Honor is the essential element of every meaningful relationship.
7 You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you: 8 “‘These people honor Me with their lips, but their hearts are far from Me.
29 Why do you scorn (disrespect) My sacrifice and offering that I prescribed for My dwelling? Why do you honor your sons more than Me by fattening yourselves on the choice parts of every offering made by My people Israel?’ 30 “Therefore the Lord, the God of Israel, declares: ‘I promised that your house and your father’s house would minister before Me forever.’ But now the Lord declares: ‘Far be it from Me! Those who honor Me I will honor, but those who despise Me will be disdained.’"
Honor without a test is only lip-service!
8 Now the Lord God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there He put the man He had formed 9 The Lord God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground—trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
16 And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; 17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.”
Honor cannot be honor if dishonor is not possible!
17 The city and all that is in it are to be devoted to the Lord… 18 But keep away from the devoted things, so that you will not bring about your own destruction by taking any of them. Otherwise you will make the camp of Israel liable to destruction and bring trouble on it. 19 All the silver and gold and the articles of bronze and iron are sacred to the Lord and must go into His treasury.”
The steward sees himself as the care taker of all the things that God has put into his hand.
16 And He told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. 17 He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’ 18 “Then he said, ‘This is what I will do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. 19 And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’ 20 “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’ 21 “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.”
Honor makes one rich toward God!
Honor the Lord with your wealth,
with the firstfruits of all your crops;
10 then your barns will be filled to overflowing,
and your vats will brim over with new wine.
We give nothing of our substance to the Lord.
We give God our left-overs!
If the part of the dough offered as firstfruits is holy, then the whole batch is holy…
Trust God with your tithe.
How could Jesus let the widow walk?
As Jesus looked up, He saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury. 2 He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins. 3 “Truly I tell you,” He said, “this poor widow has put in more than all the others. 4 All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.”