Giving to the Lord
In this lesson we are going to look at some principles from the word of God in regards to giving. We will begin with looking at two types of giving from Malachi and end with some principles shown to us in 2 Corinthians.
Malachi 3:7-10 (Tithes and Offerings)
In verse 8 we see the term tithes and offerings. This represents two types of giving under the Old Testament. The tithe was the tenth part which was required and the offerings were anything above the tithe.
Where did the tithe come from?
In Genesis 14:17-24 we see that the first person to give tithes was Abram and he gave them to Melchizedek. When we look at the account of this in Hebrews 7:1-4 we see that Abram gave a tenth (this shows us that the tithe is 10 percent or 1/10) to Melchizedek and that Melchizedek was a type of Jesus Christ. Therefore the tithe was actually started before the law, and it was given to a man who was a type of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Now anything given above the tenth would be considered offerings. And there are many examples of people in the Bible giving more than just the tenth.
What about giving in the New Testament?
There are several scriptures that are usually used to promote giving in for the church age Christians. Two of these are 1 Corinthians 16:1-2 and 2 Corinthians 9:6-8. We will look at the latter passage and show some principles for giving from these verses.
Principles for Giving: (2 Corinthians 9:6-8)
1) Give as God purposes in your hearts (verse 7)
- Many like to say that the tithes were Old Testament and we are no longer under the law in the church age. This is true but the tithe was also before the law. Now I personally believe that even in the New Testament we should be able to start with the minimum from the Old Testament, and then add to it. Remember the offerings also.
- Now the point is that you should get with God and seriously consider the matter and then be willing to give as he leads.
2) We should not give grudgingly or of necessity (verse 7)
- Our giving should be done not because we have to but because we want to. The motive of why we give is very important.
3) God loves a cheerful giver (verse 7)
- I heard a preacher say one time that he never heard anyone shout or praise God when the offering was being taken up. There is a lot of truth in that and also an interesting thought.
4) There are blessing associated with giving (verses 8-11)
- God blesses the cheerful giver.
What are some of the blessing that are associated with giving to the Lord?
1) God gives us grace (verse 8)
2) God gives us sufficiency (verse 8)
3) By ministering seed to others our seed is increased also (verse 10)
4) God is thanked and get glory for our giving (verse 11)
Giving to the Lord
1) What are the two forms of giving found in Malachi 3:8?
2) Where did the tithe come from an who was it given to?
3) What then is the difference between the tithe and the offerings?
4) What is a good New Testament verse on giving?
5) What are some principles from the above passage on giving?
6) What are some of the blessings for giving according to the above passage?