TUESDAY 19TH MAY, 2020
THEME: Respect God’s Offerings
PASSAGE: Leviticus 22:1-6
HYMN: MHB 31 – GOD reveals His presence.
MEMORY VERSE: Leviticus 22:2 “Tell Aaron and his sons to be very careful with the sacred gifts that the Israelites set apart for Me, so they do not bring shame on My holy name. I am the Lord.”
When you hear the word “holy,” what do you think of? The commentaries have a lot to say about the subject, but a good working definition of when something is “holy” has three elements: When something is (1) set apart (2) by God (3) for His special purpose. For instance, we think of ancient Israel’s priests as dealing very carefully with holy things, such as their vestments, bowls and sacrifices, in order to avoid profaning them by improper use.
God gave them procedures for handling these articles, and the priests followed those procedures carefully. God’s offering is sacrosanct and must be respected. Many people today, especially those in positions of authority in the church are very careless about offerings to God. They have put themselves in a very difficult situation as a result of lack of respect such offerings.
I use to have a steward in of one the local churches where I served. He only came to church to steal from the offering and tithes contributed by members of the church. Because offering to God is sacrosanct, one day he was caught and disgraced.
Take note that Tithe and offering belong to God and they are holy. If you are a Christian and you don’t give God your tithe, you are treating God’s tithes with contempt and it is a sin before Him. God’s tithes are holy. They are set apart by God for specific purposes, and we are to use them in a prescribed manner. The tithe is the Lord’s—not ours. Malachi 3:8 states: “Will a man rob God? Yet you have robbed Me! But you say, ‘In what way have we robbed You?’ In tithes and offerings.” If we spend them for our personal uses, we are taking something that is God’s, and we are profaning what is holy.
PRAYER: Jehovah Jireh, always grant me the means and grace to correctly pay my tithes and offerings to the glory and honour of Your name. Amen.
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