Posted: June 7, 2017 in Uncategorized

Read 1 Chronicles 24

Highlights:

Out of the spoils won in battles did they dedicate to maintain the house of the LORD (I Chr. 26:27).

A good portion of a soldier’s income in ancient times came from the spoils they might take in battle. There may or may not have been any sort of salary for being in the army at that time. Men would fight for a number of reasons. They might have fought for national pride or patriotism. Some may have been forced to fight. They might have been drafted or sequestered to the military of their own nation or a nation that conquered them. Some were even slaves and were fighting for their freedom.

It is obvious then that the spoils of battle were very important to the soldier’s income. Those spoils were often limited as commanding officers might take certain items for themselves. The average soldier might only be able to take from what was left over.

Therefore, this donation of the spoils taken in battle to provide for the upkeep of the Lord’s house was a sacrificial gift. These items could have easily been kept for personal gain. However, they were dedicated for the use of the Lord.

This could be looked at in a way, as a tithe and offering to the Lord. There is a difference between the two. Many know this, others may not. The tithe is the giving back of a percentage of what God has given us. The scripture reveals that percentage to be a tenth. It is a must to tithe if we desire our life to be in right standing with God. And as soon as the commandment came abroad, the children of Israel brought in abundance the firstfruits of corn, wine, and oil, and honey, and of all the increase of the field; and the tithe of all things brought they in abundantly (II Chr. 31:5). And Jesus answering said unto them, Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s. And they marvelled at Him(Mark 12:17). The offering is what we might give above the required tithe.

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