Sunday, November 16, 2014

Deuteronomy 26

Today's reading in our daily plan is Deuteronomy 26. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)

  • The Israelites participated in the Festival of Firstfruits (see Leviticus 23:9-14) in order to remind themselves of all God had provided for them.  (1-19)
  • God’s people expressed their worship and gratitude through offering a tithe (a sacrifice of personal resources in order to bring honor to God).

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)

  • Remembering God’s provisions in our lives helps keep us spiritually centered.
  • God’s people express worship and gratitude through offering tithes.  For ages God’s people have expressed worship and gratitude through offering tithes. Tithe means tenth. God’s people give the first tenth of what God provides them back to God. We should view this not as a “have to” but as a “get to”. It’s our chance to be generous back to the God who has been so generous with us. (See 2 Corinthians 9:6-15).  Rather, the importance is the posture of our hearts when we give (see 2 Corinthians 9:7).

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)

  • This week, start a blessing journal.  Anytime you recognize a blessing, write it down.  At the end of the week, look over the list and thank God for all He has provided for you.
  • Have you developed the habit of tithing? Giving the first ten percent of our income back to God recognizes that it all comes from Him, and helps us to grow our faith and make Him our top priority. Tithing is the only thing in the Bible God tells us to test Him on (see Malachi 3:10). Maybe it’s time for you to tithe and to test God on this.