What Does It Mean To Honor The Lord With Our First Fruits?
Reader, I was once apart of a church that supported the first fruits offering as an offering required by God of His people. The first fruits offering is mentioned several times in the Old Testament law. Some folks, say the concept of a first fruits offering is sometimes used by preachers/pastors/teachers today to encourage their parishioners to give an offering above and beyond tithing.
The first fruit itself may vary:
- First paycheck of a new job or the first paycheck of the year
- Portion earned from the sale of something
- Portion of each subsequent paycheck
- Take a Sabbath the first day of the week, and/or have a quiet time in the morning
The reasons given for giving a firstfruit offering also vary:
- To show sacrificial faith that God will provide
- To give thanks that God did provide
- To "sow a seed" so that God will make the giver rich
- To ensure God will bless the giver's plans for the new yearSome folks say the problem is, the first fruit offering was for the Jews for a specific purpose. Nowhere does the New Testament mention that the church is required or even encouraged to give a "first fruits offering." Like tithing, giving to the church is left up to the personal convictions of the individual believer.
There is no blanket policy for giving.The entire Old Testament was given for our learning. Do you believe that we are supposed to obey *everything* in the Old Testament? The first fruits law was a part of the Old Covenant, and the Old Covenant has been rendered obsolete by God and replaced with a New Covenant based on better promises.
Question, do you believe that we are supposed to keep the first fruits law today?