RCCG SUNDAY SCHOOL:
LESSON FIFTEEN Sunday, 14th December 2014
MEMORY VERSE: “Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase” Proverbs 3:9.
BIBLE READING: Exodus 13: 1, 12-15
INTRODUCTION: Firstfruits are given to honour God. Firstfruits are in various types. Our God asks us to give Him all and we have to submit all. In this lesson, we want to know what firstfruits are, how to give them and benefits of giving first fruits.
1. WHAT ARE FIRSTFRUITS AND HOW ARE THEY GIVEN?
2. BENEFITS OF GIVING FIRSTFRUITS
WHAT ARE FIRSTFRUITS AND HOW ARE THEY GIVEN?
Firstfruits are in three categories:
a.) The firstfruit of increase – Proverbs 3:9-10. For example, increase in salary (the difference between the old and new salary).
b.) The firstfruit sacrifice – Genesis 22. God told Abraham to sacrifice Isaac, his only son. This means the entire January salary, for instance. The difference between the firstfruit of increase and the firstfruit sacrifice is in divine response. In the firstfruit of increase, God promised that your barn will burst while in the first fruit sacrifice, your blessing will become global, they will be irreversible and they will extend to your generations yet unborn -Genesis22:15-18.
c.) Redemption of the first male child – Exodus13:13; 34:20; Numbers 18:15-19. The first child belongs to God. You can redeem him with a price. The firstfruit is for the Chief Priest. Dedicating firstfruits to God is a way of thanking Him for providing them.
BENEFITS OF GIVING FIRSTFRUITS
Our perfect example is Abraham – Genesis 22:15·18. When he kept the commandment according to Proverbs 3:9, God lifted him. So He promised to lift as many as will keep or obey His voice on the matter of first fruits as on every other commandments. Abraham honoured God and he was mightily blessed – Genesis 24:35.36. Hannah honoured God with Samuel and she had five more children -1SamueI2:21. Solomon honoured the Lord with a thousand burnt offerings at the beginning of his regime as the king of Israel. For this, God visited him and blessed him with what money could not buy -1Kings 3:3-14.
A firstfruit of every type is what God asks from His children and this is a way of declaring our love for Him, and to thank Him for His blessings. To pay our firstfruits is to be established more firmly in His covenants with us.
1. What are firstfruits?
2. How can we payor offer our firstfruits?
3. What are some benefits from paying our firstfruits?
Blessed week with the Holy Spirit
MONDAY: Isaiah 1:19 – No compromise. You are either an obedient child or a disobedient one.
TUESBAY: Luke 6:38 – Only giving can make one to receive.
WEDNESDAY: Ephesians 6:6 – Our total obedience must be from the heart.
THURSDAY: Jeremiah 32:27 – Our God is the Lord of all flesh and there is no impossibility with Him.
FRIDAY: 1Chronicles 17:20 – Our God never changes.
SATURDAY: 2Peter 3:9 -The Lord is not slack concerning Hiswords.
SUNDAY: James 1:18 – You are God’s choice possession.
I sincerely thank DAILY DEVOTION of The RCCG for this post.