Deuteronomy 8closeDeuteronomy 8
Remember the Lord Your God
8:1 “The whole commandment that I command you today you shall be careful to do, that you may live and multiply, and go in and possess the land that the Lord swore to give to your fathers. 2 And you shall remember the whole way that the Lord your God has led you these forty years in the wilderness, that he might humble you, testing you to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep his commandments or not. 3 And he humbled you and let you hunger and fed you with manna, which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that he might make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord. 4 Your clothing did not wear out on you and your foot did not swell these forty years. 5 Know then in your heart that, as a man disciplines his son, the Lord your God disciplines you. 6 So you shall keep the commandments of the Lord your God by walking in his ways and by fearing him. 7 For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and springs, flowing out in the valleys and hills, 8 a land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive trees and honey, 9 a land in which you will eat bread without scarcity, in which you will lack nothing, a land whose stones are iron, and out of whose hills you can dig copper. 10 And you shall eat and be full, and you shall bless the Lord your God for the good land he has given you.
11 “Take care lest you forget the Lord your God by not keeping his commandments and his rules and his statutes, which I command you today, 12 lest, when you have eaten and are full and have built good houses and live in them, 13 and when your herds and flocks multiply and your silver and gold is multiplied and all that you have is multiplied, 14 then your heart be lifted up, and you forget the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery, 15 who led you through the great and terrifying wilderness, with its fiery serpents and scorpions and thirsty ground where there was no water, who brought you water out of the flinty rock, 16 who fed you in the wilderness with manna that your fathers did not know, that he might humble you and test you, to do you good in the end. 17 Beware lest you say in your heart, ‘My power and the might of my hand have gotten me this wealth.’ 18 You shall remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth, that he may confirm his covenant that he swore to your fathers, as it is this day. 19 And if you forget the Lord your God and go after other gods and serve them and worship them, I solemnly warn you today that you shall surely perish. 20 Like the nations that the Lord makes to perish before you, so shall you perish, because you would not obey the voice of the Lord your God. (ESV)
: 1-20 (NLT)
This passage speaks about how God kept the Children of Israel alive, clothed and provided for in every way for forty years. In all that time they wanted for nothing, for their clothing and shoes never even wore out. What provision! In our world today – ‘why do we go through times of testing?’ It is not for God’s benefit but ours. Testing shows us where we are in our walk with the Lord. How deep our faith is and how much we trust Him.
We have to be constantly aware of our over-estimation of ourselves. If I am walking in accordance with how the Lord wants me to live all is well, when we begin to walk in our own way – guided by our flesh…then we get into problems.
Deuteronomy 8:11closeDeuteronomy 8:11 11 “Take care lest you forget the Lord your God by not keeping his commandments and his rules and his statutes, which I command you today, (ESV) (NLT) – Be careful that you do not forget the Lord your God, failing to observe His laws and decrees that I am giving you this day.
- We need to be careful not to forget ‘where we came from – and what the Lord has done in our lives’.
Verse 17-18: You may say to yourselves, ”My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.” Always remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms His covenant, which He swore to your ancestors, as it is today.
- If we have a good mind, intelligence, health, wisdom….it is God who has provided that. He made our minds to be able to achieve what we have. We need to never forget that, but always remember His Benevolence to us.
- One of the biggest dangers in the Christian life is Pride. The Word tells us the – “Pride goes before a fall”. When God gives you His uncommon favor take time to bless Him – thank Him for the blessing – the opportunity He has provided you with.
When you give to the Lord it is a Faith Operation, it is outward evidence of a commitment I have made in the spirit.
Habakkuk 2:4closeHabakkuk 2:4
4 “Behold, his soul is puffed up; it is not upright within him,
but the righteous shall live by his faith. (ESV) (NLT)– See, the enemy is prideful, his desires are not upright; but the righteous person [ one who has been justified and vindicated by God] shall live by faith.
Roman’s 1: 16-17 (NLT) – For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes; first to the Jew then to the Gentile. For in the gospel the righteousness for God is revealed – a righteousness that is by faith from first til last, just as it is written “The righteous will live by faith”.
Galatians 3:11closeGalatians 3:11 11 Now it is evident that no one is justified before God by the law, for “The righteous shall live by faith.” (ESV) (NLT) – Clearly no one who relies on the law is justified before God, because “the righteous will live by faith“.
Hebrews 10:38closeHebrews 10:38
38 but my righteous one shall live by faith,
and if he shrinks back,
my soul has no pleasure in him.” (ESV) (NLT)- “But My righteous one will live by faith, and I will take no pleasure in the one who shrinks back.”
- We must never try to live our lives on our own abilities. When hard times come we must not ‘shrink back’ into unrighteous thinking. We must cling even closer to Him – fully expecting that He will do what He promised! When everything around you seems to be going wrong our faith in Him will preserve us, no matter what it looks like in the natural!
How do we obey the Spirit in our giving? We can do anything in and of ourselves and say to ourselves ‘Look what I have done’ ; but, if we are truly lead by the Spirit of God then He will direct our giving and will direct us where to sow seeds.
Proverbs 11:24closeProverbs 11:24
24 One gives freely, yet grows all the richer;
another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want. (ESV) – (NLT) Give freely and become more wealthy; be stingy and lose everything.
- In the natural this makes no sense at all. But, God’s laws are not natural but ‘super-natural’. His ways are not ours. It takes faith to be a giver, but it demonstrates to angel and demons how much we trust and obey God!
- Once we receive Jesus Christ as our savior we have every right to all the covenant promises! Ephesians 2:1-22closeEphesians 2 By Grace Through Faith 2:1 And you were dead in the trespasses and sins 2 in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— 3 among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. 4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— 6 and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. One in Christ 11 Therefore remember that at one time you Gentiles in the flesh, called “the uncircumcision” by what is called the circumcision, which is made in the flesh by hands— 12 remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. 14 For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the spaniding wall of hostility 15 by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, 16 and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility. 17 And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near. 18 For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. 19 So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, 21 in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. 22 In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit. (ESV) speaks about how we were far off – unbelievers at one time, but then as we accepted the Lord Jesus Christ we were brought near to Him by the blood of Christ!
If you put your faith in things that are ‘temporary’ you are going to be disappointed and discouraged. But if you put your faith in things that are ‘eternal’ then you will never be disappointed. God will always take pleasure in those who ‘live and give by faith’.
There is nothing in the Bible that specifically commands us to Tithe, but there are many examples of it. Hebrews chapter 7 : Abraham gave a 10th to Melchizedek
Leviticus 27closeLeviticus 27 Laws About Vows 27:1 The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 2 “Speak to the people of Israel and say to them, If anyone makes a special vow to the Lord involving the valuation of persons, 3 then the valuation of a male from twenty years old up to sixty years old shall be fifty shekels of silver, according to the shekel of the sanctuary. 4 If the person is a female, the valuation shall be thirty shekels. 5 If the person is from five years old up to twenty years old, the valuation shall be for a male twenty shekels, and for a female ten shekels. 6 If the person is from a month old up to five years old, the valuation shall be for a male five shekels of silver, and for a female the valuation shall be three shekels of silver. 7 And if the person is sixty years old or over, then the valuation for a male shall be fifteen shekels, and for a female ten shekels. 8 And if someone is too poor to pay the valuation, then he shall be made to stand before the priest, and the priest shall value him; the priest shall value him according to what the vower can afford. 9 “If the vow is an animal that may be offered as an offering to the Lord, all of it that he gives to the Lord is holy. 10 He shall not exchange it or make a substitute for it, good for bad, or bad for good; and if he does in fact substitute one animal for another, then both it and the substitute shall be holy. 11 And if it is any unclean animal that may not be offered as an offering to the Lord, then he shall stand the animal before the priest, 12 and the priest shall value it as either good or bad; as the priest values it, so it shall be. 13 But if he wishes to redeem it, he shall add a fifth to the valuation. 14 “When a man dedicates his house as a holy gift to the Lord, the priest shall value it as either good or bad; as the priest values it, so it shall stand. 15 And if the donor wishes to redeem his house, he shall add a fifth to the valuation price, and it shall be his. 16 “If a man dedicates to the Lord part of the land that is his possession, then the valuation shall be in proportion to its seed. A homer of barley seed shall be valued at fifty shekels of silver. 17 If he dedicates his field from the year of jubilee, the valuation shall stand, 18 but if he dedicates his field after the jubilee, then the priest shall calculate the price according to the years that remain until the year of jubilee, and a deduction shall be made from the valuation. 19 And if he who dedicates the field wishes to redeem it, then he shall add a fifth to its valuation price, and it shall remain his. 20 But if he does not wish to redeem the field, or if he has sold the field to another man, it shall not be redeemed anymore. 21 But the field, when it is released in the jubilee, shall be a holy gift to the Lord, like a field that has been devoted. The priest shall be in possession of it. 22 If he dedicates to the Lord a field that he has bought, which is not a part of his possession, 23 then the priest shall calculate the amount of the valuation for it up to the year of jubilee, and the man shall give the valuation on that day as a holy gift to the Lord. 24 In the year of jubilee the field shall return to him from whom it was bought, to whom the land belongs as a possession. 25 Every valuation shall be according to the shekel of the sanctuary: twenty gerahs shall make a shekel. 26 “But a firstborn of animals, which as a firstborn belongs to the Lord, no man may dedicate; whether ox or sheep, it is the Lord's. 27 And if it is an unclean animal, then he shall buy it back at the valuation, and add a fifth to it; or, if it is not redeemed, it shall be sold at the valuation. 28 “But no devoted thing that a man devotes to the Lord, of anything that he has, whether man or beast, or of his inherited field, shall be sold or redeemed; every devoted thing is most holy to the Lord. 29 No one devoted, who is to be devoted for destruction from mankind, shall be ransomed; he shall surely be put to death. 30 “Every tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land or of the fruit of the trees, is the Lord's; it is holy to the Lord. 31 If a man wishes to redeem some of his tithe, he shall add a fifth to it. 32 And every tithe of herds and flocks, every tenth animal of all that pass under the herdsman's staff, shall be holy to the Lord. 33 One shall not differentiate between good or bad, neither shall he make a substitute for it; and if he does substitute for it, then both it and the substitute shall be holy; it shall not be redeemed.” 34 These are the commandments that the Lord commanded Moses for the people of Israel on Mount Sinai. (ESV) : 30 (NLT) – A tithe of everything from the land, whether grain from the soil or fruit from the trees belongs to the Lord; it is holy unto the Lord.
2 Corinthians 9:7close2 Corinthians 9:7 7 Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. (ESV) (NLT)- Each one of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give; not reluctantly or under compulsion – for God loves a cheerful giver.
Matthew 6:4closeMatthew 6:4 4 so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. (ESV) (NKJV) That your alms may be given in secret, and your Father who sees in secret, Himself, shall reward you openly.
There are three types of giving to the Lord
Alms – gifts of charity and mercy – Offerings – a tribute made out of your sacrifice – Tithe – a 10th of what the Lord has provided for you ( income)
- Always remember you can NEVER out give God! His greatest desire is to bless you and provide for your every need. Trust Him with all you have, and watch the uncommon favor that comes to you and your family!