The Sacrifice of Giving

by Rev. Vince Finnegan on April 20, 2008
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Giving is a vital part of Christian living. The godly attitude of giving influences every aspect of life, including finances.

Genesis 14:17-20 Abraham's response to God's blessings was the tithe. His attitude was one of thankfulness, respect, and a sincere desire to give God due honor. The tithe was a sacrifice of giving as worship to God.

Hebrews 7:4 Choicest spoils are the top of the heap, the first fruits.

Genesis 14:21-24 "I have lift up mine hand" - expression signifying full and complete surrender as a servant to God.

Genesis 28:12-15, 20-22 Jacob's response to God's promised blessings establishes the significance of the tithe.

Deuteronomy 14:22 and 23 Over 400 years after Abraham first tithed, it was incorporated into the Law. The tithe taught the people to reverence God.

Numbers 18:21 The Levites lived from the tithe provided by the other tribes of Israel (Numbers 18:21-26; Deuteronomy 10:8 & 9; 14:24-29)

2 Chronicles 31:4-10 When they were spiritually minded, they tithed, and God provided an abundance for His people.

Proverbs 3:5-10 Health and prosperity are linked to the tithe. However, the correct reason and attitude for tithing are to be a proper acknowledgment due God for His blessings with an attitude of reverence and thankfulness.

Malachi 3:7-9 Man always has the freewill choice to believe or reject God. They were cursed with a curse because they refused to believe God.

Malachi 3:10-18

Matthew 23:23 Jesus did not change the tithe in his teaching, but rather he added insight into the reason and attitude for tithing.

2 Corinthians 8:1-5 They were a great example of believers who gave with a heart of love and commitment to God.

Verse 7 Grace emphasizes the attitude behind the giving.

Verses 8-11 He did not command them because he wanted their giving to be done as a manifestation of genuine love.

2 Corinthians 9:5 The word "bounty" could have been translated blessing. The blessing is referring to their promised giving. The word "covetousness" in the context of this verse is contrasted with a blessed, generous gift and implies giving out of compulsion, grudgingly because of the giver's greediness.

Verses 6-15 All giving, whether it be the tithe or sharing of our abundance, is to be the manifestation of a heart of love, thankfulness, respect, and honor to God. We should never give with a heart of reluctance, sorrow, guilt, or out of compulsion.

Philippians 4:14-20

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