It's traditional to shower new parents with things they will need to care for their newborn. But who would have thought.....??
While most Christmas stories focus on Mary, a lovely piece of Bible art turned my attention back to Joseph this holyday season.
Matthew, one of the 12 apostles and author of the Gospel according to Matthew, seems to have gotten much of his understanding of the events surrounding the birth of Jesus from talking to Jesus' earthly father, Joseph. While Luke's rendition draws on Mary's viewpoint and experiences, Matthew's narrative focus is Joseph. He relates intimate details that are personal to Joseph's experience. Particularly his dreams and the resultant fulfillment of Messianic prophecy.
As part of my study on the tithe, I'm re-examining the scriptures on what is traditionally tithed and to whom that tithe is distributed.
I started today with Leviticus 27:30-33.
30 A tenth of everything from the land, whether grain from the soil or fruit from the trees, belongs to the Lord; it is holy to the Lord.
(Holy means it is set apart as sacred)
I learned the principles of tithing in college, when prosperity ministries were in their infancy. Since the laws of tithing were backed up by scripture and, quite often, personal testimonies, it didn't occur to me to do any personal research. After all, tithing had been quite thoroughly studied by my instructors.
Since at the time I didn't actually have any income, or a local church membership, tithing was mostly theoretical. Until it wasn't.
Valerie R Jackson is a slightly off-kilter Bible instructor and disciple serving the Most High God from Louisa, VA.