The Principle of First
october 24, 2021
Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, ‘”Consecrate to Me all the firstborn, whatever
opens the womb among the children of Israel, both of man and beast; it is Mine.”
Exodus 13:1-2 (NKJV)
...that you shall set apart to the Lord all that open the womb, that is, every firstborn that comes from an animal which you have; the males shall be the Lord’s. But every firstborn of a donkey you shall redeem with a lamb; and if you will not redeem it, then you shall break its neck. And all the firstborn of man among your sons you shall redeem.
Exodus 13:12-13 (NKJV)
1. THE FIRSTBORN MUST BE SACRIFICED OR REDEEMED.
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Romans 5:8 (NKJV)
2. THE FIRSTFRUITS MUST BE OFFERED.
Honor the Lord with your possessions, and with the firstfruits of all your increase;
so your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will overflow with new wine.
Proverbs 3:9-10 (NKJV)
The first of the firstfruits of your land you shall bring into the house of the Lord your God.
Exodus 23:19 (NKJV)
And in the process of time it came to pass that Cain brought an offering of the fruit of the ground to the Lord.
Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat.
And the Lord respected Abel and his offering, but He did not respect Cain and his offering.
Genesis 4:3-5 (NKJV)
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher
than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts..”
Isaiah 55:8 (NKJV)
3. THE TITHE MUST BE FIRST.
And all the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land or of the fruit of the tree, is the Lord’s. It is holy to the Lord.
Leviticus 27:30 (NKJV)
And you shall tell your son in that day, saying, “This is done because of what the Lord did for me when I came up from Egypt.”
Exodus 13:8 (NKJV)