True worship of the Most High, continued. Give generously. The triumph of mercy and humility.
The Book of Sirach is recognized as Deuterocanonical Scripture by the Greek Orthodox, Russian Orthodox, and Catholic Churches
VERSE 1. He that keeps the law multiplies offerings; He that takes heed to the commandments sacrifices a peace offering.
VERSE 2. He that requites a good turn offers fine flour; And he that gives alms sacrifices a thank offering.
VERSE 3. To depart from wickedness is a thing pleasing to the Lord; And to depart from unrighteousness is an atoning sacrifice.
SUMMARY: We Christians are called to give away some of our money. We are to give generously and cheerfully. We are to give regularly. We are to give to poor people and anyone who asks. And we are to support those who lead us in our faith. This is the spirituality of giving,
VERSE 4. See that you appear not in the presence of the Lord empty.
VERSE 5. For all these things are to be done because of the commandment.
VERSE 6. The offering of the righteous makes the altar fat; And the sweet savor thereof is before the Most High.
KJV translation. The sacrifice of a just man is acceptable. and the memorial thereof shall never be forgotten.
KJV translation. Give the Lord his honour with a good eye, and diminish not the firstfruits of thine hands.
NAB translation. With each contribution show a cheerful countenance, and pay your tithes in a spirit of joy.
KJV translation. In all thy gifts shew a cheerful countenance, and dedicate thy tithes with gladness.
dedicate your tithe with gladness. People should not contribute out of obligation. Rather, God loves a cheerful giver. Read more »
NAB translation. Give to the Most High as he has given to you, generously, according to your means.
2 Corinthians 9:6. Remember this: he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly. He who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.
VERSE 11. For the Lord recompenses, And he will recompense you sevenfold.
Think not to corrupt with gifts. A believer may not offer anyone a bribe.
no respect of persons. There is a saying in the New Testament that God is no respecter of persons. That means he is impartial. Nobody has an unfair advantage:
Sirach 35:12. Think not to corrupt with gifts; for he will not receive them: And set not your mind on an unrighteous sacrifice; For the Lord is judge, And with him is no respect of persons.
John 18:37. Pilate therefore said to him, “Are you a king then?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this reason I have been born, and for this reason I have come into the world, that I should testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.”
Acts 10:34. Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: (KJV translation)
Acts 10:35. but in every nation he who fears him and works righteousness is acceptable to him.
Romans 2:11. For there is no respect of persons with God. (KJV translation)
VERSE 13. He will not accept any person against a poor man; And he will listen to the prayer of him that is wronged.
Nor the widow, when she pours out her tale. In Luke 18:1-8, the Lord Jesus tells a powerful parable about a widow who poured out her tale against an unjust judge.
VERSE 15. Do not the tears of the widow run down her cheek? And is not her cry against him that has caused them to fall?
He that serves God. Many people have the intention of serving the Most High God. However, they confuse their own desires with the will of God. Thus they do whatever it is that they wanted to do anyway.
according to his good pleasure. The real litmus test of whether we are serving God or ourselves is whether we are doing whatever God wants, even if he takes us out of our comfort zone, even if he leads us where we do not want to go.
VERSE 17. The prayer of the humble pierces the clouds; And till it come near, he will not be comforted; And he will not depart, till the Most High shall visit; And he shall judge righteously, and execute judgement.
The prayer of the humble. Many people are arrogant about the efficacy of their own prayer-life. They speak of power in prayer and achieving miracles. However, prayer that actually matters to God is humble.
pierces the clouds. Prayer that pierces the clouds is humble.
VERSE 18. And the Lord will not be slack, neither will he be patient toward them, Till he have crushed the loins of the unmerciful; And he shall repay vengeance to the heathen; Till he have taken away the multitude of the arrogant, And broken in pieces the sceptres of the unrighteous;
crushed the loins of the unmerciful. Unmerciful people will face an unpleasant eternity. He will break the backs of the merciless.
VERSE 19. Till he have rendered to every man according to his doings, And to the works of men according to their plans; Till he have judged the cause of his people; And he shall make them to rejoice in his mercy.
Micah 6:8. He has shown you, O man, what is good. What does the LORD require of you, but to act justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?
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