March 11, 2019: SOAP #3385:  Deuteronomy 16-18; Psalm 38; Galatians 2 Scripture:  Deuteronomy (NIV) 16:16 Three times a year all your men must appear before the LORD your God at the place he will choose: at the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the Feast of Weeks and the Feast of Tabernacles. No man should appear before […]

March 11, 2019: SOAP #3385: Deuteronomy 16-18; Psalm 38; Galatians 2

Scripture:  Deuteronomy (NIV) 16:16 Three times a year all your men must appear before the LORD your God at the place he will choose: at the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the Feast of Weeks and the Feast of Tabernacles. No man should appear before the LORD empty-handed: 17 Each of you must bring a gift in proportion to the way the LORD your God has blessed you.

Observation:   TheIsraelites were required to gather at the tabernacle three times eachyear.  They were not to come to the Lordwith empty hands.  They were to bring anoffering.  Their offerings were their wayof acknowledging that God had a part in their harvest.  They had worked hard to prepare the soil;they had worked hard to plant the seeds; they had worked hard in gathering theharvest.  But if God had not done Hispart (like providing the nutrients in the soil, like providing the rain, likeproviding the sun) none of their efforts would have been fruitful!  

So, their offering was to be in proportion to how God had blessed them!   It pleases God when we honor Him in ourgiving. 

Application:  I am not to come empty-HANDED before theLord.  Neither am I to come empty-HEARTED!  I should come with a heart full ofthanksgiving!  And neither should I come empty-HEADED! I should come with my mind full of HisWord.  The greatest command, according toJesus, is to love the Lord our God with all our hearts, souls, minds andstrength.  Yes, the mind is included. Itbrings God no glory to be worshipped by mindless robots.

Prayer:  Heavenly Father, I do not want to be empty-HEARTEDnor empty-HEADED when I come before you. I know that if my heart and my head are full, my hands will be fulltoo!  I want to bring you and offeringthat you will enjoy.  Amen

Pastor Leon
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