Meditation

01/17/2022

‘And blessed be God Most High, who delivered your enemies into your hand.’ Then Abram gave him a tenth of everything. The king of Sodom said to Abram, ‘Give me the people and keep the goods for yourself.’ But Abram said to he king o Sodom, ‘I have raised my hand to the Lord, God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth, and have taken an oath that I will accept nothing belonging to you, not even a thread or the thong of a sandal, so that you will never be able to say, ‘I made Abram rich.’ I will accept nothing but what what my men have eaten and the share that belongs to the men who went with me—-Aner, Eshcol and Mamre. Let them have their share.” (Genesis 14:20-24)

Tithing began before the Old Testament tithe law was established. It was common among many religions. Abraham gave the first tithe recorded in Scripture as a worshipful act of gratitude to God for help in battle.

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

Precious Abba, tithing, as noted above, was commonplace before the Old Testament was written down in Scripture law. In his doing so, he made this act apart of worship and it remains to this very day. It is to honor God for all He has done for each one of us in our lives, and is the least that we can do. This we pray. Amen

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

Hem your day with prayer and it will be less apt to ravel at the edges.”

KNOWING GOD:

Go to Bethel and sin; go to Gilgal and sin yet more. Bring your sacrifices every morning, your tithes every three years. Burn leavened bread as a thank offering and brag about your freewill offerings—-boast about the, you Israelites, for this is what you love to do, declares the Sovereign Lord. I gave you empty stomachs in every city and lack of bread in every town, yet you have not returned to me, declares the Lord.” (Amos 4:4-6)

A person cannot earn nor buy he good pleasure of God. Regular observance of the ceremonial acts of giving required by Levitical law did not please God when the giver was rebellious and sinful. God delights in the gift of the righteous who give out of reverence and love. God smiles when the happy giver tithes with a heart of job and obedience to Him.

I AM:

I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.” (Luke 18:12)

Tithing and giving more than the legal requirements can be done for the wrong reasons. A Christ-like spirit of humility and love should accompany giving and, indeed, all aspects of life!

2ND THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

Woe to you teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices—-mint, dill and cummin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law—-justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former. You blind guides! You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel. ” (Matthew 23:23-24)

In this contentious discussion tithing is given as an example of the Pharisees’ hypocrisy. The Old Testament law of he tithe required that they give ten percent of agricultural produce. They had gone to an exaggerated point on this to prove their righteousness while missing the real point of righteousness—-mercy an justice. Many believe that here Jesus established the tithe as the plan for Christian giving. He commended the Pharisees’ devotion to the law of tithing, but He did not say how this was to apply to His followers. Jesus did say much about giving during His ministry.

I feel that I ought to comment on this subject of tithing. I have had many conversations with people on tithing, mostly that they could not afford the full 10% and I said, “Ok, give what you can, until you are able to do so gradually increasing your amount, until you reach the 10% Tithing is supposed to hurt a little, but if you begin and keeping adding to the amount, you will attain the full amount. Of course, I also tell people if you get a raise, give God 10% if the amount of the raise, too. Keep in mind, 10% is the minimum, not the maximum!

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