Day 306 - Deuteronomy 26

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Today's chapter rises into the illustrations of the highest privilege of life on earth, the worship of God. V. 1-4 The lovely story of their bringing a basket of the fruit first harvested in the beautiful land of promise into which they were now to enter. Notice three statements...(1) "come in", (2) "possess it", and (3) "dwell therein". Let's be out and out for Christ. This is the fulfillment of the 7 "I will" promises God had made 40 years before (Read them in Ex. 6). Our life shows how much we are believing God.
V. 3 We must take the 3 steps mentioned above, to enjoy (not to receive) our heavenly blessings, and so bring true worship to God. The Israelite did not offer the basket of first-fruits to get into the land, but because he was in it. So often we enjoy our blessing but are so unresponsive in our devotion to Christ.
V. 1-11 They must bring the first-fruit they pick to the Lord (Christ is our "first-fruit" 1 Cor. 15:2020But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. (1 Corinthians 15:20). True worship is to present Christ to God. There are three beautiful steps in our life in these verses.)
V. 5 Secondly, to confess what misery we were in before we came to know Christ as our Savior.
V. 11 Thirdly, enjoy our blessings with God. Then thoughtfulness and grace flows out to others.
V. 12-15 Some believers use tithing giving a percentage of their income to whom they think deserve it. In this there are two dangers (1) putting ourselves under law again. Clear instruction in 1 Cor. 16:22Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come. (1 Corinthians 16:2). No mention is made of tithing. (2nd danger), To forget that all we have is the Lord's 1 Cor. 6:19-2019What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? 20For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's. (1 Corinthians 6:19‑20). He wants our whole heart, not just part of it. Worship comes first. Then caring for others.