The First Fruits

What does it mean?

Before we make any comments about the Firstfruits, it is important to know, first of all, what is its meaning, both literal and spiritual.
Without its values properly clarified and detailed, it is impossible for a Christian or any other human being to understand the importance of Firstfruits for your personal life and for the Work of God.

Literally, the word tithe is a derivative of the Hebrew term “asar” and means ten or tenth. But this term, when analyzed at its root, means to accumulate, grow, enrich. That is, according to this root, when we deliver to God the tenth part of what we receive monthly or from the profits of a business or company, we are not loosing acording to popular belief, but we are being blessed with God’s blessings, receiving financial prosperity , growing, accumulating goods and getting rich.

One of the great evidences that supports this truth about the prosperity provided by the act of returning the tithe is in the vehemence with which God sends the Israelite people to bring the tithes to His House and then to put Him to test:

“Bring all the tithes into the storehouse,
That there may be food in My house…”
(Malachi 3:10)

God promises also to rebuke , through the Tithe,the demon that characterises the misery: the devouring spirit.
This demon has been the great villain in the lives of countless people on Earth.

“And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes,
So that he will not destroy the fruit of your ground,
Nor shall the vine fail to bear fruit for you in the field,” Says the Lord of hosts”
(Malachi 3:11)

Obedience
Wisdom
Faith
Justice
Faithfulness

Where it all began?

The law that established the tithe as obligatory on the children of Israel arose with the need for sustenance of the tribe of Levi, which had been designated to care exclusively for the Tabernacle of the congregation. The tribe of Levi would not work in normal trades and should be totally dedicated to the service of the congregation and everything concerning it. Therefore, as they could not work for their families, God determined that part of the crops, the offspring of animals and everything that was traded was to be delivered to the Temple to provide the necessary conditions for services and festive solemnities:

“Behold, I have given the children of Levi all the tithes in Israel as an inheritance in return for the work which they perform, the work of the tabernacle of meeting. Hereafter the children of Israel shall not come near the tabernacle of meeting, lest they bear sin and die. But the Levites shall perform the work of the tabernacle of meeting, and they shall bear their iniquity; it shall be a statute forever, throughout your generations, that among the children of Israel they shall have no inheritance. For the tithes of the children of Israel, which they offer up as a heave offering to the Lord, I have given to the Levites as an inheritance; therefore I have said to them, ‘Among the children of Israel they shall have no inheritance.’ ”

Numbers 18:21-24

Did Jesus Abolish the Tithes?

Tithing is so important that it was ordained long before the Ten Commandments of God’s Law and if it was important before the Law, and it was also during the Law, why shouldn’t it be so after the Law?

On one occasion, Jesus was rebuking the scribes and Pharisees about the formality with which they practiced in the Law. He taught that judgment, mercy and faith were the most important things that could be taken from the Law of Moses, but that even by practicing these, they should not omit those others that are also important. In the specific case of this passage, one of the “important things” Jesus Christ speaks of is nothing more, nothing less than Tithing:

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone.”
(Matthew 23:23)

See the reports of people who understand the importance of returning the Tithe

I was weak and directionless

I was embarrassed when i was supposed to be working but i was not… I first did not understand with God is the owner of everything why to give Tithe?

Dekala Johson

“Today God is with me and I know it…”

I was on a really low pay before became faithful, things in the house was really hard lacking everything even food… and when I started things were hard and I stop once until I decided to really honour God so everything changed.

Mia Mokanda

I used to be a drug dealer

“I used to think the church want to take my money…”

Herve Mokanda