Nuts and Bolts – The Prescription #2
Opening Scripture: Matthew 6:19-21 & Luke 12:34
What does it mean when we use the idiom “the Nuts and Bolts of something”? The Nuts and Bolts of something meansthe most basic, fundamental, or essential aspects of something.
In this series we are going to truly explore Tithes, Offerings and Blessed Generosity.
Now, if the last time you were here you heard me preach on this subject, I want to say “Welcome Back”!!! It has been over 3 years since I have preached a message on Tithes or Offerings and almost 5 years since I did a series. (To my best calculations.)
The Faith Step:We are not taking up a formal tithe and offering during this series. You can give on the App, Website, any of the mail boxes set up around the Worship Center, or any of the other of the options we have.
Matthew 6:19-21 19 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Luke 12:32-34 32 “Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom. 33 Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. 34 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
6 “For I the Lord do not change; therefore you, O children of Jacob, are not consumed. 7 From the days of your fathers you have turned aside from my statutes and have not kept them. Return to me, and I will return to you, says the Lord of hosts. But you say, ‘How shall we return?’ 8 Will man rob God? Yet you are robbing me. But you say, ‘How have we robbed you?’ In your tithes and contributions. 9 You are cursed with a curse, for you are robbing me, the whole nation of you. 10 Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need.
Prescription - a recommendation that is authoritatively put forward.
Statue defined from Strong’s Concordance: statute, ordinance, limit, something prescribed,
- prescribed task
- prescribed portion
- action prescribed (for oneself), resolve
- prescribed due
- prescribed limit, boundary
The terms statute or ordinance means “principles of ordinary behavior” not law. He proves this is a principle when he says “7 From the days of your fathers” referring to Abraham, Issac and Jacob 400 years before the law.
This is why it is a Heart Motive (Message #1) and in the definition the word “prescribed” is used saying this is what is best for your life.
Robbed and Cursed
Let’s clarify “God is talking.”
6 “For I the Lord do not change; therefore you, O children of Jacob, are not consumed.
Let me start by saying “Tithing is not a salvation issue.”
Tithing is mentioned before the Law, In the Law, In the Gospels, After the Resurrection and today Jesus receives your tithes as the Great High Priest today. This is why he can say 6 “For I the Lord do not change;”
- Abraham and Melchizedek - Gen. 14:18-20
- Jacob and “God’s House” 22 and this stone, which I have set up for a pillar,shall be God's house. And of all that you give me I will give a full tenth to you.” Gen. 28:22
- In the Law - Leviticus 27:30 & Deuteronomy 26:1-2 & 13-14
- Jesus in the Gospels – Matthew 23:23 “23 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cumin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness. These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others.
- After the Resurrection Hebrews 7 1-10
The reason God can say “robbed” is because it is in the law.
People say, “Christians can’t be under a curse because Christ bore the curse of the law.” Jesus did take the curse of the law. This is why it is not a salvation issue.
This being a principle before the law was created does mean that there are consequences and we can’t just live however we want with no repercussions.
If we think we can live however we want, even under grace, and there be no consequences that’s ludicrous thinking.
We are free from the curse and we live in grace but there are still consequences to what we do and don’t do. This is why Paul said:
Where sin abounds grace abounds more. – Salvation Issue
Shall we go on sinning, certainly not. – still consequences to sin
Example: Talk to Grace
Do you remember “Talk to the Hand?” If I do not believe that there are consequences to my actions and inactions, then I can go sit in the middle of the highway and when an 18-wheeler is about to hit me I can just hold my hand up and say, “Talk to Grace” and not get hit. There are consequences.
I am a massive believer in grace. Now when the devil tries to hold guilt and shame over me because I have missed the mark, I can hold my hand up and say, “Talk to Grace.”
Curse means consequence; grace is still there to forgive!
There are principles under the law that we should still walk in today.
Nuts, Bolts and Nails
The Nuts and Bolts of something means the most basic, fundamental, or essential aspects of something. But where do nails come in? Remember I said, “and today Jesus receives your tithes as the Great High Priest today.”
Hebrews 7:8 (NKJV) 8 Here mortal men receive tithes, but there he receives them, of whom it is witnessed that he lives.
Here mortal men receive them, but there He Jesus receives them as a witness that he lives. This is why we say, “You Give to Jesus at TWBC.”
After I have laid out to you truly a prescription if you are having this inner dialog in your head, it is not a head issue but a heart issue. Until you surrender this area of your heart you’ll never settle in your head.
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