Topic: Free Will
[DCLM Daily Manna 5 June 2020 Daily Devotional by Pastor William
Text: Deuteronomy 16:1-12
1 Observe the month of Abib, and keep the passover unto the LORD thy God: for in the month of Abib the LORD thy God brought thee forth out of Egypt by night.
2 Thou shalt therefore sacrifice the passover unto the LORD thy God, of the flock and the herd, in the place which the LORD shall choose to place his name there.
3 Thou shalt eat no leavened bread with it; seven days shalt thou eat unleavened bread therewith, even the bread of affliction; for thou camest forth out of the land of Egypt in haste: that thou mayest remember the day when thou camest forth out of the land of Egypt all the days of thy life.
4 And there shall be no leavened bread seen with thee in all thy coast seven days; neither shall there any thing of the flesh, which thou sacrificedst the first day at even, remain all night until the morning.
5 Thou mayest not sacrifice the passover within any of thy gates, which the LORD thy God giveth thee:
6 But at the place which the LORD thy God shall choose to place his name in, there thou shalt sacrifice the passover at even, at the going down of the sun, at the season that thou camest forth out of Egypt.
7 And thou shalt roast and eat it in the place which the LORD thy God shall choose: and thou shalt turn in the morning, and go unto thy tents.
8 Six days thou shalt eat unleavened bread: and on the seventh day shall be a solemn assembly to the LORD thy God: thou shalt do no work therein.
9 Seven weeks shalt thou number unto thee: begin to number the seven weeks from such time as thou beginnest to put the sickle to the corn.
10 And thou shalt keep the feast of weeks unto the LORD thy God with a tribute of a freewill offering of thine hand, which thou shalt give unto the LORD thy God, according as the LORD thy God hath blessed thee:
11 And thou shalt rejoice before the LORD thy God, thou, and thy son, and thy daughter, and thy manservant, and thy maidservant, and the Levite that is within thy gates, and the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, that are among you, in the place which the LORD thy God hath chosen to place his name there.
12 And thou shalt remember that thou wast a bondman in Egypt: and thou shalt observe and do these statutes.
Key Verse: “And thou shalt keep the feast of weeks unto the LORD thy God with a tribute of a freewill offering of thine hand, which thou shalt give unto the LORD thy God, according as the LORD thy God hath blessed thee.” – (Deuteronomy 16:10)
Some years ago, some of the world’s wealthy people decided on an unusual campaign headed by Bill Gates and Warren Buffet. These two men ranked among the richest people in the world and were pushing to get other world’s super rich to donate a good part of their wealth to tackle social, political and economic challenges in the world. They had given and were still committed to giving more through their foundations in support of some worthy projects around the world. Commendably, over 50 billionaires and multimillionaires have joined this mega-giving wagon. The big givers’ details can be found in the World’s Top Givers’ list which is reviewed annually.
In commemoration of the deliverance from Egyptian bondage, the ordinance of Passover was instituted and was to be observed by Israel in the month of Abib. The ceremony was to be for seven days of eating unleavened bread with no left-over of flesh and to be observed at the place specifically chosen by the Lord. Israel was also to observe the feast of the weeks seven weeks from the harvest of corn. At this feast, they were to give a tribute of freewill offering to the Lord according as He had blessed them.
God is still interested in our giving, especially for the furtherance of the gospel and the expansion of His kingdom on earth. Our attitude in giving is also very important. The greatest of our offering does not consist in the value of the money but the sincerity and sacrifice that goes with it. Giving should be done with a cheerful and willing heart, not by compulsion.
As believers, we are to give our resources, time and talents with clear motive and right attitude to the Lord. Our giving should also be in proportion to our earnings and according as the Lord has blessed us, just like the billionaire givers.
Thought For The Day: Cheerful giving attracts God’s abundant blessings.
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