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Gift Offering


God had instructed through Moses, “Three times a year, then, all your males shall appear before the LORD, your God, in the place which he will choose: at the feast of Unleavened Bread, at the feast of Weeks, and at the feast of Booths. They shall not appear before the LORD empty-handed, but each with his own gift, in proportion to the blessing which the LORD, your God, has given to you” (Deut 16:17). Proverbs 3:9-10 reminded them, “Honour the LORD with your wealth, with first fruits of all your produce; then will your barns be filled with plenty, with new wine your vats will overflow.” So, the Israelites had the custom of bringing offerings to God when they approached Him for worship.

Though the priests burned a portion of the offerings at the altar, they distributed the rest of the gifts (1) to maintain the tabernacle and later the Temple, (2) to support the Levites, and (3) to help the poor. “At the end of every third year you shall bring out all the tithes of your produce for that year and deposit them within your own communities, that the Levite who has no hereditary portion with you, and also the resident alien, the orphan and the widow within your gates, may come and eat and be satisfied; so that the LORD, your God, may bless you in all that you undertake” (Deut 14:28-29).


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