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1. Introduction

 In this study we will find that the action of giving brings grace upon your life and also on your ministry. We will answer the question is tithe valid under the New Covenant. ‘Abrahamic Covenant Brings Wealth’ was the introduction to wealth. We found that Abraham’s blessing of wealth is still available to us as believers.
In ‘Wealth in the Mosaic and Davidic Covenants’ we found that the Mosaic Covenant does not apply, but through the seed of David there is wealth available to us. And we will also see that the blessing of tithing still applies. However if we want to receive super-abounding grace then we need to give generously, with the right attitude, to the right person for the right need.


2. The Blessing of Giving.

A. It is more blessed to give than to receive:

I have shown you in every way, by laboring like this, that you must support the weak. And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.'”

Acts 20:35


3. The Blessing of Tithing.

A. Tithing in the New Covenant

Jesus talked to those who lived according to the Old Covenant about tithing, but there is no evidence that He required tithing according to the coming New Covenant.


B. The Blessing Still Active

This however does not mean that tithing does not have a New Covenant basis. We found in Abrahamic Covenant Brings Wealth, that the blessing of the Abrahamic Covenant is still active.


C. Financially Rewarded

Abraham tithed to Melchizedek ( a type of Jesus the High Priest), and receiving the “rapidly increasing money supply”. Therefore the blessing of tithing (being rewarded financially for tithing) still applies today.


D. The Blessing of Malachi Therefore Still Applies

Therefore God’s challenge in Malachi still applies today

Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, That there may be food in My house, And try Me now in this,” Says the LORD of hosts, “If I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it.

Malachi 3:10


4. Jesus’ Teaching on the Talents.

A. The Parable of the Talents

This parable is included in Matthew 25:14-30 and therefore is outside the 40 year prophecy we looked at in End Times 102.  It therefore still applies to us today.


B. Unwise Use of the Lord’s Money

The way that Jesus taught the multitudes of people was through the use of parables, because they could relate to the story line. Even though this was just a story that Jesus had created, the truth that Jesus was portraying was that the person who had received the one talent went and hid what belonged to the Lord.

But he who had received one went and dug in the ground, and hid his lord’s money.

Matthew 25:18

C. Building the ‘kingdom of Heaven’

The kingdom of heaven is the main focus in this parable. Therefore we need to take note that we need to use whatever Jesus gives us including money, as a way of building His kingdom here on earth.

“For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them.

Matthew 25:14

D. Talents are the Currency of Wealthy People

This message is related to the ‘rich’ people within the kingdom of God.
It has been calculated that one talent is 33kg of gold with a value of 1.4million USD. One was given $7m, the other $2.8m, and to the other $1.4m.


E. Talents Given by God in the Form of Goods and Possessions:

Again, here in this parable, Jesus is reminding us that whatever Jesus gives us needs to be used to build His kingdom here on earth, including our possessions.

“For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them.

Matthew 25:14

F. The Person with Plenty of Finances is Expected to Invest to Get More: 

When the Lord blesses us abundantly, the same measure of generosity that the Lord has poured out to us needs to be sown back into the kingdom. A good way of remembering this truth when we are to give abundantly is to use this term: “Let us partner with God’s heart of generosity”

“So he who had received five talents came and brought five other talents, saying, ‘Lord, you delivered to me five talents; look, I have gained five more talents besides them.’ His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’

Matthew 25:20-21

 

G. He Knew How to Multiply His Master’s Talents

Although this man had received resources from the Lord to use for His kingdom, the man’s mindset of God being hard was not correct. We need to remember that our Heavenly Father is a a good good father who wants to bless us abundantly. So sometimes as an act of faith we need to give even when we have only been given a little.

“Then he who had received the one talent came and said, ‘Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed.

Matthew 25:24

 

H. Ruled by Fear: The Wrong Concept of God

His wrong concept of God being hard, rather than good, meant he became afraid:
Fear is the opposite of faith and so to work in the opposite spirit of fear, we need to give in faith that God will always look after us.
If we withhold the blessing of the Lord that has been poured out on us, then we also stop God using us to bless others.

And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours.’

Matthew 25:25


5. Jesus’ Teaching on the Minas.

A. The Parable of the Mina

The Parable of the Mina is found in Luke 19:11-27

The nobleman going away to receive his kingdom, is in reference to Jesus receiving His kingdom at His coronation, 40 days after His death and resurrection.

Therefore He said: “A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom and to return. So he called ten of his servants, delivered to them ten minas, and said to them, ‘Do business till I come.’

Luke 19:12-13

B. Wise use of the Lord’s Mina:

“And so it was that when he returned, having received the kingdom, he then commanded these servants, to whom he had given the money, to be called to him, that he might know how much every man had gained by trading.
Then came the first, saying, ‘Master, your mina has earned ten minas.’

Luke 19:16

We can see in this parable that Jesus has given money to his servants to trade with. This is not the same as giving alms to the poor as in this scripture below.

But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing,
that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly.

Matthew 6:3-4

Giving to those in need is different than doing a business deal. They are two completely different actions, with completely different results.

  • When we do a charitable deed, it is to bless others without the expectation of the receiver ever paying us back. Indeed we are meant to do it in secret and then forget about it. However God will not forget but reward us openly in due time. The type of reward is not specified, so it could be any type of blessing!
  • When Jesus gives us a mina to trade with – money- there is an expectation from our Lord that we will wisely discern the best way to invest. We then come back to him with our full knowledge of how much we have gained for the Kingdom of God!

    We need to remember that Jesus is using a mina, which is a small amount of money that is available to everybody, not just the wealthy, and that the Lord distributed to each of his servants an equal amount.

C. The Mina is the Currency of the Poor

This message is related to the ‘poor’ people in the kingdom of God:

It has been calculated that sixty Minas is equivalent to one Talent. One Mina is equivalent to USD 500,000. That may sound a lot by non residents of the USA, but if you think that the average person works 50 years of their life, that is $10,000 per year. The poverty line for two adults and two children in the USA is $26,200 per year!


D. The Lord Distributes the Minas Evenly.

He gave them each the same amount (one mina plural is many minas).

So he called ten of his servants, delivered to them ten minas, and said to them, ‘Do business till I come.’

Luke 19:13

 And:

“Then another came, saying, ‘Master, here is your mina, which I have kept put away in a handkerchief. 

Luke 19:20

E. Being Faithful in Very Little

Jesus recognises that the amount the poor have is very small:

And he said to him, ‘Well done, good servant; because you were faithful in a very little, have authority over ten cities.’

Luke 19:17

F. The Rewards of Being Faithful

Faithfulness with finances results in spiritual authority over much:

And he said to him, ‘Well done, good servant; because you were faithful in a very little, have authority over ten cities.’

Luke 19:17

G. A Fearful Perception of the Character of God

The danger for the ‘poor’ is to look at the situation and wrongly judge the character of God as hard and severely stern, rather than generous:

For I feared you, because you are an austere man. You collect what you did not deposit, and reap what you did not sow.’

Luke 19:21

H. Sowing into the Kingdom

The way out of poverty is by acting in the opposite spirit of fear, we do this by depositing and sowing into the kingdom of God:

For I feared you, because you are an austere man. You collect what you did not deposit, and reap what you did not sow.’

Luke 19:21

I. Being Pragmatic to Get Out of Poverty

The nobleman commanded those who received the ten minas to “Do Business”.

The Greek word for business is:

g4231. πραγματεύομαι pragmateuomai; from 4229; to busy oneself with, i.e. to trade: — occupy.
AV (1) – occupy 1;
to be occupied in anything

carry on a business
to carry on the business of a banker or a trader

This is the word that we get pragmatic from. Pragmatic is defined as:

relating to matters of fact or practical affairs often to the exclusion of intellectual or artistic matters practical as opposed to idealistic

Merriam Webster Dictinary

We need to be pragmatic if we want to learn from this parable. This is not about giving to the poor, this is about investing in the kingdom. The parable of the minas is about those who are lower socio-economically and how they handle the money that God has given them. He wants the poor to get out of poverty, but they need to do it themselves by sowing pragmatically in business and occupation.

Jesus teaches in the parable of the minas, that the way out of poverty is to do business, or to be pragmatic.


6. Sowing Generously – Giving Brings Grace and you Reap Eternally.

A. Giving Generously

We have seen that Jesus did not specifically teach us to tithe, but to give generously because we have received generously. God looks at the attitude of the heart. Under the law we were expected to give 10%. This would be considered the minimum of being generous.

B.Talents and Minas – Return of Investment

We Have Seen that Sowing Applies to Both the Poor and the Rich.

Both those who had much – talents, and those who had little to start with – minas, were expected to get a return on investment.


C. The New Covenant Principle of Giving is Clarified in:

But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.

2 Corinthians 9:6
 
D. Definition of the Word Bountifully

The word bountifully (Gk εὐλογία eulogia;) is where we get the word eulogy from. When someone dies, at the funeral people give eulogies, where they speak glowingly of the person. This is what happens when we give generously. Although the person will speak glowingly of you, in the Greek it is referring to God speaking glowingly of you. The context also intimates that there will be financial reaping as well.


E. Investing in People.

It is good to remember the adage: a rich person gives to people, but a wealthy person invests in people to receive a reward. 


F. Giving to Jesus Though Our Tithe

When Abraham gave to Melchizedek, he was giving to Jesus.

And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him, called by God as High Priest “according to the order of Melchizedek,” 

Hebrews 5:9-10

G. Sowing into Eternity

Melchizedek had no beginning and no end therefore Abraham was sowing into eternity – we need to have the same thinking with our giving – sow into eternity.

For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the Most High God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him, to whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all, first being translated “king of righteousness,” and then also king of Salem, meaning “king of peace,” without father, without mother, with no genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but made like the Son of God, remains a priest continually.

 Hebrews 7:1-3

This means that when we sow by faith into the kingdom of God we need to be thinking of our eternal reward. 
Therefore we need to be asking ourselves this question: Is what we are giving, going to be reaping a reward in eternity?


7. Attitude of Giving Determines Reward.

A. Giving Brings Grace

It pleases God when we give cheerfully and we need to believe that Gods grace takes over when we give and He increases the blessing. Carrying on from sowing generously Paul says:

So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.

2 Corinthians 9:7
 
B. We need to be Purposeful in Our Giving:

This means that we decide beforehand how much we are going to give. Are we going to give 10% to the church this week, or above 10%? It is a good practice to pray and ask the Lord how much we are to give whenever we see a need arise. There have been many occasions when my wife and I pray to the Lord together about a some of money to give, we hear the voice of the Lord say the same amount!

C. Not Grudgingly Speaks of Our Attitude Towards Giving:

When we are giving grudgingly, we have a negative attitude filled with fear that we will then not have enough for ourselves. Moreover, when we operate out of a negative mindset, we cannot hear the Voice of the Lord over our own thought process.

D. Not Out of Necessity, Means we do Not Give Under Compulsion.

In other words, we need to let giving flow from our HEART, not from a sense of religious DUTY. When we let our giving flow, it reveals a heart filled with generosity and appreciation of what God has provided for us. If we do that, then God is able to make all grace abound to us, remember that giving brings grace!


8. Sowing Generously – Giving Brings Grace and you Reap on Earth.


A. Grace is the Reward for Sowing Generously:

The next verse explains the reward, and the context is financial:

And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.

2 Corinthians 9:8

The word abundance in Greek means super-abounding.


B. Super-Abounding in All Kinds of Grace:

When you give: 

  • generously, with the 
  • right attitude, to the 
  • right person, for the 
  • correct need, then there is 
  • an over-abounding grace poured into your life.

C. You Will Have All Sufficiency in All Areas of Your Life
  • in your relationships,
  • your finances,
  • and in your ministry

D. Abundant Grace for Every Good Work
  • Grace to give more
  • Grace to destroy the works of the devil just like Jesus did: heal the sick, preach the gospel, proclaim freedom, raise the dead, set the captives free:

how God anointed (put your name here) with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.

Acts 10:38

Because Jesus healed the sick, raised the dead, proclaimed freedom, set the captives free, and we are in Christ and co-heirs with Him, we can do the same.

So we find that giving brings grace in the power gifts as well: As it says in Romans:

Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: …

Romans 12:6


Giving Brings Grace! To understand Grace please look at Grace 101 and Grace 102.

Let us partner with God’s heart of generosity

Like Abraham, giving the tithe, (tithing) into the kingdom of God is a good place to start in releasing reward and grace.



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