“Woe to you Pharisees! You pay tithes of mint and of rue and of every garden herb, but you pay no attention to judgment and to love for God. These you should have done, without overlooking the others.”Luke 11:42
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites. You pay tithes of mint and dill and cummin, and have neglected the weightier things of the law: judgment and mercy and fidelity. But these you should have done, without neglecting the others.“Matthew 23:23
God is Love
Interpreting the law of Moses with scrupulosity, the Pharisees calculated one-tenth of even the tiniest kitchen herbs. The law itself does not mention herbs in the produce tithe.
Instead of seed counting, the Pharisees needed God to expand their hearts. The end of the law is love, for God is Love (1 John 4:8).
Want to offer God a cup of herbal tea?
Serve him a heart steeped in love and mercy.