Where did the tithe go to in the Old Testament?


“I give to the Levites all the tithes in Israel as their inheritance in return for the work they do while serving at the tent of meeting…Instead, I give to the Levites as their inheritance the tithes that the Israelites present as an offering to the Lord. That is why I said concerning them: ‘They will have no inheritance among the Israelites.’” Numbers 18:21,24
            The tithe was given by the people to provide income for the Levites who worked in the tabernacle and later the temple.  It was their inheritance so they could build up a nest egg for future generations.  Later, when the temple was built, the money also helped in the upkeep of the temple.  A mixture of tithe (10% of one’s income) and offerings (above and beyond ten percent) came as food sacrifices (animal and grain), precious metals (gold and silver) and coins.
            Today we do the same thing.  Our tithes to the church help with the staff and the upkeep of the church.