What were the uses to which the tithe was put? Our standard answer is that the tithe supported the religious establishment. I don’t think that’s right. In Numbers 18:25-29 it says,
Yahweh spoke to Moses and said, “Speak to the Levites and say: ‘When from the Israelites you receive the tithe which I have given you as your heritage, you will set a portion of this aside for Yahweh: a tithe of the tithe. … You will give what you have set aside for Yahweh to the priest Aaron. … You will set aside the best, the sacred portion.’”
So, according to the quote above, only a tenth of the tithe was dedicated to the needs of the priests and Levites and the other requirements at the site of the Ark. The rest, the remaining nine tenths, stayed in the Levite hometowns. It did not go to the site of religious worship. What was done with the other ninety percent?
Once again, convention may be wrong. It usually answered this question by saying that the other ninety percent went to the rest of the Levites, for their support. But as The Levites demonstrates, they did not need support. They had the town occupations which made them an adequate living. So, since the other Levites did not need support, we must find another destination or use for that residual ninety percent of the tithe. (Post not finished)