Dress code for the wedding of the Lamb; Is Tithing Right?
Matthew : 22
❇️ Friend, he asked,”how did you get in here without wedding clothes?” The man was speechless (v12)
❇️ For many are invited but few are chosen (v14)
❇️ This parable of wedding may have a reference to the wedding supper of the Lamb in heaven in future as mentioned in Rev.19:9.This wedding supper has a proper dress code without which one can’t participate.
❇️ This wedding dress has three parts as given in Isa.61
- Garment of praise (v3)
- Garment of salvation (v10)
- Robe of righteousness(v10)
❇️ Garment of praise is the attire for our spirit which is nothing but fruits of our lips which is equivalent to fragrant incense offered to God. We will not be speechless when we come before our God with this garment on us.
❇️ Garment of salvation is the attire for our soul given to us by God’s grace through our faith when we are born again.This is the pass word which will open the gates of heaven for us.
❇️ Robe of righteousness is the attire for our body signifying a life of righteous deeds lived on the earth.
❇️ In this parable of wedding, the King, our heavenly Father will accept only those who put on these three attires for the wedding of his Son.Let us make sure that we adhere to this dress code and honour our God & participate in the wedding supper of the Lamb.
✅ Insights learnt:
Dress code for the wedding supper of the Lamb includes
▪️Garment of praise
▪️Garment of salvation
▪️Robe of righteousness
Dr. E. Christadoss
Blessed to be a Blessing to the Blessed People 👨👨👧👦
IS TITHING RIGHT❓ (Matthew 23 : 23)
Today , whether we should tithe is a question to many Christians . Does Jesus expect the present – day Christian to tithe ?
Yes , He did not tell us plainly.
📝 There is no question that the OT Law requires tithing ( Lev 27:30 ; Deut 14:22 ).
📌 We should remember that TITHING BEGAN BEFORE THE LAW WAS GIVEN. Let us ponder upon the giving of tithes :
👤 Abraham COMMENCED IT (Gen 14:20)
👤 Jacob CONTINUED IT ( Gen 28:22)
AND MANY YEARS LATER :
👤 Malachi COMMANDED it (Mal 3:10)
✝️ Jesus COMMENDED IT (Mt 23:23)
📝 The Pharisees majored on minors.They had rules for every minute area of life, while at the same time they forgot about the important things.Thus, some orthodox Jews and the wealthy Jews were probably tithing over 20% annually ( Exo 13:1-16 ; Lev 19:23-25 ; Num 28-29; Deut 16:9-17 ) during the time of Jesus .
✝️ Jesus was not condemning the Pharisees and the teachers of the Law only for the lack of generosity but for OFFERING TITHES :
✝️ Jesus does not seem to be saying here , ” Do not tithe ” but rather he was commending the giving of tithes ( “.. you should have practiced justice , mercy and faithfulness without forgetting the giving of tithes” )
📝 In NT, tithe is mentioned only three times ( Mt 23:23 = Lk 11:42 ; Lk 18:12 ; Heb 7:5-9 ) but no text explicitly commands tithing.
Does it means that we should partially denounce the tithing ?
✝️ Jesus did not condemn the practice of tithing .
✅ To me , tithing is one of the practical areas to prove my faith ; to express my love and devotion to my Lord ; to show my concern and support to my church and the missions. We are not supposed to be content simply to give a tithe ( 10% ) , but we must bring offerings to the Lord out of hearts filled with love.
📝 The principle of Christian Giving under grace are noted down in 2Cor 8-9 . Paul exhorts us to give a portion of our income ( 1Cor 16:2 )
✅ We are not to give only our tithes but whatever as the Spirit leads us to give – JOYFULLY, CHEERFULLY, REVERENTLY , PROPORTIONATELY and SYSTEMATICALLY.
💞 Beloved Church, today’s text reveals that Jesus went on to identify specific areas in which the Pharisees were failing the test of inner righteousness because they have forgotten the major issues of JUSTICE and the LOVE of GOD ( Luke 11:42 ).
MAY WE LEARN THE JOY OF GIVING THAT PLEASES THE LORD 🙌
🙏 Lord , help me to love you with all my heart, soul and mind. Help my giving to reflect that I love others as I love myself 🛐
Glory to God 🙌
✍🏽 Mark Boje, ArP 🇮🇳