Deuteronomy and the New Testament

I’ve been noticing a lot of parallels between Deuteronomy and passages in the New Testament like this one.

Deuteronomy 15:10 HCSB
Give to him, and don’t have a stingy heart when you give, and because of this the LORD your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you do.

2 Corinthians 9:7-8 HCSB
Each person should do as he has decided in his heart–not out of regret or out of necessity, for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to make every grace overflow to you, so that in every way, always having everything you need, you may excel in every good work.

One thing I’ve been noticing is that when we give, then God provides us with what we need to do good. This doesn’t necessarily mean money. Many think that if we give (or “tithe” as some people still call it), it’s like karma and we get it back. Although some passages seem to intimate this, like Proverbs 3:9-10, that’s a proverb, a general bit of wisdom, not a promise we can ‘claim’ in every situation. Am I right? It’s more about being equipped to do good than to get our money back.

4 Responses to “Deuteronomy and the New Testament”

  1. 1 Mitchell Powell

    I think you’re absolutely right on getting money back. If the motive is to put money in so you can get more back later, you’re looking for a broker, not a church. Although that being said, it is a general principle that the generous often reap what they sow.

  2. 2 Scripture Zealot

    That second part can’t be denied which I think makes it tough to converse with those who think ‘tithing’ where you give expecting to get more back than you gave, monetarily.

  3. 3 Mitchell Powell

    It does get tough to converse about the issue. That’s why, despite my constant writing about issues, there are some which I just don’t argue with people.

  4. 4 Gary Simmons

    @Jeff: thanks for posting this. It’s encouraging to be reminded that God equips us to do good.

    @Mitchell, you are wise beyond your years, then. I wasted my time writing a review of a prosperity gospel book, and someone randomly commented how sad he was that “Christians just tear each other down.” He didn’t even listen to what I’d said in the post.

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