Verse of the Day: Lay Something Aside

May 29, 2007

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2 On the first day of the week let each one of you lay something aside, storing up as he may prosper, that there be no collections when I come.

1 Corinthians 16:2 (NKJV)

From the Nelson Study Bible:

The first day of the week was the regular weekly meeting day of the early church. Lay something aside expresses the concern of Christian giving in the New Testament. The Old Testament tithe (altogether coming to about 23 percent) was not adopted by the New Testament church, though certainly Christ practiced it. New Testament believers were encouraged to give liberally, but never a specified amount or percentage (see Romans 12:8). Paul wanted to make sure that the Corinthians’ offering would be collected before he arrived so that he would not need to pressure the people when he saw them (see 2 Corinthians 9:5).

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