Generosity is possible everywhere : all ages, all situations, and all places.
JESUS teaching us about
– Previously :Disciples not taking anything on their trips…
– Jesus virgin birth
– call of “average & sinner” disciples
– Jesus’ victory through death on a cross
Previous Generous Giving examples ( except for last week, abundance is common theme)
VIDEO – rethinking GIVING
Generosity is transformational
Is POSSIBLE EVEN IN WAR
Jesus’ repeated similar concepts:
Matthew 5:17 : FULFILL
Vs 21 – murder
Vs 27 – adultery
Vs 31 – divorce
Vs 33 – oaths
Vs 38. – eye for eye
Vs 44 – love neighbor
ReTHINKING OWNERSHIP of stuff
Honor the Lord with your wealth,
with the firstfruits of all your crops; 10 then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.
Job 41:10 ( re: Leviathan )
No one is fierce enough to rouse it.
Who then is able to stand against me?
Who has a claim against me that I must pay?
Everything under heaven belongs to…..
What is a tithe?
There were three tithes under the Old Covenant:
1) the Levite, (numbers 18:21)
2) Festival, and (Deuteronomy 12:6,18)
3) Poor. These were mandated by the Law. (Deuteronomy 14:28-29)
Honor the LORD with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops; 10 then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.
So in light of this , how would you answer this internet question :
“Should we tithe off our gross or net income?”
Video : Handful of rice
Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former.
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.
Matthew 14: 26-32
Jesus’ response “ little faith”
Our call to RETHINK EVERYTHING!