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The Apostle Paul spoke of the importance of learning, including from the Old Testament

II Timothy 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

I Corinthians 10:11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.

 

The Bible covers all topics that concern mankind. If the answers have been given, and they have, “the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, so that we may follow all the words of this law.”

Deuteronomy 29:29 The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, so that we may follow all the words of this law.

 

Some like to say that the law no longer applies.  What Jesus brought is a higher application of the law, but basics are still in effect.  In other words, if you love your neighbor, you will not steal from him, lie about him, or commit adultery with his wife (all of those being part of the Ten Commandments).  Jesus did not die for people to keep on  in sin and lifestyles contrary to the scriptures.

Romans 6:1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?

2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?

 

One of the areas in the Old Testament where it is important to “take heed” or pay attention is that of tithing.  Perhaps it was because Paul ministered primarily to Gentiles, who had no history or background in the tithes and offering system of the Jews, that he talked about “giving” instead of “tithing” in order to make himself culturally relevant.  Maybe that is true, maybe it is not.  In any case, he did say to go back to the Old Testament to learn things.  Tithing is in the Old Testament.

Abraham tithed to Melchisedek. They both lived before Moses (through whom came the law). So those who say that tithing is a part of the law are actually not correct; tithing precedes the law.

Malachi 3:6 For I am the Lord, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.

7 Even from the days of your fathers ye are gone away from mine ordinances, and have not kept them. Return unto me, and I will return unto you, saith the Lord of hosts. But ye said, Wherein shall we return?

8 Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.

9 Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation.

10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.

11 And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the Lord of hosts.

12 And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the Lord of hosts.

13 Your words have been stout against me, saith the Lord. Yet ye say, What have we spoken so much against thee?

14 Ye have said, It is vain to serve God: and what profit is it that we have kept his ordinance, and that we have walked mournfully before the Lord of hosts?

 

The reason I mention this topic is because I saw a post with a reprint of something nearly 100 years. In it, Philippians 4:19 was mentioned.

In my opinion, Philippians 4:19 needs to be mentioned in context. Paul wrote that to a giving church.

Again, IMO, I think that unless a person is tithing and giving offerings according to the will of the Lord, that person may not see the fullness of Philippians 4:19. I personally don’t think that you can separate Philippians 4:19 from the commands to tithe and give.

We live in an entitlement world where there is an expectation in the world to get benefits out without putting anything that is constructive in to create those blessings. God is not a welfare office or a lottery or a slot machine where one can throw in a little or even nothing and expect the blessings to flow.

In my opinion, I believe God blesses as much as he is able in any situation, but there are many things that can block blessings or open someone to the curse because the wages of sin is (still) death.  Overall, there is a tendency to over-emphasize God’s responsibility while under-rating personal responsiibility.  Personal responsibility may in some way as part of an answer, even if that responsibility is simply to pray and ask.  But personal responsibility can involve other things as well.

James 4:2 Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.

3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.

 

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