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 year
Some 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?


  1. I like Bishop Sinegal teaching but I've never understood why he love to teach on tithing and first fruit. Any how, I would like to point out that the first fruit is NOT a thing of the Law (the old testament) that was given to Moses. The first fruit came BEFORE the law (see Genesis 4:4). The offering of the first fruit is not governed by the Law of Moses. Similarly, tithing was NOT instituted by the law of Moses. Tithing came before the old testament that was given to Moses (see Genesis14: 1-20). Therefore, may I say that unlike other givings (offerings) instituted by the law of Moses, the abrogation of the law could not have removed these 2 categories of giving because they were never instituted by the Law in the first place.

    Giving is based on faith in God and his word. Give according to what you believe and according to your faith. The experience of God's word in your life would also be according to your faith. My level of faith may differ from yours. It is no good condemning one another. God accepts our giving as long as faith (which again transcends the old and new testament - see Abraham who walked with God by faith) is involved. God bless you.

    1. “Firstfruits” means that you put God first in everything you give (Matthew 6:33). This means that before you pay the mortgage or your credit card bill, you give God your tithes FIRST. If you have ten one dollar bills lying on your countertop, and these dollar bills represent your income, you give him the first dollar bill…not the last one.

  2. Thank you so much for bringing this up. Preachers are using this to milk the church folks for more money. Making them feel guilty...shame on them.

    1. It's amazing how people always complain and talk more when money and giving to God is mentioned. when you go out and buy an expensive shoe because you are buying it for yourself you're not bothered you can spend any amount on yourself but when it comes to giving to another person you have a problem. why ???because of self the ego centric mind is very much alive.
      many people are self-centered and they don't see why they should give offerings pay tithes, or first fruits to God . The thing is God has placed men in the names of pastors bishop's excetra for a purpose because if God had to appear physically and people know that this is God they'll be hypocritical in their giving they will give because they see him in see now phisically. So he tarbenacles himself in the man as a pastor and people have a problem with that. when people take their salaries and spend it on their family members , they do so, without complaining some people even take all their salary and give it to their mother why because they know how their mother raised them they know how their parents took care of them so this is for them a way of showing your gratitude . but let me tell you something God is more than your physical parents he loves you more than your physical parents he's the one who brought you forth for his purpose. Some people see that tithing was to the children of Israel NO , if you say so, the he is the God of the isrealites only , butbhe is not. Tithing begun before the law was given, same with
      the first fruit. abel was not taught how to give God the best nobody taught Abel to keep the best for God but then because he came to a place where he realized the love of God , he chose the fattest cattle and and gave to the Lord .
      my brothers and sisters you should decide!! the truth is when you love somebody you can give everything for that person if you truly love God then giving your resources to him will not be a bone of contention stop this self-centeredness you didn't come to this world with money you didn't come with gold everything here is the Lord. the earth is the lord's and the fullness thereof everything you see belongs to the Lord . He asked the question if he were hungry will he not kill the cattle on a thousand hills?? God doesnot need anything from us but he wants to see the intent of your heart so anybody who is complaining about tithes, or complaining about giving men of God money ,you have a problem with the intent your heart is wrong. If you are spending that money on yourself you'll not be writing what you're writing now.
      If you see no reason to tithe, don't . if you see no reason to give offering don't . At the end of the day its all up to you nobody will come deep his hand in your pocket and force you to give at the end of the day you only realize you were doing that to yourself .if you love God you will give him everything because you own nothing and that is why when you die you are buried with nothing. you wake up in the morning strong, you can move your hands you can wave your hands you can blink your eyes can you pay for that ?
      for the air you breathe can you pay for that?
      I mean our scope should be wider than our egocentricminds God is worth more silver and gold.

  3. Jews don't pay tithes. They are God's chosen people's. When God chose Jesus Christ to be His son to die on the Cross for our Sins. We are now also His chosen children. Preachers wants you to give everything you have extra and non extra to them . So they can live a life of luxury. They connive, manipulate their congregation. They use the Bible as there bank account. Salvation is a lifestyle not a CAREER. Shame On Them. Folks needs to stop being so gullible. You are not going to HELL if you don't tithe. Neither are you curse with a curse. If that was so. All JEWS would be POOR. And I don't know any POOR JEW.

    1. I'm not so sure. In her vision of Hell, Angelica Zambrano said that Jesus told her that all non-tithers will go to Hell. Jesus said that one man was in Hell for "robbing" from God by NOT paying tithes. Jesus didn't beat around the bush.

      And the 7 Colombian youths said it as well. Those testimonies and more, are on divinerevelations website.

    2. Hi Anonymous,

      Be careful with those who have visions of hell. God is speaking to us in these times through Jesus Christ our LORD (Hebrews 1:1) and not through others who have had "visions".

      In 1 Corinthians 6: 10 and Revelation 21:8 is a list of those who will not inherit the kingdom of God/have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone.

      God CANNOT be robbed. He owns it all (Psalm 24:1 and 1 Corinthians 10:26).

      Please read the WORD of God. It is for YOUR life, preservation, wisdom, knowledge and understanding (Psalm 119).

      The LORD is my Shepherd, I shall NOT want...

    3. Thank you for this.
      People don't want to study the word , they always feel lazy.but hold on to people's Visions etc
      Wake up from you slumber and Christ word shine in you.
      No man can teach you God, He is revealed.
      If Jesus had loved and died for us before the foundation of the world while we were yet sinners,(Rom 5:8 ) what would take us to hell?
      What can seperase us from the love of God?(rom 8:31-37)
      Stop making God look like some heartless , wicked being, HE IS LOVE.
      the day you truly encounter HIM you would know that He had never condemned you.john3:18
      People talk the way they talk because,they don't know God.
      Note:you can know about God,but never get to encounter him.
      You can know things about your president but never get to meet him face to face.
      It is the face to face encounter that gives you a true picture, not people's Visions or experiences.

  4. Part 1.

    Sinegal is in error on the subjects of tithing and firstfruits.

    For those who claim that the *LAW* of firstfruits began in Genesis 4 (referring to Abel's offering), that is incorrect. The *LAW* of firstfruits wasn't instituted until the Old Covenant. No one was *mandated* to give a firstfruits offering until then.

    Regarding the firstfruit law. . .

    First, let it be said that the firstfruit and the tithe were NOT SYNONYMOUS or ONE-IN-THE-SAME. They were two distinctly different ordinances with separate instructions. The tithe was one-tenth, but the firstfruit was the FIRST PORTION of the harvest from the holy land (NOT one-tenth or any specific percentage). The firstfruit had to come from the land of Israel, not Gentile lands. The firstfruit was placed in a handheld basket and carried directly to the Old Covenant temple. It was then blessed by a Levitical priest on the altar in the Old Covenant temple, and then shared as a meal between the person who brought it, the Levitical priests, and foreigners in Israel.

    The firstfruit law cannot be carried out today because there is no Levitical priesthood to bless the firstfruit -- Jesus did away with the Levitical priesthood and made the entire body of Christ a holy priesthood (1 Peter 2:5, 9). There is no Old Covenant altar upon which to bless the firstfruit -- the Old Covenant altar was destroyed around A.D. 70 by the Romans. And most believers are not farmers in the land of Israel, so we are not able to give the first portion of a harvest from the holy land (monopoly money from Gentile nations does not qualify as a Biblical firstfruit).

  5. Part 2.

    The attempt to re-institute the firstfruit law is a sin, because God nailed the ordinances of the Old Covenant to the Cross (Colossians 2:14, Ephesians 2:15) and rendered the Old Covenant obsolete (Hebrews 8:13). Today, we are in a New Covenant based on better promises. These promises have already been secured for us by the shed blood of Jesus Christ.

    Now let's talk about the fulfillment of the firstfruit law in the New Covenant. . .

    The firstfruit law pointed to Jesus Christ as the "firstfruits" of the resurrection, because He is the first person to be resurrected from the dead in glorified body never to die again (1 Corinthians 15:20-23). This was the ultimate purpose of the firstfruit law, to testify of Jesus and give us hope that one day, we too will be resurrected by God and given a glorified body.

    The apostles spoke of the first Christians as being the "firstfruits" of God, because they were among the first in their region to come to Christ and experience salvation (Romans 16:5; 1 Corinthians 16:15).

    Revelation 14:4 says that the 144,000 Jews were purchased as "firstfruits" to God and to the Lamb.

    Romans 8:23 says that all Christians have "the firstfruits of the Spirit", meaning that the Holy Spirit is the first blessing or benefit of our salvation. He gives us a foretaste of future glories to come -- namely the redemption of our mortal bodies.

    So we see that in the New Covenant, Jesus is the firstfruit of the resurrection, all Christians are a kind of firstfruit or special offering to God, and we all have the "firstfruits of the Spirit." But there is no mention in Scripture of money being a firstfruit offering. This is something that man has invented for financial gain. The prophets and the apostles would consider this "firstfruit offering" teaching to be a false tradition, and even a false "gospel" in cases where believers are being taught that they must give a "firstfruit offering" in order to earn God's favor (per Galatians). We do not have authority to add to or take away from God's word in order to raise donations. This is must be repented of.

    The New Covenant teaches us to give cheerfully, regularly, and in proportion to our income -- not firstfruits offerings. May God's people come out of the old and into the New.

    Scripture references for firstfruits: Exodus 23:19; Exodus 34:26; Leviticus 23:17; Deuteronomy 18:1-5; Deuteronomy 26:1-11; Numbers 18:12-17.

    God bless

    1. Thank you Exit Churchianity.

      The LORD is my Shepherd, I shall NOT want...

  6. Miss Ann,

    Tithing and first fruit as commanded under Moses was to help take care of the Levites for they had no portion/inheritance in the Promised Land. The LORD himself was their portion. (Deuteronomy 10:9)

    “But the tithes of the children of Israel, which they offer as an heave offering unto the LORD, I have given to the Levites to inherit: therefore I have said unto them, Among the children of Israel they shall have no inheritance.” (Numbers 18:24)

    So we who were never of the seed of Abraham, are we called to tithe and give of the first fruit? No. We have to understand that God OWNS everything (Psalm 24:1, 1 Corinthians 10:26). It is written in God’s WORD that he requires of us to keep his commandments. (Ecclesiastes 12) and offer up ourselves as living sacrifices (Romans 12:1).

    Someone might be quick to point out to me Malachi 3:10. But we have to understand that during that time, the children of Israel had stopped taking tithe to the house of the LORD. The Levites were forced to fend for themselves, and so were made to be defiled. Therefore, they were unworthy to offer sacrifices of sin on behalf of the Israelites in the presence of the LORD.

    But thank God for Jesus! He became for us a sin offering (Hebrews 10). To all Christians out there let us stand firm in the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free (Galatians 5:1). Christ our LORD has made us free indeed (John 8:36). For we are now the temple of God and we should not be defiled (1 Corinthians 3:16 – 17 & 6:19 - 20).

    Pastors/preachers/bishops of today do not want to work and so take advantage of believers to take care of their expenses (2 Thessalonians 3:10 – 11 – and note the word busy bodies for those who have the KJV version).

    The LORD is my Shepherd, I shall NOT want...

    1. Galatians 3:28

      [Speaking to the Gentiles]
      There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.

      **And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.

      Did you forget about those verses? It says we ARE the seed of Abraham. Gentiles who turn to Christ ARE Abraham's seed, according to God. I have to agree with God's Word, not man's.

    2. True Anonymous,

      I was speaking in terms of Abraham's blood line and not as in faith. Thanks for correction.

      But that doesn't negate the fact that we are not bound to bring in the first fruits and tithe to the house of God.

      2 Corinthians 5:1 "For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens."

      The LORD is my Shepherd, I shall NOT want...

  7. Yall might be thinking that first fruits is an Old Testament thing. And it’s true, God instituted the first fruits offering in the Old Covenant. My husband teaches on this all the time.

    However first fruits are mentioned 31 times throughout the Bible. Firstfruits appear in both the Old and New Testaments and are talked about in relation to both spiritual and physical offerings.

    So first fruits still have an application for us today.

    Firstfruits are an offering to God of the increase in income that we receive. Notice we’re talking about the increase in income, not the overall amount. Specifically first fruits is the first portion of that increase. So for example, if we get a raise at work, the first fruits would be the difference between our new salary or wage and the old one in the first month or first pay period. It’s the increase in pay that we will be earning moving forward over what we were getting. Firstfruits are offered one time per increase.

    The motivation of first fruits is a free will offering that we offer out of generosity. It shows that we’re not in love with money and we are grateful to God as the ultimate source of the increase.

    1. Miss Sapp,

      Does your husband teach on Acts 4?

      You seem to know how many times first fruit appears in the bible (read $$$). But from what we (who have been members of churches with preachers who are passionate about tithing and first fruit and "teach about it all the time") we see y'all are blinged out beyond our humble means.

      I am not being harsh, just telling it as I see it. So may be you should ask husband dearest to sell all of his, and follow Christ (Matthew 19:21). Also, please ask Mr. Sapp to teach on Matthew 5 (ALL THE TIME) instead.

      The LORD is my Shepherd, I shall NOT want...

    2. Hello Annisha,

      You said, "So first fruits still have an application for us today" which is correct.

      But then you messed up and said this next, "Firstfruits are an offering to God of the increase in income that we receive. Notice we’re talking about the increase in income, not the overall amount. Specifically first fruits is the first portion of that increase. So for example, if we get a raise at work, the first fruits would be the difference between our new salary or wage and the old one in the first month or first pay period. It’s the increase in pay that we will be earning moving forward over what we were getting. Firstfruits are offered one time per increase" which is INCORRECT.

      I posted a few comments above which explain how the firstfruit law was fulfilled in the New Covenant. I encourage you to scroll up and read them and fact-check everything I said by searching the Scriptures. Because what you said cannot be found anywhere in Scripture. Firstfruits were never income -- not during the Old Covenant or the New Covenant.

      And before you say that the children of Israel didn't have money back then, that is a lie. The children of Israel left Egypt with silver and gold, and they had plenty of money in the promised land. The Old Covenant contained instructions regarding the use of money. The children of Israel used money to redeem (buy back) items and individuals, to pay off debts, to pay wages, to purchase land, to purchase goods and services, and to pay taxes under Roman occupation. They were an agricultural society but they also made MONETARY INCOME just like we do today. Yet God did not want the firstfruit to come from their income, but from THE LAND (CROPS). For whatever reason, you have redefined the firstfruit as monetary income, which adds to Scripture that which isn't there, and places human error above the very word of God. God meant what He said and said what He meant when He defined the firstfruit as crops from the holy land, and no man has authority to redefine, remix, edit, or insert their own ideas into that which God-breathed into Scripture.

      We show that we love God and not money by denying ourselves, taking up our cross daily, and following Christ. Not by adhering to a false tradition that cannot be exegeted from Scripture.

      God bless


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