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Summary: I. EXORDIUM: Are you an offerer? II. AUDIENCE PROFILE: Believers III. OBJECTIVES: To show that the offerer and the offering are set apart for the LORD for His Good Purpose. IV. TEXT: Ezra 8:28 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

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I. EXORDIUM:

Are you an offerer?

II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:

Believers

III. OBJECTIVES:

To show that the offerer and the offering are set apart for the LORD for His Good Purpose.

IV. TEXT:

Ezra 8:28 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

And I said to these priests, “You and these treasures have been set apart as holy to the Lord. This silver and gold is a voluntary offering to the Lord, the God of our ancestors.

V. THESIS:

The offerer and the offering are set apart for the LORD for His Good Purpose.

VI. TITLE:

Consecrated offerer and offerings

VII. EXPLICATION:

A. Author: unknown. Ezra might have been the compiler

B. Date written: 450 B.C.

C. Purpose: To document GOD's faithfulness, keeping His promises, sovereignly protecting His People and returned them to their own land.

D. To whom written: Jerusalem's restored remnant and future generations.

E. Main theme: Return of the Jews from Babylonian captivity

F. Keywords: Word of GOD, Power of the Word of GOD in human life, Word of the LORD

G. Key verses:

Ezra 1:3 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

Any of you who are his people may go to Jerusalem in Judah to rebuild this Temple of the Lord, the God of Israel, who lives in Jerusalem. And may your God be with you!

Ezra 7:10 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

This was because Ezra had determined to study and obey the Law of the Lord and to teach those decrees and regulations to the people of Israel.

VIII. MAIN BODY:

A. The offerer is consecrated/holy to the LORD

"You and these treasures have been set apart as holy to the Lord."

Proverbs 3:9 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the best part of everything you produce.

Deuteronomy 16:17 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

All must give as they are able, according to the blessings given to them by the Lord your God.

2 Corinthians 9:7 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.”

2 Corinthians 8:12 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

Whatever you give is acceptable if you give it eagerly. And give according to what you have, not what you don’t have.

Proverbs 18:16 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

Giving a gift can open doors; it gives access to important people!

We are the offerer, channels of blessings set apart for the LORD to bless many nations.

B. The offering is consecrated/holy to the LORD

"This silver and gold is a voluntary offering to the Lord, the God of our ancestors. "

Luke 6:38 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.”

Haggai 2:8 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.

Revelation 3:18 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

So I advise you to buy gold from me—gold that has been purified by fire. Then you will be rich. Also buy white garments from me so you will not be shamed by your nakedness, and ointment for your eyes so you will be able to see.

Our offering is what GOD uses to bless all the nations.

We are gold refined in the fire

Malachi 3:3 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

He will sit like a refiner of silver, burning away the dross. He will purify the Levites, refining them like gold and silver, so that they may once again offer acceptable sacrifices to the Lord.

Zechariah 13:9 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

I will bring that group through the fire and make them pure. I will refine them like silver and purify them like gold. They will call on my name, and I will answer them. I will say, ‘These are my people,’ and they will say, ‘The Lord is our God.’”

IX. CONCLUSION:

The offerer and the offering are set apart for the LORD for His Good Purpose.

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