This week we start out in II Chronicles 24 where Joash sent the Levites and the Priests out into the country to take a “collection of money” and bring it back for the “repair of the house of God”. Notice it was MONEY and it was to repair THE HOUSE OF GOD. Churches can’t operate without MONEY but here he was taking an offering not the tithe. They gathered the money ‘in abundance’ and gave it to the workmen. What was left over they made vessels for the House of God out of gold and silver. Everytime in the Bible when you read about The House of God, you NEVER see Latex Paint, shag carpet, plastic and paper plates, and shoddy workmenship like you do in Churches today.
In transition from the old to the New Testament we go over to I Corinthians 16:2 “Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.” Before Christ they met on the Sabbath. After Christ they met on the FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK. Jesus rose from the grave on the FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK.
II Corinthians 9:6-7 “sow sparingly, reap sparingly…sow bountifully, reap bountifully…so let him give: not grudgingly or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.” When’s the last time you saw a hilarious giver in your Church? Sow pennies and you will reap pennies. Sow hundred dollar bills and you will reap hundred dollar bills.
The tithe, a tenth OF THE GROSS NOT THE NET THAT YOU EARN, is to take care of the Preacher, the Fatherless, Widows, and the poor. The offering is for the work and buildings and everything else. I believe ‘Fatherless’ today are kids being raise by single Mom’s where the skunk that got her pregnant is nowhere to be found. I think it is Christian’s and the Churches responsibility to help take care of those families without a dad.
Tune in to see how you should be taking care of your Preacher.