14th) of a hin per lamb
Note that the Animal Offering was the priority. With each Grain Offerings given, a particular Animal Offering was associated as follows:
- Three tenths (3, 1/10ths) of an ephah of fine flour mixed with oil as a grain offering with each bull,
- two tenths (2, 1/10ths) of an ephah of fine flour mixed with oil as a grain offering with the ram,
- With each lamb a tenth (1/10th) of an ephah of fine flour mixed with oil for a grain offering,
Also note that for each Animal Offering, a Drink Offering was required:
- Per bull, half (1/2) a hin of wine,
- a third (1/3rd) of a hin of wine per ram,
- a fourth (1/4th) of a hin per lamb.
The Animal Offering is always rated more highly than all the other offerings.
- One male goat as a sin offering to Adonai beside the regular burnt offering is to be offered with its drink offering.
Obviously, in this day and age, we can’t present what YAH asked of us in ancient Biblical Times (from Moses’ time onwards). Note that everything that YAH asked the Children of Israel to present to HIM was from their sweat, income, their living.
The best way to offer sweet smelling sacrifices unto ABBA YAHUVEH Almighty in this day and age is by making monetary transactions from our incomes to YAH’S Chosen and Appointed Ministeries and/or Ministers as led by RUACH HA KODESH. as that can go a long way, for example, it helps with paying bills. This would be accepted by YAH Almighty as TITHE (1/10th of what you earn) as written in the Holy Biblical Scriptures.
Malachi 3:10 New King James Version (NKJV)
10 Bring all the tithes into the storehouse,
That there may be food in My house,
And try Me now in this,”
Says the Lord of hosts,
“If I will not open for you the windows of heaven
And pour out for you such blessing
That there will not be room enough to receive it.
Any other monies given after TITHE are considered to be OFFERINGS before YAH Almighty and these go to other important projects, such as:
- helping the poor and needy as led by RUACH HA KODESH,
- covering what TITHE is not able to cover, etc.
Note that those who receive the TITHES and OFFERINGS are also meant to TITHE out of it before dispensing it to the needs in place. See tge following Holy Biblical Scriptures:
Numbers 18:21-29 New King James Version (NKJV)
Tithes for Support of the Levites
21 “Behold, I have given the children of Levi all the tithes in Israel as [a]an inheritance in return for the work which they perform, the work of the tabernacle of meeting. 22 Hereafter the children of Israel shall not come near the tabernacle of meeting, lest they bear sin and die. 23 But the Levites shall perform the work of the tabernacle of meeting, and they shall bear their iniquity; it shall be a statute forever, throughout your generations, that among the children of Israel they shall have no inheritance. 24 For the tithes of the children of Israel, which they offer up as a heave offering to the Lord, I have given to the Levites [b]as an inheritance; therefore I have said to them, ‘Among the children of Israel they shall have no inheritance.’ ”
The Tithe of the Levites
25 Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 26 “Speak thus to the Levites, and say to them: ‘When you take from the children of Israel the tithes which I have given you from them as your inheritance, then you shall offer up a heave offering of it to the Lord, a tenth of the tithe. 27 And your heave offering shall be reckoned to you as though it were the grain of the threshing floor and as the fullness of the winepress. 28 Thus you shall also offer a heave offering to the Lord from all your tithes which you receive from the children of Israel, and you shall give the Lord’s heave offering from it to Aaron the priest. 29 Of all your gifts you shall offer up every heave offering due to the Lord, from all the [c]best of them, the consecrated part of them.’
Most of the New Moon Festival Offerings were not Sin Sacrifices! Rather, they were THANKSGIVING OFFERINGS, more like TITHE! Only one Sin Sacrifice was asked by YAH of HIS people!
At the end of each month, we are to set apart and gather our TITHE then make it ready to be offered unto YAH Almighty on Rosh Chodesh throughout each year of our lives on earth!
Note that the weekly TZEDAKAH OFFERING collected every Shabbat is different to the TITHE which YAH expects of us. Tzedakah is all about helping the poor and needy people as led by RUACH HA KODESH.
The kind of heart with which you give your offering matters a lot to YAH Almighty!
Do you have malice, unforgiveness, bitterness, anger, jealousy, envy, et in your heart?
Sort that out first before giving your TITHES and OFFERINGS
Matthew 5 Tree of Life Version (TLV)
Drash on the Mountain
5 23 “Therefore if you are presenting your offering upon the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, 24 leave your offering there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and present your offering.
Not giving at all is something YAH does not appreciate unless you don’t have.
I was raised being encouraged to always give to YAH or bless YAH for the many blessings HE has blessed me with, for example, the gift of life. I therefore never went to the HOUSE OF YAH (a.k.a Church, Temple) empty-handed.
Note how YAH encouraged HIS people never to come to HIS presence empty-handed particularly on the Moedim (a.k.a YAH’S Appointed Times). HE also laid out instructions for what the poor can offer unto HIM.
To throw more light on this, let us look at what YAHUSHUA HA MASHIACH said in the Brit Chadashah (a.k.a New Covenant or Testament):
Mark 12:41-44 New Living Translation (NLT)
The Widow’s Offering
41 YAHUSHUA (JESUS) at down near the collection box in the Temple and watched as the crowds dropped in their money. Many rich people put in large amounts. 42 Then a poor widow came and dropped in two small coins.[a]
43 YAHUSHUA (JESUS) called HIS disciples to HIM and said, “I tell you the truth, this poor widow has given more than all the others who are making contributions. 44 For they gave a tiny part of their surplus, but she, poor as she is, has given everything she had to live on
Luke 21:1-4 New King James Version (NKJV)
The Widow’s Two Mites
21 And HE looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury, 2 and HE saw also a certain poor widow putting in two mites.[a] 3 So HE said, “Truly I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all; 4 for all these out of their abundance have put in offerings [b]for ELOHIM (GOD), but she out of her poverty put in all the livelihood that she had.”
When Prophet Elijah a.k.a Eliyahu Ha Navi visited the Widow’s house, she offered him her last meal. That was inspired of YAH Almighty so that YAH would be glorified and the widow would be blessed immensely in a miraculous manner. YAH visited her house that day so as to make a difference in her life. Remember that a great famine was ongoing in the Land of Israel at the time as prophesied by Prophet Elijah!
1 Kings 17:9-11 Tree of Life Version (TLV)
9 “Arise, go to Zarephath of Sidon and stay there. I have just commanded a widow there to provide for you.”
Miracle of Flour and Oil
10 So he arose and went to Zarephath. Now when he came to the town gate, to his surprise, a widow was there gathering sticks. So he called her and said, “Please bring a little water in a jar that I may drink.” 11 As she was going to fetch it, he called her and said, “Please bring me a morsel of bread in your hand.”
12 So she said, “As Adonai your God lives, I have nothing baked, only a handful of flour in the jar, and a little oil in the jug. Now look, I am gathering a couple of sticks, so that I may go in and prepare it for me and my son, that we may eat it and die.”
13 Elijah said to her, “Fear not! Go and do as you said, but first make me a little cake from what you have there. Bring it out to me and afterwards, make some for you and for your son. 14 For thus says Adonai God of Israel, ‘The jar of flour shall not be exhausted nor shall the jug of oil be empty until the day Adonai sends rain on the land.’”
15 So she went and did according to the word of Elijah—and she and he, and her household ate for many days. 16 The jar of flour was not exhausted, nor did the jug of oil become empty, according to the word of Adonai which He spoke through Elijah.
Resurrection of a Boy
17 After these things, it came to pass that the son of the woman, the mistress of the house fell sick, and his sickness was getting much worse until he had no breath left in him. 18 So she said to Elijah, “What do I have to do with you, man of God? Have you come to me to remind me of my sin and kill my son?”
19 He said to her, “Give me your son.” Then he took him from her arms, carried him up to the upper room where he was staying and laid him on his own bed. 20 He cried out to Adonaiand said, “Adonai my God, have You brought such evil even on the widow with whom I am staying, by causing her son to die?” 21 Then he stretched himself upon the child three times. He cried out to Adonai and said, “Adonai my God, please let this child’s soul come back into his body!”
22 Adonai listened to the cry of Elijah, so the soul of the child came back into his body and he was revived. 23 Then Elijah took the child and brought him down from the upper room into the house, and gave him to his mother. Elijah said, “See! Your son is alive.”[b]
24 Then the woman said to Elijah, “Now I know that you are a man of God, and that the word in your mouth is truth.”
The issue of TITHES and OFFERINGS is very baffling for many childrenof YAH Almighty around the world. It is also a very sensitive issue. Many wolves in sheeps’ clothing have spoilt it by making ridulous demands and saying out unreasonable prophecies.
This is why it is crucial to have a Strong Personal Relationship with YAH Almighty particularly in these last days/end times.
It’s better to listen to the voice of YAH through HIS WORD as well as through HIS Servants who are not wolves in sheeps’ clothing. That’s where RUACH HA KODESH Discernment comes in (handy).
Deuteronomy 8 Names of God Bible (NOG)
Israel Told Never to Forget God
8 Be careful to obey every command I give you today. Then you will live, and your population will increase. You will enter and take possession of the land that Yahweh promised to your ancestors with an oath.
2 Remember that for 40 years Yahwehyour Elohim led you on your journey in the desert. He did this in order to humble you and test you. He wanted to know whether or not you would wholeheartedly obey his commands. 3 So he made you suffer from hunger and then fed you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had seen before. He did this to teach you that a person cannot live on bread alone but on every word that Yahweh speaks. 4 Your clothes didn’t wear out, and your feet didn’t swell these past 40 years. 5 Learn this lesson by heart: Yahweh your Elohimwas disciplining you as parents discipline their children. 6 Obey the commands of Yahweh your Elohim. Follow his directions, and fear him.
7 Yahweh your Elohim is bringing you into a good land. It is a land with rivers that don’t dry up. There are springs and underground streams flowing through the valleys and hills. 8 The land has wheat and barley, grapevines, fig trees, and pomegranates. The land has honey and olive trees for olive oil. 9 The land will have enough food for you, and you will have everything you need. The land has rocks with iron ore, and you will be able to mine copper ore in the hills. 10 When you have eaten all you want, thank Yahweh your Elohim for the good land he has given you.
11 Be careful that you don’t forget Yahwehyour Elohim. Don’t fail to obey his commands, rules, and laws that I’m giving you today. 12 You will eat all you want. You will build nice houses and live in them. 13 Your herds and flocks, silver and gold, and everything else you have will increase. 14 When this happens, be careful that you don’t become arrogant and forget Yahweh your Elohim, who brought you out of slavery in Egypt. 15 He was the one who led you through that vast and dangerous desert—a thirsty and arid land, with poisonous snakes and scorpions. He was the one who made water come out of solid rock for you. 16 He was the one who fed you in the desert with manna, which your ancestors had never seen. He did this in order to humble you and test you. But he also did this so that things would go well for you in the end. 17 You may say to yourselves, “I became wealthy because of my own ability and strength.” 18 But remember Yahweh your Elohim is the one who makes you wealthy. He’s confirming the promise[a] which he swore to your ancestors. It’s still in effect today.
19 I warn you today that if you forget Yahweh your Elohim and follow other gods, and if you serve them and bow down to them, you will certainly be destroyed. 20 Yahweh is going to destroy other nations as you enter the land. You will be destroyed like them if you don’t obey Yahweh your Elohim.