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What the Bible says about Appreciating What God is Doing
(From Forerunner Commentary)

Deuteronomy 16:16-17

These three feasts were the three "pilgrimage feasts" of ancient Israel, for which all the families traveled up to Jerusalem to keep them. Each adult male was expected to attend and to give an offering to God. We follow this command to give to God, splitting the offerings of those three "times" or "seasons" into offerings on each of the seven annual holy days.

Unlike a tithe, which is one-tenth of our income, the amounts of these offerings are voluntary. God wants us to consider how much He has blessed us and put a monetary value—"as [we are] able"—on His loving care for us. Of course, we can never give enough, but the exercise helps us to learn to appreciate God in greater ways.

Richard T. Ritenbaugh
How Do We Keep God's Festivals?

Psalm 64:9

The word "consider" (sakal) is linked with fearing God. The implication is that if one does not fear God, he is probably not considering God's ways—what God is doing—and he will end up on His wrong side. When we wisely consider what God is doing, we begin to fear God. When we think through all the things that God is doing, we come to a right appreciation of what is happening.

Richard T. Ritenbaugh
"If I Have Not Charity"


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