Bible Study Outline on First Fruits

What is the Offering of the First Fruit?

The first fruits are the salary or income of the first month. If you want God want to bless you, you should give the first fruits offering, which is the whole portion of the salary. In Proverbs 3:9-10, you should honor God with your wealth and the firstfruits of all your produce, then your barns will be filled with plenty and your vats be bursting with wine.

 

It is an act of faith. First fruits is different than tithing. Tithing is a necessary offering that must be given to God. Tithe is 10% of your income. Giving your firstfruit offering is pleasing to God because you are giving your best to God. Both Cain and Abel brought offerings for God but God was pleased with Abel’s offering, not Cain’s offering. Abel offers firstborns among his sheep but Cain just randomly pick some of the vegetable harvest as an offering to God. Therefore, God likes Abel’s offering, and not Cain’s offering (Genesis 4).

 

In Nehemiah 10:35, the Israelites obligate themselves to bring the firstfruits of their ground and firstfruits of all fruit of every tree, year by year to the house of God. In Ezekiel 44:30, dedicating to God the firstfruits of all kinds will bring blessing on your house. In Exodus 23:19, bring the first of your firstfruits into the house of God.

 

Thank God By Giving Your First Fruits

 

When giving the offering of first fruits, you must give it willingly with a cheerful heart. As long as there is a willingness, the offering will be acceptable to God regardless of the amount (2 Corinthians 8:12). We must give with a cheerful heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, because God loves a cheerful giver (2 Corinthians 9:7).

 

We must always put God first in our lives (Matthew 6:33). Whatever we do must be to please God (Colossians 3:17; 1 Corinthians 10:31). When you honor God and obey his commandments, he will honor you. We are only temporary manager of the money and possessions we have on earth. God owns everything in this earth therefore we should give thanks to him for what we have. One way to thank God for your job is to give your first fruit (Ephesians 5:20).

 

Jesus Christ as the Firstfruits

 

In 1 Corinthians 15:23, Jesus Christ became the firstfruits of all, then at his coming, those who belong to him. Jesus Christ is the first to rise from the dead so that other believers who put their faith in him can also resurrect and get eternal life at the last day (1 Corinthians 15:20-23). He came to the earth to die for the sins of the world so that anyone who repent and believe in him can get the gift of eternal life (John 3:16). Jesus Christ was reincarnated as a human being through the virgin Mary (Matthew 1:18).

 

Jesus Christ became a man with fleshly desire, just like us. Yet, he did not give in to sin. He offered up himself as a pure and blameless sacrifice (1 Corinthians 1:8). He is the lamb of God. The devil tried to tempt Jesus while in the wilderness but Jesus use the word of God to defend himself (Matthew 4:1-11). Jesus Christ offered himself as a firstfruit sacrifice, the best of himself he gave as sacrifice to God, as a sacrifice for our sins so that we, as sinners, don’t have to be punished eternally, but get to go to heaven, if we believe and follow him.

 

Those who faithfully follow God and do his commandments are the firstfruits of God. In Revelation 14:4, it is those who have not defile themselves with women, those who follow the Lamb to wherever he goes, the redeemed among men, are the firstfruits unto God and to the lamb. In James 1:18, we become the firstfruits of God by obeying God’s words, the word of truth.