What is noticed and observed in the Old Testament and New Testament is the consistency of God on the self –hurt there is in withholding from God what we should give Him, and the self-promotion in giving to God what is His and what he expects.
There is to be found no variation in all the scriptural texts which address the subject of giving.
- In Proverbs 11:24 the wise man tells us that the liberal giver is the one who increases but the stingy person who withholds brings on his own poverty. In Proverbs 11:25-26 the same truth is consistently stated.
- In Jerimiah 22:18, we are being taught that when we use that which we should have given to God’s cause to do our own business, we are trying to build or achieve by unrighteousness; this carries its own woe and curse
- In the first two recorded biblical offerings or gifts to God (Genesis 4:1-7) one giver gave God that which God asked for both in quantity and quality and he was blest and his offering accepted; the other gave or offered to God what he felt or thought instead of being guided by God’s word, and he was cursed and his offering rejected.
- In Haggai 1:2-11 God’s people were always putting their secular business before God’s business. They found time and money to spend on and to build their own houses, but never found the money and time for God’s house. In Haggai 1:10, God bore holes in their pockets as part of His curse for having their priority mixed up and withholding from Him what was His.
- In Malachi 3 :7-10; Luke 16:9-12; and 2 Corinthians 9:6-7 it is the same consistent lesson which travels from Old to New Testament teaching God’s people that we will be the worse when we rob Him, and we will be the better when we give Him what is duly His.
From the above, it is obvious that as Christians we play part in the levels of blessing we received from God.
What result will you work towards?