Missiology Through Scripture – Deuteronomy 14:28-29

“At the end of every three years you shall bring out all the tithe of your produce in the same year and lay it up within your towns. And the Levite, because he has no portion or inheritance with you, and the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow, who are within your towns, shall come and eat and be filled, that the Lord your God may bless you in all the work of your hands that you do.” – Deuteronomy 14:28-29

Israel’s diet and Israel’s actions were intended to set her apart from the world as holy. In this chapter, God’s people are being instructed on how they are to live a life worthy of God’s children. In addition to the expected and normal tithe, every three years the people were called to provide for the needs of the priests, foreigners, orphans and widows within their local communities. God’s disciples were instructed to show his mercy to their neighbors. They were to care for the people across the street and around the block.

God has not blessed us with material wealth because we are extra holy, or special, or amazing servants. God has provided us with material blessings so we can bless others. Nothing we have belongs to us. We must not hoard what God has given us, but pass his gifts onto others. Everything we have been given comes from God and is intended to be shared with the needy in our midst. Paul Zehr said, “Time, land, and space are God-given things and not one’s own. In fact, all that one possesses belongs to the Lord.”[1] The needy in our path are ours to care for.

Disciples of Christ are to provide for the fulltime ministers of the gospel so they can have more time to dedicate to facilitating worship by the elect and evangelism of the lost. The Lord has brought immigrants and foreigners into our midst so we can share his grace and mercy with them and they can be ambassadors to his majesty. The widows and the orphans are our concern because God wants to make sure those who cannot easily provide for themselves are cared for.

The Lord has blessed us so we can care for these special classes of people. We are to serve as channels for God’s mercy to the world.

 

[1] Paul M. Zehr, 1 & 2 Timothy, Titus, Believers Church Bible Commentary (Scottdale, PA; Waterloo, ON: Herald Press, 2010), 130.

About Mike

Mike, 48, grew up in California and spent 38 years of his life there. He received an undergraduate degree in Political Science, graduated from Reformed Theological Seminary and is pursuing a doctorate from Fuller Theological Seminary. Before accepting God’s call to fulltime missions, Mike worked in the California State Senate for 12 years. He became a Christian at the age of 20. Mike was a Ruling Elder at Soaring Oaks Presbyterian Church(PCA) for seven years. While at Soaring Oaks, Mike served as the Director of the High School Youth Group, Sunday school teacher, and instructor of evangelism. His cross-cultural missions experience includes five short term trips to Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and Peru (Lima and Cusco) through Mission to the World (MTW). He has volunteered with World Relief by teaching and counseling international refugees. Mike has also attended cross-cultural church planting conferences in New York and Orlando and completed the Perspectives course on the World Christian Movement. He attended Bible Study Fellowship for two years. He is a certified instructor through Evangelism Explosion and is a certified trainer of the Darkness to Light child sexual abuse prevention program. He completed MTW‘s Disaster Response Training. Mike is an experienced speaker and author. Over 70 of Mike's articles on missions have been published and he has written two books. He is a trained and experienced mentor, discipler, leader and a passionate teacher of small groups and Bible studies. Mike received an undergraduate degree in Political Science, graduated from Reformed Theological Seminary and is currently pursuing a doctorate from Fuller Theological Seminary. Before accepting God’s call to fulltime missions, Mike was a Ruling Elder, Youth Group Leader, adult Sunday school teacher and evangelism instructor at Soaring Oaks Presbyterian Church in Elk Grove, CA. Mike is an experienced speaker and author. Over 70 of Mike's articles on missions have been published and he has written two books. He is a trained and experienced mentor, discipler, leader and a passionate teacher of small groups and Bible studies. From 2007 to 2017 Mike served as a fulltime missionary for MTW. Mike served as Team Leader, Church Planter, and Seminary Professor. Mike and his wife Erin served in Honduras in Central America and Equatorial Guinea in Central Africa. Mike currently serves as the Director of the MTW West Coast Hub where he trains and mentors new missionaries from CA, AZ, & NV. Mike is also busy writing his next book.
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