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Thursday: Let Us Be Grateful — 5 Comments

  1. I wrote a study on the tithing system back in 2018 https://ssnet.org/blog/tithe-in-israel-a-summary/ and one of the things that I learned was just how much of Israel's tithe system was there to help the poor and needy. In some respects it was an ancient version of our modern welfare systems. It is also interesting to note that when God ticked off the Kingdoms of Israel and Judah and warned them about broken covenants, one of his main points was that they had neglected the poor and needy and were in fact abusing them.

    So, when it comes to "acceptable worship" God is not talking about liturgy, being quiet and respectful in church, and attending mid-week prayer meetings.

    Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it. Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering. Heb 13:1-3 NIV

    We can argue about the nature of Christ, the timing on the investigative judgement, the importance of the Sabbath, and so on. But there is one argument that is the most convincing: that we follow in Christ's footsteps and love, even the "least of these" with unselfish love. Even atheists cannot argue with that one.

    • Worship -
      Nothing in my hands I bring ....
      What can we offer a timeless God ?
      Except, what the Father already gave us in Christ, his divine nature in Sonship!

      Jesus is our offering
      Ephesians 5:2

    • Micah 6:8 He has shown thee oh man what is good, and what the Lord requires of thee. To do justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly with thy God.
      For me, this says it perfectly. This is right after Israel was told that God didn’t want thousands of sacrifices and rivers of oil, which they thought was a form of worship.

  2. "Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; Put away the evil of your doings from before My eyes. Cease to do evil, Learn to do good; Seek justice, Rebuke the oppressor; Defend the fatherless, Plead for the widow."

    That's basically the same as "love God with all your heart, and your neighbor as yourself."

    Both are also definitions of the true religion. Are we seeking them? Works have to be the result of a deep-soul attitude, a heart attitude, an all-strenght mind attitude. May God bless everyone of us to be prepared to receive the portion of the Holy Spirit that is necessary, for each one to be efficient instruments in demonstrating who God really is and Jesus' soon return to this ending world!

  3. Right on JC this is where true religion is found. Romans 12:1-5,10-13,21. James 1:27.

    I thought Shirley nailed it too in her post yesterday. Revelation 3:10-12.
    I also like verse 20 and 21. Christ is knocking at our door and if we let Him in and overcome He will not only dine with us we will take turns sitting with Him and our Father by Him on His throne. However that my be, I humbly accept the invitation.


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