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“May you always put the Lord first in your life.” <>< Dona (03/12/20)

Please read Deuteronomy 14 through 16. If you don’t have a Bible handy just click here -> Biblegateway.com.  The Biblegateway website should open for you to use.  Type in the chapters you want to read and select the translation you want to read them from. Click search and the chapters should appear. Once you read the suggested chapters close the screen and you should return here.

In Deuteronomy 14:1-21 the Israelites are told the difference between clean and unclean food. (F.Y.I. We no longer have to follow these laws about food according to Acts 10:9-16.)

In Deuteronomy 14:22-29 tithing is explained to the Israelites.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord You encouraged the Israelites to give to You not because You need anything but so what they gave could bless others.

Something to think about

The Israelites were to give God the first and best of what they had.  In reality all they had belonged to God anyway.  They were also instructed to share what they had with the Levites, the aliens, the fatherless and the widows.

Something to experience

When we share with others the Lord blesses us. 

Prayer

Lord I pray we will always put You first. I pray we too will give the first and best of what we have received.  For what we do with our money shows what we value most.  I pray we will focus our attention on giving to You.  All we have belongs to You anyway (Deuteronomy 14:22-26).  I pray we will support our church staff and those who are in need such as aliens, the fatherless and the widows just as You instructed the Israelites (Deuteronomy 14:27-29). In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

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In Deuteronomy 15 the year for canceling debts, freeing servants and the firstborn animals are spoken about.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord again You told the Israelites that when they give they receive blessings from You.

Something to think about

The Lord told the Israelites that there should be no poor among them.  For He was richly blessing them, if only they fully obeyed Him and were careful to follow all the commands He was giving them.

Something to experience

The Lord told the Israelites to help the poor among them.  This was an important part of possessing the land.  Perhaps you are already doing something to help others. If not, is there something you can do to help someone in need? 

Prayer

Lord I pray both our heart and our hands will be open to helping the poor among us (Deuteronomy 15:7, 11).  I pray we will give generously and cheerfully for then Your Word says You will bless us in all our work and in everything we put our hand to (Deuteronomy 15:10).  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

“May you give generously and cheerfully to God and to others.” <>< Dona