The Lord will give you big harvests and make you successful in everything you do. You will be completely happy, so celebrate this festival in honour of the Lord your God. (Deuteronomy 16.13-15)
Reflect: Scripture does not seem to rule out wealth for a Christian. Sometimes, as in the book of Job, it seems that wealth is a sign of God’s blessing. These verses today remind us that wealth should lead us to thanksgiving and worship. Jesus also seemed to be comfortable receiving invitations to eat with wealthy people he always left his hosts with a word of caution about their responsibility to the poor (see for example Luke 7.44).
The writer applies the Old Testament passage directly to the Christian. This is a common mistake, but here it is more blatant than one usually encounters. The promises of the OT to Israel do not directly apply to the church.