Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Dinner with God

Deuteronomy 14:22-26 “You shall surely tithe all the produce from what you sow, which comes out of the field every year.  You shall eat in the presence of the Lord your God, at the place where He chooses to establish His name, the tithe of your grain, your new wine, your oil, and the firstborn of your herd and your flock, so that you may learn to fear the Lord your God always. If the distance is so great for you that you are not able to bring the tithe, since that place where the Lord you God chooses to set His name is too far away from you when the Lord you God blesses you, then you shall exchange it for money, and bind the money in your hand and go to the place which the Lord your God chooses. You may spend the money for whatever your heat desires: for oxen, or sheep, or wine, or strong drink, or whatever your heart desires; and there you shall eat in the presence of the Lord your God and rejoice, you and you household.”

OK, those who read their Bibles recognize this as a part of the rules and regulations regarding the tithe.  But there is one point here that caught my attention…if your clan lived too far away from the site God chose to have the Levites set up the Tabernacle, you were allowed to sell your tithe for money and take the earnings, with your entire household to the place the Lord God chose.

Once you arrived there you could purchase anything you wanted ("heart desires," x2) for this grand meal which you and your whole family were to celebrate in the presence of God; His goodness to supply all your needs, in order for you to give a blessing back to God by joining him for dinner.

To worship God with a meal, to have table fellowship with the Lord, to raise a glass of wine in praise to God, and thank him for his provision; now that is a wonderful way to tithe.

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