Shining a light on the weekly Bible Lessons published in the Christian Science Quarterly®

Substance

Honour the Lord with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase.

To the Israelites, worldly substance was evidence of God’s care. His children were to show their thankfulness and reverence by consecrating their goods to Him. (A scholar provides wording from the Septuagint, the Greek translation of Scripture: “Honor the Lord from thy righteous labors.”) By New Testament times, substance was also defined in spiritual terms: “Ye have in heaven a better and an enduring substance” (Hebrews 10:34).

Resources quoted in this issue

GT: Barnes, Albert. Albert Barnes’ Notes on the Whole Bible. New York, 1834–85. Also available at biblehub.com/commentaries.

RR: Smyth & Helwys Bible Commentary Collection. Vol. 30, Hebrews–James. Macon, GA: Smyth & Helwys, 2000-2016.

Cit. 4: Buttrick, George Arthur, Nolan B. Harmon, et al., eds. The Interpreter’s Bible: A Commentary in Twelve Volumes. Vol. 10, Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians. Nashville: Abingdon, 1951–57.

Cit. 5: Jervis, L. Ann. New International Biblical Commentary—Galatians. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 1999.

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