Psalm 23:1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. (NKJV)
Proverbs 11:25 The generous soul will be made rich, and he who waters will also be watered himself. (NKJV)
Romans 8:32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? (NKJV)
Job 36:11 If they obey and serve Him, they shall spend their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures. (NKJV)
3 John 2 Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. (NKJV)
I recently read an article that said when Paul wrote the letter 1 Timothy and sent it to Timothy, who was in Ephesus at the time, that false teachings were being spread and preached at the church there.
It was also said that the wealthier women in the church of Ephesus were dressing up and putting down on the poorer women and that they were spreading false teachings as well.
So it is more likely that in helping Timothy guide the church of Ephesus away from the false teaching and preaching there, Paul in 1 Timothy 2:11-14 (which are the most used scriptures concerning women not being pastors), was probably referring to those women in that particular church, rather than all women.
Here are those scriptures, including verses 9 & 10, because I believe they contribute to this narrative:
1 Timothy 2:9-14 (NKJV)
9 in like manner also, that the women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with propriety and moderation, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or costly clothing,
10 but, which is proper for women professing godliness, with good works.
11 Let a woman learn in silence with all submission.
12 And I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man, but to be in silence.
13 For Adam was formed first, then Eve.
14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression.
This article also mentions, how after Jesus’s resurrection he first revealed himself to women.
Who then shared the news with the disciples, all men by the way!
Here's a scripture that references this:
John 20:14-18 (NKJV)
14 Now when she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, and did not know that it was Jesus.
15 Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” She, supposing Him to be the gardener, said to Him, “Sir, if You have carried Him away, tell me where You have laid Him, and I will take Him away.”
16 Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to Him, “Rabboni!” (which is to say, Teacher).
17 Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, ‘I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.’ ”
18 Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that He had spoken these things to her.
So if women weren’t meant to preach or spread the gospel, why would Jesus have a woman be the first person to learn the greatest news in all the world, and then instruct her to share it with men (the disciples)? Wouldn’t he have chosen a man?
To start with, I believe we should give a tithe (one-tenth) and offerings.
However, we shouldn’t do it out of compulsion, or because we’re hoping to get something out of it.
But instead out of our love for God, and when we give 10% in sincerity, he will bless & protect the other 90% and bring his favor and increase to the work of our hands.
Because he’s seeking people he can trust & bless, who in turn will sew into his kingdom and be a blessing to others.
Here is what a few scriptures have to say regarding tithing:
Genesis 14:18-20 (NKJV)
18 Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine;
he was the priest of God Most High.
19 And he blessed him and said:
“Blessed be Abram of God Most High,
Possessor of heaven and earth;
20 And blessed be God Most High,
Who has delivered your enemies into your hand.”
And he gave him (one-tenth) a tithe of all.
Proverbs 3:9-10 (NKJV)
9 Honor the Lord with your possessions,
And with the firstfruits of all your increase;
10 So your barns will be filled with plenty,
And your vats will overflow with new wine.
“Jesus said” in Matthew 23:23 (NKJV)
23 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone.
(Now as far as paying tithe on gross income or net, I used to think we were supposed to pay tithe on the net, including after taxes. But from what I’ve been learning, especially recently, including the verses in Genesis 4:2-5 (NIV), I uncovered more truth about this. I believe Abel giving an offering of some of the firstborn of his flock and God being pleased, is equivalent to us giving a tithe on the first of all of our income. Well from other things I’ve learned along the way, I believe it’s on the increase. Meaning if you work for a living and don’t have a business, you should pay tithe on your gross salary, pre-taxes. Now if you do have a business, you should pay tithe on your increase, including your salary, if you take one. Meaning after business expenses (including your salary, if you count that as an expense), but pre-taxes. However, you should read & meditate on all the scriptures yourself! No matter what area they’re in, or who you heard teaching about them! So you can personally hear from God regarding his promises and what he wants for you in every area of your life!!!)