Daily Word for Wednesday, July 15, 2015
God sets an important precedence with regard to first things in Exodus 13:2 [Dedicate to me every firstborn among the Israelites. The first offspring to be born, of both humans and animals, belongs to me].
The word “dedicate” at the beginning of the verse gives us insight into the sacred nature of first things in the mind of God. It means to separate, to make exclusive, to consecrate, to declare holy, to seclude or to set aside for use in the worship of God.
Clearly God placed a demand on the first things. So the first belongs to God. It requires faith to give the first. Tithing is our primary way of acknowledging God as first in our lives. Let’s take it a step further, not only does God require our tithe but He requires it as a first of the first dedication.
So for Israel, the first fruit like the first born belongs to God. Jericho was a city dedicated to God because it was Israel’s first city that God gave them after their captivity in Egypt.
Israel got in trouble with God because they took what was dedicated to God for themselves. In a subsequent battle, Israel was soundly beaten because of what they had done.
You see my friend, our future victories are connected to our understanding of the “first fruit” principle. It takes faith to give God the first of the first; particularly when our circumstances may be placing a demand on us to touch that which is consecrated to God.
Israel’s failure to honor God’s principle of first caused them to unwittingly become associated with Jericho that was accursed.
My friend, serving God pays huge dividends but need and greed can destroy your seed.
Let me encourage you to make God a first of the first consideration in your stewardship.
Honor God and watch Him honor you!