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Scripture: Numbers 18:19-23

Numbers 18:19-21 says, “’All the heave offerings of the holy things, which the children of Israel offer to the LORD, I have given to you and your sons and daughters with you as an ordinance forever; it is a covenant of salt forever before the LORD with you and your descendants with you.’ Then the LORD said to Aaron: ‘You shall have no inheritance in their land, nor shall you have any portion among them; I am your portion and your inheritance among the children of Israel.’” God reveals a mammon test that is a two-edged sword. Edge number one cuts on every believer, and edge number two cuts on every Levitical worker. God gave the Levites no inheritance. Their living was to be gained by the people they served in ministry, because God did not want their heart divided. Paul did tent-making and proved that there is a service motivation for having another career, which is allowed in the New Covenant, so that edge is dulled somewhat. But the edge for every believer is the first mammon test—tithing. Tithing is just as much a covenant in the New Testament as it is in the Old. God did not do away with it. Jesus said “These things you ought to have done without leaving the others undone”. So it is obvious that the very first mammon test for every believer is tithing. The mammon test for leaders is that God gave a tithe to the Levites, He did not give it to any specific house. Whether you are a minister or a saint who attends church, the mammon test in Scripture comes to every one of us and how we navigate it determines whether or not we hear “Well done, good and faithful servant” or “…depart from me you worker of iniquity, I never knew you.”