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New Testament Giving

By: Steve Burzlaff Thursday August 17th, 2006

It seems like most organized churches have to talk about giving at one time or another. Our pastor hates this, but finds it necessary to remind the members of the congregation of their obligation to tithe/give. Here is a condensed version of some of the scripture that he has used at various times.

1 Cor 16:1-2 (KJV) Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so do ye. Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.

We should give weekly.

Everyone in the church, regardless of age or financial status, should give.

Everyone should give according to how much God has prospered him. In other words, the wealthy should give more than the poor.

How much?

As Jesus watched worshipers at the Temple cast money into the treasury, He observed a poor widow give two mites (a mite was the smallest Roman copper coin, equal to about a sixteenth of a soldier's daily pay). CHRIST told His disciples that from God's point of view, she gave more than all the rest, because what she gave was a greater portion of what she had.

Mk 12:41-44 (KJV) And Jesus sat over against the treasury, and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much. And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing. And He called unto Him His disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury: For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living.

This incident raises the Old Testament conceptions of righteousness to a new level. But the only person whom Jesus commended for generosity was a poor widow who "did cast in all that she had, even all her living." Clearly, God wants us to know that we have no grounds for boasting in our generosity if we give Him less than everything.

A good rule of thumb: Since the New Testament refuses to say how much we should give. We will find the answer implied in Paul's exhortation that we should be a cheerful giver.

2 Cor. 9:6-7 (KJV) But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.

Nevertheless, the practice of tithing was not created by the law of Moses. It goes back much further, at least to Abraham. We may thus surmise that it sets a timeless standard for minimum giving. Because of our roots back to Abraham, most Christians feel that they should give God no less than a tithe.

What are the blessings from a tithe?

Here are a few of them:

Psa. 41:1 (KJV) Blessed is he that considereth the poor: the LORD will deliver him in time of trouble.

Prov. 3:9-10 (KJV) Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase: So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.

Prov 11:25 (KJV) The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall be watered also himself.

Luke 6:38 (KJV) 38: Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.


Thank You Lord,

Your little spoiled brother Bob.

Amen.


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