Summary: In a world where man has chosen to do whatever he feels like God is still looking for those who will be faithful in their giving to His kingdom
Today we will start a six part series on “ Faithfulness in a parallel world.”
This morning we will discuss:
Faithfulness in a Parallel World - In our Giving Part 1
The Who, How, Why and What of Gods plan for us and what He has given us.
Next Sunday: Faithfulness in a parallel Word – Made in Gods Image Part 2
Marriage and its purpose and importance to Gods plan
June 16th Father’s Day Faithfulness in a parallel World – Fatherhood Part 3
June 23 faithfulness in a parallel world - In Living - The art of a Holy & Sanctified Life Part 4
June 30th Faithfulness In Serving God and Country the 4th of July Part 5
July 7 The Conclusion The Victory of Faithfulness Part 6
First let me start by explaining the meaning of a parallel world. Gen. 1:1-31 don’t read
a) Gen. 1 tells us that in the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. Vs. 2 tells of the presence of His Holy Spirit hovering over the work.
c) When each day of creation was completed it would end with Gods pronunciation that it was good.
d) But when God made man on the 6th day He added one more word. It was Very Good.
Just for a peek into what God had intended we see vs. 27-31
27 So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. 28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”
29 Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. 30 And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.” And it was so.
31 God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.
That was God’s World, perfect, sinless and a place of communion or fellowship with God.
Enter Genesis 3 and the temptation of Satan and the fall of Man. Adam & Eve.
Perhaps more accurately the point previous to this where pride has swallowed up Lucifer or satan, one of God’s created Angelic beings.
Thus the creation of world according to man, or shall I say fallen man.
We all know what followed. Through one man Adam, sin entered the world and through one man Jesus sin is atoned for that we might be restored to a right place with God.
Over the next six weeks we will talk about things as they exist in both Worlds but with the emphasis on our living it in Gods World.
This morning we will talk about our faithfulness to God as stewards in what He gives us and what He asks us to give back.
As early as Genesis Chapter 4 we get a glimpse of the two worlds of giving.
Now Abel kept flocks, and Cain worked the soil. 3 In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the Lord. 4 And Abel also brought an offering—fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The Lord looked with favor on Abel and his offering, 5 but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor. So Cain was very angry, and his face was downcast.
God doesn’t give us the particulars but we draw from this passage that He does have specifics in what we bring to Him.
We see perhaps the first parallel – Abel brought an animal sacrifice God was pleased.
Cain brought fruit and God wasn’t pleased.
We also see the conclusion of that – Rather than obey Cain kills his brother Abel.
Scripture tells us to obey is better than sacrifice. God requires our obedience in our giving.
There are snippets after this regarding offering and Tithe but we get our first pre law view in Genesis 14
Abraham has taken his servants and gone out and rescued his nephew Lot from a consortium of Kings who have come up against the people of Sodom. We read in Gen. 14
17 After Abram returned from defeating Kedorlaomer and the kings allied with him, the king of Sodom came out to meet him in the Valley of Shaveh (that is, the King’s Valley). 18 Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. He was priest of God Most High, 19 and he blessed Abram, saying,