Exodus 36:1-7.. 2 Then Moses called Bezalel and Oholiab…to come to the work to perform it. 3 They received from Moses all the contributions which the sons of Israel had brought to perform the work in the construction of the sanctuary….5 …the people were restrained from bringing any more. 7 For the material they had was sufficient and more than enough for all the work, to perform it.
The skilled leaders and craftsmen took the contributions and begin constructing the Tabernacle. An amazing thing happened, the Israelites kept giving. They were told to stop giving. This was no small contribution because the gold and silver alone in October 2017 dollars was worth over $47 million. I believe the people gave from the abundance God had provided them when they left Egypt. The contributions were voluntary from the heart because the law about giving came after the completion of the Tabernacle.
God has continued to bless those who give cheerfully out of love. In the last book of the Old Testament He said “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and test Me now in this,” says the Lord of hosts, “if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows.” A
Then Paul inspired by God described grace giving which exceeds the tithe; ” 1 Now, brethren, we wish to make known to you the grace of God which has been given in the churches of Macedonia,” B
Then He said cheerful grace giving will increase the harvest of your righteousness, result in you giving liberally and produce thanksgiving for God.
“ 7 …God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed;”
10 Now He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness; 11 you will be enriched in everything for all liberality, which through us is producing thanksgiving to God.” C
This is not a promise of so-called prosperity gospel that teaches that faithful giving will produce great wealth. Instead, His promise is giving out of poverty, then more righteousness, liberality, and thanksgiving.
Thank You God for the bountiful blessings you have poured out in our life in our family and in growth into the likeness of the image of Jesus every day. You out-give us as promised.
Henry Luke 10/21/2017
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