Wrestling with Truth September 4, 2011

PRINCIPLES OF GIVING

Based on Deuteronomy 14 – 16:

15:2, 3             Love God’s people
15:4                 Remember God’s kindness
15:5                 Obey God’s word
15:6                 Trust God’s promises
15:9                 Keep your heart right

There are significant consequences when we do not follow God’s law.   See Jeremiah 34:8-20

Jesus is the fulfillment of God’s generosity toward us.   See Luke 4:18-21 NIV  “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, {19} to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” {20} Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him, {21} and he began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”

Comments:

Deuteronomy 16:1 – 8   Remember God’s saving deliverance — therefore celebrate the Exodus, the Passover, the Cross, and our salvation

Deuteronomy 16:9 – 12   Remember God’s abundant generosity — therefore give in proportion

Deuteronomy 16:13 – 15   Remember God’s faithfulness — therefore share with the needy

Rejoice in the prospect of the Year of Jubilee and its link to thoughts about heaven.

TLT

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