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Wednesday, 19 December 2018

1 Timothy 4:1-4

(1) “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; (2) Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; (3) Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth. (4) For every creature of God is good, and nothing is to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving: (KJV)

Why give thanks?

1. Jesus gives us the pattern. Matthew 15:34-36.
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(34) “And Jesus saith unto them, How many loaves have ye? And they said, Seven, and a few little fishes.  (35) And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the ground.  (36) And he took the seven loaves and the fishes, and gave thanks, and brake them, and gave to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude.  (37) And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the broken meat that was left seven baskets full. 

See also Matthew 11:25, Matthew 26:27 and John 11:40-42.
 
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2. Paul gives us the example. Acts 27:31-35.

(31) “Paul said to the centurion and to the soldiers, Except these abide in the ship, ye cannot be saved. (32) Then the soldiers cut off the ropes of the boat, and let her fall off.  (33) And while the day was coming on, Paul besought them all to take meat, saying, This day is the fourteenth day that ye have tarried and continued 8, having taken nothing.  (34) Wherefore I pray you to take some meat: for this is for your health: for there shall not an hair fall from the head of any of you.  (35) And when he had thus spoken, he took bread, and gave thanks to God in presence of them all: and when he had broken it, he began to eat.”

3. We are exhorted to do so. Psalm 95:2.

2 “O come, let us sing unto the Lord: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. 
 Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms.”

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Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;” (Ephesians 5:20)

“In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18)



Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.”  (Hebrews 13:15)

It allows the full blessings to be known – see Luke 19:40.

From the text
1 Timothy 4:3 “…created to be received with thanksgiving..

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To be given and received with thanksgiving is the intended order. (See Matthew 6:11)

Thanksgiving reveals a knowing awareness that we are the recipients of a goodness.  Receiving with thanksgiving reveals an acknowledging of a person’s need i.e. Thankfulness for a need being met.

1 Timothy 4:4. For every creature of God is good

Creation narrative, Genesis 1.  “And God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good” (Genesis 1:31)

(See Leviticus 11, Mark 7:15/Acts 10-11)

1 Timothy 4:4 …if it be received with thanksgiving. 

Note the condition. Compare Romans 1:21-23:
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Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, 23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and four footed beasts, and creeping things.”

Corollary – every kind of thing is hateful to God if misused. (see Titus 1:15)

Thankfulness – amongst other things it:-

a. Acknowledges the goodness of God’s creation
See above re Genesis 1

b. Acknowledges God’s grace 
“Doth he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded him? I think not.” (Luke 17:9)

Servants do as expected and required without expectation of thanks. We are to give thanks to God for our salvation because salvation is not something that is owed to us, but rather is undeserved. (See 1 Corinthians 15:57, Colossians 1:12).

c. Offers the hope of peace
Leviticus 7:11-12 – offering thanksgiving is a peace offering to God

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)

Traits opposite to thankfulness:

Self-centredness

Pride

Lack of generosity

Ungratefulness

Pettiness

Self-trust

Murmuring/complaining –

See 2 Timothy 3:2-5 for behaviours in “last days” – lack of thanksgiving will abound.

By expressing thanksgiving, we move our focus away from ourselves (perhaps away from the difficulty of our current circumstances). Expressing thanksgiving helps us to remember that God is in control. (see Proverbs 19:21)

Doug Holland. (November 2015).

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