Four Basic Principles Of Giving
(1) The Old Testament Principle of Giving. Some people think
that the basis for giving in the Old Testament was tithing. It was
not! Giving then was grace giving, just as it is in the New
Testament. The principle for giving in the Old Testament is found
in Proverbs 11:24,25:
There is that scattereth [give liberally], and yet increaseth [materially]
and there is that withholdeth more [money] than is meet [fitting], but
it tendeth to poverty. The liberal soul shall be made fat [rich]: and he
that watereth shall be watered also himself.
The Old Testament believers were commanded to bring tithes and
offering (Deut. 12:6): tithing was taxation; offering were grace giving.
"Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all."
O Lord, help me to understand the reasons for Your chastening.
In Christ name I pray