Reading Exodus 35:4-5, 20-29; Luke 6: 37- 38
Greetings to you in Jesus Name. We gather today as a very special day to build the house of God. We thank God who has brought us this far. To let us know how God favours acts of charity and justice we shall observe, that there are no good deeds that God so rewards by retaliation, as such which are the products of these habits; nor any sins which God so punishes by way of retaliation, as sins contrary to these, especially such as are more eminently contrary. This verse speaks of acts of charity.
Give, and it shall be given unto you, and that not bare measure, but good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over. Nothing can more concur to make good measure, than the shaking of the bushel, the crowding and pressing down of the corn or meal with the hand, and the pouring in till the measure runs over. So as that which is here promised, is a plentiful reward to charitable and merciful actions, either from the hand of God more mediately, God stirring up others to be as kind to us as we are to others; or more immediately, himself blessing us by his unexpected providential dispensations: to this purpose are abundance of scriptures, Deu 24:19 Psalm 41:1-3 Proverbs 11:25 28:27 2 Corinthians 9:6. If men will not be so just as to requite the good which their brethren have done them, having it in their power, yet God will be faithful to his promises, and by his providence take care that those who have done acts of mercy, not in a mere commiseration to human condition, but in a just obedience to his will, shall not lose by what they have done; they shall be rewarded fully and plentifully, finding again (though it may be after many days) the bread which they have cast upon the waters, according to his command.
And so as we offer to God today please remember that Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows,” 1 Chronicles 16:11-12.
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17
And so let us give willingly Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you (Luke 6:38)." This is the promise of God to us this day, that as we give and offer to God in building the new sanctuary. God promises that if we give to Him, we will be rich in every way. The Bible describes riches as both spiritual and material. Of all the riches we can possess, none of them is more important than spiritual riches. In one aspect, God is saying that we will be rich in spiritual blessings. So We pray that God is going to grow us spiritually even as we give. Amen