BRINGING FIRST FRUITS/REASONS TO GIVE/GIVING YOUR BEST
Study Date: 13 May 18
Scripture: LEVITICUS 23: 9-14, 22
Biblical Date: 1445 B.C.
Biblical Location: MOUNT SINAI
KEY VERSE: “When ye be come into the land which I give unto you, and shall reap the harvest thereof, then ye shall bring a sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest unto the priest.” (Leviticus 23” 10)
RESOURCES FOR THE SEED
Proverbs 3: 1-10; Revelation 14: 1-5; Philippians 4: 15-20; Leviticus 2: 1-14; Leviticus 22: 17-20; Leviticus 23: 1-8,
- To explore the Biblical first fruit offering call.
- To understand the principles of giving to God and His work.
- To understand that God must come first.
- To regret giving God our leftovers.
- To practice giving to God the first and best of all we have.
- To put God first in every activity.
WORDS TO REMEMBER
Accepted—that which is suitable to God, acceptable.
Blemish—that which has a defect, the whole thing.
Firstfruits—the first that one receives and is blessed to give.
Generation—period of time, all the time.
Offer—-to make an offering.
Reap—to gather, to harvest.
Speak—to declare or ask, o command o promise, to warn or threaten.
TILLING THE SOIL
From where does instructions for believers come?
What does the name “Moses” mean?
Who were the Israelites in this text?
What are some of the indications of the weakness of the human heart?
How can we insure that God is central and primary in everything we do and are?
If God is the one who gives us earning ability, how ought we respond?
How is it possible for us to be sure we have enough to give?
THE SEED BRINGING FIRST FRUITS/REASONS TO GIVE LEVITICUS 23: 9-14, 22
- Prioritize God in Your Giving (Leviticus 23: 9-10)
- In the wilderness the people do not sow or reap.
- In the land of promise, God expect us to give only of what we have received, reaped.
- Give off the top of what you receive.
- The Wave Offering (Leviticus 23: 11-12)
- The people brought the sheaf to the priests.
- The priests lifted it toward heaven and expressed thanks and dedication.
- It was the day after the Sabbath of the feast of unleavened bread (6-8)
- The offering was without blemish.
- The Grain Offering (Leviticus 23: 13-14)
- The offering was to be choice sending a sweet savour.
- This was an offering of remembrance of God’s blessings.
- Fasting is an important part of dedication to God.
- Living and Giving generously (Leviticus 23: 22)
- Offerings to God involves leaving some for the needy.
- The poor and stranger are to be provided for.
Give thanks to God for His many blessings and be grateful in all tis.
PLANTING THE SEED
What should God’s people bring to the Lord at harvesttime?
Why does God want His people to bring an offering at this time?
What did the priest do with what the people brought?
What additional things were the people to bring?
Why were the people told to not eat before they brought the sheaf to the priest?
What did God command His people to do when harvesting the field?
What was the purpose of God’s instructions?
What is the purpose of the declaration, “I am the Lord your God?”
In what way is Christ our firstfruits?
How are believers the firstfruits?
NURTURING THE CROP
Why is it important to remember that everything comes from God?
What should we do with the things God has given to us?
What does firstfruits say about the priority of God in our lives?
How are we blessed when we give as God asked us to give?
What do God’s instructions to Moses teach us about giving that is acceptable to God?
What do we learn about God’s provisions by our planting and harvesting?
What are the consequences of not fiving the firstfruits offering to God?
FRUIT FROM THE SEED
God who provides deserves the firstfruits of our harvest.
God appoints stewards over His offering.
Always follow God’s instructions on giving.
Give God the best that you have to offer.
Present to God the grains and drink offerings.
What you give to God comes before your own expenses.
Do not merely consume all you get, but share with the needy.
Remember the poor must be able to glean something.
God gives us opportunities to help the world with your tangible love and the hope of Christ.
Appreciate the fact that all you have comes from God.
Are you a firstfruits giver or a leftover giver? How?