Today’s Reading: Deuteronomy 24-27
Today’s Reflection: Deuteronomy 26:1-4
1) “When you come into the land that the LORD your God is giving you for an inheritance and have taken possession of it and live in it, 2) you shall take some of the first of all the fruit of the ground, which you harvest from your land that the LORD your God is giving you, and you shall put it in a basket, and you shall go to the place that the LORD your God will choose, to make his name to dwell there. 3) And you shall go to the priest who is in office at that time and say to him, ‘I declare today to the LORD your God that I have come into the land that the LORD swore to our fathers to give us.’ 4) Then the priest shall take the basket from your hand and set it down before the altar of the LORD your God.
God wants you to put Him first, but only with the things He has given you.
Moses gives the children of Israel this instruction: after entering the land God gave you, take from the first harvest of the crops He blesses you with, and make an offering of them to the Lord with a declaration of gratitude. It is a biblical principle and a principle of God’s Kingdom to dedicate the first portion of a blessing man receives from God back to Him. Tithing falls under this (Genesis 28:20-22), as does the Sabbath—even though we give the last day of the week, the Sabbath command also instructs us to work the first six days in preparation for it (Exodus 20:8-10). After the exodus Israel was also instructed to dedicate their firstborn children and livestock to the Lord.
But you’ll notice all of these obligations are only made with things God has bestowed unto His people. We’re only ever asked to return from what God has given to us, and then only a portion. Why give back to God? Because it helps us remember and appreciate who we receive our blessings and security from.
Psalm 54:5-7 – 6) With a freewill offering I will sacrifice to you; I will give thanks to your name, O LORD, for it is good. 7) For he has delivered me from every trouble, and my eye has looked in triumph on my enemies.
Also remember this instruction was given to Israel, who just days after being freed from Egypt by God, bowed to an idol and attributed their salvation to it (Exodus 32:1-4).
What should we take our first fruits or first portion from and give to God? Only that which He has given us. Which is everything we have.