The Blessing of Giving
Pastor John K. Jenkins Sr. (Bible Study, Exodus 25:8, 40:35)
The Lord God said to Moses, “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘When you enter the land I am going to give you and reap its harvest, bring to the priest a sheaf of the first grain you harvest. He must wave the sheaf before the Lord so it will be accepted on your behalf; the priest is to wave it on the day after the Sabbath.'”
“On the day of firstfruits, when you present a new grain offering to the Lord at your Feast of Weeks, three loaves made from two-tenths of an ephah of fine flour—made without yeast—along with their grain offering of two-tenths of an ephah of fine flour mixed with olive oil are to be waved as a special offering before the Lord.
About “The Blessing of Giving” Pastor John K. Jenkins Sr. (Bible Study, Exodus 25:8, 40:35)
This week, we’re studying the story of how God instructed Moses and the Israelites to build the Tabernacle. It’s a fascinating study, because it reveals so much about who God is and what matters to Him.
One thing that stands out is how much God values giving. In Exodus 25:8, He says: “When you present your gifts—the contribution of your hand—you will give them to me.” In verse 40:35, He says: “I am going to come down and rescue you from Egypt and bring you up to Israel.” And in verse 38, He tells Moses to tell the people of Israel that they are to give offerings to Him.
We can see from these passages that giving is an important part of our relationship with God. But let’s take a moment to look at this idea more closely. Why does giving matter? How does it affect us as individuals? How does it affect our community? How does it affect our nation?