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This Week's Offertory Reading
UPPER COLUMBIA CONFERENCE ADVANCE - May 26
One fourth! Really?! "The contributions required of the Hebrews for religious and charitable purposes amounted to fully one fourth of their income" (Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 527). Wow! How could anybody live on that? Just for a moment, consider in your mind your own income, whether weekly or monthly, and deduct 25 percent. How much do you have left? Not a lot, you say. It would certainly be difficult to pay my bills, or perhaps even impossible.
But to be fair, let's consider the rest of the paragraph from Patriarchs and Prophets: "So heavy a tax upon the resources of the people might be expected to reduce them to poverty; but, on the contrary, the faithful observance of these regulations was one of the conditions of their prosperity. On condition of their obedience God made them this promise: '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. . . And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the Lord of hosts.' Malachi 3:11" (emphasis ours).
"One of the conditions of our prosperity." Well, Lord, is that why I am struggling, because my giving is not up to par? That's a question that each of us needs to answer for ourselves. If we are not living within our means and are experiencing debt, may God help us to begin to take the necessary steps to be faithful and experience His blessings.