Chag Sameach! I hope that your Rosh Hashanah was blessed; it never ceases to amaze me that another year has passed. Now we find ourselves in 5778. This year is prophetically significant as it is Israel’s 70th anniversary as a modern nation-state.
Seventy is a sacred number: The number 7 representing perfection and 10 representing completion. It is interesting that Israel’s 70th anniversary coincided with the “new beginnings” we see in 5778—number 8 being symbolic of new beginnings. I do not think that this is an accident or coincidence; I believe that God is trying to speak to us about His perfection found in new beginnings.
As we entered the Fall Feast season, I felt the Lord inspire me about the fire of new beginnings. The fire has consumed the old so that we can begin new as His adopted heirs.
“…having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will.”—Ephesians 1:5
As we approach the first pilgrim feast of 5778, The Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot), this is our first opportunity to renewour covenant relationship with the Lord and bring a firstfruits offering that will release our inheritance with God. One of the reasons that this is such a powerful moed (divine appointment) is because Sukkot is a time when God Himself calls us to His table. This is not a manmade event. This is our Father bidding us to come.
At this special time of year, we often talk about bringing a gift to the Lord—showing up at His table with an offering. And there is a lot of teaching surrounding these gifts (tithes, offerings, alms, firstfruits, and t’rumah)… but there seems to be far less discussion about the heart of our Father God and asking why He wants His children to give. Why does God ask for us for our finances? Why does God ask for our seed?
The desire and nature of God to instruct His children to give is to share in the family’s inheritance. The scripture says that God wants to give you divine health, land, wealth, and power. But many of us struggle to believe that.
When God created mankind He gave us dominion and authority, and to the degree that we possess the characteristics listed above is to how much power and dominion we can exercise on the earth.
One of the best teachings on God’s heart for firstfruits offerings and tithes is in Deuteronomy 26.
But first let me give you a few important points:
- Your tithe belongs to the Lord. It is 10% of your increase.
- All offerings (including firstfruits, t’rumah, alms) are freewill offerings based off increase. None of these offerings come from a decrease—they only come from sowing a percentage of your increase.
- All freewill offerings should be inspired by the Holy Spirit regarding the amount sown into the Kingdom.
- T’rumah is a voluntary gift given to your biblical teacher or covering. The traditional percentage is 2%.
All of the above points are only asked for by the Lord solely from your increase. I am saying this because people should not pressure you to give what you do not have.
Deuteronomy 26:1-4, 18-19 says this:
“And it shall be, when you come into the land which the Lord your God is giving you as an inheritance, and you possess it and dwell in it…” The Lord has a designated place for you to live as a safe abiding place. That is His desire. When you get into that place you will start to have increase.
“…that you shall take some of the first of all the produce of the ground, which you shall bring from your land that the Lord your God is giving you, and put it in a basket and go to the place where the Lord your God chooses to make His name abide…” God has a place for you to live and to worship. He chooses a place for you to receive the increase and a place where you are to offer the increase.
“…And you shall go to the one who is priest in those days, and say to him, ‘I declare today to the Lord your God that I have come to the country which the Lord swore to our fathers to give us.’” When you get into the right place, you will have the right priest—right place, right priest, right altar—and the Father will give you the increase.
“Then the priest shall take the basket out of your hand and set it down before the altar of the Lord your God.” Is the soil you are sowing your hard-earned seed into biblically aligned with God’s Word to produce a hundred-fold return? How do you know the quality of the soil? The more highly favored the soil—the more biblically aligned—the higher the yield. These are things you can and should look for: the ministry should be performing the Great Commission; they should minister to the Jew first; celebrate and sow into the pilgrim feasts (Sukkot, Passover, and Shavuot); act as a humanitarian witness for the Gospel to the ends of the earth; and take care of the poor, widows, and orphans.
“Also today the Lord has proclaimed you to be His special people, just as He promised you, that you should keep all His commandments…” The word ‘special’ in Strong’s 5459 refers to us as His—His personal property, His special treasure, prized by the King, and a royal treasure. Because of that, one of the blessings of following the Lord’s commandments in love and not in legalism is the release of the highest level of Godly favor that we see in verse 19—possession…
“…and that He will set you high above all nations which He has made, in praise, in name, and in honor, and that you may be a holy people to the Lord your God, just as He has spoken.”
We see these same promises confirmed in Malachi 3:10-12. When our tithes and freewill offerings align with God’s commandments, He promises to pour out such a blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it. He promises to rebuke the devourer and protect the fruit of the ground and all the nations will call us blessed as we live and abide in a delightful land.
The Feast of Tabernacles is our first pilgrim feast of 5778. God is asking you to renew your covenant and believe for His best. Let’s start the year off right by sowing our most generous seeds and coming into alignment with God’s Word and God’s favor.
Friends, join us! We do the small thing and God does the big thing! It’s time for your new beginning!
Curt and Christie Landry, Founders
Founders, Curt Landry Ministries
Curt and Christie Landry
Founders, Curt Landry Ministries
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