Be generous


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Deuteronomy 15:8 But thou shalt open thine hand wide unto him, and shalt surely lend him sufficient for his need, in that which he wanteth. 

God taught Israel a complete set of money laws. God’s people could not make a loan to another Jew for a period greater than seven years. At the end of seven years, the debt was to be canceled. They could loan to nonJewish people for more extended periods without canceling the debt.

The Jews were to allow no poor people among themselves. God would bless with the promised land. The Israelites would be loaning money to other countries and would not have to borrow. God’s people would rule in the affairs of the nations.

Our verse for today has to do with God’s people seeing someone in trouble or need among them. They were told to pay attention and see how they could help. They were never to turn away from the needy to hold on to their money. They were to be generous. They were not to be hard-hearted. They were to open their hands wide. They were to lend their brother what he needed. They were to meet his lack.

God’s people are to be generous. They are not to cling to their possessions. It is not about just giving their offerings but about being conduits that God can use to bless others.

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