Understanding First Fruit Offering
Dear people of God, as the year is gradually coming to an end, it has become a custom among many denominational churches and believers to pay their first fruit offering every beginning of the year. They have erroneously thought and indoctrinated their members that first fruit offering is to be brought before the Lord every beginning of the year and that includes the first salary their earn of the year but I am here today by the power of the Holy Spirit through the revealed word of God to shed light into this subject matter.
What is First Fruit Offering?
And the feast of harvest, the firstfruits of thy labours, which thou hast sown in the field: and the feast of ingathering, which is in the end of the year, when thou hast gathered in thy labours out of the field.(Exodus 23:16|KJV-
The first of the firstfruits of thy land thou shalt bring into the house of the LORD thy God. Thou shalt not seethe a kid in his mother’s milk.(Exodus 23:19|KJV-
And it shall be, when thou art come in unto the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee for an inheritance, and possessest it, and dwellest therein; That thou shalt take of the first of all the fruit of the earth, which thou shalt bring of thy land that the LORD thy God giveth thee, and shalt put it in a basket, and shalt go unto the place which the LORD thy God shall choose to place his name there. And thou shalt go unto the priest that shall be in those days, and say unto him, I profess this day unto the LORD thy God, that I am come unto the country which the LORD sware unto our fathers for to give us. And the priest shall take the basket out of thine hand, and set it down before the altar of the LORD thy God.(Deuteronomy 26:1-4|KJV-
There are two ways God commanded that the first fruit be brought before Him; first, as soon as they arrive the promise land, they are to offer to God the first fruit of the land; secondly, that they should keep the doctrine of the first fruit as a feast that at the end of the harvest season usually end of the year, the first fruit of the land be brought before the Lord and this also includes the presentation of every first male born.
The second practice is what has translated into harvest celebration in many churches today while the first one is what has been abused to become also an annual event every January.
Here is the truth, first fruit is to be presented to the Lord as the first proceed as soon as you arrive the promise land. This means that first fruit is to be offered once at every new job you take upon or any first harvest of the season(for those in Agricultural practices), so it is not to be offered at every beginning of the year, please hear this and save yourself from gullible men, first fruit is to be brought before the Lord at every new job you engage in, the first salary of that Job is what is required as your first fruit from the Lord, subsequent salaries are to be presented to God as your tithe.
Let me say it again, first fruit is the first salary from every new job you engage in and not your first salary of the year, many ignorant Christians has been under this slavery in the hands of gullible men of God whose god is their belly. Am saying this because January is around the corner, and you will pack all your salary and give a pastor in the name of first fruit, please that is wrong indoctrination.
Gods command is that, you bring in your first fruit as the proceed of the promise land, so your promise land is that new job He gave you, when you get that job, your first salary should be dedicated to Him as your first fruit and it is once at every job you get, if you happen to change job or take up another job, the first proceed from that job is to be also offered to Him as your first fruit, then your subsequent earning should form part of your tithe to Him.
The second practice of this doctrine is the feast of first fruit which we today celebrate as harvest, at the end of every planting season, usually every end of the year, God requires that we also bring before Him the first fruit of our harvest (this can be farm produce/ cash). If for instance you are a farmer, your first fruit should be part of the produce you harvested that season, if you are not a farmer, you can present your harvest before the Lord in cash.
How and where to Present your First Fruit Offering?
put some of the first produce from each crop you harvest into a basket and bring it to the designated place of worship—the place the Lord your God chooses for his name to be honored.(Deuteronomy 26:2|NLT2013-
Please the measure you are to bring before the Lord as your first fruit is “some” so out of that your first salary of that new job, take out what you considered reasonable and present it before the Lord as your first fruit. You can also decide to give God all, it’s your choice; don’t let anybody put you in bondage that you must bring all, don’t let anybody deceive you that first Fruit is every January of the year.
And thou shalt go unto the priest that shall be in those days, and say unto him, I profess this day unto the LORD thy God, that I am come unto the country which the LORD sware unto our fathers for to give us. And the priest shall take the basket out of thine hand, and set it down before the altar of the LORD thy God.(Deuteronomy 26:3-4|KJV-
Secondly, you are to present it to your priest or pastor, don’t just drop it at the alter and go your way, don’t give it to somebody to give on your behalf, please try as much as possible to present your first fruit by yourself to your pastor, so that the purpose will be made known and blessings should follow. Don’t use your first fruit offering for charity, please it’s the Lord’s own and has commanded us to give it to those He has made Shepard over us(Pastors), don’t give it to an evangelist, don’t give it to a prophet, don’t give it to a teacher, don’t give it to Apostle don’t give it to a deacon; give it to your pastor or Reverend as the case maybe.
Effects of First Fruit Offering
Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase: So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.(Proverbs 3:9-10|KJV-
Honor the Lord by giving him the first part of all your income, and he will fill your barns with wheat and barley and overflow your wine vats with the finest wines.(Proverbs 3:9|LIVING-
For if the firstfruit be holy, the lump is also holy: and if the root be holy, so are the branches.(Romans 11:16|KJV-
By giving God your First Fruit, you are simply acknowledging Him for what He has done for you, especially for helping you to secure that Job. Secondly, you are doing that so that increase will be upon that job and the blessings of the Lord upon you as you take and continue in it.
Finally, there is nothing wrong to make a vow, if you have vow before the Lord to be giving Him your January salary every beginning of the year, fine that’s a vow between you and God but such practice is not what the bible teaches as first fruit.
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