This passage is written for the purpose of recalling that the work of the priests and Levites had been put in place nearly a century before Nehemiah, and that even in that span of time they had always been provided for.
On that day there was a refresher on the proper collection of tithes and offerings. Time is taken to bring people together and remind them of how God has always been the provider and He has always been faithful. It was also a reminder of the law that says for the people to give tithes and offerings.
When I read this I am reminded not of a burden to give tithes and offerings, but a joy to give back a portion of what has already been provided to me. What we give back is simply a portion of what is already God’s. So we should take time to remember how God has provided for us so faithfully. When we do this we start to develop a lifestyle of generosity that is powered by a love for God and a desire to see His kingdom grow.
What are some other ways that we can develop this heart and lifestyle of generosity?
How often do you take the time to remember how God has been faithful to provide for you?
By: Dakota Gragg — Student Ministry Associate