Many from the northern tribes came to this Passover. They help to cleanse the land of Judah of its idolatry. Like the healed Gadarene demonic, they went back home to the north to declare the wonderful things God had done! Let us do what is good and right and true in God’s sight!
“As soon as the command was spread abroad, the people of Israel gave in abundance the firstfruits of grain, wine, oil, honey, and of all the produce of the field. And they brought in abundantly the tithe of everything.”
Here is what a willing and free offering is! Giving out of the abundance of a heart reborn in Christ.
In 2 Corinthians 9 we read,
“Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”
It is not the metrics that matter, not the amount or the type that determine success.
God loves a cheerful giver.
Here we read of the people of Israel being transformed by the renewing of their minds, offering up spiritual worship.
They were cheerful givers!
Are we cheerful in our giving, of our time, our energy, our goods of spiritual and material reality?
Let us be encouraged and exhorted to remember – God loves a cheerful giver!
* Dear Lord God,
Thank You for what You have given to us – New life, and life to the full! Forgiveness though we deserved punishment!
Please encourage us, exhort us, help us to remember this – Please help us to give cheerfully Lord God.