Tithe - Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me... of Jesus' Righteousness... And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine: - Matthew 7:28 And they were astonished at his doctrine: for his word was with power. - Luke 4:32 And the scribes and chief priests heard [it], and sought how they might destroy him: for they feared him, because all the people was astonished at his doctrine. - Mark 11:18 If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained. - 1 Timothy 4:6 Not purloining, but shewing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things. - Titus 2:10 How can we too have this, where people will simply be “astonished” at the Doctrine of our God, in whom we believe? We must "adorn" it, not merely speak about, think about, preach about it, or point to examples of it [though all good things]. Is it enough to say I “believe”, and not as the just, which “live by faith”, even the “faith of the Son of God”, “Jesus Christ”? No. Never. If we truly believed as Jesus, and preached as Jesus, lived as Jesus ["adorn", put on Him, His works], by the Holy Spirit, the whole wicked world would tremble and “fear”, for there would be manifest on earth a second witness to the power of God to overcome temptation and thus also every sin, in the here and now, even in the very Body of Christ... Jesus, the Head, was the first witness, and the world will not long stand to listen or bear such, but it will produce the effect necessary and then Jesus will come... Every Doctrine should be connected with the Plan of Salvation/Redemption. “... The central theme of the Bible, the theme about which every other in the whole book clusters, is the redemption plan, the restoration in the human soul of the image of God. From the first intimation of hope in the sentence pronounced in Eden to that last glorious promise of the Revelation, “They shall see His face; and His name shall be in their foreheads” (Revelation 22:4), the burden of every book and every passage of the Bible is the unfolding of this wondrous theme,—man’s uplifting,—the power of God, “which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 15:57. ...” - Education, p. 125-126 - http://text.egwwritings.org/publica...ng=en&collection=2§ion=all&pagenumber=125 Therefore, since “the burden of every book” and “every passage” of the Bible “is the unfolding of this wondrous theme”, being “the redemption plan”, which is “the restoration” “in” “the human soul of the image of God”, then this means that every single Doctrine/Practice of which Jesus taught/did also bears this same burden. Listen to the words of Jesus, who truly was “God with us” [Matthew 1:23, etc], and “God manifest in the flesh” [1 Timothy 3:16], for He was “born of the Spirit” [John 3:6; see also Luke 1:35], yea, “born of God”, and “Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.” [1 John 3:9], “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.” [1 John 5:4], “We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not.” [1 John 5:18] Every doctrine and practice must be connected to the vine, they must be connected to Jesus Christ Himself, otherwise they will be without power, without Life. “... The officers who were sent to take Jesus reported that never man spake like this man. But the reason of this was that never man lived like this man; for if he had not so lived, he could not so have spoken. His words bore with them a convincing power, because they came from a heart pure and holy, full of love and sympathy, beneficence and truth. There is eloquence beyond that of words, in the quiet, consistent life of a pure, true Christian. We shall have temptations as long as we are in this world, but instead of injuring us, they will only turn to our advantage, if resisted. The bounds are placed where Satan cannot pass. He may prepare the furnace, but instead of working injury, it will only consume the dross, and bring forth the gold of the character, purer than before the trial. ...” - Gospel Workers 1892, Page 244 - http://text.egwwritings.org/publica...ng=en&collection=2§ion=all&pagenumber=244 Jesus said, Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. - John 5:39 Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me, - Proverbs 40:7 Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God. - Hebrews 10:7 And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself. - Luke 24:27 Let us look at some examples, and begin with the Everlasting Gospel itself, and do we present it selfishly or unselfishly, for merely our own benefit, or for God's own joy? “...Those who think of the result of hastening or hindering the gospel think of it in relation to themselves and to the world. Few think of its relation to God. Few give thought to the suffering that sin has caused our Creator. All heaven suffered in Christ’s agony; but that suffering did not begin or end with His manifestation in humanity. The cross is a revelation to our dull senses of the pain that, from its very inception, sin has brought to the heart of God. Every departure from the right, every deed of cruelty, every failure of humanity to reach His ideal, brings grief to Him. When there came upon Israel the calamities that were the sure result of separation from God,—subjugation by their enemies, cruelty, and death,—it is said that “His soul was grieved for the misery of Israel.” “In all their affliction He was afflicted: ... and He bare them, and carried them all the days of old.” Judges 10:16; Isaiah 63:9. ...” - Education, p. 263.1 - http://text.egwwritings.org/publica...ng=en&collection=2§ion=all&pagenumber=263 Woe unto us, if we have not understood the Heart of God in this, if we have missed the true importance, which is to say what is upon the heart of God, His burden for the salvation/redemption of lost men.' For what Jesus taught and lived, He received from His Father, that we might know the Father in Christ Jesus, for it was from the very Bosom of the Father that Jesus Christ was sent from to tell us, show us, demonstrate and example for us. Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me. - John 7:16 The Faith of Jesus... was in His Father. Our prayer ought be, I am sorry Father... I have not recognized your heart, my sympathy was not with you in your suffering, in your burden for the salvation of souls, in the living out your will... help, that we may do the will of our Father with understanding of the heart of our God and Father in Heaven... It is written: And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever. - Daniel 12:3 Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand. - Daniel 12:10 Who then are the wise, and what do they understand? How to merely identify the Beast or its image, time prophecies, as important and necessary in this present day as that all is? No, but to also understand that it is all connected to the salvation/redemption of men, in Christ Jesus, the very understanding the burden of the Heart of the Father in Heaven. The LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God. - Proverbs 14:2 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise. - Proverbs 11:30 And I will give them an heart to know me, that I am the LORD: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God: for they shall return unto me with their whole heart. - Jeremiah 24:7 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. - John 17:3 Therefore, as sons/daughters and stewards, do we rob God of the Righteousness of Christ Jesus? Let us see... The Tithe: Q. How much belongs to God?