Matthew 23:23–24 (ESV)
Seven Woes to the Scribes and Pharisees
23 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cumin, and have neglected the weightier matters
of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness. These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others. 24 You blind guides, straining out a gnat and swallowing a camel!
There are many ways to tithe. The scribes and Pharisees tithed with mint, dill, and cumin. This worked as a form of money in tithing. Jesus is asking not just the spices, but also their heart.
He wants them to tithe and protect: justice, mercy, and faithfulness. Jesus does not condemn their scrupulousness in tithing but rather their failure to act with love and compassion. In other words, the Law of God applies and is good. But God’s
people live by the full teaching of God’s Word—both Law and Gospel.
I pray: O Lord, Help me to not just be a giver of tithes,
but a giver of my heart. Amen.
Edward A. Engelbrecht, The Lutheran Study Bible
(St. Louis, MO: Concordia Publishing House, 2009), 1634.