BETHESDA CHURCH
The Principle of First Fruits
January 31, 2022

The Principle of First Fruits

January 31, 2022

The Principle of First Fruits

There are plenty of terms and phrases in the Bible you frequently hear in church but may not understand.

One such term is the first fruits in the Bible.

First fruits may be mentioned when pastors talk about giving or generosity. But what exactly does it mean? And why is it good to know for the average church-goer?

WHAT IS FIRST FRUITS?

“When you come into the land which I give you and reap its harvest, then you shall bring a sheaf of the first fruits of your harvest to the priest.” —Leviticus 23:10

The concept of first fruits is rooted in biblical times when people lived in an agrarian society. Harvest time was significant because that was when the hard work the farmers had poured into their crops all year began to pay off.

God called his people to bring the first yield—the first fruits—from their harvest to him as an offering. This was to demonstrate the Israelites’ obedience and reverence for God. It also showed that they trusted God to provide enough crops to feed their family.

WHY FIRST FRUITS?

  • IT WAS TO PROCLAIM A YEAR OF GREAT HARVEST
  • IT WAS AN ACT OF GRATITUDE TOWARD THE CREATOR
  • IT WAS A REMEMBRANCE OF WHERE GOD TOOK THEM FROM
  • IT WAS TO TEACH THE NEXT GENERATION THAT GOD IS FIRST

IS NOT THE AMOUNT- IS THE PRINCIPPLE.

  • PUTTING GOD FIRST IS NOT THE AMOUNT IS THE PRINCIPLE.
  • DON’T COMPARE YOUR OFFERING WITH OTHERS
  • TO SOME FIRST FRUITS MAY BE A FULL YEAR, A MONTH, A WEEK, A DAY
  • THE PRINCIPLE IS DON’T BRING EMPTY HANDS

Making a first fruit offering opens us up to allow God to work in our life. When we approach God with open hands—rather than clenched fists—it makes it easier for him to give us more to work with.

Giving of our first fruits reminds us that God is our ultimate priority. It shows God that we are obedient to him and we can be trusted with more. Perhaps most importantly, being generous in this way shows that we are grateful for all God has given to us.

 

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