”You shall tithe all the yield of your seed that comes from the field year by year. And before the Lord your God, in the place that he will choose, to make his name dwell there, you shall eat the tithe of your grain, of your wine, and of your oil, and the firstborn of your herd and flock, that you may learn to fear the Lord your God always. And if the way is too long for you, so that you are not able to carry the tithe, when the Lord your God blesses you, because the place is too far from you, which the Lord your God chooses, to set his name there, then you shall turn it into money and bind up the money in your hand and go to the place that the Lord your God chooses and spend the money for whatever you desire—oxen or sheep or wine or strong drink, whatever your appetite craves. And you shall eat there before the Lord your God and rejoice, you and your household.
Deuteronomy 14:22-26 ESV
Deuteronomy is the book in the Bible where Moses repeats the statutes and commandments of God to remind the Israelites what to do when they cross Jordan to inherit the Promise Land. This is the last book in the Torah written by Moses.
Indeed, the book gives insight how to seek God’s heart though it is addressed for the Jews. This passage from Deuteronomy impressed something in me about God and offerings. It amazes me that God still thinks about us even the point of worship is Him and that He is not legalistic but practical. I imagine God saying, “If it is difficult for you to carry your offering then it is okay to exchange it for money. Then buy what you crave and eat it before me as we celebrate your blessings.” He is not asking to just worship Him mechanically but have a relationship with Him and glorify Him in the process. He is so understanding of our limitations yet He always showers us with grace and mercy so we can come to His holy presence. That’s why I believe that right from the Old Testament, the gospel message is ever present and clear. God initiating to reconcile ourselves to Him all done with His mercy thru His justice. What we just need to do is accept His solution and enjoy His blessings. Yes, a relationship with Jesus is the ultimate blessing should be enjoyable and not a burden of trying to be acceptable.
Finally, I will apply this passage to my life by always being grateful to God’s provisions and blessings thinking further that as I received them how I can rejoicefully offer them back to Him as tithe or form of worship deepening my relationship with Him. ❤❤❤
Soli Deo Gloria!!!