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June 9

1 Chronicles 28; Luke 21:5-38

Thought From Today’s Old Testament Passage:

[1 Chron. 29] This is the account of the final stage in the greatest work of David’s life, namely, his preparation for building the Temple. The king had a treasure of his own, over and above what he had gathered for the house of God. Because of his affection for the work of God, this treasure also he dedicated thereto. This is illuminative, showing the true method of giving. It is when “my affection” is set on the work of “my God” that “my treasure” is at His disposal. And yet, again, it is when such is the case that any appeal I make to others is likely to be productive of results. Heart-inspired generosity is the most contagious grace. Notice very carefully how this section ends. “Then the people rejoiced, for they had offered willingly, because with a perfect heart they offered willingly to the Lord.” To have real delight in the work of God one must give to it. The real pleasure of a great work is consecrated co-operation.

(G. Campbell Morgan, An Exposition of the Whole Bible (Fleming H. Revell Company, Westwood, NJ, MCMLIX), page 169)

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