Give and Take

by | Sep 19, 2021 | 0 comments

These notes accompany the sermon found here.

The Giving

  • The urge to give is a reminder of our situation.
    • That there is scarcity reminds us that we live in a fallen world, cursed by sin.
    • That we desire to do something about it reminds us that the law of God is written on our hearts.
    • That we struggle whenever we try to do something about it reminds us that each of us is corrupted by sin.

The sharing was:

  • A free sharing of personal property with others in need.
  • Voluntary, not compelled by a governing authority.
  • Not an abolition of private property.
  • Generous
  • Limited to the context of the believers.

This sharing fulfilled:

  • The biblical ideal of a people without poor among them. Deuteronomy 15:4-11.
  • Jesus’ command to love one another. John 13:34-35.
  • Jesus’ promise to provide for the needs of His people. Matthew 6:25-34; Mark 10:29-30.
  • Jesus’ redefinition of the family as the people of God. Matthew 12:46-50.

But what about tithing? (Giving our first 10%)

  • Tithing precedes the law. Genesis 14:20.
  • The New Testament never tells us to stop tithing as it does with circumcision. Luke 11:42.
  • Tithing is still an exercise of faith. Malachi 3:6-12.
  • Tithing should be a starting point for a Christian.
  • Christians should give generously and cheerfully toward the needs of others and the work of the ministry. 2 Corinthians 9.

The Taking

  • Their crime seemed to be …
    • Lying to God (the Holy Spirit), thus putting him to the test.
    • An act of insincere worship. See Matthew 6:1-24.
  • God often makes examples of “first-offenders” to show His holiness. See Nadab and Abihu in Leviticus 10:1-2; Achan in Joshua 7:1-26; and Uzzah in 2 Samuel 6:1-11.  Each was an act of worship.


  • Observe Christ’s provision and love for His body, the church.
  • Examine your own motives in your service to the Body of Christ.
  • Make your needs known to the church.
  • Pray for cheerful generosity.
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