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Daily manna from the Torah by Dr Ketriel Blad

Re'eh 47-2


Deuteronomy 12:11 12:28

Then to the place the LORD your God will choose as a dwelling for his Name‹there you are to bring everything I command you: your burnt offerings and sacrifices, your tithes and special gifts, and all the choice possessions you have vowed to the LORD. And there rejoice before the LORD your God, you, your sons and daughters, your menservants and maidservants, and the Levites from your towns, who have no allotment or inheritance of their own.

Deut.12:11-12 LBLA

Can a sacrifice produce joy?

The Eternal wishes that His people learn to go up to the temple and come before Him and bring Him offerings. He wants that the place of His presence is a place of happiness and enjoyment. That's why there are not only offerings given completely to the service of the Eternal, but also in part so that the remaining of it may be eaten with the family, rejoicing at the table before the Eternal.

There is fullness of joy in the Eternal's presence (Ps. 16:11). Pleasing sacrifices are those that come from joyful hearts. A sacrifice offered with sadness and grief is not pleasing. The one who can't enjoy giving his offering is not showing his appreciation for the Eternal. The one who doesn't appreciate and love Him feels that offerings are a burden and cause of sadness. Love is shown by giving. That's why the one who loves gives and the one who doesn't love doesn't like giving either. The one who loves the Eternal gives Him the offerings and that produces joy because love rejoices.

The one who can't rejoice in giving offerings needs to check his heart and surrender it to the Eternal, stop living for himself and stop fearing and doubting divine provision. The one who lives for himself can't feel the real happiness found in giving.

There are those who give in order to receive, thinking that the one who sows also reaps. But even if it's true that the one who sows also reaps if done correctly, that attitude is not the best regarding giving to the Eternal. We don't give in order to receive; we give because we want to obey and express our love by giving.

However, if we believe in the promise that the Eternal is not going to abandon us if we give from what we have; and that He is going to bless what remains after the tithes, then we can calmly trust in divine provision regarding our finances. But we don't give in order to receive, that attitude is really childish.

'It is more blessed to give than to receive.' (Acts 20:35 NIV)



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