The global community of Christians, Jews and Catholics have a mutual understanding and to a large degree agreement that all Scripture is good for instruction. We need only to read, heed and obey. The Holy Bible is the forerunner of today’s Owner Manual or User Guide that comes with just about anything you acquire. Like our ancestors we are not all-knowing or all capable so someone who does know gives us instructions to gain the greatest benefit from the things we bring into our lives. Some for personal use others for more practical purposes.
In Deuteronomy 26 Moses teaches the Israelites the importance of giving from God’s perspective. Just as we rejoice over the new appliances, clothing and cars we buy with our hard-earned money, God instructs Moses to command the Israelites to rejoice over the items that He has given both small and great. Every item and every gift is not given to you alone, some are given to members of your household, community and leaders in the house of God, i.e., the Levites. Every gift from God directly or indirectly is worthy of thanksgiving, even if you are convinced you earned or deserved it. It is not yours it is on loan to you from God.
We offer a part of our income (holy tithes) to the Lord in gratitude for what He has given us. If we know Him for who He really is, the Creator and Ruler of the universe, then we will rightly understand that everything in the world truly belongs to Him. In His goodness and compassion, He has provided us with the things that we need to survive. As we give to the church, “the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow,” we are acknowledging his exuberant generosity and love. King David in a moment of revelation penned the following echoing God’s divine ownership.
“For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills. I know all the birds of the mountains, and the wild beasts of the field are mine. Offer to God thanksgiving, and pay your vows to the Most High. Call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me” (Psalm 50:10-11, 14-15). God is a kind and generous god that wants us to have any and all that is His if we would read, heed and obey. Jesus said “Whatsoever you ask in my name the Father will do,” as we ask many of us make promises to God. A word of caution, whatever you promise God, pay it. Period. Pay it with thanksgivings, gratitude and rejoicing in your heart.
“O Lord, how manifold are Your works! In wisdom You have made them all. The earth is full of Your possessions-this great and wide sea, In which are innumerable teeming things, living things both small and great” (Psalm 104:24-25). You do not have to be a world traveler or a great educator to see the wonders of God’s works and possessions, the visible and the invisible are before you daily if you would only see them. You are not your own you were bought at a price. “To him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
Grady Norman Greene, Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Our Christ
- Salvation is in the Details – Numbers 3:11-13 (dianneguthmuller.com)
- Re: Tithes are required in the Christian era: Benedict Hart got it all wrong (vanguardngr.com)