Understanding God’s Principle of First Fruits

God is a God of Order

Genesis 1:1-31 gives us the story of creation. On the first day God spoke into being the light and then separated it from the darkness. On the second day He created the heavens. On the third day He spoke forth the earth and the seas. The fourth day brought forth grass and fruit bearing trees. On the fifth day God commanded the creatures of the water and the fowls of the air to appear. On the sixth day He created the creatures of the earth and man. You can see a sequence of events, one building on the other- an orderly creation. It would have been counterproductive to create the creatures and man when there wasn’t a place to live nor food to nourish them. Once creation was complete God gave man dominion over all the earth. Yet God established some principles right from the start (Gen 2:16-17). When man broke those principles consequences arose (Gen 3:14-19). Genesis 4:3-4 bring us the first account of offerings unto God. Cain brought an offering but Abel brought an offering and a firstling of his flock; a “first fruit” offering. God’s principles have long been established. They are unchanging. As we align ourselves with the patterns and principles of God they propel us into His promises.

God’s Original Intention

We see in Genesis God’s original intention for us. To have fellowship and intimacy with Him and to have dominion over earth and be a keeper of all God had created. But through the fall of man in the garden, sin (disobedience) entered the picture. Sin became so prevalent that God was grieved and decided to destroy much of creation. Still God didn’t let go of His original desire to have an intimate relation- ship with His creation, man. So when a righteous man and his family were found God used them to salvage a remnant of creation and start over. This is the first account of God establishing a covenant with us. Genesis 6:18-19 “But with thee will I establish my covenant; and thou shalt come into the ark, thou, and thy sons, and thy wife, and thy sons' wives with thee. And of every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort shalt thou bring into the ark, to keep them alive with thee; they shall be male and female.” The covenant – deals with transactions between God and man, or man and his fellow man. It is God’s law. It is God’s order. It is God’s ways. Then Throughout the Bible we find God’s principles. Many of them are depicted by “if-then.” Exodus 19:5 is an illustration of one: Now therefore, “if” ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, “then” ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine: 2 Chronicles 7:14 is another: “If” my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; “then” will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. Joshua 1:8 starts with an implied “if”: “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.” God has established certain principals, laws, and patterns for us to follow so that He can “pour out His blessings” (Mal 3:10). Remember God is a God of order. He cannot go against His nature. The covenant – It is God’s ways. He obligates himself, in grace, to bring to pass of himself definite blessings for the covenanted ones. He promises to grant special blessings provided that man fulfills perfectly certain conditions.

Seek ye First

Matthew 6:33 “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” First things first: God’s order. Seek Him first, then... “All these things shall be added unto you.” The verse before says what “all these things” are: food, drink, and clothing. But I submit to you that those three ‘things’ are not an all-inclusive list but rather an example to illustrate Jesus’ message of don’t worry. The point is that God is a “good father”. Matthew 7:9-11 “Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?” Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” Proverbs 3:1. 5-6 “My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments: Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”

As we seek God first we will understand His way of doing things. If we obey His commands then blessings will follow. God has an order and a plan for you. To be in harmony with the will of God and attain the highest state of purpose for your life, you must follow God’s precepts. If you fail to keep God first, your life can become out of balance and out of order

I Love you and I will continue to pray for and with you!

Prophetess Patricia