And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the people of Israel and say to them, When you come into the land that I give you and reap its harvest, you shall bring the sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest to the priest, and he shall wave the sheaf before the LORD, so that you may be accepted. On the day after the Sabbath the priest shall wave it. And on the day when you wave the sheaf, you shall offer a male lamb a year old without blemish as a burnt offering to the LORD. – Leviticus 23:9-12 ESV
When many read verses about ‘Firstfruits’, they automatically go to money, and tithing and then shutdown. For most who say they walk with God, it is money that is their real God. Whatever we think about most, protect most and fret about most- is on our throne. When God talks about ‘Firstfruits’, He is talking about the BEST that we have to offer, He is talking about priorities, He is talking about LOVE and COMMITMENT, APPRECIATION and what is MOST IMPORTANT. In Genesis 12 God told Abraham He had picked him and his people as His children. I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you and curse those who curse you; and all the families of the earth will be blessed through you.” (Genesis 12:2-3) God went into the orphanage of man and picked a child that He would call His own, and it just happened to be the Jewish people.
Leader, “For you are a holy people to the LORD your God; the LORD your God has chosen you to be a people for Himself, a special treasure above all the peoples on the face of the earth. The LORD did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any other people, for you were the least of all peoples; but because the LORD loves you, and because He would keep the oath which He swore to your fathers, the LORD has brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you from the house of bondage, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt” (Deuteronomy 7:6-8) The word Holy means to be ‘set apart’. Metaphorically God chose His baby, Israel and then God had to train up His baby in those things that are important, things that would help His baby grow into a good adult and to be prosperous and to live a life of importance and impact- just like the rest of us parents. So God had to teach His child the important things in life- just like any good parent.
Conduit, what God was teaching Israel and is now using this WORD to teach us, His adopted gentile children is this: He wants the BEST OF us and the things He gives us. God doesn’t want, nor deserve the LEFTOVERS. He wants to be OUR FIRST LOVE, our FIRST FOCUS, our FIRST ‘GO TO’. And the first of all the firstfruits of all kinds, and every offering of all kinds from all your offerings, shall belong to the priests. You shall also give to the priests the first of your dough, that a blessing may rest on your house. (Ezekiel 44:30) All the best of the oil, and all the best of the wine, and of the wheat, the firstfruits of them which they shall offer unto the LORD, them have I given thee. (Numbers 18:12) God wants our best, He wants the FIRST and HE WANTS TO BE FIRST. He gave it all to us, He created it all, He has blessed us with all- and He just wants us to show appreciation and Faith by us-by us giving HIM the FIRST, and the BEST. THE TIME IS NOW to quit giving God the leftovers of our talents, time and treasure and put HIM FIRST and give HIM THE FIRST of all we have since we were given it by HIM! Will you give Him His rightful due and desire and put HIM ON YOUR THRONE? Will He be YOUR LORD, not just your SAVIOR?