THE WORD FOR TODAY
"THE FIRST FRUIT PRINCIPLE"
Leviticus 23:10 says "Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye be come into the land which I give unto you, and shall reap the harvest thereof, then ye shall bring a sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest unto the priest: Vs. 14 And ye shall eat neither bred, nor corn, nor green ears, until the selfsame day that ye bought an offering unto your God: It shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations in all your dwellings."
[I] GOD IS FIRST.
Genesis 1:1 "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth."
The Hebrew word for "Beginning" is 'RESHIYTH' meaning "First"; "First Fruits"; "An initiation of a series of events".
EVERYTHING STARTED WITH GOD. HE IS FIRST. HE IS THE
He is the Alpha and Omega - Revelation 1: 8 "I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty."
GOD IS THE NUMBER ONE.
Deuteronomy 6: 4 "Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one Lord:"
The number one stands alone. There is only one one. All the other numbers are made of ones. There is none like the Lord. He is ONE.
Exodus 15:11 "Who is like unto thee O Lord, among gods? Who is like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders."
Exodus 9:14 :For I will at this time send all my plagues upon thine heart, and upon thy servants, and upon thy people; that thou mayest know that there is none like me in all the earth.
1 Samuel 2:2 "There is none holy as the Lord: for there is none beside thee; neither is there any rock like our God."
YOU CAN'T DO WITHOUT THE LORD.
The other numbers are made up of the number one - without the number one, there would be no other numbers.
Colossians 3:11 "Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision, nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all in all". JESUS IS ALL IN ALL!
[II] BECAUSE GOD IS FIRST - WE MUST PUT GOD FIRST IN OUR LIVES - WE MUST GIVE HIM TOP PRIORITY IN EVERY AREA OF YOUR LIFE.
Genesis 1:2 - 3 tells us that chaos and confusion was brought into order when God came into the picture. If God is given top priority in our lives, He will bring order, peace and beauty in our lives. God stepped into a chaotic picture at the beginning and brought beauty and order out of it.
THE FIRST COMMANDMENT ...
declares in Exodus 20:3 "Thou shalt have no other gods before me..". The first commandment is putting God first in our lives. He must be our main and only object of worship.
Jesus demands that He be first in our lives before father, mother, wife, children, brothers and sisters and even before ourselves.
Luke 14:26 "If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. V. 33 "So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple."
WHEN GOD IS FIRST IN OUR LIVES ADDITION WILL TAKE PLACE.
Matthew 6:33 "But seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you."
God will blessings to our lives . He will bless us with food, clothes, shelter and everything we need to enjoy life.
[III] BECAUSE GOD IS FIRST - WE MUST GIVE HIM THE FIRST - WE MUST GIVE HIM OUR FIRST-FRUITS.
THE FIRST BORN.
God demanded that the firstborns of Israel be given to him. We read in Exodus 13:2 "Sanctify unto me all the firstborn, whatsoever openeth the womb among the children of Israel, both of man and of beast: it is mine". God wanted the first to be given to him.
THE FIRST FRUIT OFFERING.
The Lord also asked that the First fruit be given to him. The First fruit from the harvest was to be given to God. God is first and he demands and deserves the FIRST.
Leviticus 23:10 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, when ye come into the land which I give unto you, and shall reap the harvest thereof, the ye shall bring a sheaf of the first fruits of your harvest unto the priest: V.14 And ye shall eat neither bread, nor parch corn, nor green ears, until the selfsame day that ye have brought an offering unto your God: it shall be a statue for ever throughout your generations in all your dwellings".
Proverbs 3:9-10 "Honor the LORD with thy substance, and with the first fruits of all thine increase: V. 10 So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine".
The word "FIRST FRUIT" in the Hebrew means "Head"; "The Beginning"; "Chief or Principal thing" (Most Important); "First in Place and Order"
The First fruit is not the tithe which is a specified amount - One Tenth of what we earn. The First fruit is an offering and it can be any amount.
We read about the tithe in Malachi 3:8 "Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings"
THE FIRST FRUIT IS AN OFFERING FROM YOUR HARVEST OR INCREASE.
IT IS ALSO AN OFFERING FROM YOUR ANTICIPATED HARVEST. IT SPARKS YOUR HARVEST.
WE HONOR GOD WITH OUR FIRST FRUITS.
Prov. 3:9-10 "Honor the LORD with thy substance and. and with the first fruits of all thine increase: V. 10 So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine."
God releases abundant and overflowing blessings on us when we give our First fruits. He causes our barns to be filled with plenty and overflowing presses.