by Henry Mate
Dear friends and members of the Royal family,
Paul wrote to the Corinthians:
1 Corinthians 16:1 And concerning the collections (G3048) for the set-apart ones, you are to do as I gave orders to the assemblies of Galatia: 2 Every day one of the week let each one of you set aside, storing up whatever he is prospered, so that there are no collections* when I come. (TS2009 – The Scriptures)
G3048 – logia. What is this? It refers to a collection or a contribution.
The Apostles is reminding us on how to be stedfast not break the law of
NB:This is why Paul spells out to us when we may do our businesses. Not on the Sabbath days.(1 Cor.16 above)
No offerings should be collected and given to him on the Sabbath day, but should be set aside on the first day of the week (Sunday) and given at a later time. Paul always kept the Sabbath as defined in Scripture and that is sunset Friday to sunset Saturday. Therefore, the collection or giving of tithes is not to be done on this day. Sunday, the first day of the week, was an appropriate time due to him or his fellow teachers visiting the assemblies over the Sabbath and departing on Sunday.
In ancient times, the harvest tithe was to be brought to the storehouse (The Temple storehouse for grain and other offerings) located in Jerusalem as well as other locations throughout Israel. Paul is telling them to gather their produce on Sunday to lay aside for a later arranged time to be delivered to Jerusalem. In other words, he is teaching the Corinthian assembly never to profane the Sabbath.
To Macedonia he writes,
2 Corinthians 9:2 For I know your eagerness, of which I boast to Macedonia on your behalf, that Achaia was ready a year ago; and your zeal has aroused the greater number. (MKJV)
And then to the Assembly in Italy.
Romans 15:25-27 But now I am going to Jerusalem to minister to the saints. For it has pleased those of Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain contribution for the poor saints in Jerusalem. Truly it has pleased them, and they are their debtors. For if the nations have been made partakers of their spiritual things, their duty is also to minister to them in fleshly things.
As the assemblies in Macedonia and Achaia received the spiritual teachings of Torah and Yehshua via Paul, they responded by helping those in Jerusalem in material ways via their tithes of food.