From The Blessed Life series…
Yesterday, we worked through the first principle in our journey to The Blessed Life. Today we continue the discussion with the second principle:
The best of the firstfruits of your ground you shall bring into the house of the Lord your God.
This principle takes it a step further and says, it’s the FIRST of your firstfruits that God wants. This means the last of your firstfruits is not acceptable. It’s not the tenth portion of your firstfruits; it’s the first portion of your firstfruits.
Notice also that it designates “the house of the Lord” as the proper place to give firstfruits. It doesn’t say give them to a TV ministry or to a missionary, though I believe very strongly in missions giving, or to a local homeless shelter, though I believe in those ministries as well.
This passage is specific that we are to give our firstfruits offering “into the House of the Lord your God.”
Proverbs 3:9-10 says,
Honor the Lord with your wealth (or increase) and with the firstfruits of all your produce; then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine.
So here we see again that we are to honor the Lord with the firstfruits of all of our increase, and we see, according to this verse and many others that we will look at, “that our barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine.”
This is a promise of blessing!
This isn’t saying that we will be rich, like some preachers preach, but that we will be blessed, spiritually, in fellowship, in faith. And yes, I do believe that God will meet all of our needs when we put Him first. I believe he will even bless those financially, that He can trust with additional financial blessing.
But what happens if we don’t give, if our focus is not on God, and we don’t put Him first in our finances?
Remember in Joshua, when the children of Israel were about to take Jericho, the first city in the Promised Land to be conquered? God told Joshua “bring all the gold and silver into my House and keep none of the spoils.”
Joshua did as God commanded but one person(we read about in Joshua 6:18-19) named Achan took some of the spoils for Himself, and that act was actually cursing the children of Israel from taking the Promised Land!
Consecrated or cursed – that is exactly what the tithe is all through the bible. The tithe is consecrated for the Lord and for His house. But if we take it for ourselves, it becomes a curse, because it is stolen. That’s what we see in the principle of the tithe.
Join us tomorrow. I’ll recap our 3rd and final principle.