|“You can easily develop an adversarial relationship with government over what you perceive to be unjust laws. But never forget that you cannot think evil of people and be a channel of God’s grace to them. You may believe that certain people act in an unbiblical and deplorable fashion, but if you do not love them, you cannot represent God to them … God calls you to proclaim His message of grace. Never prejudge who should and should not be the objects of His grace.” Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt”)
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
”You shall tithe all the yield of your seed, which comes forth from the field year by year and spend the money for whatever you desire, oxen, or sheep, or wine or strong drink, whatever your appetite craves.” Deuteronomy 14:22, 26
Each year God’s people took ten percent of their yearly wage and spend it in the presence of the Lord on whatever they “craved.” Moses gave God’s rationale for commanding the people to do this, “that you may learn to fear the Lord your God always.”318
What you spend you do not have, and what you do not have you must trust God to provide. Many people spend money they do not have and go into debt. This is not what Moses is talking about. Rather you are yearly to take ten percent of what you do have and spend it on your self. The desire to accumulate can easily become an expression of unbelief; you save for uncertain times because you do not wish to trust God to provide for you during those times. This does not mean that if you save you are living in unbelief. Only you and God know the difference.
God does not carry the command to spend a second tithe over into the New Testament, so you are not obligated to follow Israel’s lead in this matter. But you should be instructed. When Israel sought to accumulate and hoard the manna, it turned to rot. Liberality delights God when expressed in gratitude for His provision. You can trust God in a variety of ways. A second tithe is one of them.
318 Deuteronomy 14:23
Psalm 126-128 1 Corinthians 10:19-33 (New King James Version)
1 Corinthians 10:19-33
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