TEXT: DEUTERONOMY 15:1-11.
🔑KEY VERSE “Thou shalt surely give him, and thine heart shall not be grieved when thou givest unto him: because that for this thing the LORD thy God shall bless thee in all thy works, and in all that thou puttest thine hand unto” (DEUTERONOMY 15:10).
Janet Rheine noted that in its wild state, the olive tree is small, thorny with twisted branches. When cultivated and nurtured, it sheds its thorns and reaches a height of twenty to thirty feet and is capable of producing fruits for three hundred to five hundred years. Giving to generations after generations. What blessedness!
Our passage today is about the sabbatical year of release. At the end of every seven years, every creditor forgives debts owed and the debtor is released, particularly an Israelite-debtor. This commitment was given by the Lord for Israel to be blessed as promised. The commandment was to be done cheerfully so that the Lord will bless His people in all their works and engagements.
Many today go from pillar to post in search of “overflowing blessings.” God has graciously shown in our lesson today the true source of blessings. Prosperity comes to those who will obey the word of the Lord and give cheerfully to others. There are many around us who are unable to meet basic needs, yet we go about unconcerned. Some believers even complain that they have given enough and should not be the only ones who always give. The Scripture says, “…for this thing the Lord thy God shall bless thee in all thy works, and in all that thou puttest thine hand into” (verse 10).
Believers are commanded to show kindness, even to strangers.
We should show love and care for the servants of God under whose ministry we receive spiritual nourishment. We are to render sacrificial service to the household of faith and give to those in need. “As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.” God will return same to us in good and abundant measures.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Sacrificial and cheerful giving attracts God’s blessings.
BIBLE IN A YEAR: 1 SAMUEL 30-31.
Our responsibility towards the poor
- Is poverty the will/plan of God for some?
a. The perfect will of God is that there will be no poor people among is people v4. See the use of when.
b. The permissive reality is that there will always be poor people among the brethren v11.
c. Why do you think some believers perpetually remain poor when it is not the will/plan of God for them?
d. You have a choice to be poor or to be a giver to the poor.
- Giving to the poor is a secret of prosperity
a. You should lend or empower the poor brethren to invest if it is within your power vv7,8.
b. Lend them what you will be willing to forego in case he sincerely do not have the ability to pay back vv2,3.
c. You should empower and follow up with the investment to make sure the brother/sister avoid running into a loss.
d. If all is done and there is still a bad debt, it should be written off with brotherly love vv2,3.
f. You may also decide to give charity especially as an immediate assistance in case of emergency.
g. Don’t allow any excuse to giving charitably when it is within your power vv9,10.
f. The secret of prosperity is giving cheerfully and with faith. Giving is a seed or spiritual investment that yields abundantly vv4,6,10.
Q Should the poor give to the poor brethren too? 2 Corinthians 8:1-4.
Q What if the poverty is due to the fault of the poor person? Compare 2Thessonians 3:10 with 3:13, Galatians 6:9.
Lord, I refuse to be poor, teach me to prosper
Lord, I reject every poverty mentality, I want to be a giver. I will start now with the little I have
Lord, I hereby break the yoke of insufficiencies in my life and family. Things must change
Pray that our brotherly love will be deepened unto sacrificial giving to the needy in the Church
HYMN Show a little bit of love and kindness