Do you have a “Scarcity” or “Abundance” mindset. I was going to blog on this passage from Nehemiah, and then saw that my friend and fellow Lutheran pastor, Ernie Hinojosa, had written on this same passage, I’ve heard him speak to this topic before, and he puts it succinctly and clearly. Check it out. If you like it, sign up to receive his Fuel for the Journey daily devotions via e-mail.

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Nehemiah 10:We obligate ourselves to bring the first fruits of our soil and the first fruits of all fruit of every tree, year by year, to the house of the Lord; also to bring to the house of our God, to the priests who minister in the house of our God, the firstborn of our sons and of our livestock, as it is written in the law, and the firstlings of our herds and of our flocks; and to bring the first of our dough, and our contributions, the fruit of every tree, the wine and the oil, to the priests, to the chambers of the house of our God; and to bring to the Levites the tithes from our soil, for it is the Levites who collect the tithes in all our rural towns.

Here the prophet Ezra clarifies for the people in Jerusalem and surrounding areas their obligations…

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