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Weekly Thoughts

By David J. Smith
April 17, 2010

God the Father had with Him in His throne room Jesus Christ, before They began the creative process. That’s why a uniplural word, God, was used in Genesis 1:1. “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” In Genesis 1:26 it proves that God was plural – “Let US make man in OUR image …”

In the newer writings John starts his large book by stating: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1). Verse 14 shows that Word to be Jesus, our Savior.

Jesus was with God the Father from the beginning of the creation and was also God. God the Father delegated to Jesus the position of Spokesman to the human race. That’s why the scripture says: “No man has heard His voice nor seen His shape” – meaning the Father. Moses and 70 elders saw the back of the God that thundered down the Ten Commandments – Jesus Christ (I Corinthians 10:1-4).

God gave His Everlasting Covenant to Adam and Eve. It was then handed down from memory. Noah taught Abraham 39 years in his home on this side of the great flood. Noah taught Abraham God’s Covenant. After the teaching process was over, God called Abraham to journey to the promise land. He ran into difficulties with people of the land. He rescued his nephew Lot along with others, who had been kidnapped. Notice what Abraham did. He met Melchizedek, Jesus Christ, priest of the most high God “And gave him tithes [10%] of all” (Genesis 14:20).

Of course Abraham gave 10%, his heart was with God. Jesus said: “For where your treasure is, there will be your heart also” (Matthew 6:21). What we DO with our money from our job, profession, or self-employment determines HOW dedicated we are to God’s Work on this earth. Of course, we cannot give something we do not have; but if we are gainfully employed and making wise use of our finances, we should have something to give to God’s purpose on this earth.

Jesus, as the God of the Old Testament, gave instructions concerning giving even on special occasions. He describes how He has called for special Feasts to be observed in three seasons of the year – spring, summer, and fall (Deuteronomy 16:16-17). He said we should appear before Him WITH an offering. That offering was to be in proportion to how we have been blessed that year. For some, the offering would be substantial, while for others, it would be small. The point is it shows an attitude of heart. Do we really believe God and desire obedience or do we simply blow it off?

God uses human instruments, empowered by His Holy Spirit, to take the message out to the world. The word will not come back empty. God has said it. As a result, Satan hates the messengers of God and does everything he can to destroy and discredit them. He will create and invent lies and find just the right person, whose heart is not right with God, to spread them and perform Satan’s work for him. We should count it all joy that we can be accounted worthy to be persecuted for righteous-ness sake.

God’s method of financing His earthly Work has not changed. At each of the Holy Days, we should give an offering. During the year, we should give our 10% as God instructed. “And all the titheis the Lord’s; it is holy unto the Lord” (Leviticus 27:30). Nothing has changed! Jesus does not change (Hebrews 13:8).

Look! “Who goes a warfare any time at his own charges? Who plants a vineyard, and eats not of the fruit thereof? Or who FEEDS A FLOCK, and eats not of the milk of the flock?

“Say I [Paul] these things as a man? Or says not the law the same also?

“For it is written in the law of Moses, YOU SHALL NOT MUZZLE THE MOUTH OF THE OX THAT TREADS OUT THE CORN. Does God take care for oxen?

“Or says he it altogether for OUR sakes? For our sakes, no doubt, this is written: that he [of the ministry] that plows should plow in hope; and that he that threshes in hope should be partaker of his hope.

“If we have sown unto you spiritual things, is it a great thing if we shall reap your carnal things [tithes and offerings]? …

“Do you not know that they which minister about holy things live of the things of the temple? and they which wait at the altar are partakers with the alter?

“Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel” (I Corinthians 9:7-14).

I praise God for all He has accomplished through our small group of believers. People are learning of His true ways. I take no credit. I am only a human vessel for Him to work through. Amen! 

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