The Daily Word: Monday, March 12th, 2018
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
“Behold, I have given the children of Levi all the tithes in Israel as an inheritance in return for the work which they perform, the work of the tabernacle of meeting.” – Num 18:21
God’s people gave their tithe – a tenth of all – to the Levites. The Levites were those whom God had set apart to “perform the work of the tabernacle of meeting” (v 23). Notice the progression here: the people were giving to God; but they were giving through His ministers.
The same held true for the offering. Whenever God’s people made an offering to God, they would give their gift to the priests – Aaron and his sons:
All the best of the oil, all the best of the new wine and the grain, their firstfruits which they offer to the Lord, I have given them to you. – Num 18:12
As New Testament Christians, the tithe and the offering are still practiced (see Matt 23:23). They are given to the local church: the body that ministers God’s Word, and provides care for His people.
Under the New Covenant, we don’t give because we have to; we give because we get to! Giving is a gift from God. He gives us more than enough, so we can bless and build His house in return!
Father, thank You for the gift of giving. I want my giving to change lives. Give me a generous heart, in Jesus’ name!
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