Key Verse: Verse 6 – “Then contended I with the rulers, and said, Why is the house of God forsaken? And I gathered them together, and set them in their place."
Key Words: Why is the house of God forsaken?
They were not only forsaking God’s house by not giving financially; they were forsaking God’s house by not attending.
The new admonition for giving can be found in II Corinthians 9, and the New Testament command for assembling together can be found in Hebrews 10:25, and other verses as well.
There is a story of a little teeny pygmy who was standing over a rhinoceros that he killed. This was an odd sight to behold, a big, violent rhinoceros under the feet of a little teeny pygmy. A guy saw this dead rhinoceros and this little pygmy over it and said, “Did you kill that?” The little pygmy said, “Yeah I killed it.” Curious, the man asked, “So how did you, a little tiny pygmy, kill this rhinoceros?” He answered, “With my club. Yep! I killed this rhinoceros with my club.” The man was still thoroughly confused, “Well, how big is your club?” The pygmy said, “There are about a hundred of us in my club.” In other words, he was surrounded by folk who had the same belief systems and worked together so that they could handle being attacked by a rhinoceros.
Let me close with an analogy… When you leave church on Sundays, you go to your car and make your way home or out to dinner. You will deplete the reserve of gas in the tank. You don’t have to be a bad person for your car to go from full to empty. You just have to use the car. If you drive, I can guarantee you, you will deplete gasoline. Many times, when people leave church, they are spiritually full because of the time they spent singing praises to God and hearing His Word. However, within two hours of being filled, their spiritual tank will begin to dissipate. All a person has to do to lose their “filling” is to live life. So the church should be the place you come for the “refilling” of spiritual fuel for your soul.
What to do:
✞ Don’t run around on empty. See you Sundays and Wednesdays for some spiritual “fill-ups.”
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