Firstfruits

Exodus 23:16

Celebrate the Feast of Harvest with the firstfruits of the crops you sow in your field.
“Celebrate the Feast of Ingathering at the end of the year, when you gather in your crops from the field.

The Feast of Harvest or the Feast of Firstfruits as it was also known is kind of self explanatory.  It was a feast that commemorated the harvesting of the first crops of the year.  The equivalent would be the holiday of Thanksgiving today although Thanksgiving is celebrated about when all of the harvesting is done rather than when the first of the harvesting has been completed.

The firstfruits were dedicated to God as an offering.  So often Christians give God what is leftover.  We fit church events in our calendar if nothing else interferes with it.  We give to church based on what we have left at the end of the week or month.

God wants our first and best however.  The dedication of firstfruits is an act of faith but it is not blind faith.  The firstfruit is an indication of what we can expect of God.  He has already given us a downpayment and asks for it back as an indication that we trust Him to take care of us by providing the rest of the harvest.

We know that God has promised to provide for our needs.  Perhaps we worry sometimes but we should still remember the promise.  When we trust God to take care of us, it becomes much easier to give back from the abundance that He has already given us.

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