2 Corinthians 9

2 Corinthians 9: God loves the Giver

                Paul writes the Corinthians and essentially says; ‘I know you want to give, you boast about giving… so I am sending some people to collect for the Lord’ – So agents of the Church come and collect money from the Saints.

Now, Paul remind them that; “…He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.” (2 Corinthians 9:6) So we are taught that if we only give a little to the Church we are not going to be blessed as much as if we give a lot. So does that mean a rich person can get more blessings? NO! It means that you are giving a lot according to your means. For example: A poor person might give the church $10, but if that is 10% of their income (tithing=10%) then they have given according to the commandment, and will receive full blessings. What about the rich guy that gives $10 Million? If that is 10% of his income, then he also will receive full blessings.

Paul warns about those who give only for blessings, or give because they feel they are “forced”; “Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth the cheerful giver.” (2 Corinthians 9:7) When we give, we need to give with a cheerful heart!

Deuteronomy 25-26

Deuteronomy 25-26

Chapter 25: Marriage Law

In Israel, judges will pass down sentences for those who commit crimes and wickedness. Marriage law in Israel provides that if a woman’s husband die and they have no children, that the brother of the husband who died shall go in unto the widow and raise children unto his brother (verse 5).

In doing business, Moses speaks about using just weights and measurements as to not deceive. Essentially today, you could say that Moses was speaking out about proper business ethics, to be fair and proper.

Israel is commanded to “blot out” the Amalekites from under heaven, to kill them.

Chapter 26: Law of Tithing

If you keep the law of tithing and help out your neighbor you will be blessed. See verse 12.