The Bible and Giving
- THE BIBLE: THIS IS GODS WORD
FROM HIM THAT MAN MAY KNOW HOW TO PLEASE HIM.
- GIVING: THAT GOD FROM THE BEGINNING
TO THE CLOSING OF THE BIBLE HAS ALWAYS PAINTED A CONTINUING
PICTURE OF GIVING FOR MAN.
- STUDY WITH ME FOR THE NEXT FEW MINUTES
THESE INSPIRING FACTS ON GIVING FROM GOD.
- THE BIBLE ITSELF IS A GIFT OF GOD.
1:1-2 = In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
The same was in the beginning with God."
John 1:14 = "And the Word was made
flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory,
the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,)
full of grace and truth."
Timothy 3:16-17 = "All scripture
is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for
doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction
in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect,
throughly furnished unto all good works."
- IN THE BEGINNING [CREATION]:
- God gave us the world. Genesis
1:1 = "In the beginning God created
the heaven and the earth."
- God gave man life.
1:27 = "So God created man in his
own image, in the image of God created he him;
male and female created he them."
2:7 = "And the LORD God formed
man of the dust of the ground, and
breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and
man became a living soul."
- God gave man dominion over every
other creature. Genesis
1:26 = "And God said, Let
us make man in our image, after our likeness: and
let them have dominion over the fish of the sea,
and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle,
and over all the earth, and over every creeping
thing that creepeth upon the earth."
- Nothing really belongs to man:
it all is given by God for man to use.
1 Timothy 6:7-8 = "For we brought
nothing into this world, and it is certain we
can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment
let us be therewith content."
Have you ever wondered how much interest we should pay
to God for the use of His
- GOD GAVE MAN A HOME IN THE GARDEN
2:8-9 = "And the LORD God planted
a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the
man whom he had formed. And out of the ground made the
LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to
the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also
in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge
of good and evil." Genesis
2:15 = "And the LORD God took
the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress
it and to keep it."
- WHEN MAN SINNED, GOD HAVE HIM A PROMISE
OF A REDEEMER:
3:15 = "And I will put enmity between
thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her
seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise
- ONE OF THE FIRST THINGS MAN EVER
DID WAS TO OFFER A SACRIFICE TO GOD.
4:3-4 = "And in process of time it
came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the
ground an offering unto the LORD. And Abel, he also
brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the
fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and
to his offering:"
- WHEN THE WORLD WAS SO WICKED
GOD GAVE A PLAN WHERE BY MAN COULD ESCAPE DESTRUCTION.
6:5-22 = "And GOD saw that the wickedness
of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination
of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the
earth, and it grieved him at his heart. And the
LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from
the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and
the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it
repenteth me that I have made them. But Noah found grace
in the eyes of the LORD. These are the generations of
Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations,
and Noah walked with God. And Noah begat three
sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth. The earth also was
corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.
And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it
was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon
the earth. And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh
is come before me; for the earth is filled with
violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them
with the earth. Make thee an ark of gopher wood;
rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it
without with pitch. And this is the fashion which thou
shalt make it of: The length of the ark shall
be three hundred cubits, the breadth of it fifty cubits,
and the height of it thirty cubits. A window shalt
thou make to the ark, and in a cubit shalt thou finish
it above; and the door of the ark shalt thou set
in the side thereof; with lower, second, and third stories
shalt thou make it. And, behold, I, even I, do bring
a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all
flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven;
and every thing that is in the earth shall die.
But with thee will I establish my covenant; and
thou shalt come into the ark, thou, and thy sons, and
thy wife, and thy sons' wives with thee. And of
every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort shalt
thou bring into the ark, to keep them alive with
thee; they shall be male and female. Of fowls after
their kind, and of cattle after their kind, of
every creeping thing of the earth after his kind,
two of every sort shall come unto thee, to keep them
alive. And take thou unto thee of all food that
is eaten, and thou shalt gather it to thee; and it shall
be for food for thee, and for them. Thus did Noah;
according to all that God commanded him, so did he."
- THE FIRST THING NOAH DID AFTER LEAVING
THE ARK WAS TO OFFER A SACRIFICE UNTO GOD.
8:20 = "And Noah builded an altar
unto the LORD; and took of every clean
beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings
on the altar."
- AFTER THE FLOOD GOD GAVE MAN THE
PROMISE THAT HE WOULD NEVER
AGAIN DESTROY THE WORLD WITH WATER.
9:13 = "I do set my bow in the cloud,
and it shall be for a token of a covenant
between me and the earth."
- MAN GAVE GOD A TENTH UNDER THE PATRIARCHAL
- Abraham gave a tenth to Melchizadek.
14:17-20 = "And the king of Sodom
went out to meet him after his return from the slaughter
of Chedorlaomer, and of the kings that were with
him, at the valley of Shaveh, which is the king's
dale. And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth
bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most
high God. And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be
Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and
earth: And blessed be the most high God, which
hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And
he gave him tithes of all."
- Jacob promised the Lord a tenth.
28:22 = "And this stone, which
I have set
for a pillar, shall be God's house: and of all that
thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth
- GOD GAVE THE LAW OF MOSES:
- Which was given as a school mater
in preparation for another gift, Christ.
Galatians 3:24 = "Wherefore the
law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that
we might be justified by faith."
- The law of Moses was to last until
Christ came. Galatians
3:16-19 = "Now to Abraham
and his seed were the promises made. He saith not,
And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And
to thy seed, which is Christ. And this I say, that
the covenant, that was confirmed before of God
in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty
years after, cannot disannul, that it should make
the promise of none effect. For if the inheritance
be of the law, it is no more of promise: but God gave
it to Abraham by promise. Wherefore then serveth the
law? It was added because of transgressions, till
the seed should come to whom the promise was made;
and it was ordained by angels in the hand of
- It was under this law that God
commanded the Jews to give a tithe.
27:30-32 = "And all the tithe of
the land, whether of the seed of the land, or of the
fruit of the tree, is the LORD's: it is holy unto the
LORD. And if a man will at all redeem ought of his tithes,
he shall add thereto the fifth part thereof. And concerning the
tithe of the herd, or of the flock, even of whatsoever
passeth under the rod, the tenth shall be holy unto
3:8-9 = "Will a man rob God? Yet
ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we
robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. Ye are cursed
with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this
Thus, the Old Testament begins and ends with Giving.
- THE GOSPELS CENTER AROUND THE SUBJECT
- God gave His Son to the world.
1:21 = "And she shall bring forth
a son, and thou shalt call his name
JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins."
3:16 = "For God so loved the world,
that he gave his only begotten Son, that
whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but
have everlasting life."
- Christ taught the world:
It is more
blessed to give than to receive." =
- They would have to give themselves.
16:24 = "Then said Jesus unto
disciples, If any man will come after me, let him
deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow
- Some at the poor widow gave much.
12:41-44 = "And Jesus sat over
against the treasury, and beheld how the people
cast money into the
treasury: and many that were rich cast in much.
And there came a certain poor widow, and she
threw in two mites, which make a farthing. And he called
unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily
I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast
more in, than all they which have cast into the
treasury: For all they did cast in of their abundance;
but she of her want did cast in all that she
had, even all her living."
- Christ gave his life.
10:18 = "No man taketh it from
me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay
it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment
have I received of my Father."
26:28 = "For this is my blood of
the new testament, which is shed for many for
the remission of sins."
- Joseph of Arimathaea gave his own
tomb for the body of Christ. Matthew
27:60 = "And
laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out
in the rock: and he rolled a great stone to the
door of the sepulchre, and departed."
- Two women named Mary gave of their
sleep and time on the first day of the week to go
Christs tomb to be near His body. Matthew
28:1 = "In the end of the sabbath,
began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came
Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the
- THE BOOK OF ACTS IS A CONSTANT ILLUSTRATION
- Christ gave the Holy Spirit as
He had promised.
1:4-5 = "And, being assembled together
with them, commanded them that they should not depart
from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father,
which, saith he, ye have heard of me. For John
truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized
with the Holy Ghost not many days hence."
2:1-4 = "And when the day of Pentecost
was fully come, they were all with one accord in one
place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven
as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the
house where they were sitting. And there appeared
unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat
upon each of them. And they were all filled with
the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues,
as the Spirit gave them utterance."
- The members of the Jerusalem church
gave of their possessions.
2:45 = "And sold their possessions
and goods, and parted them to all men, as every
man had need."
- The church gave to look after the
needs of widows Acts
6:1-6 = "And in those days,
when the number of the disciples was multiplied, there
arose a murmuring of
the Grecians against the Hebrews, because their widows
were neglected in the daily ministration. Then
the twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto them,
and said, It is not reason that we should leave the
word of God, and serve tables. Wherefore, brethren,
look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full
of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint
over this business. But we will give ourselves
continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the
word. And the saying pleased the whole multitude:
and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and
of the Holy Ghost, and Philip, and Prochorus, and
Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolas
a proselyte of Antioch: Whom they set before the
apostles: and when they had prayed, they laid their
hands on them."
- Stephen gave his life. Acts
7:59-60 = "And they stoned Stephen,
calling upon God,
and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. And he
kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord,
lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had
said this, he fell asleep."
- Every act of the apostles was an
act of giving. Example: Look at all the apostle
in the service of Christ.
- ALL THE LETTERS TO INDIVIDUALS AND
CHURCHES WERE WRITTEN TELLING
THEM HOW TO GIVE THEIR LIVES TO THE LORD AND SPECIFIED
THE GIVING OF
ONES MEANS TO THE CHURCH.
12:1 = "I beseech you therefore,
brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your
bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God,
which is your reasonable service."
Corinthians 16:1-2 = "Now concerning
the collection for the saints, as I have given
order to the churches of Galatia, even so do ye. Upon
the first day of the week let every one of you
lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that
there be no gatherings when I come."
Corinthians 8:1-7 = "Moreover, brethren,
we do you to wit of the grace of God bestowed on
the churches of Macedonia; How that in a great trial
of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep
poverty abounded unto the riches of their liberality.
For to their power, I bear record, yea, and beyond their
power they were willing of themselves; Praying
us with much intreaty that we would receive the gift,
and take upon us the fellowship of the ministering to
the saints. And this they did, not as we hoped, but
first gave their own selves to the Lord, and unto
us by the will of God. Insomuch that we desired
Titus, that as he had begun, so he would also finish
in you the same grace also. Therefore, as ye abound
in every thing, in faith, and utterance, and knowledge,
and in all diligence, and in your love to us, see
that ye abound in this grace also."
Corinthians 9:7 = "Every man according
as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not
grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful
- THE BOOK OF REVELATION CLOSES WITH
THE PROMISE OF GODS NEW
21:6-7 = "And he said unto me, It is
done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the
end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain
of the water of life freely. He that overcometh shall
inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall
be my son."
the New Testament begins and ends with teaching concerning
- GIVING HAS ALWAYS BEEN AN IMPORTANT
PART IN MANIFESTING OUR LOVE,
DEVOTION AND APPRECIATION TO GOD.
- GOD HAS GIVEN MAN MUCH FOR HIM TO
USE IN LIFE AND NONE OF IT IS OUR
Timothy 6:7-8 = "For we brought nothing
into this world, and it is certain we can carry
nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith
- ISNT IT ABOUT TIME WE ALL TOOK
ACCOUNT OF HOW MUCH WE OWE THE
LORD FOR ALL THAT HE HAS BLESSED US WITH IN HIS GIVING
HIS IT WITH INTEREST.
John 4:19 = "We love him, because
he first loved us."
- BEGIN TODAY IN GIVING YOURSELF TO
THE LORD IN HUMBLE OBEDIENCE.
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