A Question I Was Asked:

Was Jesus Under the Law, and did He or His Family Pay Tithes?

Was Jesus under the law, and did he or his family pay tithes? I was told they would have done so if under the law. I really want to know this. Thank you.

UK Apologetics Reply:

During His life time Jesus was, of course, under the law, also yes, his family probably payed tithes because - until our Lord's supreme sacrifice upon the cross and His resurrection - He and all Israelites remained under the old covenant. Hence we read the comments of Matthew 23:1-3. Please read that and indeed all the Scriptures I quote. However, that old covenant came to an end at Calvary. In our day, Christians stand under the New Covenant - not the old. See Matthew 27:51, Romans 7:6, Hebrews 8:7-13 and Hebrews 10:11-23.

This does not mean, of course, that today we should behave in any sort of lawless way, but it is the sermon on the mount - Matthew 5-7 - which is more applicable to us than the huge body of Old Testament law - over 600 laws in total!

On two occasions the New Testament summarizes our Christian duty as 'The law of Christ' - it's a nice term. Carefully consider these comments of Paul the Apostle:

Do you not know, brothers and sisters - for I am speaking to those who know the law - that the law has authority over someone only as long as that person lives? For example, by law a married woman is bound to her husband as long as he is alive, but if her husband dies, she is released from the law that binds her to him. So then, if she has sexual relations with another man while her husband is still alive, she is called an adulteress. But if her husband dies, she is released from that law and is not an adulteress if she marries another man.

So, my brothers and sisters, you also died to the law through the body of Christ, that you might belong to another, to him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God. For when we were in the realm of the flesh, the sinful passions aroused by the law were at work in us, so that we bore fruit for death. But now, by dying to what once bound us, we have been released from the law so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code. (Romans 7:1-6).

I strongly advocate reading my full article on the Law of Christ.

I hope that these comments will be helpful to you.

Robin A. Brace. September 4th, 2015.