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To the Priest.


Thou shalt take of the first of all the fruit of the earth, which thou shalt bring of the land that the Lord thy God giveth thee, and shalt put it in a basket.-.-.-.-And the priest shall take the basket out of thine hand, and set it down before the altar of the Lord thy God.Deuteronomy 26:2, 4

People who believe they are putting “their” money in the offering want to maintain control over it. We cannot control something we do not possess in the first place. All we have belongs to Christ. We have received everything from Him, and we are simply stewards of what belongs to Him. Be generous with what the Master has given you.

When Abraham returned from battle, he met Melchizedek, king and priest of Salem. Abraham had never seen this man before, but when they met, Abraham said to him without hesitation, “Here is my tithe” (Hebrews 7:2). Abraham had no idea how this priest was going to use the funds. His only responsibility was to obey the command of God to bring the firstfruits to the priest.

The Word says to “set your offering down” before the Lord. It doesn’t say to set it down and still try to hold on to it. Let it go into the kingdom of God.

When we obey the windows of heaven are opened wide to release God’s abundant blessing!

Jesus, teach me how to be a cheerful giver. Help me release
what does not belong to me so that the kingdom of God can
be advanced according to Your will. Amen.

By ROD PARSLEY.

Fasting and Repentance for Salem Witch Trials.


Fasting and Repentance for Salem Witch Trials On this date, January l5, l697. Salem and the Massachusetts Bay Colony proclaimed a day of fasting and repentance before God for the tragic error and folly of the Salem witch trials. Among the reasons for the day of fasting given by the resolution were, “so all of God’s people may offer up fervent supplications unto him, that all iniquity may be put away, which hath stirred God’s holy jealousy against this land; that he would show us what we know not, and help us, wherein we have done amiss, to do so no more.”The witch trials, a senseless, isolated and unbiblical miscarriage of justice, left an unfair stain on the reputation of all New England’s Puritans. Over 150 suspected witches were imprisoned and nineteen were hanged during a few frenzied months of 1692. Most of the accused were women and social misfits. Sad to say, only a few of Salem’s townspeople opposed preacher Samuel Parris, who encouraged the proceedings.

The hysteria began when two children had fits and claimed they were bewitched, naming people of the town whose spirits they said they had seen. The evidence presented was usually groundless accusation, scapegoating, or the product of mass suggestion. At the trials no evidence of Satan worship or the practice of witchcraft was presented. Breaking with precedent, the court did not require two witnesses, or even a showing that the accused had committed any acts. It was enough if a witness had seen a ghostly form like one of the accused.

Some Puritan clergy recognized that the real evil was in the accusers rather than those accused of witchcraft. Increase Mather spoke out strongly against the trials, calling for implementation of the Biblical principle of two or three witnesses. Such was the prestige of Increase, that the trials quickly ended. Today we look back on the whole episode as a tragic example of misdirected zeal.

Five years after the Salem witchcraft trials, the Massachusetts legislature passed a resolution that a day of general fasting be held on January 15, 1697. The resolution was adopted so God’s people could offer up prayers for God to help them in their errors and keep them from repeating such sins which could only bring God’s judgment on the land. Judge Samuel Sewell and those who had served as jurors in the trials all confessed their error and prayed for God’s forgiveness and guidance in the future. Indeed, Judge Samuel Sewall, who had presided over many of the capital judgments, published a written confession acknowledging his own “blame and shame.”

Salem village drove out Reverend Samuel Parris for his role in the trials. In 1710, the Massachusetts legislature reversed some of the convictions, and in the following years authorities gave compensation to the families of the accused witches.

Bibliography:

  1. Based on an earlier Christian History Institute story.
  2. Kennedy, James with Newcombe, Jerry. What if Jesus Had Never Been Born? Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1994.
  3. Murdock, Kenneth Ballard. Increase Mather, the Foremost American Puritan. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1925. Source of the image.
  4. Pope, Robert G. “Mather, Cotton” and “Mather, Increase” in Encyclopedia of American Biography.Edited by John A. Garraty. New York: Harper and Row, 1974.

Last updated June, 2007.

By Christianity.com

Spoils of Victory.


To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of peace. —Hebrews 7:2

Abraham had just come from defeating four kings when he brought Melchizedek, king of Salem, the spoils of his victory. Offerings given from the spoils of victory say, “Our enemies came, we conquered them; and here is our proof of victory.”

Fear and greed are two of the greatest obstacles to claiming our spiritual possessions. God can’t bless us when greed and fear have overtaken us. But if we drive fear and greed from our hearts, we can enjoy the bounty of the kingdom! God is not going to put blessings into our possession for them to be turned over to the devil.

He who brings the spoil of the battle to the Father will be given even more. But to he who has no spoil, even what he has will be taken away. (Matthew 12:12).

Consider this: “Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us” (Romans 8:37). Already you are a victor over sin and death in Christ Jesus. The spoils of battle—eternal life—is yours. So, bring your tithes and offerings to God with an open hand, rejoicing in your victory!

Lord, I rejoice that You have won the victory over sin and death and defeated Satan. I give You my all. I rejoice in Your victory, and I will live without fear or greed. Amen.

By ROD PARSLEY.

Spoils of Victory.


To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of peace. Hebrews 7:2

Abraham had just come from defeating four kings when he brought Melchizedek, king of Salem, the spoils of his victory.

Offerings given from the spoils of victory say, “Our enemies came, we conquered them; and here is our proof of victory.”

Fear and greed are two of the greatest obstacles to claiming our spiritual possessions.

God can’t bless us when greed and fear have overtaken us.

But if we drive fear and greed from our hearts, we can enjoy the bounty of the kingdom!

God is not going to put blessings into our possession for them to be turned over to the devil.

He who brings the spoil of the battle to the Father will be given even more.

But to he who has no spoil, even what he has will be taken away. (Matthew 12:12).

Consider this: “Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us” (Romans 8:37).

Already you are a victor over sin and death in Christ Jesus.

The spoils of battle—eternal life—is yours.

So, bring your tithes and offerings to God with an open hand, rejoicing in your victory!

Lord, I rejoice that You have won the victory over sin and death and defeated Satan.

I give You my all.

I rejoice in Your victory, and I will live without fear or greed. Amen.

By ROD PARSLEY.

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