Today’s Reading: Deuteronomy 25-26
Key verse: Deuteronomy 26:19
…and that He will set you high above all nations which He has made, in praise, in name, and in honor, and that you may be a holy people to the Lord your God, just as He has spoken.
We are to be a “holy people.” Believing in Jesus and following Him makes this possible. Ephesians 2:21 calls us, “a holy temple.” Two practices stand out in today’s reading. First, the sandal and the kinsman redeemer. Note Deuteronomy 25:9 and then turn to a wonderful love story, Ruth 4. Note verse 7. Second, paying the tithe, 10% of our increase. To read more about this practice, we may want to read Malachi 3:6-12. This final book in the Hebrew Scriptures has much to say about giving. The Greek Scriptures, our New Testament, speaks of giving in many places. The one that comes to mind is 1 Cor. 16:2, where Paul encourages us to set aside our offerings on the first day of each week. It seems that the early believers in Jesus paid the tithe (they were almost all Jews) and then did much more in offerings. To the rich young ruler. Jesus asked for his all (Mark 10:17-22). My question should not be, “How much should I give?” but, “How much of my income should I use for myself?”
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord God, please give me the grace of disciplined consistency in listening to You as I read Your Word each day, and in faithful fervency as I talk with You in my prayer time. May my spiritual intake be even more important than physical food and drink. In Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
Throughout the age of the Church, a wide variety of giving practices has been employed. For example, my Father, Rev. Dr. Roy Mainse, in his ordination commitments, was not to own property personally. He was 40 when I was born in 1936, and he wrote that while his brothers received an inheritance, such as the family farm, he would not receive an inheritance. He was in the ministry (Methodist/Holiness Movement) and his needs were provided by the congregations, college and missionary society that he served. As a boy, the residence, complete with old furniture from the 19th century, was provided. I remember the red-letter day when Dad came home with a new fridge. We actually owned it. My memories of his total dedication to the cause of Christ are a motivation for me in my service to God and people.