God's Money - God's Way

By Jon Bowles

Owerri, Nigeria

28 January 2006

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I don't know how many of you have seen one of these. This is a credit card. Any hands? You've never seen a credit card? Well, it gives you an idea, for those of you that are listening, that nobody in the audience here has actually seen one of these pieces of plastic. Ever! And I can almost guarantee that none of them, none of you in the audience here, would have actually had one of these. If you look at this logo, it bends in the light, this area here is a chip; and, when it goes into a machine, it is read by the machine. There's a metallic strip on the back. It's got my signature on the back, and a number; and I can use this to buy things over the Internet or to buy things in a shop. I can go into the garage over in the west, put it into a machine, put in a pin (an identification number), and obtain petrol or anything I need. We use this a great deal, instead of cash. It's more secure. And I get a bill at the end of each month.

Now, the reason why I could almost guarantee that none of you had one was that I was reading an article in the Guardian, the Nigerian Guardian here. It's right on the front page where it says, "Foreign firms reject the e-payment from Nigeria." It says,

Six months after it began, the electronic card-payment system issued by some Nigerian banks has been rejected by merchants in Europe and the United States. Citing the prevalence of large-scale fraud, the merchants say the MasterCards [This is the MasterCard I just showed you.] and other card-based instruments of payment from the country are "high risk."

Many of such would-be transactions originated by Nigerians through these cards have resulted in still births. In many cases, the cold shoulders have not been because the card issuers cannot back them up with cash, but because "the card owners are located in Nigeria."

I would imagine that even if I tried to use this card over the Internet now, there would be problems because the actual transaction would be coming out of Nigeria.

The office of the Nigerian Cybercrime Working Group (NCWG) is currently inundated with letters from many merchants giving details of their reasons for rejecting e-commerce transactions with Nigeria-based persons and organizations: "Because you live in a high fraud area, we cannot process your order."

Now that, I think, is indicative of a problem that is here in Nigeria. Have you heard of the 419 scams? Yeah. You know what a 419 is? It is 419, isn't it? I've got the number right. Yeah, because if you go down to the Cyber-Café, where we are here, certainly in the past, where I've noticed 419 problems, any transactions using 419 would therefore be prosecuted. Now, 419 is the Nigerian code of the government for certain types of scam that originate within the country. And we get them.

In fact, I had one, just this last week. It was actually coming from Côte d'Ivoire and from the Ivory Coast or Côte d'Ivoire, it's coming through and saying, "I'm a wealthy widow. My husband has died. He deposited so many millions in dollars in a bank account here in Côte d'Ivoire, and we need help in the West. We need a bank account to be able to deposit this money into. We will give you 10% of the proceeds as long as we can do that. Can you let me have your bank details, please?"

Now the problem is that last little sentence. "Can you let me have your bank details, please?" There is no lady in Côte d'Ivoire. There is no bank account. There is no money or anything else, I can guarantee you. It is a scam. I had one, just literally, two days ago. I think I downloaded, and there was somebody asking for my bank details.

So money is a problem here in Nigeria. It really is, even though it is a wealthy country. And it is. It is a wealthy country. As I fly down from Port Harcourt, going across to Lagos, you see oil well after oil well, all the way down the coast. You can see it from the plane. They are only about a mile off shore; and every mile or every quarter of a mile, you see an oil well or a gas flare down there. But you see, money is a problem; and the question really is, it probably goes across onto the Church as well. Each of you (just as we have problems here, I have problems being a Westerner, I have problems with many things that come from a Western culture) here in Nigeria, also, you have problems.

And chances are, you would have problems dealing with money, administering money -- administering God's money, specifically, God's way. And that's what I want to talk about today. I want to talk about administering God's money, God's way. It's not just a problem in Nigeria. It's something that will help you here in Nigeria, when I read articles like this.

There are concepts that will help you to understand what is God's way of administering God's money. And certainly, one of the reasons I'm giving this is that there are several months between now and the Feast of Tabernacles. We're coming into the Passover in a couple of months' time, and then we'll start the holy day season and end in the Feast of Tabernacles. You should be saving your 2nd Tithe so that you can enjoy your 2nd Tithe in the actual Feast of Tabernacles. This is part of the reason I'm giving it to you now, as far as this particular Split-Sermon, because it will help you to make sure that you are saving and administering that area of your finances so you will have something ready for the Feast when it comes. And this is true of everybody in the West as well. We should all be saving 2nd Tithe, so that we can go ahead and enjoy the Feast in the way God intended.

ADMINISTERING GOD'S MONEY (PLAY FROM 7:12)

Now, if we turn over to Malachi 3, right at the end of the Old Testament, in the book of Malachi and we look in the beginning of chapter 3:

Malachi 3:1-2 Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom you seek, shall suddenly come to his temple,even the messenger of the covenant, [This is Christ; and it's talking about the Second Coming of Christ, as we'll come on and see.] whom you delight in: behold, he shall come, says the [ETERNAL] of hosts. (2) But who may abide the day of his coming?

And it goes into a section then talking about the coming of Christ and the establishment of the Kingdom of God. In chapter 4, notice it says:

Malachi 4:1 For, behold, the day comes, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that comes shall burn them up, says the [ETERNAL] of hosts ...

So we're looking right down into the future. That hasn't happened yet. It's right into the future. And if you notice down in verse 5, it says:

Malachi 4:5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the [ETERNAL].

Day of the Lord. Now that Day of the Lord precedes the Kingdom of God. It comes before the Kingdom of God. It actually begins, it begins the Kingdom of God. It begins the Government of God. And within this section, within this section of Malachi, we find in verse 8, it says:

Malachi 3:8-10 Will a man rob God? [So it's talking to us in this time. It's not talking to people way back when. It's talking to the end-time generation. Will a man rob God?] Yet you have robbed me. But you say, Wherein have we robbed you? In tithes and offerings. (9) You are cursed with a curse: for you have robbed me, even this whole nation. (10) Bring you all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat [food] in mine house, and prove [test]me now herewith, says the [ETERNAL] 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.

So God is wanting to bless. He's wanting to give to His people. But there is a problem here. And He says the problem here (one of the areas, and its just one area that is being mentioned) is this area of tithing, tithes and offerings. It's the area of handling God's money, God's way. That's the essence of what the problem is, that is being mentioned here in Malachi.

Now, if we notice in II Timothy, if you'll put in your notes, I don't think we've got time really to go and turn there; but in II Timothy 3:2 {1} it says at the end time, at this time now, the men will be lovers of themselves. So people will be wanting things for themselves, and we do see that in the world. We see that all throughout society, that people are wanting everything for themselves. But it also mentions in that section in II Timothy 3, that men will be lovers of pleasure, what they want for themselves, more than lovers of God. {2} And this then is reflected, this problem that we see here in Malachi, is part of the reflection of this problem, where people are wanting pleasure, wanting things for themselves, more than loving of God, and also lovers of selves, generally. The priorities have not been put into place.

OFFERINGS (PLAY FROM 10:38)

Now notice what it says here in Malachi 3 it says, "Will a man rob God?" So there is a form of theft that is actually being talked about there. Turn over to Ephesians 4; and you find, here in Ephesians 4, the answer. If we have a problem, which is like the problem that is mentioned in Malachi, it says here, notice:

Ephesians 4:22 That you put off concerning the former conversation [or conduct]the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;

And it goes down to verse 28, and it says:

Ephesians 4:28 Let him that stole [Notice] steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he [then]may have [So you work, you then have something in your hand -- he then may have ... ]to give to him that needs.

Now that is a general command. It's a general principle. Now, yes, it is something that we should do as well -- that we must do, that we work, that we have something, that we have something then to give to those that need. But, if there is a problem, which we're looking at here, and it's an end-time problem, then this is the answer to that problem that's mentioned in Malachi. It's a change in the attitude of mind. It's from one of trying to grab and get and take for the self, which you look at and see as the problem of the 419 scam, you see this problem from Côte d'Ivoire, and these problems that we see, how do we get around that, how do we get around that mindset, which is producing this. What we're looking at, therefore, is not just a case of not stealing, but the change of mindset from taking to trying to give.

Now the interesting thing is, turn over to Mark 12, because I know some of you are very, very poor. And that's fine. There's no problem with being poor. But this change of mindset, it's not a case of how much. The how much is nothing. It is not the problem. The change of mindset can be handled with just a few Naira. Just ten Naira can be a change of mindset, or 5 or two Naira. I don't know if you can get two Naira. You don't get notes, you get coins, do you? But notice what it says:

Mark 12:41 And Jesus sat over against the treasury, and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much.

The people that had plenty of money were able to put in a lot of money.

Mark 12:42 And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing.

Now farthing, we don't even have a farthing in the UK anymore. And this one says it was even less than a farthing. Two mites was even less than that. You know, the nearest we have now, we have a penny; and it's a new penny and that's 2 ½ [old] pennies. A farthing was then a quarter of that. So at the time that this was written, they're trying to give some kind of an idea: it was a very, very small amount of money that was actually being dealt with here. So, we see from what Christ said here, He's saying, "Look, this poor widow put in far more than these other people." It's the principle.

So when we're looking at administering God's money, God's way; and we're looking at administering it (And I'm not just talking about tithes. I'm not just talking about offerings, but 2nd Tithe as well.), it's not a question of the amount. It's a question of a change of mindset. So the mindset changes from the grabbing to working hard so you have something. And you then have something to give. To give that little bit, even if its ever so small. It doesn't matter that it's ever so small.

And I'm not just talking about to the Church. I'm not just talking about as far as offerings are concerned. This change of mindset will affect everything that we do. Everything that we do! God's way, with money, is exactly that. It is working to earn something so that we have something that we can then use to give. That's the focus. That's what we're looking at. It's this change of mindset from what we see in the world, in which everything is to grab and it doesn't matter about the other person. It's not to grab and take everything from the other person so you have more. It is to work hard to apply yourself, to use your mind, to do all these things, so you have something, yes; but in order to be able to give, because you've got something you can give. And it doesn't matter how small. If it's ten Naira, it doesn't make any difference at all. It is having something that you can therefore give.

Turn over to Exodus 35, in this case. If you want to put in your notes, Exodus 25:2 {3}, you'll find that in Exodus 25:2 that God talks about people that are giving with a willing heart. That this is now giving to the temple. Okay. So they're going to build the temple. And we in the Church now are the temple of God. And this change of this mindset is actually found within here, in Exodus, where the tabernacle was first built. And there was a certain mindset that God required in the people that were building that tabernacle. Here in Exodus 35, notice:

Exodus 35:5 Take you from among you an offering unto the LORD: whosoever is of a willing heart, let him bring it, an offering of the [ETERNAL]; gold, and silver, and brass.

It wasn't just a case of go out and get an offering. It was an offering that people were wanting, then, to give. It was a willing heart. The willing heart was more important. It wasn't a case of get more brass. Get more gold. Go out and get more silver, cause we've got to make it bigger or whatever. It's a totally different approach. It says, "Go and see the people; and, those that are willing, let them give. And then we will have. We'll see what we've got, and we'll build accordingly. It was a totally different approach that we find here in the building of this first tabernacle. Notice in verse 21:

Exodus 35:21-22 And they came, every one whose heart stirred him up, and every one whom his spirit made willing, [Notice, it's a willingness that was there; and this is a type of the very building of the spiritual temple.] and they brought the [ETERNAL'S] offering to the work of the tabernacle ... (22) And they came, both men and women, as many as were willing hearted, [So you see the change? God was looking not just for the money. It wasn't the money. It wasn't the silver. It wasn't the gold. It was a willing heart that would give whatever they had. Not everything, but whatever they wanted to give. Whatever they were willing to give.]and brought bracelets, and earrings, and rings, and tablets, all jewels of gold.

And remember, these were slaves. These people were slaves; and they spoiled the Egyptians; and this was their booty, if you like, for years of slave labor. But it was only those that were of a willing heart that God was interested in receiving anything from.

Exodus 35:29 The children of Israel brought a willing offering unto the [ETERNAL], every man and woman, whose heart made them willing to bring for all manner of work, which the [ETERNAL] had commanded to be made by the hand of Moses.

Now this is why we find the scripture that is used so often in offerings. That scripture (Again, put in your notes. You don't need to turn there.), it's one that's used over and over again. II Corinthians 9:7 {4} where it talks about God loves a cheerful giver. It is this change of mind, the mindset that is important. It is this mindset of a cheerful giver. It comes right the way back here to Exodus. It comes from the building of the very first tabernacle, the dwelling place of God. And He is looking at the administration of God's money, God's way. It is the mindset that is so important. It is not the amount. You won't find anything about the amount here, except the amount that they gave. But it wasn't the amount they were looking for. It was that willing attitude and frame of mind.

Turn over to Micah 6. (...Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, ...Micah ...) And this also is used. Normally, what we'd do is read verse 8.

Micah 6:8 He hath showed you, O man, what is good; and what doth the [ETERNAL] require of you, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?

But notice the context of these verses. You pick it up in verse 6. It says:

Micah 6:6 Wherewith shall I come before the [ETERNAL], [What am I going to come before the Eternal with?] and bow myself before the high God? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves of a year old?

Now I don't know how much the calves are here; but the calf, a year old, is worth a fair amount of money. It's a year old. It's a good-sized calf. It's up here somewhere weighing ... Oh, I don't know, weighing ... If it's a bull calf, if it's been fed at it's mother, it's getting on for a ton in weight or ¾'s of a ton in weight. There's a lot of meat on that calf It's worth maybe 3, 4, 5, maybe £500, £600 something like that. So how many Nairas is that? Whatever it works out to be, about a 100,000 Naira, about 150,000 Naira, say.

Micah 6:7 Will the [ETERNAL] be pleased with thousands of rams,

Now a ram is a very expensive sheep. And a ram you use to actually serve the other sheep. So thousands of rams, now you're looking at money. You might pay, say, a £100. So, now you're looking at a £100,000. So you see how it's stepped up? So you're looking at about 2.5 million Naira. So you've jacked up to that figure.

Micah 6:7 or with ten thousands of rivers of oil?

Now how much is olive oil worth? Olive oil is quite expensive to press and to get 10,000 rivers of it? How much is that? What's the value? It's a phenomenal amount of money, more than probably all the oil that you've got in Nigeria. Ten thousand rivers of olive oil? The real clincher is:

Micah 6:7 shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?

Is that the offering that God wants? I mean, to sacrifice my son whose worth more than everything? My own son? You can go ahead and say, "I'll give you ten thousand rivers of oil. No, but my son's more valuable. My daughters are more valuable."

Micah 6:8 He hath showed you, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of you, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?

To "walk before God and be perfect," as it says as far as Abraham was concerned; and this is the same when you're looking at offerings, when you're looking at something that God is looking for. He's not looking for quantity, because He has everything. He owns everything. But He is looking for a frame of mind, and that frame of mind is very important.

FIRST TITHE (PLAY FROM 22:58)

So if we're looking at the way in which we administer God's money, God's way, and we start to look at the 1st Tithe, the same principle applies. It's an attitude and a frame of mind. It's not a taxation. It's not something that God kind of says, "Right. You can tax the people by 10%." That's not the way it works. It's not taxation. I don't look and see how much people are paying in tithes. I just really don't. I don't look at that at all. That's between each individual and God, and that's where it must be. Turn over to Numbers 18. It is the attitude, the frame of mind. If we are changing from the world's way with this 419 scam and all the rest of the problems happening in the world, and we're changing across to God's way of looking at things, we're changing from one of getting and grabbing and taking to something where we have the opportunity to give. We work willingly so we have something and then (however small, it makes no difference on the quantity) we have frame of mind changes; and we have something, however small, to give. And it gives across the board. It gives. It's not just as far as Church is concerned.

Numbers 18:21 And, behold, I have given the children of Levi all the tenth in Israel for an inheritance,

I want you to notice that carefully. Levi was given all tithes -- the whole of the tenth. That's why we call it a 1st Tithe, because that went to Levi initially.

Numbers 18:21 for their service which they serve, even the service of the tabernacle of the congregation.

So the whole amount was given to Levi. If we notice over in (This is talking about 1st Tithe now.), in Hebrews 7:

Hebrews 7:9-10 And as I may so say, Levi also, who received tithes, payed tithes in Abraham. [Because he was already in the loins of Abraham, and it says here:] (10) For he was yet in the loins of his father, when Melchisedec met him.

So Melchisedec, who had no father or mother. It was Jesus Christ in the divine form, the same One who came with the angels to destroy Sodom. And this individual, Melchisedec:

Hebrews 7:11 If therefore perfection were by the Levitical priesthood, (for under it the people received the law,) what further need was there that another priest should rise after the order of Melchisedec, and not be called after the order of Aaron?

Now, that is coming from Psalm 110 {5} because it says, "You art a priest for ever," talking of the Messiah, "after the order of Melchizedek." Psalm 110; and it describes this priesthood that is going to be in the future. It is not going to be a Levitical priesthood.

Hebrews 7:12 For the priesthood being changed, [So we are looking into the future, and the High Priest is changed to Jesus Christ. "The priesthood being changed,"]there is made of necessity a change also of the law.

Now this change of the law was NOT whether you tithe or not, because you can go and see in Malachi that the tithe, God says, you know, "You have robbed me, this whole nation." In the context of the end-time, the tithe was still there. It is who do you tithe to? That's what the question is here. All the context here is: "Who is it that we tithe to?"

Hebrews 7:13-14 For he of whom these things are spoken pertains to another tribe, of which no man gave attendance at the altar. (14) For it is evident that our Lord sprang out of Judah; of which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning priesthood.

So it's not talking about tribes. It's not saying a change in the tribe. It's saying a change in the priesthood. So it's changing from a high priest, which was human, to a High Priest, which is Christ. And this way of God then comes down through Christ, through those that are putting themselves under the authority of God, under the authority of Christ.

Hebrews 7:15-19 And it is yet far more evident: for that after the similitude of Melchisedec there ariseth another priest, [That's the order that is in the future, this Kingdom of Priests, of kings and priests.] (16) Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment [of a fleshly commandment], but after the power of an endless life. (17) [Because, as it says]For he testifieth, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec. [It is a Priest forever. It goes on forever. And that is the priesthood that will administer God's law in the future.] (18) For there is verily a disannulling [or a setting aside] of the commandment going before for the weakness and unprofitableness thereof. (19) For the law made nothing perfect, [So the law that was to Levi was put to one side; and what then is replaced is a law that talks about the Melchizedek priesthood, and those that place themselves under that priesthood with Jesus Christ as the High Priest.] but the bringing in of a better hope did; by the which we draw nigh unto God.

Now I bring that out because not only are we to determine in the paying of the 1st Tithe, the fact that tithe is to be paid. That is the law. That is part and parcel of God's law. It's mentioned in Malachi. It's part of what we need to do. But what we do also need to do as well is we must determine where that has got to be paid. That does not get paid just anywhere. That goes to a place that is under the authority of that Melchisedec priesthood. That's where it needs to be paid to. So it's for every one of us to determine that factor. We make sure we pay our tithe. But we make sure we also pay it to the place that is under the authority of that Melchizedek priesthood, which is the priesthood that will go into the World Tomorrow, which will go right through to this power of an endless life with Jesus Christ as the High Priest.

SECOND TITHE (PLAY FROM 29:25)

Now, when we come to the 2nd Tithe, turn over to Deuteronomy 14. Remember, we just read over in Numbers 18 how all that tithe was to be paid to Levi. But when we look at Deuteronomy 14, we find a tithe being mentioned here that is not paid to Levi. So if all the tithes were paid to Levi, and here is a tithe not paid to Levi, it's got to be another one. This is why it's a 2nd Tithe. And this is how it's described.

Deuteronomy 14:22 Thou shall truly tithe all the increase of your seed, that the field brings forth year by year.

And that's the increase of the seed, yes; but it's also the increase of the seed of the animals and everything.

Deuteronomy 14:23 And thou shall eat before the [ETERNAL] your God, in the place which he shall choose to place his name there, the tithe of your corn, of your wine, and of your oil, and the firstlings of your herds and of your flocks; that thou may learn to fear the [ETERNAL] your God always.

So it wasn't given to Levi. It was eaten by the people. It was eaten by them in the place God chose to set His name.

Deuteronomy 14:24-25 And if the way be too long for you, so that thou art not able to carry it; or if the place be too far from you, which the [ETERNAL] your God shall choose to set his name there, when the [ETERNAL] your God hath blessed you: (25) Then shall thou turn it into money, and bind up the money in your hand, and shall go unto the place which the [ETERNAL] your God shall choose:

So if there's something that you've gone ahead and you need to tithe on, and it's going to be rotten by the time you get down to the Feast time, and you're not going to be able to spend it at that time -- you would turn it into money, and you would put it to one side so you have something there. And remember that principle: it's not just so you have something. It's not that grasping and greedy 'have something for yourself only.' It goes on. It expands. It goes out to other people as well.

Deuteronomy 14:26 And thou shall bestow that money for whatsoever your soul lusts after, for oxen, or for sheep, or for wine, or for strong drink, or for whatsoever your soul desires: and thou shall eat there before the [ETERNAL] your God, and thou shall rejoice, thou, and your household,

Now, if you want to put in your notes, in Deuteronomy 12:12 {6}, it talks about your manservant and your maidservant rejoicing. It's not just us. It's not just me, and my family. It's other people as well. And we'll go on and read a little bit more, and it goes even beyond that.

Deuteronomy 14:27 And the Levite that is within your gates; thou shall not forsake him; for he hath no part nor inheritance with you.

The Levite had no inheritance like the people; and, therefore, he was included in the group in which the 2nd Tithe was used. Now I want you to notice, however, what it says. It says, whatever your soul lusts after, therefore, oxen or sheep or wine or strong drink or whatever your soul desires -- whatever your body desires. Notice, it's all things that are eaten. Now what if you come to the Feast and you say, "I want a new mobile phone?" You say, "I want a new mobile phone, therefore I can use my 2nd Tithe to buy myself a new mobile phone. Well, yes, if you like to eat mobile phones, then probably you can go ahead and buy yourself a mobile phone to eat; but I wouldn't recommend it!! I think papaw, and I think pineapple, is much better than mobile phones to eat. But you see what it's talking about here? It's talking about something that you use, that is used at the Feast to make the Feast enjoyable.

Now some people have more than they need in 2nd Tithe. What do you do then? Let's turn over to Nehemiah 8. (It's just before Esther.) Now this was on the Feast of Trumpets. So we're just coming into the Feast, and they're discovering the Feast for the first time. They hadn't been keeping the Feast.

Nehemiah 8:8-12 So they read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading. (9) And Nehemiah, which is the Tirshatha, [which is the Governor of the Persian Kingdom] and Ezra the priest the scribe, and the Levites that taught the people, said unto all the people, This day [That's the day of Trumpets.] is holy unto the [ETERNAL] your God; mourn not, nor weep. For all the people wept, when they heard the words of the law. [Because they hadn't been keeping it -- they wept because they heard what God had said, and they hadn't been keeping it.] (10) Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: [Notice what it says. Here were the Levites telling the people, the leaders telling the people, not only is it a case of YOU enjoy yourself, but you send a portion to them for whom nothing is prepared.]for this day is holy unto our [ETERNAL]: neither be you sorry; for the joy of the LORD is your strength. (11) So the Levites stilled all the people, saying, Hold your peace, for the day is holy; neither be you grieved. (12) And all the people went their way to eat, and to drink, and to send portions, and to make great mirth, because they had understood the words that were declared unto them.

My wife reminded me of an occasion she went to somebody over in the West This lady had taken upon herself the job of preparing, you know what fruitcakes are like now? You've tried a piece of fruitcake. Well, she was baking fruitcakes. Just small ones, just little fruitcakes, preparing them for the people that weren't going to go to the Feast; using her 2nd Tithe, preparing small fruitcakes, putting them into a little box, and posting them to people so they had something -- just to give them a little help, and something that came from her. That's the kind of thing that she did. And this is coming from this kind of instruction. It is not a case ... Again, when you are looking at God's way: you work hard, you have something that you may then use to give. That is the way of God. That is the change in the mindset. It doesn't matter how small. Perhaps all you can do is to buy, oh, I don't know. Or maybe you grow a certain peanuts? And you come with peanuts; and you have enough peanuts for everyone, just to have some peanuts. I mean groundnuts. Sorry. We call them peanuts in the West. But perhaps you have groundnuts, or something that's small. Perhaps a cola, if you like bitter cola. I find I struggle with bitter cola; but if you like bitter cola, then fine. Give everybody a bitter cola, or whatever it is that you maybe come with. And this applies this principle.

It doesn't mean to say you get, like Christmas, everybody giving people presents. That's not what we're looking at. It's where the mind has changed. We work hard; we have something, and we have something to give. And the 2nd Tithe is exactly that. That's exactly what it's for. It's so that we all have something; so that we ALL learn to give, that we all develop this mindset. It's the same kind of mindset that we found when we looked at the tabernacle, and the way the tabernacle was put together. It's a willing heart. And it's that change of heart that is so very, very important.

THIRD TITHE (PLAY FROM 37:28)

If we go back to Deuteronomy 14 again, we come to the final tithe that is mentioned. Now this one isn't one that is given every year. And it's not given by everyone either. Let me just say this: it's not given by everyone. I think many of you here, most of you here, wouldn't even pay 3rd Tithe. Now I know some people in the West would feel like, oh, this is not the way we were taught. Yes, it is the way that we were taught. The way we were taught ... Here, let me just read it, coming on from where it talks:

Deuteronomy 14:27-28 And the Levite that is within your gates; thou shall not forsake him; for he hath no part nor inheritance with you. (28) At the end of three years thou shall bring forth all the tithe of your increase the same year, and shall lay it up within your gates:

Now, remember, the 1st Tithe, it says, "All were given to Levites." The 2nd Tithe, which we've just read you were to eat it in a particular place, not any place. You weren't to eat it within your gates. You are to take it to the place that the Eternal chose, and eat it there. So here is another tithe that is mentioned. And these principles, remember; it is applying these principles to the rest of our money as well that's important. The principle of 2nd Tithe, where you put money aside and you save it, is the principle of budgeting. That will teach us the principle of budgeting, and that's what God is giving us to a large degree.

Deuteronomy 14:29- And the Levite [because it says, "the tithe of your increase ... and lay it up within your gates" -- the Levite], (because he hath no part nor inheritance with you,) and the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, which are within your gates, shall come, [So here are the poor. This is what it's talking about, the poor in the land.]and shall eat and be satisfied; that the LORD your God may bless you in all the work of your hand which thou doest.

Deuteronomy 15:1 At the end of every seven years thou shall make a release.

It's tithing with the sabbatical year. So it goes 1,2, 3 (the third year) and then 4, 5, 6 (the sixth year); then came the sabbatical year. Then you start again. 1,2, 3 (the third year) and then 4, 5, 6 (the sixth year); then came the sabbatical year. And these laws, the way in which it was actually placed in scripture, notice verse 4 {7} the desire by God, if you look in the margin here, it says "to the end that." That's the desire of God. It's not to make us ALL wealthy. Not to try and get money. God is not out to get your money. The Church is not out to get your money. It's people having a willing heart and everybody giving. And that is what is so important. We have got to learn to give! And this is an area in which we must learn to give; and an area, as I say, with these 419 scams and so on, it is an area where we need to be aware of here in Nigeria also.

So, in this section, as far as 3rd Tithe is concerned, if, however, you have to ask for 3rd Tithe ... In other words, you make yourself poor, because it says here in verse 11:

Deuteronomy 15:11 For the poor shall never cease out of the land: therefore I command you, saying, Thou shall open your hand wide unto your brother, to your poor, and to your needy, in your land.

And it is a case of giving, and we want to be able to give; but we will not give, within the Church, to the detriment of people. We've got to make sure that everyone in the Church, including the people that have only got two mites, that we are all of the same attitude, because you are going to have to administer millions, billions, in the future. You are going to have to preside over cities. The budget is going to be huge. And if you don't learn the principles now, with the little few Naira that you have, how can you administer that? How can that be done? It will be just like the world outside. It will be another Nigeria. That cannot be. God will not have somebody that will make the world like another Nigeria, or another UK, or another USA. He will not have somebody like that in the Kingdom of God. We have got to learn a different way; and that way is to change from getting and grabbing for ourselves, to giving. The attitude is crucial, absolutely crucial.

We work hard, so we then have; so we then can give. That's what the aim is. If you find yourself so poor by paying 3rd Tithe that you have to ask for 3rd Tithe, for help just to survive or that your children might get sick, or something like that, you don't pay 3rd Tithe. You use that yourself first. That is the way the Church always administered it.

Now, people can use that; and they can abuse that principle. That's not to be done either. It is a case that our attitude changes, our mind changes. It is one of giving and looking to be able to give. Working hard, having something; so that we then are able, then, to give. Final scripture, Luke 6:

Luke 6:35 But love you your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again;

Do we find that out in the world? Do we find the loving of our enemies? Do good, and lend hoping for nothing again? It's not found in the world. You lend, you give money, you try and therefore extract as much as you possibly can. I say "you." Not you, not me; but that's what you find in the world. That should not be the way amongst us.

Luke 6:35-36 and your reward shall be great, and you shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil. (36) Be you therefore merciful, [Why?]as your Father also is merciful.

We're reflecting this mind of God. Don't judge, and you won't be judged; because our Father has to judge, and if we are judgmental ... It's not just talking about judging, but being judgmental. Don't condemn, and you won't be condemned -- being condemnatory to people, trying to push people down.

Luke 6:37 Judge not, and you shall not be judged: condemn not, and you shall not be condemned: forgive, and you shall be forgiven:

And within this principle it says:

Luke 6:38 Give, and it shall be given unto you;

This is the mentality. This is the basis of true prosperity in the World Tomorrow. This is how the World Tomorrow is going to be different from what we see today. It is that everybody will have this mentality of trying to work hard, so they have, that they can then give.

Luke 6:38 Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that you mete [use] withal it shall be measured [used back] to you again.

That's true in this life to a limited extent; but it will be true in the World Tomorrow, because by having that attitude of mind, and putting it into society, we can actually build a society under God, under Jesus Christ, which reflects the right mind of God, even in this area here we're just been looking at, which is God's use of God's money.


{1} 2 Timothy 3:2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,

{2} 2 Timothy 3:4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;

{3} Exodus 25:2 Speak unto the children of Israel, that they bring me an offering: of every man that giveth it willingly with his heart ye shall take my offering.

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

{5} Psa 110:4 The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.

{6}Deuteronomy 12:12 And ye shall rejoice before the LORD your God, ye, and your sons, and your daughters, and your menservants, and your maidservants, and the Levite that is within your gates; forasmuch as he hath no part nor inheritance with you.

{7} Deuteronomy 15:4 Save when there shall be no poor among you; for the LORD shall greatly bless thee in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee for an inheritance to possess it: