Is is possible that there is something your life so sacred and so valuable that God put special guidelines and protection around it?
That He promised that when you walk according to those guidelines that he’d bless you beyond what you can imagine and rebuke the enemy, so that he cannot steal kill and destroy?
And also if you don’t follow them, that you would bring a curse on yourself and open a doorway to the enemy?
Show Notes For This Foundational Podcast:
So the LORD said to Joshua: “Get up! Why do you lie thus on your face?
Non-optional Principles of Tithing
- Hebrew “accursed thing”
- Under the ban
- “They have partaken of the devoted thing”
- Something that was devoted to God and banned from being used as something common
- Before conquering Jericho, Joshua warned the nation
- Joshua 6:18
- God set Jericho as the fruitfruits of the Promised Land
- They were not to touch any of the spoil
- It was dedicated to God for sacred use
- Jericho was the tithe city
- They could share the spoil of all the other cities
- But the spoil of Jericho was to go into the treasury of the Lord
Achan took some of the spoil for himself
“There is an accursed thing in your midst, O Israel; you cannot stand before your enemies until you take away the accursed thing from among you.”
- God has financial principles of His kingdom, just as any other kingdom
- You have follow God’s principles of finance
“Honor the LORD with your possessions, and with the firstfruits of all your increase; so your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will overflow with new wine.”
“For on My holy mountain, on the mountain height of Israel,” says the Lord GOD, “there all the house of Israel, all of them in the land, shall serve Me; there I will accept them, and there I will require your offerings and the firstfruits of your sacrifices, together with all your holy things. I will accept you as a sweet aroma when I bring you out from the peoples and gather you out of the countries where you have been scattered; and I will be hallowed in you before the Gentiles.”
“For I am the LORD, I do not change; therefore you are not consumed, O sons of Jacob. Yet from the days of your fathers you have gone away from My ordinances and have not kept them. Return to Me, and I will return to you,”
Says the LORD of hosts. “But you said, ‘In what way shall we return?’ Will a man rob God? Yet you have robbed Me!
But you say, ‘In what way have we robbed You?’ In tithes and offerings. You are cursed with a curse, for you have robbed Me, even this whole nation. Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house,
And try Me now in this,” Says the LORD of hosts, “If I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing That there will not be room enough to receive it. And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes,
So that he will not destroy the fruit of your ground, nor shall the vine fail to bear fruit for you in the field,” Says the LORD of hosts; And all nations will call you blessed, for you will be a delightful land,” Says the LORD of hosts.
Do we still have to live under the tithe in the New Testament?
“Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.”
- Jesus said this when the New Testament wasn’t even written yet
- Matthew 5:18-19
- Those who teach others to keep His commands will be great in Christ’s kingdom
- Those who do not, who distort them, will be least in Christ’s kingdom
- Jesus fulfilled the ceremonial laws
- Old Testament is still relevant to us today
- Matthew 23:23
“But woe to you Pharisees! For you tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass by justice and the love of God. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone.” (Emphasis mine)
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