The Gift of Giving

The Open Bible Studies Number Eighteen

What did Christ say of the blessedness of giving?

"I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive." Acts 20:35.


What kind of fast is most acceptable to God?

"Is not this the fast that I have chosen? . . . Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh?" Isaiah 58:6, 7.


What is one way in which we are commanded to honor God?

"Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase:" Proverbs 3:9.


What part of one's income has the Lord especially claimed as His?

"And all the tithe (tenth) of the land, whether of the seed of the land, or of the fruit of the tree, is the LORD'S: it is holy unto the LORD." Leviticus 27:30.


For whose support and for what work was the tithe devoted in Israel?

"And, behold, I have given the children of Levi all the tenth in Israel for an inheritance, for their service which they serve, even the service of the tabernacle of the congregation." Numbers 18:21.


Of what is one guilty who withholds the tithe and freewill offerings?

"Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings." Malachi 3:8.


Concerning what does the Lord ask us to prove Him, and upon what conditions does He promise to give blessings?

"Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the LORD of hosts." Malachi 3:10, 11.


With what spirit would God have us give?

"Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver." 2 Corinthians 9:7.


What has Christ said regarding giving?

"It is more blessed to give than to receive." Acts 20:35.


Upon what basis are gifts acceptable to God?

"For if there be first a willing mind, it is accepted according to that a man hath, and not according to that he hath not." 2 Corinthians 8:12.


As Christ sent His disciples out to preach, to heal the sick, and to raise the dead, what did He say to them?

"Freely ye have received, freely give." Matthew 10:8.


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