Bible Society of South Africa

At work with God – Day 9

Serve God with your income.

Bible text(s)

The Law of the Tithe

22“Set aside a tithe — a tenth of all that your fields produce each year. 23Then go to the one place where the LORD your God has chosen to be worshipped; and there in his presence eat the tithes of your corn, wine, and olive oil, and the firstborn of your cattle and sheep. Do this so that you may learn to honour the LORD your God always.

Deuteronomy 14:22-23GNBOpen in Bible reader

42“How terrible for you Pharisees! You give God a tenth of the seasoning herbs, such as mint and rue and all the other herbs, but you neglect justice and love for God. These you should practise, without neglecting the others.

Luke 11:42GNBOpen in Bible reader

The Widow's Offering

41As Jesus sat near the temple treasury, he watched the people as they dropped in their money. Many rich men dropped in a lot of money; 42then a poor widow came along and dropped in two little copper coins, worth about a penny. 43He called his disciples together and said to them, “I tell you that this poor widow put more in the offering box than all the others. 44For the others put in what they had to spare of their riches; but she, poor as she is, put in all she had — she gave all she had to live on.”

Mark 12:41-44GNBOpen in Bible reader

6Remember that the person who sows few seeds will have a small crop; the one who sows many seeds will have a large crop. 7You should each give, then, as you have decided, not with regret or out of a sense of duty; for God loves the one who gives gladly. 8And God is able to give you more than you need, so that you will always have all you need for yourselves and more than enough for every good cause. 9As the scripture says:

“He gives generously to the needy;

his kindness lasts for ever.”

2 Corinthians 9:6-9GNBOpen in Bible reader

The money and possessions we accumulate are ours by the grace of God and therefore belong to Him. In the Old Testament God’s people are under an obligation to set aside one tenth of their earnings for God’s work. In the New Testament we are urged to give our offerings freely and with a glad heart.

Bible Society of South Africav.4.20.14
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