by Christina Farris
29 Thou shalt not delay to offer the first of thy ripe fruits, and of thy liquors: the firstborn of thy sons shalt thou give unto me.
30 Likewise shalt thou do with thine oxen, and with thy sheep: seven days it shall be with his dam; on the eighth day thou shalt give it me.
31 And ye shall be holy men unto me: neither shall ye eat any flesh that is torn of beasts in the field; ye shall cast it to the dogs. First fruits are often a puzzle to many people and I agree, if we told not to sacrifice our children by slaying but to put them on the altar and allow God to provide the sacrifice we look and say what. How can you dedicate your first born but perhaps in the way of Samuel mother, or Mary, maybe the woman understood it more then others. We look at Elizabeth raising her son John the Baptist in the wilderness. Samson, mother, David was not first born but he would be a king. First fruit the first of everything dedicated to God. First fruit taken to the altar, given to God or brought eventually to the temple in tradition of the Jews. Dogs were to get anything torn already by a beast it was not to be given to God.
When we think of the first tradtion of Thanksgiving started in the late 1700's or there about, do we grasp the changing world as we learned it in history or do we think of the religious people called Puritans and their story of survival and hardship their first winter in the new land, only to be taught by the Indians to plant corn and hunt deer. I know for a fact this would of been a swapping of ideas, because both would of known certain things about crops and hunting. Yet the new world had challenges not familiar with in the old world because of climate changes perhaps. Has two cultures of Indian and Puritan mixed and survival knowledge grew, the celebration of the first thanksgiving would take place. A celebration of harvest and storage of perishable items without storage that would last the whole winter through. Corn grew well and other fruits and vegetables in this strange new world eventually called America for Amerigo the explorer.
Small history lesson. I said this year was not about tradition but hard to leave tradition out of month of thankfulness to God. Our land worshipped Christ their first thanksgiving. Yet who is our nation worshipping this year but science in the government because science, vaccines, doctors and nurses. Our nation trying to fail as they will at acknowledging the work of God in our land to help men and women to know how to treat, protect and find hope by human efforts by the call of God on their life. Where is the rejoicing over a new elected president, it not coming from religious crowd. Yet I dishearten by the fact that whether you agree, you can disagree with issue in our land. Did our leaders thank God for the fruits of technology and blessings of technology to God this year. If not why not. Have we thank God for the technology and research that God has enabled man to do. Yes God can heal miraclously, but God also wants man to use his skills, his brain, his mind to learn about all these things of our world.
First fruits were offering of anything grown, produced, raised, born to the Hebrew people. First fruits were dedication to God, either placed on the altar for God to consume by his power, or given in offering to God to the religious group/government group for their health and well being or for the poor and needy. Think if mankind took over half of the income given to our religious leaders. Giving God your children in dedication should not be for death, but to raise them up in the knowlege of God and that when time comes and they choose to follow Jesus to take up their cross and obey God that they will do so. In Old Testament Abraham laid his son Isaac on an altar but God return his son by providing a sacrifice. God never desired us to kill our children for him, He would provide the sacrificial lamb for him. Hannah gift of Samuel to God by giving him to Eli, may seem odd, but Samuel became a chosen prophet unto God. Others have raised their children by tradition of prophet life. John Baptist being one, and Samson another, yet Samson followed not God, but God still used him especially when he turned to God of his people.
First fruits is about thankfulness, giving to God what he ask for and giving him proper sacrifice according to tradition. Celebration of the puritans was a type of first fruit or celebration of harvest unto God. If we has a nation can celebrate the labor of our hands, our minds, our soul and our heart giving all to God then we truly have found thanksgiving this year. If we fail to see God's power and might, wisdom and knowledge, and love and hope, then we fail to see what 2020 is truly about the hope of God coming through providing through his people and people that might not know him yet but one day will.
Dear Heavenly Father thank you for the knowledge, for the wisdom that you give your people and others so they might see your power and might to have man find solutions to their problems with you helping hand, and not always in a handout but hand up way. That you love your people and the people of the world that do not know you yet. That your plan was to provide the eternal sacrifice for sin through your Son Jesus. Lord we lifted your leaders up in this time of difficulty and division that your word of faith, hope and forgiveness will shine in the hearts of our leaders to demonstrate your power of forgiveness and love. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Countdown to Thanksgiving: Day 25: Thankful for God for the ability to offer first fruits, of faith, hope, and love to him this thanksgiving, to give of the fruits of our production to him and him alone. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Continual Scripture Study:James 3:17-18 KJV
17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.
18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.