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Giving to God
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 • Posted April 11, 2014

Luke 6:38 “38 Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.”

The first sentence of the above Scripture is often quoted when the collection is taken up

in church.

But it’s really a paradox. Because the Scripture has two sentences, and each has a different meaning.

I’m merely pointing out the first sentence says when you give it will be given back, running over, but it’s not by God, it’s men who will give back to you! (“shall men give into your bosom.”); but the second sentence says you will receive the same measure you give. Hmmm. The same measure that you “mete withal” means, I think, that in everything you do, and with the same measure (same amount) that will “be measured to you again.” (“For with the same measure”) meaning, in the same amount, and that could mean God will give that same amount back to you. Why else would it say it that way? The other sentence said plainly “men.” He said it so plainly, if you think about it. But who am I to say?

It just makes me think I should give more, so I will receive more. Could that be why some give more than others; because they understand this spiritual law? We do indeed reap what we sow. But God is so smart.

Can I share Malachi 3:6-12?

“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.”

It all sounds good, doesn’t it? I can attest to this spiritual law and promise, and proclaim God has honored it for me, and since no man is good, saith Jesus, except God in heaven, then why should God keep His promise to me? I believe it’s because He will keep His promises to all of us, because His Word is here for all of us.

The Scripture goes on to say, in verse thirteen of Malachi 3:13, “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?

15 And now we call the proud happy; yea, they that work wickedness are set up; yea, they that tempt God are even delivered.”

I don’t know what you think of this, but it sounds to me like it’s saying that even those who tempt God are delivered! Delivered from what? Debt? I mean, if they “prove” God, and He is such a man who can’t lie, that He keeps His Word even for those who are wicked, well then? Hmmm, I’m just speculating.

Because the Scripture goes on to say in verse sixteen of Malachi 3:16-18 “16 Then they that feared the Lord spake often one to another: and the Lord hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the Lord, and that thought upon his name.

17 And they shall be mine, saith the Lord of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him.

18 Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.”

So, even if He does keep His promise to those who are evil and tempt Him, He has already spoken the Words (that can’t change) that say “those who feared the Lord and spake often one to another” their names will be written in a book of remembrance and God will spare them, and they will be like jewels to Him, and will sparkle! And He will discern between those that serve Him and those who don’t. God can’t be fooled!

He does keep His promises; but if one’s heart is wicked,

their name won’t be written in that book of remembrance.

It’s just another Scripture validating the fact that God knows our hearts and keeps His Word to us. Wow, God is awesome! Thank You, Jesus, for dying for our sins, that we can be one in spirit with You!

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