Firstfruit Giving

FirstFruit Giving 
(Understanding the Biblical Principles of firstfruits)

FirstFruit Giving is an act of worship to God

  • Honor the Lord with your possessions, and with the firstfruit 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)

Throughout the bible, the “firstfruit principle” can be seen, giving to God first and giving God your best. God blesses the giver and God blesses the giver’s family. (Ezekiel 44:30 tells us when you give an firstfruit offering to God He will cause a blessing to rest on your entire family) 

  • Abel gave God a firstfruit offering, and God was pleased, and God respected his firstfruit offering. His firstfruit offering was described as excellent. God always deserves our best. Anything less than a true firstfruit does not please God. (Genesis 4:1-5)

God honors His principle of “firstfruit” He gave to humanity His first, His beloved and only Son. He did not have to do it, but He did, and because He did, humanity was blessed. (For God so loved the world that He gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16)

Giving God a firstfruit offering is giving Him the first at the start of the year. In the bible, the first was given at harvest time. Whenever the farmer harvested their crop, they gave God the best of the crop, and God blessed what remained.

We do not live in an agrarian society, but we live in a culture where we earn wages. The transition from an agrarian culture to this present generation is the first of the new year, in January, we give God our first check. The first check in the year represents our firstfruit to God. 

This demonstrates that;

  1. God is first in our lives, and nothing comes before Him.
  2. We want all the blessings that come with being obedient to the firstfruit principle. (Family is blessed, we are blessed and more)
  3. Our commitment to Him is God-centered, and we do not only talk it, but we walk it.

After having given a fruitfruit offering on the first Sunday in January, after that, we return to tithes and offerings.

Scriptures found in the Bible on Firstfruit

Deuteronomy 18:4

The firstfruit also of thy corn, of thy wine, and of thine oil, and the first of the fleece of thy sheep, shalt thou give him.

Romans 11:16

For if the firstfruit be holy, the lump is also holy: and if the root is holy, so are the branches.

Deuteronomy 26:9-10

He has brought us to this place and has given us this land, “a land flowing with milk and honey”; and now, behold, I have brought the firstfruits of the land which you, O Lord, have given me.’

Exodus 23:19

The first of the firstfruits of your land you shall bring into the house of the Lord your God.

Leviticus 2:12

As for the offering of the firstfruits, you shall offer them to the Lord, but they shall not be burned on the altar for a sweet aroma.

Leviticus 23:9-10

And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them:” When you come into the land which I give to you, and reap its harvest, then you shall bring a sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest to the priest.

Numbers 18:12-13

All the best of the oil, all the best of the new wine and the grain, their firstfruits which they offer to the Lord, I have given them to you. Whatever first ripe fruit is in their land, which they bring to the Lord, shall be yours. Everyone who is clean in your house may eat it. 

Deuteronomy 18:4

The firstfruits of your grain and your new wine and your oil, and the first of the fleece of your sheep, you shall give Him.

Deuteronomy 26:9-10

He has brought us to this place and has given us this land,” a land flowing with milk and honey”; and now, behold, I have brought the firstfruits of the land which you, O Lord, have given me.’

2 Chronicles 31:5-6

 As soon as the commandment was circulated, the children of Israel brought in abundance the firstfruits of grain and wine, oil and honey, and of all the produce of the field; and they brought in abundantly the tithe of everything. 

Nehemiah 10:35-37

 And we made ordinances to bring the firstfruits of our ground and the firstfruits of all fruit of all trees, year by year, to the house of the Lord; to bring the firstborn of our sons and our cattle, as it is written in the Law, and the firstborn of our herds and our flocks, to the house of our God, to the priests who minister in the house of our God; 

Nehemiah 12:44-45

And at the same time, some were appointed over the rooms of the storehouse for the offerings, the firstfruits, and the tithes, to gather into them from the fields of the cities the portions specified by the Law for the priests and Levites; for Judah rejoiced over the priests and Levites who ministered. 

1 Corinthians 15:20

 But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.

1 Corinthians 15:23-24

 But each one in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, afterward those who are Christ’s at His coming. 

Revelation 14:4-5

These are the ones who were not defiled with women, for they are virgins. These are the ones who follow the Lamb wherever He goes. These were redeemed from among men, being firstfruits to God and to the Lamb. 5 And in their mouth was found no deceit, for they are without fault before the throne of God.  

There are many more scriptures in the Bible that reference firstfruit giving. I have listed a few that persons may know that firstfruit giving is an authentic biblical principle.

To give a firstfruit offering requires spiritual discipline and preparation for most. To give to God through the church, your first check of the new year, is what God requires. This is difficult to do if you have not planned to give. 

Those who cannot give a firstfruit offering, who cannot give the whole check without defaulting on major bills such as rent, car note, mortgage, and more, should consider breaking up the amount of the first check into three or four installments. Once that amount is given, make the commitment or continue with tithes and offerings.

Giving God a firstfruit offering in January is a tremendous blessing and you are positioning yourself for God to bless the rest of your year. Let’s Do This! Together as a church, we can do this. What others may call impossible can become possible for us.

Should you have questions, feel free to email me at pastor@arkchurch.com May He Crown Your Year with overflowing blessings. 

Bishop J.L. Carter