A Theology of Christmas Presents (3)

Blog & Mablog | 12/14/2019 | Staff
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As we continue our consideration of the whole question of gift-giving at Christmas, we have been studying the background. What does the Bible teach about giving and receiving generally, and how can we apply these general principles to specific situations—like our Christmas shopping and our presents?

So we started with the ultimate gift of Christ, the unspeakable gift that God gave to us, and how that relates to the training God puts us through (in tithes, offerings, and celebrations) in order to equip us to imitate Him. We then moved on to the nature of giving, and how the Lord taught us it was more blessed to give than to receive. But we also noted that to be blessed in giving is also to be a receiver. And so this week we are going to examine the nature of receiving in greater detail. Next week we will look at the goodness of the material world.

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“And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give. Provide neither gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purses, nor scrip for your journey, neither two coats, neither shoes, nor yet staves: for the workman is worthy of his meat” (Matt. 10:7–10).

In this situation, Jesus was sending His disciples out on a preaching mission, and He told them to stay away from the Gentiles and Samaritans for the present (v. 5). They were instructed to go to the lost sheep of Israel (v. 6). The message they were to preach as they went was this—the kingdom of heaven is at hand (v. 7). They were told to give as they went, and to give in particular ways. They were to heal the sick, cleanse...
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