Provide neither gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purses; nor a traveling bag for your journey, neither two coats, neither shoes, nor a staff: for the workman is worthy of his food (Mat 10:9+10).
And into whatever city or town you shall enter, inquire who in it is worthy; and stay there until you depart. And into whatever house you enter, first say: Peace be with you! And in the same house remain, eating and drinking what they provide: for the labourer is worthy of his wages. Do not go from house to house (Mat 10:11+12, Luk 10:5+7).
Yeshua said that the house which provides his servants for what they need to proclaim the gospel must be greeted with the blessing of peace. Those who are good stewards are blessed not only with the true riches (those things that really matters), but also with eternal rewards:
And I say unto you: Make friends for yourselves by using your deceitful riches; so that when you die, they will receive you into everlasting tabernacles. If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches? (Luk 16:9+11).
The right motive: Stewards or gamblers?
Many people give money to ministries (some a lot), but because their motive is wrong it is not regarded as an offering to God. Money which is given in order to get rich is not really an offering to God, but more like gamble money.
The Biblical principal is as follows:
- Obedience to God will result in blessing:
A blessing, if ye obey the commandments of Yahweh your God, which I command you this day (Deu 11:27).
Deu 7:11 Thou shall therefore keep the commandments, and the statutes, and the judgments, which I command thee this day, to do them.
Deu 7:12 Why it shall come to pass, if ye hearken to these judgments, and keep, and do them, that Yahweh thy God shall keep unto thee the covenant and the mercy which he sware unto thy fathers:
Deu 7:13 And he will love thee, and bless thee, and multiply thee: he will also bless the fruit of thy womb, and the fruit of thy land, thy corn, and thy wine, and thine oil, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep, in the land which he sware unto thy fathers to give thee.
Deu 7:14 Thou shall be blessed above all people: there shall not be male or female barren among you, or among your cattle.
Deu 7:15 And Yahweh will take away from thee all sickness, and will put none of the evil diseases of Egypt, which thou know, upon thee; but will lay them upon all them that hate thee.
- Of which you give you firstfruits, tithes and offering:
Deu 14:22 Thou shall truly tithe all the increase of thy seed, that the field brings forth year by year.
Deu 14:23 And thou shall eat before Yahweh thy God, in the place which he shall choose to place his name there, the tithe of thy corn, of thy wine, and of thine oil, and the firstlings of thy herds and of thy flocks; that thou may learn to fear Yahweh thy God always.
Deu 14:28 At the end of three years thou shall bring forth all the tithe of thine increase the same year, and shall lay it up within thy gates:
Deu 14:29 And the Levite, (because he has no part nor inheritance with thee,) and the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, which are within thy gates, shall come, and shall eat and be satisfied; that Yahweh thy God may bless thee in all the work of thine hand which thou do.
The right motive is gratefulness because God blessed you. To ignore God's commandments and then expect his blessing because you bribed Him is not scriptural at all. The only people who are really "blessed" (read "get rich") this way are those who preaches such lies.
More than one tithe - one for yourself!
Did you notice that there are two tithes? One for yourself to spend on big celebrations (lots of food) of the appointed times (aka "Biblical feasts" or "Moadim"), and one to give unto the Levites, widows, fatherless and poor.
The Levites and priests in Biblical times were the Bible teachers:
- 2Ch 31:4 Moreover he commanded the people that dwelt in Jerusalem to give the portion of the priests and the Levites, that they might be encouraged in the Torah of Yahweh.
- 2Ch 15:3b without a teaching priest, and without Torah.
Eze 44:23 And they shall teach my people the difference between the holy and profane, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean.
Mal 2:7 For the priest's lips should keep knowledge, and they should seek the Torah at his mouth: for he is the messenger of Yahweh of hosts.
I must work the works of Him who sent me, while it is day: the night comes, when no man can work (John 9:4).
Make the best use of your time, because the days are evil (Eph 5:16).
Isn't the Kingdom of God the best place to invest our time and money? Not only will there be believers who welcome us in the world to come, but we also will receive true riches now, the things that really matter.
I used to be very materialistic. I wanted to have a big double storey house with three garages below: one for the boat, one for the four-wheel drive and one for the car. Then I had a dream: I was in the rich man's neighborhood in my town, but instead of nice houses there were shacks. They were double storey shacks, but they still were ugly shacks. God showed me what He thought of the material things that I was pursuing (there is nothing wrong with being rich, but it wasn't my calling).
My whole view of looking at life changed when I realized that we are really living in the end times, and that I would spend all my time and money to obtain a big house and fancy cars - just in time to most probably loose it all when the anti-Messiah takes over (Rev 13:16-17).
Time to win souls and to make disciples is running out fast. Not all of us can go, but each one of us can do our part. Ministry is teamwork, as both Yeshua (Jesus) and Sha'ul (Paul) clearly taught us:
And when it was day, he called unto him his disciples: and of them he chose twelve, whom also he named apostles (Luk 6:13).
And Yochanah the wife of Khuza, Herod's steward, and Shoshannah, and many others, which ministered unto him of their substance (Luk 8:3).
And as you go, preach, saying: The kingdom of heaven is near! Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils - freely you have received (these gifts and authority), freely you must give it (Mat 10:7+8).
I have included verse eight because people often expects a teacher to work for free, not realizing that it refers to spiritual gifts that they have received freely, not to ministry work (which does not come freely, it takes a lot of time and work). The verses that directly follow makes it clear:
If we have sown unto you spiritual things, is it too much if we reap a material harvest from you? Don't you know that those who work at the Temple get their food from the Temple, and those who minister at the altar are partakers with the altar? Even so has the Lord ordained that those who preach the gospel should live of the gospel (1 Cor 9:11+13+14).
Sha'ul reminds us that Yeshua instructed that those who preach the gospel must also live from it. He also refers to the priests and Levites who work at the Temple. In Biblical times they were the teachers and preachers. Not only did they receive a portion of the offerings, but also a portion of the tithes:
For the priest's lips should keep knowledge, and they should seek the Torah at his mouth: for he is the messenger of Yahweh of hosts (Mal 2:7).
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